A must for stage pianos and keyboards at half the price of Adams A7X
I own and play a variety of high-end digital pianos and keyboards for my work which is mainly gigs and some freelance recording. I have had many monitors in my day, but happily settled on beautiful pair of Adam A7X that I use in my home studio for playback on all my recordings. I occasionally hook up a slab to the Adams for practice or creative work when I was not in the mode to wear headphones and just want a bit more sound stage presence. Adams sound great without question.
Now why PreSonus R65 then? I simply wanted a decent pair of studio monitors that were dedicated to my keyboards only so I would not have to swap around my studio to hook up a board. However, I really did not want to drop another $1,500 on Adams. Sweetwater recommended the R65 and I was hesitant going it blindly. But I knew it seemed pretty good to get two R65 monitors for the price of one AX7. The fact that I was already accustom to the Air Motion Transformer (AMT) of the Adams so I thought I would give it a shot.
The results, one word, phenomenal! These sound fantastic with my keyboards - really. Especially my stage piano's acoustic and electric voices. What makes them different, but "better" than the Adams is that R65 has a wider sweet spot. This makes it much more enjoyable to my surprise with the keyboards giving a wider sound stage and ambient presences than my Adams.
So the way I see it is;
- if your need extreme detail - go with the Adams - they will tell you the honest truth on all your playbacks. Arguably one of the best monitors out there.
- if you need a wider sound spectrum that is uncolored and very detailed, yet a bit more dynamic for your electronic instruments then R65 is absolutely a great choice. From my experience, try to hook up a pair of R65s to a Nord Stage/piano, Roland RD-anything, Kawai MP-antyhing, Kurz Forte, Korg, or Yamaha CP4... you be extremely pleased. HUGE bang for the buck.