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How to pick reference monitor speakers & review of the Adam A8X, Adam A7X and Genelec 8040a

Over the last month I’ve been setting up a new studio. After I upgraded all my acoustic treatment to some top notch Primacoustic kits, I turned my attention to upgrading my studio reference monitor speakers. After much musing, I decided to test out 3 pairs: Adam A7X, Adam A8X, and Genelec 8040a.

In this video I talk all about the process I went through to test and choose which ones I wanted to buy. I include reviews of each set of speakers with the low down on why I did, or didn’t like them. Enjoy!

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5 comments
johncitizen
johncitizen

Really nice detailed review Vespers. Not really something I'm looking at just yet (still renting - room has TERRIBLE acoustics) - but will definately file this one away for future reference.One question - is it standard practice for retailers to loan out demo versions of these monitors for an at home comparison as you have done? If I ever get myself a properly treated room, this would definately be the best method to make a decision with.

vespers
vespers moderator

 @johncitizen Hey John.  I'm not sure if most retailers loan out speakers.  I buy a lot of gear through one guy in town, so he trusts me enough to loan out a pair here and there.  Usually I buy one, then he loans me a second set so I can compare and then later if I want to exchange the ones I bought, I can.  Cheers!  

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mattvogt
mattvogt

hhmmm, do you have any recommendations for monitors in the $200 range, for us less flush?? hahaha

vespers
vespers moderator

 @mattvogt I've used KRK Rockit 5's in the past.  They're around $200.  Cheers!  

mattvogt
mattvogt

 @vespers yeah!!! thanks Vespers - I'll swing by some tom lee or something and hear them out then buy them online!  hahaha, thanks bud, wish I was in the realm of your reviews....  cya