Which brand? How much money should I spend? Are there any special things I should worry about?
If you are in the market for your first studio monitors or are just looking for a cheap second pair, there are a fair amount of great budget options out there for you.
Here below you can see a few popular and recommended options for budget monitors in the price range of under $500. I would say a budget of $500 is a maximum starting budget and you can probably get a pretty decent pair fbest 4k monitor under 500.
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Fostex PM0.5 MKII
I’ve seen the Fostex PM0.4 advertised in many buyer’s guides but I’d recommend a bigger driver for that additional bass response.
Alesis Monitor 1 Active MKII
A friend of mine can’t get enough of these. He thinks they sound awesome and him being an audio engineer and music recording teacher I’m keen to believe him.