Bookshelf Speakers vs Studio Monitors,which is more popular?

by admin on April 1, 2015

Bookshelf Speakers, Studio Monitors– What The Heck Is The Difference Anyway?

That was two months ago however, today I’ve learned a thing or two about speakers and how to choose the right ones. In the beginning it was all Greek to me but it hindsight it’s pretty simple.

To break it down there are highs, mid-tones, and lows in all audio and every piece of sound, dialogue, or piece of music is comprised by a collections of sounds in all ranges. The tone and color of each sound has nuances that are subtle but unique and all sounds, even the simplest, are somewhat complex.

In short a good set of speakers will be able to play all range of audio and add some sophistication to the sound. Instead of hearing audio as simple noise it should be clear and colorful; pleasant to the ear.

Bookshelf Speakers 

Most bookshelf speakers are designed to just that. They are simple systems that can range in price from very high to very low. They are basically all encompassing speakers that attempt to hit all ranges of sound in the best way possible. Some of the higher end models do this very well while some of the cheaper models tend to do this not so well.

One of the main benefits to a bookshelf speaker system is that they are generally smaller systems that are easier to setup, manage, and fit into a room. They aren’t called bookshelf speakers for nothing. Some very high end bookshelf speakers are designed to fit into very small spaces and yet still fill a room with very colorful, rich sound, be it music or spoken word.

A major limitation of most bookshelf speakers however is their ability to really be precise in sound quality on both the high end and low end of the spectrum. Some bookshelf speakers are not exactly powerful in the mid-range either. The untrained or undemanding ear may not notice the differences immediately, but the quality difference can be striking when compared side by side to a high end speaker that performs well.

Studio Monitors

While we were shopping for new speakers in our own home we were quickly tempted to get a set of studio monitors seeing as though these are the types of speakers used in studio settings by professionals but after closer inspection and a deeper understanding of what they are exactly we decided that this wasn’t for us. Standard studio monitors are designed to isolate all the little variations in an audio recording or audio wave so that it is easier to isolate sounds for better and more precise mixing.

In the living room this is not all that important. Although you do want clarity you also want fluidity in sound. You want the tone and color of the sound to be pleasant to actually listen to as opposed to analyze. There certainly are some settings where the fine audio output of a studio monitor might be desired in the home but in most homes a set of normal bookcase speakers is the way to go, even if they are smaller.

My Pick For Home Theater Speakers…

Bookshelf speakers certainly are popular though, so if you have the budget for some of the higher-end models, then they can really make you enjoy the movies without ever leaving the comfort of your living room.

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