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Finding out the best studio monitors for under $300 can be frustrating. Luckily for you, I have the solution!! Before I tell you what it is, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this short article
- The JBL LSR 305 (With ratings, best price, and specifications)
- Final Word & Link to Review
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
For me, the process of finding monitors that were of a superb quality, but also didn’t cost a fortune was tough. It took a lot of digging, back and forth, and verification from multiple websites before I decided that the 305’s were legit. What are studio monitors?
When I research a product (and I think you’re probably the same way), I read until I’ve made myself sick. Lol. I want to be absolutely sure I’m getting the right product for my hard earned dollar. When it comes to studio equipment, there can be no wavering or impulse buying. There are inevitably going to be Pros and Cons to every single product, and there’s simply no getting around that. It’s a matter of if the Pros outweigh the Cons, and it helps if there aren’t many cons to begin with! 🙂
To make a long story short, I did a lot of digging before I purchased the 305’s. I can tell you without a doubt that they are the best entry level monitors, the best under $300, and will serve you well for a long time.
JBL LSR 305
- Amazon: 4.7/5 (Over 185 reviews) | Check eBay!
- Sweetwater: 4.7/5 (Over 150 reviews)
- Guitar Center: 5/5 (Over 20 reviews)
- B&H Photo Video: 5/5 (Over 45 reviews)
- Musicians Friend: 4.5/5 (Over 15 reviews)
- Powered: Yes
- Power Configuration: Bi-amped
- LF Driver Size: 5″
- HF Driver Size: 1″
- HF Driver Type: Soft Dome
- LF Driver Power Amp: 41W
- HF Driver Power Amp: 41W
- Total Power: 82W
- Frequency Range: 43Hz-24kHz
- Crossover Frequency: 1725Hz
- Maximum Peak SPL: 108 dB
- Enclosure Type: Ported
- Input Types: 1x XLR, 1x 1/4″ TRS
- Height: 11.75″
- Width: 7.28″
- Depth: 9.88″
- Weight: 10.12 lbs.
As mentioned above, I’ve had mine since 2014 and they are still going strong. They are built like tanks, and the volume for a 5″ woofer is completely insane to me. The first time I cranked these babies up I was blown away. Of course I had to throw on some Rage against the machine, and boy let me tell you you won’t be sorry! Lol. I only had the dial on 6 or 7 and they completely blew me right out of my room. Haha. If you’re new to studio monitors watch out.
Build wise like I said they are phenomenal, feel heavy and rugged, and don’t take up too much space on your desk. Some say they are ugly but I would disagree with that.
Sound wise? Very neutral, and perfect for mixing. I use them to mix down hip-hop (when I have time), and they really have improved my mixes tremendously. For these, you don’t necessarily need to invest in a bunch of foam, but it does help regardless. Acoustic Sound Treatment. Because they are fit for smaller rooms they don’t absolutely require treatment. Some bass traps and a few panels do go a long way however, and if you plan to upgrade in the future you may as well invest.
You may be wondering about the bass response. It’s tight and deep, but never feels bloated or cheap like your standard KRK line (sorry I had to). I am really appalled at that overall sound when I compare it to these. It’s night and day really, and there’s no contest.
Check out the sound test (includes a comparison of the Yamaha HS5). Because the HS5’s are around $400 for the pair, I didn’t include them. But they are also a great entry level option as well, albeit more neutral, and flat across the board.
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Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope you enjoy the review and have come away with something in this best studio monitors for under $300 article.
Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark? Let me know in the comments or Contact me!!
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All the best and God bless,