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Recommend a decent stage monitor for vocals

Discussion in 'Recording and PA Lounge' started by allthumbs56, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. allthumbs56

    allthumbs56 Gold Member

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    One of my Alto TS110A monitors has bit the dust and the price of parts is such that I'm considering a replacement. Alto no longer makes the 110 but sells a 310 that they claim is better and more powerful. It's also $339 which is about $70 more than I paid for the 110. It also has a different appearance. I had hoped to get one that cosmetically matched but seeing as the 110s are disconnected then I am considering all alternatives.

    The speaker will be used 90% for stage monitoring and I was pretty happy with the Alto in that role but I'm maybe a little gun-shy on their brand and would consider paying a bit more to get a bit better sound, quality, and warranty.

    Recommendations?
     
  2. cboutilier

    cboutilier

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    I'm really fond of the Mackie Thump series of tops and monitors.
     
  3. GuitarPix

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    Hard to beat the Alto’s for the money. Behringer are similar price and sound good, until they die which is quite often from my experience. EV are a bit more but sound really nice and seem to be quite tough - although always seem to have pull 400hz down a few dB.
     
  4. bw66

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    I'm a big fan of Yorkville gear. Their speakers are pretty much bomb-proof and even the entry-level YX series sound pretty good - they are tough to beat for overall value. I've had good experiences with Yamaha speakers as well.
     
  5. allthumbs56

    allthumbs56 Gold Member

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    As I said I really liked my Altos but the one didn't make it 3 years before it died so I'm a little anxious. Long and McQuade has got the Cerwin Vega cve-10 on sale right now for $399. Not sure how good they might be but they at least have a 3-year warranty. Any experience with these?
     
  6. marcos

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    Yorkville YX series in a 10 in is great for monitors. 200 watts or about not heavy and rugged. You can pick them up as demo's if they have any for sale at L+M.
     
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  7. Milkman

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    I used some of these for a few shows. They have good power, but I found them pretty mid heavy. I had to cut 400hz and neighboring frequencies quite a bit to keep them from sounding boxy and honky in the mids.
     
  8. High/Deaf

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    If your lucky, you might find one of these used within $100 of your price range. Yorky NX10C:

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    A really great monitor, loud and with the concentric driver config, it doesn't take up much space. I know a guy that uses a couple as mains (with one sub). I keep my eyes open at L&M for a nice used one - haven't lucked out yet.
     
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  9. allthumbs56

    allthumbs56 Gold Member

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    I've heard that about the Cerwins. I'd seriously consider the Alto TS310 as it reviews really well. What I can't stand is that the company does not publish their warranty info and you you actually have to email them to get the information. That's suspect - especially after the one died on me.
     
  10. allthumbs56

    allthumbs56 Gold Member

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    One band I'm in uses the unpowered ones and they work great. A friend of mine in Ajax used the powered ones as monitors and really liked them but ran into a couple breakdowns to the point that I think he's switched to Line6.
     
  11. Milkman

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    I'd recommend this:

    Yorkville



    Great bottom from these bins, pretty flat response and water(beer)proof.

    I'm a fan.
     
  12. marcos

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    These are just awesome with small bass bins. I had a chance to try a set out a t a gig a few years ago. Insane amount of power in a small box.
     
  13. allthumbs56

    allthumbs56 Gold Member

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    Just a quick update: I found a used pair of Yamaha DBR10's that I'm picking up this afternoon and will try them out at tonight's gig. Although I only wanted one it will be nice to have a matched pair. What sealed the deal is that there was still 6 years left on the transferrable warranty. Alto doesn't even disclose their warranty, Cerwin was 3 years and most others only one. The Yammys also review very well so I don't think I can lose. Will report back tomorrow.
     
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  14. Guitar101

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    Good choice. You can't go wrong with Yamaha IMO. I like the versatility of these. They can also be used as mains for a small venue.

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