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  1. Avantone Pro Passive MixCube (Pair)
    $2990
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    Dynaudio Acoustics M3XE 12" 3-Way Monitors with PLM 12K44 4-Channel Amplifier
    $35,0000
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    Dynaudio Acoustics M3VE 12" 3-Way Monitors with PLM 12K44 4-Channel Amplifier
    $26,0000
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    Dynaudio Acoustics M3XE 3-Way Main Monitor (Right Side)
    $9,5000
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    Dynaudio Acoustics M3VE 3-Way Main Monitor (Left Side)
    $9,5000
  6. Adam Audio S3XV Near/Midfield 3-Way System Woofer Monitor (Each)
    $2,99999
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    Alesis DEMO ALESIS M1 320 USB DESKTOP MON M1A320USBX110 (PR)
    $17997
  8. KRK 7000B Unpowered Monitor
    $24999
    Excellent Condition
    Salem, OR
  9. KRK 7000B Unpowered Monitor
    $24999
    Excellent Condition
    Salem, OR
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    KRK ST6 Unpowered Monitor
    Was:  $79.99 $6499
    Excellent Condition
    Lincoln, NE
  11. KRK E8B Unpowered Monitor
    $1,49999
    Great Condition
    Sherman Oaks, CA
  12. Avantone Mixcube Unpowered Monitor
    $12999
    Great Condition
    Yonkers at Ridge Hill, NY
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    KRK 9000B Unpowered Monitor
    Was:  $699.99 $52999
    Great Condition
    Pittsburgh, PA
  14. Mackie CR3 Passive Speaker Unpowered Monitor
    $5999
    Good Condition
    Macon, GA
  15. KRK E8B Unpowered Monitor
    $1,49999
    Good Condition
    Sherman Oaks, CA
  16. Behringer Truth B3031A Unpowered Monitor
    $10999
    Good Condition
    Indianapolis, IN
  17. Event 20/20 Unpowered Monitor
    $18999
    Good Condition
    Beaverton, OR
  18. Alesis MONITOR ONE PAIR Unpowered Monitor
    $9999
    Good Condition
    Bridgeton, MO
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    Genelec 1037C Unpowered Monitor
    Was:  $4,999.99 $3,99999
    Good Condition
    Fairview Heights, IL
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You don't have to be a professional to appreciate that not all speakers are created equal. However, if you are a pro, or even just a hobbyist with high standards, nothing less than a proper high-end studio monitor is good enough for your recording setup. Monitors have a very important job: accurate reproduction of sound in situations where every note, each sample and every vocal are absolutely crucial. When you're recording, you need a speaker more precise than any you'll expect the sound to be played back on if you want to make sure it will sound right on every system.

What sets powered studio monitors apart from unpowered ones is that they have their own built-in amplifier. That means they don't need an amp head to power them—you can just plug a powered monitor directly into an electrical outlet, hook it up to an audio source, and you'll get sound. This ease of use makes powered monitors a great choice for studios just getting off the ground that don't have an amplifier head on hand. They're also perfect if you're an audiophile, providing the best sound quality with a home stereo system. Since the amplifier in a powered monitor is specifically designed for the speakers it shares its cabinet with, it also takes some of the guesswork out of putting together a studio setup.

There are still a few things to think about, though. Mainly, you'll want to be sure the monitors are a good size for the application. If you're working out of a very small studio, then you can get by with a compact set. If you're using them as stereo speakers or in a big studio space, then look at some larger monitors instead. It's also a smart idea to match the speaker configuration of the monitors with the type of music you'll be working with—for example, if you're recording hip-hop with deep, thumping bass, the ideal monitor will probably be one with a big woofer that can best handle those heavy low frequencies.

No matter how you plan to use your powered monitors, from the studio to recreational listening to the sound booth, they're a choice as individual as the hardware and software you connect them to. Take your time when looking at the available choices, and look for the monitors that fit your space, your style and your budget.

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