Professional DJ’s all have one thing in common – music. Loud, thumping, banging, bass heavy dance music. From trap to trip hop, hardcore to minimal and everything in between – it’s what counts. Those steady beats and pumping synths. But what is the best way to hear a DJ mix, especially for those who are just starting out and maybe setting up a home DJ room or studio?
We’re going to be looking at the best beginner DJ speakers, but first of all let’s discuss the difference between normal hi fi speakers and studio monitors.
The Difference Between Hi Fi and Studio Monitors
Hi Fi speakers are good quality – there’s no denying it. They are ideal for the at home listener who wants high definition and clarity of sound. However they are designed to naturally boost and amplify certain frequencies to give more emphasis to the sound. The low end and high end in particular are usually boosted. Whereas studio monitor speakers are more suited to beginner DJ’s and producers – because they provide a much flatter and therefore realistic picture of what the mix is actually sounding like. They help the DJ to hear everything that’s going on in the mix, and not just the bottom end.
Some Entry Level Speakers
There are a few different options for speakers for beginner DJs. Let’s take a look at X of them.
The KRK Rokits are great entry-level studio monitor speakers for a beginner DJ. They are modestly priced, provide a crystal clear sound and aren’t too large. They are ideal for those setting up their DJ space in a smaller room.
The Yamaha HS Series
The next step up would be either some 5 or 8-inch Yamaha studio monitors. These sleek, minimalistic speakers provide stark clarity of listening and look amazing. However they are slightly more expensive than the KRK Rokit’s described above.
Behringer Truth Series
Another option is the Behringer Truth studio monitor series. They are named so because they reveal only the purest essence of the mix. Real studio monitor speakers should be designed this way – you don’t want any extra emphasis on any frequency, just what is really there.
5 or 8 Inch?
This is a common question. It really depends on the size of the room, and the amount of bass response that the DJ needs. Typically 5 inches work well in smaller rooms, whereas 8 inches are better in larger rooms. Also, 8-inch studio monitors won’t require a separate subwoofer, whereas 5-inch speakers might!
Have fun and enjoy the mix!