Guide for Choosing the Best DJ Studio Monitors

By | May 25, 2016

Best DJ Studio Monitors

What makes a good Dj Speaker

Before you started DJing, you most likely didn’t think too much about the types of speakers you can get. If you have ever purchased a computer, a television, a home theatre in a box, a gaming console, you probably ended up with speakers that came with what you bought, which you then just plugged everything else into and, well, just ended up using.

But it is not that simple when we are talking about speakers for DJ’s. The fact is, not only do you need to be sure that your produced tracks are going to sound identical as you want them when played in your fans vehicles, in peoples offices, on other DJs’ phones and so on, but unless you get your home monitoring right, you are going to find it hard to produce great DJ tracks to begin with.

So in this three part series, we’re looking at the three things you need to get correct when purchasing DJ studio Monitors: Choosing the best speakers in the first place, setting them up perfectly, and getting the room ready for acoustics, at the most ideal locations. For Part 1, we’ll look at selecting the best DJ studio monitors for yourself.

How to pick and purchase the right DJ monitors

Let’s begin by getting the terminology out of the way first: “DJ monitors” (or just “monitors” – there’s no real difference) are just speakers. Ideally the same thing. There can be 2 varieties: those with a built in amplifier (“powered” or “active” monitors), and the ones that require a separate amplifier (“passive” monitors). The music you play will sway you in what monitors you buy. If you play bass-heavy dance music, size and volume count more than if you’re DJing a wedding, for instance.

But also you need to think of the practicalities; if you are going to be DJing in a house that other people live in or a small apartment, there is going to be a hold on what you get, you will need to think of the size and volume you can get away with!

Listen before you purchase
Always, if you can, listen to them before you purchase them. Sound is a very subjective someone else can hear something completely different, and it’s important to trust your ears on this. Take a song you know very well, and ask yourself:

  • Does the bass sound tight and controlled, or boomy and muddy? – DJing is often all about bass. Make sure you can hear it correctly on the monitors you’re thinking of purchasing
  • How good is the stereo field? – Can you tell the different elements in the song apart? Producers often “place” different elements in different places by altering their position in the stereo mix. Being able to hear elements apart is very important for accurate beatmatching
  • What characteristics do the high frequencies have? – You’re going to be listening to these for an awful long time, and often at relatively high volume. Do the high freqencies sound crisp and clear, or harsh and shrill?
  • How engaging is the sound? – Or to put it another way, are you hearing things you’ve never heard before in that familiar material you’re testing them on? If so, it is a positive thing