For new comers looking for $500 Monitors - Adam T7V's & Kali Audio LP-8's Fairly special IMO

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Aiynzahev
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3587 posts since 29 Jun, 2011 from USA

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:56 am

Hi guys & girls

I've been through or just had a few speakers over the years, though not as many as I would have liked to have tried. The Focal CMS, Neumann, PSI Audio, JBLS, Adam T7Vs and my most recent addition is the Kali LP8's. Besides these I've gone down to my local store a number of times to hear some new contenders and ones that I'll never be able to afford like the Barefoots.

When I was new at this game I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out what I should start with and going through some disappointments. Budget speakers have improved so much since those days.

From my experience my personal recommendations for speakers $500 or under, from speakers I've used extensively are the Adam T7V's and the Kali LP-8's.

I give more thoughts in these two videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO6fqUwz2d8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7t4HfisiGo
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BlackOctopus_Slade
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Re: For new comers looking for $500 Monitors - Adam T7V's & Kali Audio LP-8's Fairly special IMO

Post Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:32 am

Heard lots of great things about the Adams T7V's - thanks for the informative videos on the subject!
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paulmatthew
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Re: For new comers looking for $500 Monitors - Adam T7V's & Kali Audio LP-8's Fairly special IMO

Post Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:18 am

I've been doing research on the Kali LP series and it appears that the white noise is common with these due to the Class D amps. Most users are saying that it does not affect their mixing though.

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Re: For new comers looking for $500 Monitors - Adam T7V's & Kali Audio LP-8's Fairly special IMO

Post Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:45 am

Fluid Audio FX8 or new FX50/80 for that budget, most honestly would recommend to raise the budget a little and get amazing Fluid Audio FPX7's.
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transmisser
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12 posts since 5 Dec, 2019

Re: For new comers looking for $500 Monitors - Adam T7V's & Kali Audio LP-8's Fairly special IMO

Post Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:54 pm

I've been using the Kali LP-8s since they first came out and I've been pretty happy overall. The hiss is definitely a thing, but I've learned to ignore it since that's the only issue. I'm going to upgrade to their new IN-8 3-way monitor in a few weeks.

Lastdirollo
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12 posts since 18 Dec, 2019

Re: For new comers looking for $500 Monitors - Adam T7V's & Kali Audio LP-8's Fairly special IMO

Post Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:56 am

Thanks for sharing the vids. Heading towards a pair of Adams just trying to decide between the T5 and t7

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Pythagorean
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9 posts since 5 Jan, 2020

Re: For new comers looking for $500 Monitors - Adam T7V's & Kali Audio LP-8's Fairly special IMO

Post Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:23 pm

For me, I can't stand the uneven fatigueing treble of the Adam TxV speakers. Also much worse vertical off-axis and a crossover in the sensitive area of our hearing (2.6k I believe). Whereas the Kali LP-6 is smooth.
Difference even comes across on bad youtube vids:
https://youtu.be/bwX9pnynqUk
https://youtu.be/8eRKA9srFXE
Front port of the Kali's will also be better in most setups.

cristian2cu
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Re: For new comers looking for $500 Monitors - Adam T7V's & Kali Audio LP-8's Fairly special IMO

Post Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:31 pm

Tested by myself, Yamaha HS 7 181 USD
with subwoofer , Yamaha KS-SW100 135 USD
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