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yas375 posted a topic in POD HDI was playing guitar a few year ago and recently have decided to start playing again. Have ordered POD HD500X yesterday! Mainly going to play alone or with backtracks playing from phone or computer connected to POD HD500X. Maybe in future will also buy an electric piano to play together with my wife from time to time :) I'm stuck with choosing an output device to buy. I'd like to spend no more than $350. First question: combo or pair of monitors? With monitors I can get stereo sound and I heard there are some effects which use stereo, but I'm not sure I really need this... Second question: which particular model to choose in the price range? Here are some options and my thoughts about them. Please note, I didn't try any of these amplifiers and monitors. Combo amps: * Fender Mustang II V2 40-Watt 1x12-Inch, $200. Lots of good feedback on this series on reddit. Looks like plenty of people using them and are pretty happy. * Yamaha THR10, $300. I heard from a friend it has really great sound! But I'm not sure about this, is that it has amp modelling too. I'm buying HD500X, which does this job already, so I suppose I'll use "Flat" mode on the combo. Then why to pay for the rest? * Line 6 Spider IV 15 15-watt 1x8 Modeling Guitar Amplifier, $100. Great reviews and very cheap. 15 watt probably will be enough to play at home? * Line 6 Spider IV 30 30-watt 1x12 Modeling Guitar Amplifier, $200. Bigger speaker. * Marshall MG30CFX MG Series 30-Watt, $200. * Fender Champion 40, $180 * Orange Crush Pix CR35LDX 1x10" 35-Watt Combo w/FX Orange, $250. But I probably don't need any fx... * Roland CUBE-10GX 10W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp, $130 Combo amps with tubes: * Orange Micro Terror 20-Watt Head + Orange PPC108 1x8" 20-Watt Speaker Cabinet 8-ohm Orange, $100 + $150. Tube! * Vox VT20PLUS 20-Watt 1x8 Guitar Combo Amplifier, $180. Tube! * Laney Amps CUB All TUBE Series CUB 10 10-Watt 1x10 Guitar Combo Amplifier, $250. Tube! Monitors: * KRK RP5G3-NA Rokit 5 Generation 3 Powered Studio Monitor, $300 for pair. * JBL LSR305 5-inch Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor, $270 for pair. * Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor, $400 for pair with cables and stands. * Behringer Truth B1030a High-Resolution, Active 2-Way Reference Studio Monitors, $300 for pair. In my understanding these monitors are pretty a bottom line for monitors. I don't have in plans to make recordings in nearest future. I don't even have a nice table to place them on (working on a laptop). So maybe these are other reasons to buy a better combo amp, than cheap monitors. But if only a lot of guitarist who uses POD HD500X will say that using combo with all modelling power of HD500X doesn't make sense, then I'm ready to find a good place for monitors at my place :) --- So the first questions first please: combo amp or active monitors? :) Thanks in advance!
yas375 replied to yas375's topic in POD HDThank you guys! I understand now, that I need studio monitors instead of PA :)
yas375 replied to yas375's topic in POD HDThanks everyone for the feedback! I really appreciate this! I've visited a guitar store yesterday. Has talked to a guy who sells guitar combo amps and to a guy who sells studio monitors. Both also think I should buy monitors. And indeed: of POD HD500X is good at modelling then I probably should go with something flat, without any flavors. Otherwise it's all gonna mess... So I think I'm buying monitors! :) I've listened JBL LSR305, Yamaha HS5, and Rokit 5 a little in the store yesterday. Unfortunatelly it wasn't with a guitar. Just some music playing from a phone. Probably JBL LSR305 is my fav right now. According to what the guy in the store has told me, the Rokit 5 is not as flat as Jbl 305. And Yamaha HS5 might miss some bass. Also this is what I found about the HS5 on the internet too and its bottom frequency indeed a little higher, than the others. I don't have great hearing unfortunatellyÐ± so for me it's gonna be hard actually to hear that Rockit 5 is not as flat as JBL 305))) But I'll try! My plan is to wait for the delivery of my POD and then come to the store again with guitar and the POD and choose the best monitors I'll like :) Could somebody please reference me to what PA stands for here? From what I can google it seems that PA speakers are powered speakers. Is it correct to name JBL LSR305, Yamaha HS5, and Rokit 5 as PA speakers/systems? Or am I missing something? Thanks! I'm adding a note on this one. I hope I can find it in the same store to compare with other options :) Yes, sadly it's a little out of my budget. Also I'm not sure I really need mixer. Looks like the POD will be enough for my needs. In future when we will by digital piano too, I'm going to connect it to pod's Aux In. And if we will also need a backtrack we can plug a phone playing it through "CD/Mp3 input" or over the usb from a computer. :) I'm very glad to hear this! Because I was worrying about it and I know people pay $800 and more per monitor... That's why I thought I'm choosing between lowest price monitors))