picked up some small Edirol monitors today...

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picked up some small Edirol monitors today...

Postby killedaway » Sun May 13, 2007 6:13 am

i went yard-saling/swap-meeting with a friend today, as is my usual Saturday custom, and found some Edirol MA-10D "Digital Stereo Micro Monitors". they're tiny little things: 10 watts each, 3" woofers, with digital and analog ins. i know they're cheap, but i already have a great pair of studio monitors and i've been looking for something small and wimpy but with decent quality that i could use as a second set of reference speakers. for their size, they're actually pretty nice. bass response is paltry, of course, but they still get down a lot lower than i thought they would. the highs are quite crisp and relative to their size, detail is fair.

they were sitting amidst a pile of electronic junk (other, old speakers, a DVD player, a TV) and they caught my eye (i don't think they make these anymore, but i used to see them priced around $100+, new). i asked the guy selling how much he wanted for the pair; he said $10, so of course, i'm assuming they're broken. however, being my cocky self, i decide i'll just fix them if that's the case (or cry trying). i try to offer the guy 8 bucks, which he declines, saying that he was asking 15 earlier in the day. whatever. i give him 10 bucks and head to my car.

i get home, plug them in, hook up my ESX-1, power them on, and.... NOTHING. i get a red light and no sound. great. of course, i'm not gonna let that stop me. it's screwdriver time! i open them up, and unbelievably, i see the problem right away: inside the amp unit is an 8-pin ribbon cable, which, for one reason or another, is unplugged.
-- it was at this point i surmised that these speakers have never been used. other than some light outer wear (maybe from being moved, or packed & unpacked), they look to be pristine. --
anyway, i plug the cable in, close it up and power them on once more -- green light, and sound! they now work 100%. for only ten bucks, i have a baby set of secondary reference monitors. for those wondering, these also double as pretty good PC speakers and offer a digital connection (optical or coaxial), to interface with your computer.

anyway, this was just a small brag and a remark about the quality of these particular Edirols. i don't think i would've bought them at retail, but they actually bang a good amount.

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Postby Stab Frenzy » Sun May 13, 2007 6:43 am

Nice one, good deal!
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Postby killedaway » Sun May 13, 2007 8:52 am

thanks!

i just got done running my gear thru them for about an hour or so, and i really am impressed. further, i was able to isolate a strange out-of-tune phenomenon that was affecting one of my synth bass patches in my EMX-1. it was present while listening thru my M1s, but only just barely, so i never caught it before. the first time i played the offending pattern thru the MA-10Ds, i caught it right away, and subsequently fixed it. i think this has something to do with the bass-heavy response of the M1s, which must have caused that sound to get pushed to the "back". i can now see why folks use at least 2 pairs of monitors when they mix.
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