Thanks for reading my review guide on the best studio monitors under $200 where I’ve purchased and reviewed an array of unique models to compare so you can choose from the best studio monitors within this price range. Creating music has been a hobby of mine for many years and I’ve created over 100 tracks since starting in this endeavor. Needless to say, over this time span, I’ve used quite a few studio monitors and have since gained quite a bit of experience in what to look for when determining if a certain model of studio monitors is worth purchasing or not.
Of course, the quality of sound to me is equally just as important as the price. The studio monitors on this list were chosen by me based not only on the cost but the quality as well. The sound quality isn’t something you want to compromise for the price.
So, without further ado, let’s get to the seven models of the best studio monitors under $200 that I’ve chosen to review!
PreSonus Eris E4.5
Stereo 1/4”, 1/8”, and RCA
RCA, 1/8" aux
1/4", 1/8", RCA
Alesis Elevate 5
RCA and 1/4”
XLS/TRS Combo, RCA, aux
TOSLINK, Coaxial SPDIF, aux, RCA
KRK Rokit 5 G3
XLR, 1/4-inch and RCA
PreSonus Eris E4.5 2-Way Powered Studio Monitors
The PreSonus Eris E4.5 is what I'd consider to be the crossover model of studio speakers and is a perfect choice for those seeking a solution that will serve incredibly well for both your computer and studio speaker needs. Perhaps being one of the best features of these studio speakers is the four and a half inch Kevlar Driver (low-frequency) which when combined with the one inch built-in tweeter provides crystal clear sound quality.
These studio speakers also come with a protective grille and are powered by two 25 watt amplifiers (Class AB) which are built-into the left speaker. For those who are wondering for configuration and setup purposes, all of the audio inputs are on the left speaker with the right speaker being connected to the left one with cables.
Features of the PreSonus Eris E4.5 include:
- A 4.5 inch transducer (Crafted from Kevlar and low frequency)
- A 1-inch (25mm) high-frequency transducer
- A 50 watt Class AB amplifier (25 watts per side)
- Acoustic adjustment controls allowing you accurately and quickly mix tracks
- An RF interference output providing protection control for the monitors
- A Maximum of 100 dB with continual SPL (frequency response rate is 70Hz-20Hz)
As such, when you purchase the PreSonus Eris E4.5 studio speakers, you'll receive a pair of both speakers in addition to all of the necessary wiring/cables that you’ll need to set them up.
For the price, I was very surprised at how nicely they sounded and I would highly recommend these to individuals who are not only going to be creating music but for those needing speakers for watching movies or anything else where enhanced sound improves the entertainment experience.
M-Audio AV42 | 20-Watt Compact Studio Monitor Speakers with 4-inch Woofer
The M-Audio AV42 Studio speakers are one of the best entry-level models available and are perfect for small home studio setups. The sound quality is nothing short of great and this is due to the uncovered speaker cones which increases the clearness of all aspects of the sound output.
The M-Audio AV42 is powered by a four-inch subwoofer (20 watts per channel) and the RCA inputs will allow you to connect an array of equipment for use including your mixers, DJ equipment or gaming consoles (versatile in its use). Some users may find it useful to know that you can also use your phone or tablet with these studio speakers as well so if you create music on your phone through an app you can listen to your tracks directly from your mobile device.
Features of the M-Audio AV42 include:
- Compact design perfect for beginner or space-constricted setups
- Uncovered speaker cones for which greatly increases the quality of sound
- A four-inch subwoofer providing 20-watts of power per channel (Class A/B amplifier)
- RCA input options for connecting all of your equipment (including gaming consoles)
- Versatile in use providing compatibility with your tablet, computer, or mobile device(s)
For me, this was a nice feature as sometimes I make mixes on my phone through the FruityLoops app and it's quite convenient to be able to listen to the music I create directly from my phone.
Another great feature of this model is the weight. Compared to the previous generation, the AV42 Studio speakers weigh less than half of the weight which is due to the new fiberboard construction. The innovative interior design provides increased reinforcement which greatly helps to absorb any vibration caused by the sound while also reducing the distortion.
These sounded great for music, movies, and games and are perfect for smaller home studio setups or for those on the go as portability is quite easy considering how lightweight these speakers are!
Mackie CR4 (Pair) Creative Reference Multimedia Studio Monitors
I was a previous user of the CR3 which was the predecessor to the Mackie CR4 and I was quite excited to test out and review their new and improved model. The biggest difference between both of these models is that the CR3 contained a 3-inch subwoofer while the CR4 boasts a 4-inch subwoofer so the sound quality, bass, and clarity have all improved.
The CR4 is coated and constructed from what's called polypropylene material and features a .75" Ferro-Fluid tweet which clarifies the vocals much better than the previous model making it a much-needed upgrade for CR3 users.
One of the features worth noting are the dimensions. My desk is often times cluttered with papers of personal project ideas (and a few cups of coffee) and these studio speakers were easy to set up and weren't in the way even with all of the stuff on my workstation.
Features of the Mackie CR4 Studio Speakers include:
- High-quality design providing incredibly loud and clear audio playback
- A large frequency range perfect for full-range multimedia setups (80Hz - 20kHz)
- Easy-to-access volume controls on the front panel (controls light up)
- The ability to use your smartphone or other devices through the AUX input on the front of the panel
These speakers measure 8.8 inches high, 6.1 inches wide and 6.2 inches in diameter so if you’re restricted on space these may be the best option for your work area.
Alesis Elevate 5 - 40-watt 5" Studio Monitor Speakers with Elliptical Waveguide
Alesis is a brand that I've been using for years for a number of "music creation" projects that I've worked on and they're one of the best manufacturers of studio speakers in my opinion as the craftsmanship of the speakers are always held to a high standard and the internals (wiring, subwoofer etc.) are equally just as great.
I used the Elevate 5 studio monitor speakers to produce and review 3 tracks that I developed and I have absolutely zero complaints about the sound quality. The sound quality has noticeably improved compared to the previous model(s) which is due to the new "elliptical waveguide" which is a new feature that's aimed to reduce reflections and increase frequency response.
Features of the Alesis Elevate 5 include:
- Power output of 100-240V ( 50/60Hz); includes a universal switching power supply
- Output Power is an impressive 40 watts
- Studio Speaker Dimensions - 8.7” x 7.25” x 10.6”
- Weight: With only weighing 12.5 lbs. they’re some of the easiest to move around
While there's really no room for me to point out a downside of this model, the only aspect that I wish was improved was the wattage. Each speaker provides 40-watts of power which isn't very much but for the price and other improvements made I believe this is quite a bargain and is one of the best studio monitors under $200!
Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor
What I absolutely love about the design that Yamaha did on the HS5 studio speaker is the fact that it's compact and while at the same time powerful! The Yamaha HS5 speaker boasts a 5-inch subwoofer with a one-inch "dome tweeter" which are "bi-amplified" which when I listened to my tracks on sounded like a 200-watt 8-inch sub (very very loud!).
The subwoofer is powered by a 45-watt amplifier while the tweeter is driven by a 25-watt amplifier with the frequency response rate being at 74Hz to around 24 kHz. After extensive usage of mixing tracks using the Yamaha HS5, the only thing that I'd recommend to buyers is that you add a standalone subwoofer if you have intentions of mixing bass related instruments in your music.
Features of the Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitors include:
- 2-Way bi-amplified studio monitor with 5-inch subwoofer and a one-inch tweeter
- Frequency response is around 54Hz-30kHz
- 45W (LF) plus 25W (HF) two-way platform offering 70-watts of power
- TRIM and room response control options
- XLR and TRS phone jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals
Don't get me wrong, the built-in sub works incredibly well but for the “music-producing enthusiasts” such as myself, if you truly want to perfect the bass effects in your mixes while maintaining the clarity of vocals then I'd suggest that you purchase a separate subwoofer to add to your station.
BEHRINGER MS40 Studio Speakers
The first few details that I want to outline about the BEHRINGER MS40 studio monitors is the sleek design, the conveniently located controls located on the front of the panel and the competitive price. If you're a hardcore music creative such as myself and plan on using your studio monitors for mixing then this is going to be your best purchase choice! The BEHRINGER MS40 speaker studios are what's known as two way studio monitors meaning that they were strictly designed and intended for use with "computer studios".
The first thing I noticed upon receiving these studio monitors is the build quality and durability. The outer frame is very well constructed but this is to be expected since these speakers are manufactured in Germany (which is known for high-quality productions).
Features of the BEHRINGER MS40 include:
- Bi-amplified studio monitors engineered for audio workstations
- Two amplifiers providing 20-watts of power each
- Quality constructed tweeters that provide an ultra-linear frequency response rate
- 24-bit/192 kHz D/A converters providing an incredible dynamic range
- The ability to connect multiple audio inputs through the S/PDIF interface
They were incredibly easy to set up and are quite user-friendly to operate with having controls on the front left speaker along with two analog inputs (TRS & RCA connections). Some of the controls on the front that you don't often times get with other models is an adjuster for both the Treble EQ and the Bass so you'll no longer need to go through your music program/software or the software for the studio speakers to make these adjustments (these are controls that I'm always tampering with so this is a HUGE convenience!).
As far as the internals go, the BEHRINGER MS40 is powered by two high-powered amps boasting 40 watts of power (frequency response rate of 50Hz to 25 Hz).
Overall, these are probably my favorite studio monitors and I'd highly recommend them to anyone that wants high-quality speakers for music production or audio testing/sampling.
KRK RP5G3-NA Rokit 5 Generation 3 Powered Studio Monitor
The KRK RP5G3 Studio Monitors are nothing short of awesome! With this model, KRK did a fantastic job with the design and I absolutely loved the black/yellow color contrast! Now, down to the details that really matter, the RP5G3 studio panels include a 1-inch soft dome tweeter along with a 5-inch subwoofer (constructed from glass-aramid composite).
After running various tests (through 3 different audio testing softwares), I've determined that these monitors provide frequencies up to 35 kHz with the vocal pitch/clarity (and bass response) far surpassing my expectations!
On the back you'll be provided with a multitude of options, ranges and inputs that will provide you with various hook-up compatibilities that should accommodate any of your needs. There's a bass and HF Level Adjuster on the upper-right section along with an RCA and "Balanced" input.
They’ve definitely made improvements on this studio monitor model and it was very easy to integrate into my home music studio (as pictured above).
So… What’s the best Studio Monitor under $200?
The BEHRINGER MS40!
My top choice would be the MS40 Studio Speakers created by BEHRINGER! Between its sleek design that will fit the aesthetic design of nearly any set-up, front located control options and its two way platform, these were designed and engineered to do one thing: Provide awesome sound!
While these were really intended for audio production purposes, they will also serve their purpose incredibly well for both gamers and movie-watchers and I can assure you that they will not disappoint! For the price, there's nothing better on the market so don't second-guess yourself if you're thinking about picking up a pair of the BEHRINGER MS40 studio monitors!