Seeking Opinion of Roland ma-12c, ma-8, ma-10d speakers

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by nobody@nowhere, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. Hi, I've been looking for some relatively inexpensive speakers to
    support my midi synths. My current crappy speakers from my Aiwa
    minsystem tend to bias towards the bass end and lose all the upper
    frequencies, so I end up using headphones most of the time. So I'm
    looking for a nice set of speakers that don't try to do anything to
    the sound.

    I've been reading some old threads, and there were some
    recommendations for the Roland ma-8. If I had more money to spend, the
    ma-12c was recommended. Looking for used speakers, the prices for
    these are pretty close, so I was wondering how these two models
    compare. Also, I see that Roland (Edirol) now sells an ma-10d and I
    was wondering how this one compares to the other two. It also seems to
    be in the same price range.

    Can somebody tell me which one I should get and how they differ? I
    have heard the ma-8 distorts at low frequencies. Is this true and is
    it true for the others? I don't need a lot of power...I only tend to
    use them inside a small/medium size room. I'm just looking at sound
    quality.

    Also, I have an old subwoofer lying around which isn't too bad. I was
    thinking of trying to use it with these speakers. Can somebody explain
    to me how I could set up everything? It uses RCA type connectors. I'm
    particularly confused with the ma-12c which normally sells speakers
    individually (but used they tend to come in pairs). They have 1/4"
    phono input plugs, but I don't understand how to set them up to create
    a stereo setup and how I might add in a subwoofer. Somebody suggested
    a headphone amplifier, but I don't know what this device is. Can
    somebody suggest an inexpensive one and tell me how this all hooks up?

    Thanks
  2. In article <d034gvshfmh780o2t1qap7u4bt4tui7mua@4ax.com>,
    "nobody@nowhere" <nobody@nospam.nil> wrote:

    > Hi, I've been looking for some relatively inexpensive speakers to
    > support my midi synths. My current crappy speakers from my Aiwa
    > minsystem tend to bias towards the bass end and lose all the upper
    > frequencies, so I end up using headphones most of the time. So I'm
    > looking for a nice set of speakers that don't try to do anything to
    > the sound.
    >
    > I've been reading some old threads, and there were some
    > recommendations for the Roland ma-8. If I had more money to spend, the
    > ma-12c was recommended. Looking for used speakers, the prices for
    > these are pretty close, so I was wondering how these two models
    > compare. Also, I see that Roland (Edirol) now sells an ma-10d and I
    > was wondering how this one compares to the other two. It also seems to
    > be in the same price range.



    I have the Roland MA-10A's and I love them a lot.

    I have been calling them the "poor musician's NS-10" as they
    habve one characteristic in common with the famous NS-10:

    If you can get a mix to sound good on them, the mix will sound
    good everywhere.

    The MA-10 is only a 10 watt speaker system but that's fine, really.

    The way I use them, I have them at ear level, and positioned
    such as they make an equilateral triangle about 1.5m on a side
    with my head at the "apex". This gives me an excellent near field
    studio monitoring environment. They are not suitable for filling
    a room with sound, but if you want personal monitors that will
    push a decent level out at near field, with good overall
    response, these are excellent.

    I live in a flat and have had no complaints when doing a large mix
    late at night. Some of the mixes I did with the MA-10
    others have commented on how good they sounded on their own systems
    so I assume that the Roland is doing something right with the MA-10.

    If you decide to get these, then move up to bigger, more powerful
    monitors later on, you can still use these for near field work.

    I recommend them!


    rachel

    --
    Rachel Polanskis Kingswood, Greater Western Sydney, Australia
    grove@zeta.org.au http://www.zeta.org.au/~grove/grove.html
    "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security,
    deserve neither liberty or security" - Benjamin Franklin, 1759

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