top5 speakers

Carrying on our theme of top lists whilst nothing much is really happening in the industry, this time we look at budget audio monitoring. We welcome guest writer Conner Lambden from Conner Productions who has assembled a list of reasonably priced speakers you might like sitting in your edit suite.

Here at FCP.co we are 100% Genelec fans, nothing can touch their audio quality for their size and thus they make ideal monitors for edit suites. The one problem with Genelecs is their price, although they are active they don't come cheap, expect to pay over a $1000 (drumroll) each.

So what about budget monitoring solutions? Conner explores the options:


As a video editor, there is a whole plethora of speakers you can use for editing, ranging from $49 Logitech Speakers, all the way to several thousand dollar monitors. Usually, the higher end speakers work on producing the sound exactly as it is, whereas lower end speakers focus more on “sounding good.”

In some editing rooms, lots of money is spent not only on speakers, but also getting the acoustics of the room right, in order to sound perfect. The only problem? Most people don’t have such massive budgets. Here I've featured what I deem to be the best speakers you can get for less than $500 for video editing. Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section.


Audioengine A5

 Audioengine A5+ Price: $399

The Audio Engine A5+ features a strong, heavy bass. The main complaint about the A5+’s is that the Bass is overpowering the mids and highs, however overall it is an extremely good speaker.



Samson Resolv a8

Samson Resolv a8 Price: $349

The Samson Resolv are powerful and capable of a large range of sound. It has an 8-­‐inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and a 1.25 inch tweeter. It performs better at higher volumes. Overall, they’re great speakers for the price.



KRK Rokit 5

KRK Rokit 5 Price: $299

The Rokit 5’s are a smaller speaker than most of these, and it is the cheapest of these Monitors. It only has a 5” woofer and 45 watts of power. The main complaint is that problems with the bass start to emerge as the volume is increased. A great speaker, but we would recommend any of these other speakers over it.



Mackie MR8MK2

Mackie MR8MK2 Price $499

The Mackie MR8 Mark 2’s have great clarity in the high and mids, with a punchy and warm bass. There are very few complaints, the main one being the high price tag. Highly recommended.



M Audio BX8 D2

M-Audio BX8 D2 Price $499

These M-­‐Audio Speakers have an 8-­‐inch woofer, with a total of 130 watts. They have great detail in the upper mids, great at giving an overall full sound to the mix.


Keep in mind, that these are not the only speakers available to you! These are great speakers for their price, but make sure and buy the speaker that best fits your needs and your budget.

Guest Post by Conner Productions, provider of Hollywood Caliber Video Effects.


Many thanks to Conner, we are sure it will spark off a monitoring debate! Let us know if you use any of these speakers or if you have tested them. We managed to find all of the monitors listed at B&H.

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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

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I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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