What should I do with a single monitor

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hhuang9611
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455 posts since 1 Mar, 2018 from USA

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:51 pm

Okay, I know this might sound stupid. I saw this monitor (M-Audio BX5 Carbon 5" 2-Way 70W Active Studio Monitor (Black)) was on a good clearance sale at B&H earlier, so I bought it immediately. Since I have never purchased high quality monitors before, I assumed it would come in pair :dog: but when I opened the packages, there was only one speaker all alone... To make the matter worse, this model seems to be discontinued (hence the clearance sale, of course). Also, B&H requires customer to pay for return shipping.

So I have no idea what should I do with this great yet lonely monitor. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Dasheesh
KVRAF
2950 posts since 22 Nov, 2012

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:10 pm

Good question. Monitors are usually sold in pairs. Seems like we should have read the fine print a little better on this purchase. :). Good chance the other was broken in shipping or something. Maybe a studio needed a new one and they sold it off. Who knows, but they had an extra sitting around. If you have two cheaper monitors you are using as left and rights, I might use it as a sub, or a center. Otherwise, maybe you can get a similar monitor elsewhere and pair them?

acYm
KVRian
882 posts since 11 Sep, 2015

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:29 pm

sold in pairs, as in boxed in pairs? that's never the case, no.
when they have 1 monitor left at the store it's typically because it was returned for an exchange and they got stuck with it at the end.
for something as common as a bx-5, it's not impossible to find a single one on ebay, kijiji and such...

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BertKoor
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10875 posts since 8 Mar, 2005 from Utrecht, Holland

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:14 am

Either order a second one (so you paid twice what you expected) or you send it back and pay shipment. Or put it on eBay and sell with some loss. Or dedicate yourself to producing in mono.

Whatever, it's going to cost you learning money.
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toonertik
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643 posts since 15 Feb, 2017

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:32 am

Did you try that old friend Google...
I am in the UK... simply typing "https://www.google.com/search?q=(M-Audio+BX5+Carbon+5%22+2-Way+70W+Active+Studio+Monito&oq=(M-Audio+BX5+Carbon+5%22+2-Way+70W+Active+Studio+Monito&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8" got this this in UK...
Single prices fromm £99 https://www.thedjshop.co.uk/m-audio-bx5 ... gLzA_D_BwE
https://www.fairdealmusic.co.uk/m-audio ... gIJF_D_BwE

Maybe similar in USA :shrug:
Not so difficult

SoundPorn
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342 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:01 am

"Dedicate yourself to producing in mono..."

:hihi: :clap: That's it I'm logging off.
BertKoor wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:14 am
Either order a second one (so you paid twice what you expected) or you send it back and pay shipment. Or put it on eBay and sell with some loss. Or dedicate yourself to producing in mono.

Whatever, it's going to cost you learning money.

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AsPeeXXXVIII
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377 posts since 17 Aug, 2015 from Finland

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:39 am

Set it in the middle of your living room and put a window glass on it. Voíla - improvised coffee table.
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vurt
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39528 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:06 am

plant pot will fit on a monitor.
doorstop?

chk071
KVRAF
18154 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:31 am

acYm wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:29 pm
sold in pairs, as in boxed in pairs? that's never the case, no.
Mine came boxed in a pair...

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hhuang9611
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455 posts since 1 Mar, 2018 from USA

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:31 am

Thanks for all the replies guys. I just have another question, say if I decide to buy another monitor, is it okay to get a second hand one? Will there be significant difference between brand new speakers and used ones?
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excuse me please
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100 posts since 10 Oct, 2018

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:39 am

Yep, this is very curious, assuming you do speak about the D2 version, I'm quite sure they were sold as a set everywhere. A second hand pair maybe an option; they are not that expensive, around €100.

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Hink
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27672 posts since 6 Sep, 2003 from Downeast Maine

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:02 am

SoundPorn wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:01 am
"Dedicate yourself to producing in mono..."

:hihi: :clap: That's it I'm logging off.
BertKoor wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:14 am
Either order a second one (so you paid twice what you expected) or you send it back and pay shipment. Or put it on eBay and sell with some loss. Or dedicate yourself to producing in mono.

Whatever, it's going to cost you learning money.
why dedicate, save the single monitor for mixing in mono, mixing in mono is a common technique.

perfumer
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149 posts since 4 Oct, 2018

Re: What should I do with a single monitor

Post Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:19 am

Hink wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:02 am
SoundPorn wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:01 am
"Dedicate yourself to producing in mono..."

:hihi: :clap: That's it I'm logging off.
BertKoor wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:14 am
Either order a second one (so you paid twice what you expected) or you send it back and pay shipment. Or put it on eBay and sell with some loss. Or dedicate yourself to producing in mono.

Whatever, it's going to cost you learning money.
why dedicate, save the single monitor for mixing in mono, mixing in mono is a common technique.
It's not a 'left' or 'right' speaker, so perfectly good for mono. Do you have a guitar? Plug it in and see what happens!

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