Back when I was shopping for monitors, I did a good few weeks of consistent research before buying some. I don't claim to be an expert, but I figure I can try to pass some info on.
At 8/29/14 09:04 AM, LunyAlex wrote:
1) The frequency range on most of these things starts at 50hz, if not higher, at 85-ish. My current headphones do 10Hz - 22,000Hz.
Is this a problem? Will the low end be lacking in comparison, or are we talking of frequencies low enough to be negligible in everyday mixing?
Not really. Depends on the monitor of course, but I've never felt like I'm lacking any frequency range since I've bought them. Additionally, you can always use your current headphones as an additional reference.
Or are subwoofers necessary?
Again, depends on the monitors, but typically, no. Can it help? Of course, but it is something that you can always pick up later on if you feel it would help.
2) Are Budget Monitors worth it?
Depends on what "budget" means. In your case of 200-250$, probably not unless you buy them used. Save up a bit more and it will greatly increase your options
3) Do you have any recommendations for monitors in the 200-250$ price range?
The only monitors I know anything about at that range are the M-audio bx5a. They are pretty good for the money, but there is a noticeable gap between them and anything in the 400 range.
In the 300-400 range you there are the more options. The ones I know about the most are equator d5's, Yamaha HS5's and the super popular KRK Rokit 5.
All three are good options. I own the D5's and find the midrange to be crystal clear and the low end to be surprisingly good for 5 inch woofers. Also, Equator has a 60 day return policy, so you essentially get 2 months to just try them out which is nice. The Yamahas are very well thought of, although I've heard of issues with ear fatigue. I've never listened to them long enough to experience that though. The KRK's seem to have people who love them or hate them. I personally find them too bassy to mix with.
If I were in your shoes, I would probably try to save a bit longer in hopes of getting better quality. Of course, thats up to you.
Also, if you're lucky, you have a music store near you which you can go into a room and actually hear the monitors. Buying monitors without hearing them is extremely difficult and is one of the reason I bought the Equators first (due to the return policy).