Versatility is a trait that often gets neglected nowadays. If you’re looking for a solid yet inexpensive pair of studio monitor speakers, they probably won’t perform great for anything besides your regular studio use.
However, the MS16s by Behringer manage to overcome that problem quite nicely.
Let’s take a closer look at these bad boys, and see what exactly makes them so neat!
Behringer MS16 Studio Monitors Review
Chances are that you’ve already heard about Behringer. They are known for their wide range of audio products, ranging from amps and microphones to keyboards, PA systems, and just about anything related to instruments and music.
What’s really great about their products, is that no matter your skill and experience level, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for, and the MS16s are no exception.
For just around $80, you can get a noticeable improvement in your home audio experience with a pair of these speakers.
- Small footprint
- 4” woofers, high-resolution tweeters, 2x8W amps
- Front facing controls
- Mic input and headphone output
Unlike most other stereo speaker combos that are either marketed as PC speakers or studio monitors, the MS16s sit somewhere in between.
They provide you with a fairly balanced and flat frequency response, with room for shaping the sound you want in different circumstances.
Rocking that well known Behringer build and audio quality, and being amazingly versatile, these speakers offer impressive value for the money.
- Pretty powerful
- Solid build
- Suitable for different types of use
- Cellphone interference may occur
- A quiet hum can be heard
Who are the MS16s for?
With the mentioned specs and features in mind, the MS16s mainly focus on home studio audio engineers that simply want something more than just plain old monitor speakers.
The sound quality and the flat frequency response these offers make a great recording/mixing experience.
Given the fact that you can easily adjust the bass and treble at any time, using the MS16s as a pair of speakers for everyday use like gaming, watching movies or listening to movies yields surprisingly good results.
What makes the MS16s special?
First of all, the fairly petite dimensions make these speakers fit pretty much anywhere. You can easily have them on both sides of your computer screen with plenty of room for everything else. As they are magnetically shielded, interference shouldn’t be a problem.
The 4” woofers give the MS16s a very powerful low-end response, and the high definition tweeters guarantee crisp and natural sounding trebles. With a total of 16W of power, these can provide you with fairly high levels of volume, without sacrificing any playback quality.
Unlike most other monitor speakers on the market, these have all the most commonly used controls on the front, so you don’t have to reach behind and blindly feel around for the volume, bass, and treble knobs.
The control knobs are coupled with a mic input as well as a headphone output, for a convenient and silent experience. Whether it’s using the speakers as your own personal PA system, or a simple karaoke setup, it’s all the reach of your hand!
What the users have to say
Most users were happy with the performance their MS16s provided.
“For this much money, you can’t get a better pair of monitor speakers!”
“I use them for recording and mixing, as well as for watching movies. They sound amazing!”
The only downside of these speakers was the humming noise that was present at times. Some users also reported interference from their cell phones when they were placed too close to the speakers.
“The constant hum gets annoying pretty fast”
“They are too quiet, I need more volume”
However, do have in mind that numerous users reported that their speakers didn’t manifest the humming noise!
Some extra info
The frequency range is rated at 80Hz to 20kHz.
The audio cable you get with these speakers has your standard 3.5mm jack.
So, with all of that in mind, are the MS16s worth getting?
If you’re looking for a pair of solid yet small speakers you can use for recording/mixing music, as well as anything else, and still get a good sound, then yes!
Just make sure you don’t put your cell phone too close to them!
That pretty much wraps it up. I hope that you found this article informative.
Thank you for reading, and, as always, see you in the next one!