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Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby rightintheface » Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:09 am

What's everybody out there in TR-land using as a "grotbox"/mono checker/consumer grade? Anyone tried the "modern" auratone-alikes like the Avantones or Beh#%@tones? My old crappy ghetto blaster just died, and I wonder if I should buy into the "pro" versions - which kind of defeat the purpose in a way... But I suppose stability will be the gaining factor.

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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby gigpiglet » Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:18 am

i have a little mono 2" in the meter bridge of my neve...
probably doesnt help you!
but works perfectly for us!
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby rightintheface » Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:54 am

G,
It'd help me if you just sent me the neve desk???? ;;)
P.s. mate just did a successful update to PT 12 Vanilla - hopefully smooth sailing from here on out
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby Alistair » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:15 am

Have a single powered Avantone in the studio, and a pair of no-name generic Auratone copies at home with very crap speakers that I paid $25 for. I prefer the no-name generics, but the Avantone is fine.
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby rightintheface » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:42 pm

Interesting Alistair, what is it about the Avantone that doesn't tickle your fancy? I had read in some reviews that it's a bit too clean and hifi, defeating the purpose somewhat.
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby Paul Maybury » Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:48 am

Auratones are not grot boxes. They may have a restricted frequency response but they are clean. No crossover, no port...fantastic. I haven't heard any of the modern re creations.
A ghetto blaster or pair of cheap "prosumer" 2 way monitors make a good real world reference. Lumpy bass from the porting , crossover in the middle of the speech region....those kinds of speaker are everywhere.
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby mylesgm » Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:45 pm

I've got a pair of radioshack boxes that look exactly like aurotones. 3" or 4" driver in a sealed box. Use them all the time, stereo and mono. I actually really like the way they sound and they expose all sorts of little problems that my monitors don't, over excursion, subtle ringing, balance, and blend etc. Got them on ebay years ago for $5.
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

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Postby mylesgm » Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:28 pm

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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby Alistair » Fri Aug 07, 2015 9:54 pm

Mine are identical to Myles' except they are 'SoundDevices' brand.
As Paul said, it's not that they are distorted at all, it's the limited frequency. I use them almost exclusively for balance- when levels are right on them, they are right on everything. Plus if you can hear kick and bass on them, you're safe.
The Avantones just don't seem to be as easy to get balances right on. They are still cool, but not as cool.
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby Lee Cardan » Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:54 am

I use NS-10s :-bd
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby Chris H » Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:14 pm

Little sony stereo cassette with RCA inputs like this.......

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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby a.beck » Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:34 pm

Original Auratones here. Usually just one in mono though. Haven't found anything I like better.
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby rightintheface » Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:34 pm

Ducked down to my local recycle depot this morning, and this little cube was sitting right on top of the hifi pile - couldn't pass it up for $2.
I'll see how it goes!
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Re: Auratone/grotbox - what do you use?

Postby gigpiglet » Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:07 pm

well for $2 its a pretty good bet right... not a lot to lose if it doesnt work out for you!
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