On top of receiving the HF350's this week, I also had the pleasure of testing out the N-Wave 580 monitors from Numark.
I, like most of you, am always in the market for a new speaker system. I've got my Sony MDR-V6 headphones for travel and my Yamaha HS8's for when shit gets real, but I don't have something that I can easily pack up, lug around, and beat up a bit.
Numark's N-Wave 580's fit the bill. I was able to set them up in less time than it took getting them out of the box, and the material looks to be sturdy as hell (note the blue LED bands to protect the tweeters, nice!). For $150.00, it's going to be hard to find a better deal.
The material is a composite plastic with a simple hard rubber volume knob. The design is not only sexy, but functional. The tweeter's set into the speaker about an inch, and the main speaker's protected by a metal mesh covering. While the enclosure will sack some quality, it's the difference between a dent and a replacement. I'll take that trade.
The output is immense, and while the frequency range is sub-par (55 - 20,000 Hz), they make up for any lost lower frequencies with a "bass boost" option right on the back panel.
The speakers run on one five-inch sound driver, and a standard one-inch silk-dome tweeter. No, there's no sub-woofer, but that definitely cuts back on the "eviction" factor.
Bottom line, there's very little wrong with the N-Waves. In my years of reviewing, I have yet to see a better price-tag, considering the quality of the product. These are perfect for the newcomer producer looking for a decent pair of monitors, as well as the professional looking for a pair of on-the-go speakers for performance or composition.