I didn't expect much of them - Behringer Truth 2031's, I bought them because I needed something in a hurry and was kind of broke at the time, and I figured when I outgrew them I could just give them to my dad as they're a lot better than the PC speakers he records with (though, before you start laughing, my dad is of the school where he cars approximately 0% about sound quality and the mix and getting tones right, and about 100% about the song and the performance - he basically sets levels, adds a bit of reverb here and there, and he's done, so PC speakers are just fine).
Well, I think I've outgrown them. I've known for a while that I was having a very hard time getting levels right for the bass guitar and that between my room and the 5" drivers on the monitors, I wasn't getting much in the way of low end reproduction so when I mixed something, dumped it onto my iPod, and played it back, more often than not it'd be too bass-heavy. However, the mix I was working on the last couple days, it was obvious that I was having trouble with higher frequencies than that - I happened to be going home to my parents' place last Sunday, so saturday night I finished a mix, dumped it onto my iPod, and listened to it a couple times on the drive home and then again on my dad's (rather nice) stereo. I'd gotten the bass levels more or less right after having checked it previously in my car, but right away (especially on my dad's stereo) I could hear some lower-mid ugliness in the rhythm guitars around 400hz or so - it was just a little muffled and boxy, and even in my car stereo I can tell that the cut I just put in there helped a bit. However, I can also tell it's still not quite right, and more to the point that it's much harder to hear that on the Truths than it is on even my car speakers. Since I record on the third floor, my car is obviously on the ground floor, and I'm sort of lazy, dumping a mix onto my iPod and stepping outside for a couple minutes isn't really a viable option.
So... I think I need to suck it up and buy better monitors (and probably consider doing some acoustical treatment in my room, but I don't know how feasible that really is). What should I be looking at? Say, in the sub-$400, sub-$600, and sub-$800 price points, for a pair of powered monitors (or, a pair of unpowered monitors plus a poweramp). What do you guys recommend?
It's just a little disheartening when you start to realize that you get a better idea of what's wrong with your mixes when you listen to them in a Toyota Camry with the base stereo, through a iPod playing back through your car radio, than you do through a pair of designed-for-the-task Behringers.
EDIT - Actually, Chris should just "loan" me his, since he never records either.
I'll sell you mine since they've been sitting in a box since the day I bought them.
Edit: But if you do actually want to borrow them, buy me Enchiladas this week and I'll toss 'em in my car.