What's the best way to select a pair of studio monitors? Sit down in a proper listening environment and listen to several different monitors with a mix you are familiar with. Warren Huart and Alex Oana recently teamed up to do just that and put five different monitors through a rigorous shootout.

Captured in Huart's latest video, the famed engineer/producer and Oana point out the different tonal characteristics of each of the speakers, their optimal use and benefits depending on the style of music you're working in. The duo also discusses which speakers they would prefer in a producing/recording vs. mixing environment.

Learn more about the Focal SM9, Barefoot Sound MicroMain 45, Barefoot Sound Micro Main 35 Gen 2ATC SCM25A and PMC twotwo.8, and hear each of the monitors in action in the video below.