Whenever the end of the year rolls around, we are inundated with Best Of lists. Best albums, best movies, best podcasts... You know the rest. But for many of us in the pro audio world, we want to know what other engineers, producers, and audio creators are using to make the sounds featured on these lists.

So every December we start pulling together our own lists of best sellers by category based on what you, Vintage King's beloved customers, have been buying all year long. This year, we're kicking it off with the best selling studio monitors of 2020.

1. Barefoot Sound Footprint01 Studio Monitors

Barefoot Sound's Footprint01 studio monitors deliver the brand's signature sound in a compact, affordable package. Inspired by the classic MicroMain series, Footprint01 uses the same dual-force driver and dual-ring radiator tweeter designs to produce powerful lows and crystal-clear highs. With four class-leading drivers, the Footprint01 offers an extended frequency range from 36 Hz - 45 kHz. And with advanced MEME technology, you can emulate the sound of some of your favorite studio monitors, making it easier than ever to see how your tracks will sound on multiple systems.

2. Kali Audio Lone Pine LP-6 Studio Monitors

Kali Audio is a new brand to Vintage King in 2020 and the response from our customers has been overwhelming. The California-based monitor company skyrocketed right up our list of best selling monitors, thanks to the LP-6. Kali Audio's Lone Pine series is made up of budget-friendly monitors that don't skimp on accurate frequency response or authenticity. The LP-6 is the smallest offering in the line with a 6.5" height.

3. ATC SCM25A Pro Studio Monitors

The ATC SCM25A Pro is a compact, active three-way monitor with a custom midrange driver that delivers unparalleled clarity and detail. Designed for near or mid-field monitoring., the SCM25A Pro is perfect for professional producers, engineers, and artists who want uncompromising sound quality. With a hand-built 7˝ carbon-paper cone bass driver, a 25 mm neodymium soft dome tweeter, and a custom 3” midrange driver, the SCM25A Pro offers a hyper-accurate frequency response to tackle any critical listening applications.

4. Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitors

These classic studio monitors offer an impressive bang for your buck. Inspired by the iconic NS 10 studio monitors, the Yamaha HS8 features a two-way, bi-amped design for improved power and clarity. With an 8" cone woofer and a 1" dome tweeter, the HS8 delivers a wide frequency response of 38Hz - 30kHz. Perfect for producers and musicians working in home studios, the HS8 offers impressive performance in a compact, affordable package.

5. Amphion One18 Studio Monitors

The studio needs to be a versatile, adaptable environment. In order to get the job done, you need to move quickly, which means you can't always be rooted in the sweet spot, directly in between the speakers all day. That's where the Amphion One18 comes in. With a custom two-way design and a powerful 6.5" aluminum tweeter, the One18 offers a wide sweet spot and pinpoint-accurate imaged sound. Combined with a fast-response titanium tweeter, a high-density Corian waveguide, and a sealed enclosure with a passive radiator, the One18 delivers natural, transparent sound.

6. Focal Trio6 Be Studio Monitors

Focal Trio6 Be studio monitors are designed to meet the standards of the most demanding engineers. Featuring a three-way design with a custom a 1” tweeter, a 5” woofer, and an 8” subwoofer, the Trio6 Be delivers pristine sound. Switch to FOCUS mode to remove the subwoofer from the circuit for a more focused sound. With a neutral frequency response, precise stereophonic imaging, and impressive SPL output, the Trio6 is the ultimate reference monitor in this price point. Best of all, Trio6 Be studio monitors look as good as they sound with a sleek black front and inviting woodgrain side panels.

7. Neumann KH120 Studio Monitors

Neumann has a long legacy of creating class-leading tools for recording and producing music. The Neumann KH120 studio monitors deliver the same impressive quality and performance that Neumann is known for. Equipped with a cutting-edge Mathematically Modeled Dispersion waveguide (MMD), flexible acoustical controls, and all-analog class-AB amplifiers, the Neumann KH120 delivers hyper-accurate sound reproduction. Whether you're looking for a new pair of near field monitors to use in your studio or satellite speakers to add to your surround-sound rig, the KH 120 is perfect for tracking, mixing, and mastering.

8. ADAM Audio A7X Studio Monitors

Inspired by the best-selling A7 studio monitor, the award-winning A7X takes the classic ADAM Audio sound to a whole new level. A7X studio monitors utilize Accelerating Ribbon Technology to deliver an extended frequency response. Equipped with a cutting-edge X-ART tweeter and a custom 7” woofer, A7X studio monitors deliver unparalleled clarity and detail up to 50 kHz. A powerful 50-Watt Class-A/B amplifier provides impressive headroom, ensuring you never hear any unwanted distortion.

9. Genelec 8010A Studio Monitors

Genelec 8010A studio monitors are the gold standard for critical listening. With hyper-accurate frequency response, powerful SPL capabilities, and compact design, it's no wonder why Genelec 8010A studio monitors can be found in professional recording studios, post-production, and broadcast facilities around the world. Designed for use in small spaces, Genelec 8010A studio monitors are extremely portable and feature versatile mounting options for permanent installation. Whether you're in a hotel room on tour, in the back of the broadcast truck, or in your personal home studio, Genelec 8010A studio monitors deliver stunning sound in any setting.

10. Avantone Active MixCubes Studio Monitors

For over 25 years, nearly every major studio has used a pair of Avantone Active MixCube to check their mix for translation before pressing print on the final pass. These high-resolution, full-range powered mini-reference monitors are perfect for checking to see how your mix will sound when played back over small “bass-challenged” systems such as smartphones, laptops, and car stereos. With an upgraded design, the new MixCubes deliver a smoother midrange, more accurate top-end, and extended bass while maintaining the same classic sound as the original cubes.

Honorable Mentions: Barefoot Sound Footprint02, ADAM Audio T7V, ADAM Audio T8V, Focal Shape 65 and Kali Audio IN-8.

Jacob SchneiderIf you would like to purchase any of the best selling studio monitors of 2020 for your studio, we're here to help. Please contact a Vintage King Audio Consultant via email or by phone at 866.644.0160.