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post #16 of 260

Was looking at the BX5a but found out it doesnt have a central volume control. u have to adjust volume at the bak of each speaker so unfortunately i have to cancel this off my list. I do not have a AMP/DAC and plan on using my soundcard. Then i look at the Swan MKII and found out its not available in singapore. argh so what other alternatives do i have other than the AE5?

post #17 of 260

If your computer has a remote or keyboard volume controls (like the Mac lines) then you can keep the BX5a volume up and control the system volume via the remote or keyboard.

post #18 of 260

I heard its not advisable to control thru the windows volume? and yeah my keyboard can control the volume
 

post #19 of 260

Nice thread, Xombie11. Have you considered giving Adam speakers a try? They're some of the best I've heard (A5 and A7, that is). And they're made in Germany, built like a tank.

 

http://www.adam-audio.com/en/pro-audio/products


Edited by dfkt - 7/31/10 at 8:56am
post #20 of 260
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Originally Posted by AhhHoNG View Post

I heard its not advisable to control thru the windows volume? and yeah my keyboard can control the volume
 


I wouldn't worry about windows volume too much unless you're taking it under 50%. If you're obsessed with bit-perfectness, don't use it, but imo you won't hear a difference.

post #21 of 260

I have done some  research and discovered some good active bookshelves below 500.

 

Markie MR5/8

 

KRK RP5/6 GEN 2

 

Behringer 3030A 3031A

 

JBL LSR2325P

 

 

wonder if these few are better than the Audioengine 5. I am looking for something better than AE5 but it as to be 300-400 price range for a pair.


Edited by AhhHoNG - 8/1/10 at 11:28am
post #22 of 260

Sorry, I sort of have to nitpick here...

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They must be active and self-powered, as subs are big, bulky and often overpowering.

What?  A subwoofer has nothing to do with being active/self-powered.  If you don't mind getting a receiver, there are lots of options out there for bookshelf speakers.

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 Due to the weak internal amp, they cannot get very loud without the use of a soundcard or USB DAC; as such, their potential is wasted if you are planning to use them alongside a notebook or your desktop's onboard sound. 

What does a sound card or USB DAC have to do with loudness?

 

Thanks for the recommendations though!  But I think you're a bit confused.  For my apartment, I just use a Yamaha stereo receiver and a pair of B&W 686's.  The 686 list at $480 I think, but you could probably find a good receiver and the 686's for under $500 on the used market.


Edited by The_X - 8/1/10 at 11:30am
post #23 of 260

Sound cards can have a higher output than some other devices, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_level

However, that can just make it easier for the amp/speakers to go into clipping I believe. Higher end soundcards and almost all dacs are 2 vrms.

 

You will be fine with the BX5A, just adjust the volume digitally in Windows. If your sound card's output is not 2 vrms then it will probably be 3-6 decibels lower in max volume than one that is.

post #24 of 260
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by The_X View Post

Sorry, I sort of have to nitpick here...

What?  A subwoofer has nothing to do with being active/self-powered.  If you don't mind getting a receiver, there are lots of options out there for bookshelf speakers.

What does a sound card or USB DAC have to do with loudness?

 

Thanks for the recommendations though!  But I think you're a bit confused.  For my apartment, I just use a Yamaha stereo receiver and a pair of B&W 686's.  The 686 list at $480 I think, but you could probably find a good receiver and the 686's for under $500 on the used market.





Haha, sorry about that initial sentence. It used to be two sentences, one explaining my want for an active set of speakers rather than a passive set with an amp, the other expressing my disdain for subs. I combined them into one sentence, using 'as,' and one sentence that really makes no sense when you read into it.

Regarding my comment about the Swans, I standby the volume issue. For more information, please see my thread here: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/501233/dac-for-macbook-swans

Btw this thread is in for a major rehaul, which I'll do shortly.
post #25 of 260

As for the BX5a no having a central speaker control.....

 

Many monitors are meant to be controlled by a mixer console, with volume control there, however since most of us don't mix/have consoles, I'd buy the TC Electronic Level Pilot.

 

Completely passive, uses a high quality Bourns Pot, and is completely balanced.  If you're not using a DAC, then....

 

Assuming you are using a 3.5mm out...

 

3.5mm TRS/Y-cable unbalanced XLR out > Level Pilot > BX5a

 

You would set your volume on your computer to 100% then use your level pilot for volume control, and set your BX5a to where ever you like.  I found dead center on the volume knobs is perfect for me.

post #26 of 260

 

http://www.adam-audio.com/en/pro-audio/products/a3x/description

 

New  ADAM A3X. These are nice. Just within budget, similar size (1" taller) than the AV40, go down to 60hz flat (+/-2dB), biamped (25W+25W+25W+25W) and come with a 5 year guarantee. balanced XLR or phono - with phono volume control on one controls both.

 

Very flat and accurate frequency response. Forensic level of detail. Do poor sources no favours. Which you'd expect.

 

edit : they are not smaller than the AV40. They are in fact 1" taller. thx to xombie11 for the correction.


Edited by RonaldDumsfeld - 8/30/10 at 9:33am
post #27 of 260

Getting a volume knob is a total waste of money. All it does is reduce the signal. If the volume won't go loud enough to begin with the knob won't help at all. What a block-worthy post.

 

If your volume goes loud enough - then you can use windows or foobar volume with no sq loss at all. Replaygain scanning in foobar helps a lot for tracks that are super quiet and nowhere near peak, as well as songs that are way too loud.

post #28 of 260

Adam A5 or Quad 11L/12L active(a little over $600 for a used pair for the 12L's) or NHT M-00.


Edited by loveholic - 8/6/10 at 1:21pm
post #29 of 260
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Originally Posted by Dalamar View Post

Getting a volume knob is a total waste of money. All it does is reduce the signal. If the volume won't go loud enough to begin with the knob won't help at all. What a block-worthy post.

 

If your volume goes loud enough - then you can use windows or foobar volume with no sq loss at all. Replaygain scanning in foobar helps a lot for tracks that are super quiet and nowhere near peak, as well as songs that are way too loud.


Getting a volume knob isn't wasre of money if your DAC doesn't have pre-amp function.. I had to use a pre amp for my Dyn MC15's to finally get the sound qualified for my ears.

post #30 of 260
Thread Starter 

Are these really smaller than the AV40s? I find that hard to believe.

 

They do look quite interesting, however. I'd like to try them out. 

 

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Originally Posted by RonaldDumsfeld View Post

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New  ADAM A3X. These are nice. Just within budget, smaller than the AV40, go down to 60hz flat (+/-2dB), biamped (25W+25W+25W+25W) and come with a 5 year guarantee. balanced XLR or phono - with phono volume control on one controls both.

 

Very flat and accurate frequency response. Forensic level of detail. Do poor sources no favours. Which you'd expect.

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