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post #211 of 260

Paired Asus Xonar Essense STX with Focal XS Book and the details are very nice and dynamic. Although i miss the bass from previous 2.1 setup, I still prefer this set of speaker. In fact I experience discomfort when i switch back to my old z2300 2.1 speaker after few days of listening to Focal speaker. Recommended for those with less desk space

post #212 of 260
This thread needs to be revived. I'm looking for the best 2.0 speakers under 500 bucks. Help
post #213 of 260
post #214 of 260

Thank you for the list! :) 

 

I got the M-AUDIO BX5   <3   them!


Edited by Jackeduphard - 5/7/13 at 8:22am
post #215 of 260

Has anyone been lucky enough to compare the original M-Audio BX5A Deluxe with the new generation ?

 

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/MAudioBX5D2New.html

 

My experience with audio products is that newer models aren't always better....

I can get the original model for $100 used locally and the new generation for $250 new....

post #216 of 260
I'm using the tannoy reveal 501a with a xonar stx and they're clear and very detailed. .. Sometimes too much.


Also bought the b8xa in a good deal but shipment is too expensive so I'm waiting
post #217 of 260

Hi,

 

New here.

 

Does any of the speakers mentioned are good for gaming ?

 

I'm looking for bookshelf speaker or monitor studio that are excellent for gaming.

 

I don't really listen to music so it doesn't matter.

 

what i want is tight and precise bass. Bass that can hit hard with a quick attack and doesn't have the boomy background and dies off quite fast. And bass that doesn't leak into  mids and highs. 

post #218 of 260

hello guys I wanted an opinion on these:

 

Yamaha HS 5 (2013 - second generation)

 

and a comparison  Yamaha HS 5 vs M-Audio BX5 D2

post #219 of 260
Quote:
Originally Posted by Swordsman View Post

Hi,

New here.

Does any of the speakers mentioned are good for gaming ?

I'm looking for bookshelf speaker or monitor studio that are excellent for gaming.


I don't really listen to music so it doesn't matter.

what i want is tight and precise bass. Bass that can hit hard with a quick attack and doesn't have the boomy background and dies off quite fast. And bass that doesn't leak into  mids and highs. 

My tannoys are great for gaming and music. Best buy ever in price /performance ratio
post #220 of 260

I'm looking for good speaker at 150-200$ and I have this DAC :

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NW-SMSL-SD-793II-DAC-PCM1793-DIR9001-OPA2134-Coax-Optical-Input-Headphone-amp-B-/321119953758?pt=US_Home_Audio_Amplifiers_Preamps&hash=item4ac43da35e

and I am connected in optical.

 

Thanks.

 

Sam

post #221 of 260
Quote:
Originally Posted by link1393 View Post

I'm looking for good speaker at 150-200$ and I have this DAC :
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NW-SMSL-SD-793II-DAC-PCM1793-DIR9001-OPA2134-Coax-Optical-Input-Headphone-amp-B-/321119953758?pt=US_Home_Audio_Amplifiers_Preamps&hash=item4ac43da35e
and I am connected in optical.

Thanks.

Sam

These Monoprice Studio Monitors seem like they might be a knockoff of the M-Audio BX-5. See this discussion on head-fi: http://www.head-fi.org/t/647965/monoprice-just-came-out-with-5-3-studio-monitors-165-75

Otherwise, you might also consider pairing a t-amp with a pair of passive speakers. For example, see this CNET article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57439115-47/build-your-own-desktop-stereo-for-under-$70/ With your budget, you could get a better t-amp and better speakers, or add a sub to the Lepai/Dayton setup.
post #222 of 260

I'll throw a vote in for the Vanatoo Transparent One at the upper end of this price range. Really enjoy mine. These are musical, accurate and detailed.  Bass should be enough for most but sub out is nice. Don't know how long I'll be able to leave that alone just on principle. CONS: No RCA inputs, volume/treble/bass on the back could be an issue for some. As near field speakers these are excellent. If you can get a listen I would encourage you to do so. I auditioned Kanto Yumis as well which are in this price range (cheaper). I liked them okay but not nearly as much as the Vanatoos. The Yumis have some slick hookups and a remote but they were brighter/harsher and just didn't do it for me. VTOs are definitely a step up. 

 

Vanatoo Transparent One

 

> Four input options
  • Analog input (direct connection to your player´s 3.5mm headphone jack)
  • 3 digital inputs: USB audio, TOSLINK® optical, and Coax
> 60 watts per channel D2Audio® Class D amplifier with integrated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) for superb sound, exceptional frequency response, and high efficiency
> Smooth and extended frequency response - 49 to 20,000 Hz +/- 2 dB
> Patented 5 ¼ inch XBL™ woofer for deep bass and clear midrange
> 1 inch silk dome tweeter for smooth, sweet highs
> Custom long-excursion passive radiator for extended bass response
> Volume, treble, and bass controls lets you adjust the sound to your liking
> Left/Right switch lets you select the position of the active speaker for proper stereo imaging
> Convenient auxiliary AC power out connector for your Apple Airport Express other powered device
> Optional subwoofer output (and we mean optional!) with automatic subwoofer sensing and crossover switching
> Automatic low power sleep mode consumes less than a standard nightlight
> Real cherry wood veneer in black or hand rubbed natural stain
> Compact size - 6 1/2" W x 10" H x 8 1/8" D
> Thick, ¾ inch resonance-free MDF cabinet for better acoustical characteristics
> Ships with the following cables:
  • AC power cord
  • 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable (plugs into headphone jack)
  • 3.5 mm to RCA "Y" cable
  • Speaker wire
post #223 of 260
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Originally Posted by sparklyflea View Post

I'll throw a vote in for the Vanatoo Transparent One at the upper end of this price range. Really enjoy mine. These are musical, accurate and detailed.  Bass should be enough for most but sub out is nice. Don't know how long I'll be able to leave that alone just on principle. CONS: No RCA inputs, volume/treble/bass on the back could be an issue for some. As near field speakers these are excellent. If you can get a listen I would encourage you to do so. I auditioned Kanto Yumis as well which are in this price range (cheaper). I liked them okay but not nearly as much as the Vanatoos. The Yumis have some slick hookups and a remote but they were brighter/harsher and just didn't do it for me. VTOs are definitely a step up. 

 

Vanatoo Transparent One

 

> Four input options
  • Analog input (direct connection to your player´s 3.5mm headphone jack)
  • 3 digital inputs: USB audio, TOSLINK® optical, and Coax
> 60 watts per channel D2Audio® Class D amplifier with integrated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) for superb sound, exceptional frequency response, and high efficiency
> Smooth and extended frequency response - 49 to 20,000 Hz +/- 2 dB
> Patented 5 ¼ inch XBL™ woofer for deep bass and clear midrange
> 1 inch silk dome tweeter for smooth, sweet highs
> Custom long-excursion passive radiator for extended bass response
> Volume, treble, and bass controls lets you adjust the sound to your liking
> Left/Right switch lets you select the position of the active speaker for proper stereo imaging
> Convenient auxiliary AC power out connector for your Apple Airport Express other powered device
> Optional subwoofer output (and we mean optional!) with automatic subwoofer sensing and crossover switching
> Automatic low power sleep mode consumes less than a standard nightlight
> Real cherry wood veneer in black or hand rubbed natural stain
> Compact size - 6 1/2" W x 10" H x 8 1/8" D
> Thick, ¾ inch resonance-free MDF cabinet for better acoustical characteristics
> Ships with the following cables:
  • AC power cord
  • 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable (plugs into headphone jack)
  • 3.5 mm to RCA "Y" cable
  • Speaker wire

 

 

No the this price is too hight for me.

post #224 of 260

Sorry. Was going for the under $500! Now I see your post.

 

If you can stretch just your budget just a bit I kept running into favorable reviews for the PSB Alpha PS1 when I was doing research. Else you might look at used to get a good speaker in your price range.

 

Good luck.


Edited by AladdinSane - 8/13/13 at 1:10pm
post #225 of 260
I've got a really simple question here; I want to spend $200-$300 on a 2.1 set just for casual listening. Don't need it to be blaringly loud, but I want a subwoofer that'll pack a punch without taking up too much of the budget. I'm gonna play everything from the Blade Runner soundtrack with ambient sounds and stuff, to jazz fusion, to dubstep. I guess versatle would come to mind. Any thing that fits in my pathetic budget?
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