He ran the spitter from the dac so when he used the DACs volume control both the speakers and the sub would increase in volume.
For 300.00 I could not find anything better that had decent bass.
The trouble with the other 2.1s I tested is they had no midrange, big hole in the music. The swans fill that gap better but do sacrifice some imaging due to the sub producing some of the directional sounds.
Also I like having 1 on/off volume control vs reaching to the speakers to change the volume. Did not want to get an external DAC for that as I already have a decent enough internal one, and I borrowed a usb external and the sound was about the same, so that saved me 150.00.
Speakers are all subjective anyway. Some people love boomy bass, compressed sound etc.
The swans just sound full with much better midrange than the other 2.1s. Most of them did not have enough midrange and the subs were sort of a 1 note boomy sub.
They not going to be as good as larger monitors but again for the size/space/price not much out there better. if there is one name it.
So why not connect the DAC->SUB->Monitors ?!
What kind of 200$ Subwoofer did he get ?
The trouble is the same with the Swan M50w, you claim in another thread that the MX5021 has better midrange..
About a month ago my 6-year old MX5021's died so i know quite well how they perform.
The MX5021 being heavily colored, with overpowering sub that chokes way to fast and highs that are processed to the point they sounds harsh and fake, i agree what the MX5021 does best is in the midrange.
The Corsair easily rivals the Swan M50w, i think the difference between will be due to personal preferences. The sub easily surpass the M50w, while the Swan's Satellites has slightly better midrange, and the Corsair has cleaner highs and overall more reference like then the Swan.
Having had the Sp2500 for two weeks before returning them, i can say they outperform the MX5021 in just about every aspect except slighty less defined midrange. (due to the MX5021 dual 3" elements)
Edited by paullindqvist - 9/3/12 at 12:24pm