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post #16 of 80
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Originally Posted by Psyside View Post
@ Adamlau, you made some good points there...thanks and btw how to tell new vs old version of Promedia 2.1?

@Purpleangle, thanks as well...i totally forgot they are 2.1 soundcards....

@manveru Thanks for the input.

BTW one Promedia 2.1 version is listed as 1% THD and the other 5% THD, is this really important factor? those are the 2 versions you talking about Adamlau?


I'm guess one of those (1% vs. 5%) is an incorrect listing.

 

The older model ProMedia 2.1 is considered better then the new revision.

I'm guessing that all current listings are for the ProMedia 2.1 is the newer revision.

 

 

post #17 of 80
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the response man.

 

Now, where i live i found few models available, so i would like to here some input about this next models if its possible.

 

M-Audio Studiophile AV30 >> price is around 115 euros.

 

Behringer MS40- around 125 euros.

 

M-Audio Studiophile AV40>> price is around 125 euros

 

M-Audio Studiophile BX5A>> price is 250 euros.

 

M-Audio Studiophile CX5>> price is around 300 euros.

 

KRK RP5 G2>> around 160 euros.

 

Adam A3X>> around 220 euros.

 

 

I would like to know the pros and cons of this models in terms of comparation, i will be using this speakers (paired with Xonar STX/Titanium HD as i said in the OP)

 

is this even possible? do i need to make anything special in order to get them connected or i just plug them into the sound card and thats It?)

 

My room is small 5x5, (im at my aunt atm,its closer to my work) and the acoustic is not the best, its a wood/barrack house, so keep that in mind.

 

 My concern is the size of this speakers as well, my desk is not really big, but i kinda don't want to sacrifice the much better sound quallity which i guess offer BX5a/CX5 compered to AV40? but if the setup/size of room and acoustic is issue i guess i would must go with the AV40 :(

 

What do you guys think? oh just to make clear, im mostly into detailed/crisp/deep/dynamic sound more then bass and stuff like that, i listen to mostly chill out/classic/rock/ambient/new age and vocal based music.

 

I forgot to add 2 things to consider.

 

Reliability& build quallity.

 


Edited by Psyside - 11/20/11 at 12:10am
post #18 of 80

I would look at studio monitors that have active crossovers (most do) Id forget about the audioengines theyre ok but not as good as studio monitors.

post #19 of 80

Also another thing to consider if you live in an area with an active craigslist (or similar) is to pick up a integrated amp and a set of small bookshelf speakers.  I did that for my dorm and I am very happy with the sound quality for the price and it is much easier to upgrade in the future.  I see Rotel and other nice sounding amps listed in the 100-150 USD range pretty frequently.

post #20 of 80
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, how about the speakers pointed in my previous post? how do they compare to each other? worth to spend like 2/3x more on the Adam A3X?

 

Also where i live there is great deal on Tanoy Mercury F1, they are sold for 250 euros (pair) how are this speakers? i think they are not monitors, correct? sorry im noob about Hi-Fi stuff, just statred to learn a thing or 2, would love to here how does bookshelf speakers, compare to studio monitors for small room usage, thanks guys!

 

 


Edited by Psyside - 11/20/11 at 11:32pm
post #21 of 80

Of all you posted, I would choose the A3X in general and especially with the type of music you listed as your preference. As they are the most important component end of any audio system, spend as much as you can afford on speakers. With an STX, so long as the speakers support unbalanced RCA inputs (most of your choices do), you are good to go with a plug-and-play setup. The nice thing about the A3X is that you can always add a Sub 7 later on down the road (sats and subs from the same manufacturer and model series are usually a good sonic match right out of the box). Or you could bump up to the ARTist 3 as I did. The more I hear the X-ART in action, the more I like it. Very subtle in its clarity...  


Edited by adamlau - 11/21/11 at 4:43am
post #22 of 80
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Originally Posted by Psyside View Post

Thanks for the response man.

 

Now, where i live i found few models available, so i would like to here some input about this next models if its possible.

 

M-Audio Studiophile AV30 >> price is around 115 euros.

 

Behringer MS40- around 125 euros.

 

M-Audio Studiophile AV40>> price is around 125 euros

 

M-Audio Studiophile BX5A>> price is 250 euros.

 

M-Audio Studiophile CX5>> price is around 300 euros.

 

KRK RP5 G2>> around 160 euros.

 

Adam A3X>> around 220 euros.

 



Hang on, that's the lowest price I've ever seen for the Adam A3X. Are you sure that is the price for 1 speaker, or 2? Studio monitors are often sold as SINGLE speakers, so be careful.

post #23 of 80

Has to be single, even b-stock units would not sold that low per pair...Unless the OP found a pair of hard driven demos being sold for quick sale...

post #24 of 80
Thread Starter 

 

Yes the price is for single, thanks for the replays btw!

 

Anyway i'm heading towards 3 models now.

 

Adam A3x, KRK Rokit 5G2  & BX8A

 

Adam A3x - 450 euros

KRK Rokit 5G2 - 370 euros

BX8A - 400 euros.

   
   

 

About Adam A3x, i read many reviews and they look like a fantastic monitors, also they are small which is best for my size of room.

 

Also, i would like to here from you guys, what model from the pointed ones will suite my music taste (hard & progressive rock/ambient/classic/new age/trip hop) best and is front ported based monitors? ( i heard its really good to have this type of monitors of you place them close to wall, especially in small room, at wall angles, one of the speakers would be sadly placed at the wall angle)

 

Also keep in mind i will connect them with sound card, so any tips of how to connect, and what cables to use XLR/RCA would be highly appericated, oh and also my goal is maximum clarity/detailed sound/crispness/dinamics and freq response.

 

One more thing, can someone in a simple way explain me what is top and low end? and also what is midrange.

 
Thanks!
 
P.S. I just saw the AX5 are 100 euros more then the A3x, does it really worth for my room size-aqoustic/music tastes to spend even more? damn :(

Edited by Psyside - 11/23/11 at 1:32pm
post #25 of 80

If using Xonar STX and/or X-Fi Titanium HD, your only choice is RCA. A5X will have slightly more midrange body (owing to its larger woofer), useful for more mid-field listening. For a small room on a budget and with the available choices you offer, A3X + Sub 7 (later on down the road). Else, A5X. High, mid and low.

post #26 of 80

Onkyo HTX-22HDX 2.1 system

Comes with digital inputs, both optical and coaxial.

post #27 of 80

Good choice if answering the original topic. However, the OP has indicating a willingness to roll with a pair of A5X in the $800 US range. OP might want to consider updating the topic title :) .

post #28 of 80

Confusing thread, perhaps because the OP puts 2.0 speakers in the title, and talks about the advantages of a 2.0 system, and abruptly switches to 2.1-5.1 systems.

 

You get the 2.1 systems for the BASS, the desktops 2.1 systems will never sound precise and clear as a good pair of 2.0 near field speakers.

 

In your original description, you almost used the definition of the sound coming from a full range speaker pair.  If you truly want the clear, precise sound, (not thumping bass) then you should consider at least some monitor style speakers.  I would suggest a look at Tekton Design speakers, I have a 4.5 inch pair on my desk.  The box is big, the sound is sweet, clear, and there is plenty of bass in the nearfield usage they are designed for.  They won't thump like a 2.1 system will, but I specifically did not want that.

 

If you want a surround music system to listen to movies and games with on your computer, then you started off the thread wrong.

 

If you want to try and create a system which will image stereo decently and still play 5.1 when its time, then you will need a LOT more money.

 

I am not making fun of you, but you need to take stock of what you want, and your budget, then ask the questions here.  There are tons of folk, all with different experiences, budgets, and talents.  If you can figure out what you want, someone here can help.

post #29 of 80
Thread Starter 

 

Yes sorry, i get so tempted for good speakers, that i increased my bugdet for 5x lol!

 

And i learned that 5.1/2.1 speakers are crap compared to 2.0 so i changed my mind, you can ignore the original post, sorry one more time! just focus on the last 3/4 posts and ignore the first ones!

 

BTW where i live for first time in history, the price is lower then USA! lolz, i can get the AX3 for around 430 euros and the price on Amazing is like 650 USD which is 470 euro, nice!

 

One more thing, do you guys thing is really worth it to stretch for 100 euros + and get the Adam AX5? is there sigificant difference, there is discount on the AX5.

 

EDIT: That price is for Adam A5, not AX5 :(


Edited by Psyside - 11/24/11 at 4:27pm
post #30 of 80

For $500 you can get a nice 2.1 set-up 2 bookshelfs an amp and a sub, it's the in the box 5.1/2.1 that don't have very good sound quality, make your own 2.1 system and it can have excellent sound quality.

If your buying the adams without hearing them first they are very directional speakers, you have to place them well toe'd in towards your ears to get the best sound from them, if want to listen off axis or fill a room with sound then forget about the adams.

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