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Good $300 studio bookshelf speakers?

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Looking for a good $300 bookshelf speakers for a freind. allocating some money for an DAC. likes to make dub step and stuff like that. how will this work? will bookshelves do low frequency well? need to add a seperate sub? how? im a newb in bookshelves. he also has a portable set and has a windows laptop so i recommended an all purpose unit, the E17. the audioengine a2 is popular..anything else?

post #2 of 11

Swans MKII

post #3 of 11
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do you have any exp on other bookshelfs?

 

what about yamaha hs50(im not really into the yamaha or big brand idea)

other m audio';s? KRK?

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i've listened to AudioEngines A5 and Adam A7x. I personally own the Swans MKIII so with a 300 budget the MKII should do it for you. Not really familiar with maudios and KRK

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i've listened to AudioEngines A5 and Adam A7x. I personally own the Swans MKIII so with a 300 budget the MKII should do it for you. Not really familiar with maudios and KRK



how do booksehlf studio speakers do with low frequency? like dubstep and mainstream music? what about need of proper DAC? think of it this way. my friend just has a windows laptop. what else should he get....i feel like a noob all over again. this just isn't my field...ehh whatever. learn another field of audio..why not.

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yeah i did a lot of research before settling on the monitors im using now. studio monitors are usually quite good with bass extension but the bad thing is that it all depends on how you place your monitors in your room. My Swans bass is quite good but its rear ported and my table is too small so the monitors are like 20cm away from the wall causing my bass to sound "uncontrolled" and all over the place. People suggested me to stuff the rear ports with something making it like enclosed monitor. So now the bass is tight and deep, made quite a difference. But these are minor things which could be fixed by little tweaks.

 

As for DAC, you're gonna get a lot of mixed opinions about needing one or not. I personally think its necessary especially if I've spent $$$ on good monitors and then let it run through my crappy onboard sound, thats just a waste. Good active monitors tend to perform better with dacs, so getting something decent is probably all you need. Maybe like 100-200$ dacs will do.
 

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how do booksehlf studio speakers do with low frequency? like dubstep and mainstream music? what about need of proper DAC? think of it this way. my friend just has a windows laptop. what else should he get....i feel like a noob all over again. this just isn't my field...ehh whatever. learn another field of audio..why not.



 

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Originally Posted by eclipes View Post

yeah i did a lot of research before settling on the monitors im using now. studio monitors are usually quite good with bass extension but the bad thing is that it all depends on how you place your monitors in your room. My Swans bass is quite good but its rear ported and my table is too small so the monitors are like 20cm away from the wall causing my bass to sound "uncontrolled" and all over the place. People suggested me to stuff the rear ports with something making it like enclosed monitor. So now the bass is tight and deep, made quite a difference. But these are minor things which could be fixed by little tweaks.

 

As for DAC, you're gonna get a lot of mixed opinions about needing one or not. I personally think its necessary especially if I've spent $$$ on good monitors and then let it run through my crappy onboard sound, thats just a waste. Good active monitors tend to perform better with dacs, so getting something decent is probably all you need. Maybe like 100-200$ dacs will do.
 



 



Thank you. info on bookshelves....are soo scarce. not scarce but comparisons are very scarce reallly >_<

 

and that's what i thought abuot DAC. same thing as headphone's which is my field gs1000.gif

 

i know of the swan's. but the other brands really stand out a bit more... im still thinking of m audio or audioengine's.

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Looking for powered speakers? Or just bookshelf size that would be powered by a separate amp/receiver?

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Looking for powered speakers? Or just bookshelf size that would be powered by a separate amp/receiver?



powered of course. i think my friend knows what he wants now. onto me

 

good powered speakers for $150? M-Audio's? i need at least some bass too. 

post #10 of 11

Small desktop monitors aren't gonna produce low bass, most will start to roll off past 90-80hz you need something bigger or a sub, these behringers go really low http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/B1031A.aspx so do the yammaha hs80 something like this will be much better for dubstep production.

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thank you JRG..wow these aren't as expensive as you might expect

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