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post #1 of 34
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I've currently got some Audioengine A2s and think they're pretty good, but I'm curious what else is out there dt880smile.png

 

I was thinking about re-purposing my A2s as living room speakers with the TV (less than optimal I'm sure, but an improvement over the current situation I'm sure), and getting something fancier to go with my desktop (where I do 95% of my listening). I've currently got a Xonar DX going to my A2s and was contemplating upgrading to something like a T-Amp and some passives, or maybe some really fancy active monitors. Any suggestions?

 

I poked around the forums and found the Octet audio De7 and those look pretty solid. Ideally this would be under 500 all told, preferably less than that (though if its getting close to 500 it will have to be pretty amazing). Also mid volume listening is important, I live in an apartment right now so I can't really crank it....too frequently :).

 

I listen to almost everything, but solid bass is definitely important. I've got a pair of denon D2000s that I pretty much adore.

 

 

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 34

Do you only want powered type speaker or it doesn't matter?

 

I think you are right in what you are considering and I would suggest a nice set of bookshelf speakers and a desktop amplifier.  They offer more upgrade options down the road, as you can add a subwoofer, rears and center channel if you want.


Edited by ROBSCIX - 3/11/12 at 5:50pm
post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 

No preference really. Ideally I'd like to stay away from something huge like a receiver, hence why I was looking at something like a T-amp and some passives if I went down that route. I'm not tied one way or the other (actives vs passives), whatever gives me the most value for my money.

post #4 of 34
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bump...saw the rokit RP8G2 discussed...looks like they can be had for 250...would that be, A) a significant upgrade over the a2s, and B) be equal or better than what I'd be able to get with a T-amp and some passives. Also in looking at the connections I'm a bit confused as to how to potentially hook them up to my xonar dx. 3.5mm to RCA?

post #5 of 34
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Looks like that's 250 a piece...even still are they a significant upgrade over the A2. As a frame of reference, I went from the Audiotechnica A900 to the D2000 and found that to be a huge upgrade.

post #6 of 34

What about the behringers B1031a , there cost much less than the krks and you lose nothing in sound quality.

These monitors don't have full range volume controls, so your need a pre-amp or a passive volume pot depending on what you plan on connecting them to 3.5mm to rca is fine.

post #7 of 34
Thread Starter 

I might be leaning back towards actives...I can't imagine using anything more than a T-amp due to space, so passives might not cut it. I've heard some pretty poor things about Berhinger in general though...

post #8 of 34
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Also I'm a bit concerned that the 8inch-ers might be overkill. These will be used entirely from my computer which is in a 10x12 room. I live in an apartment so music definitely won't be blaring. How do monitors hold up a low volumes? I've heard that monitors can be a bit...lifeless? Any truth to that?

post #9 of 34

I have a room about the same size as yours 10x13 and have the Rokit 8's. I can honestly say these are and are not overkill. meaning that they can get way louder than I need them too.

 

Though I can say at low volumes they sounds great, and the low end is still present as well, oh and these are far from lifeless.

 

For $500 (for the pair) is not too bad, as you really do not need a sub as they go down to 44hz. Oh and the build quality and flexibility of connections is pretty awesome as well.

post #10 of 34

Oh and going from 3.5mm to RCA is fine, optimally using a balanced connection is better, but going from 3.5mm to RCA is fine. 

post #11 of 34
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I think I can get a pretty much new pair of R8s from craigslist for about 350. Seems like a good deal right?

post #12 of 34

Make sure that the R8 are low impedance, and sensitive speakers. The T-amp is great, but it cannot output much power. Its at its best when coupled with sensitive speakers.

 

FWIW, I'm using Usher S-520 speakers with a Topping TP20-Mk 2 T-amp in a near-field environment. Its a pretty good "bang for the buck" combination, but I know my speakers can be much louder than what the T-amp is able to drive them; and this when I know the S-520 are easy to drive, sensitive speakers.

post #13 of 34
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I went to a speaker store...the R8s are ridiculously large. I can't imagine those puppies sitting on my desk. The size of the 6s looked a bit more manageable, but price wise I can't get the same deal on those. Anyone heard of the prodipes? They seem to have a ribbon tweeter and seem reasonably priced.

post #14 of 34

The prodipes are basically re-branded krks the dome tweeter version sound almost identical, you should go with the dome tweeter version better off axis responce and domes are generally lower in thd than ribbons, also theres the behringer b1030a there also not to different from the krks but cost alot less.

post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by rkb2948 View Post

I went to a speaker store...the R8s are ridiculously large. I can't imagine those puppies sitting on my desk. The size of the 6s looked a bit more manageable, but price wise I can't get the same deal on those. Anyone heard of the prodipes? They seem to have a ribbon tweeter and seem reasonably priced.



The R8's are not small but are worth it in that, you will not need a sub. This is what they look like with a 20 inch monitor.

 

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