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**Best bookshelf/monitors for about $200**

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

I have used the Klipsch 5.1 forever but they are dead. Never looked at these before. Can someone help me out with some suggestions?

 

thanks...

post #2 of 33

Go up to 250 and you can get some Mackies at a local guitar center probably.

post #3 of 33

^^^closer to $300... There have been about 5 threads a day asking this same question for a few weeks now, searching for one of those might help.

post #4 of 33

If you want small desktop speakers, for $200 the audioengine a2's are nice.

There are other powered monitors you could get in that price range.

 

You could look into pairing a ~$100 dollar amp/receiver with ~$100 bookshelves, which would be better for larger room listening.

dayton dta-100a: http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-383

audiosource amp-100: http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=302-601

sherwood rx-4109 receiver: http://www.amazon.com/Sherwood-RX-4109-Stereo-Receiver-Black/dp/B000MBUSD6/ref=pd_sim_e_1

 

sony b1000: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SS-B1000-8-Inch-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B000OG88KY/ref=pd_sim_e_2

BIC America DV62si: http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-DV62si-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00006JPDI/ref=sr_1_21?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335807310&sr=1-21

 

 


 

post #5 of 33

Try the Paradigm Atom or Titan.  Depending the version, you can get either one new for around $200.  I still have my v1 Titans and will never get rid of them.

post #6 of 33
Thread Starter 

thanks everyone...I'll check out those that were recommended. 

post #7 of 33

Fostex PM0.4n ($199/pair)

Bi-amplified active monitors

 

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post #8 of 33
Thread Starter 

Stupid question....should they be powered? The foxtex look really nice. Does guitar center help a listening area where you could audition them?

post #9 of 33

They usually have a a room or two with tons of options for active monitors that you can easily switch between.  Being self-powered or not depends on what you want as a preference.  If they're going to be right next to your computer, self-powered is probably more convenient.  If they're being used for a TV or a multimedia centered, passive+receiver is probably way to go.

 

You can usually sweet talk the folk at guitar center for a lower price too.  I got a deal on the mackies for 250 for the pair-- which I ended up not getting in favor of some PSBs.

post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by alphaphoenix View Post

Try the Paradigm Atom or Titan.  Depending the version, you can get either one new for around $200.  I still have my v1 Titans and will never get rid of them.

 

Your assuming he has a means of powering them

 

 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Stupid question....should they be powered? The foxtex look really nice. Does guitar center help a listening area where you could audition them?

 

Yes, all speakers need an amplifier of some sort to power them. The question is whether or not to buy "passive" speakers, which require a separate amplifier/receiver, or to buy powered (which might be called "active") speakers/monitors which have built in amplifiers (much like the Klipsch you used)


Edited by Eisenhower - 5/1/12 at 12:21pm
post #11 of 33

MicroLab SOLO6C

 

yeh you have never heard of microlab but more people should have... got these a few months back and I can whole heartedly reccomend them...they are crazy for the price of £70 over here in the UK, you can connect a 3.5mm or RCA aux in too, they have built in EQ and a remote...bloddy brilliant and solidly made too, with thick wooden panels, if Microlab had the mark up of more mainstream companies like M-Audio etc they would quite literally be 2-3 times the price, and still then I would still be over the moon with the SQ for that price!

 

Soundstage is a little narrow but that is the only thing i can say are bad about these speakers! clarity, mids and highs are all very good...bass even shocked me quite a bit for such small speakers, (bigger than your average set of 2.0´s with their 6.5" woofers!) but I had already bought a used wharfedale SW150 10" subwoofer, and I have to admit this setup really has to be up there for one of the best bang for buck things i have ever gotten, compared with my parents B&W 684 floorstanders with an arcam solo neo, this 2.1 setup > Titanium HD really does compete well considering its a fraction of the price!

 

If your not a basshead then you will find the Microlab just fine with no sub...heck I sometimes dont even turn it on and dont feel I am missing anything, only thing is when you put on some dubstep or similar with bass that extends past 30Hz then that is where a sub does add more of a benefit as you can sense the Micrlobs start straining, but still put on a good show!

 

Also for the price I doubt you will find any active set that can go louder...when my parents go out and i have a few friends over they literally shake the house LO...as in i go downstairs and glasses are shaking, and this is WITHOUT the sub! 

 

This review sums it up quite nicely...http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4112/microlab_solo6c_powered_stereo_speakers_review/index5.html

 

Sooooo glad i went for these, pics dont do the speakers justice, I love the retro look of em´ (wood panels look great!)

post #12 of 33
Thread Starter 

Man, those look nice. Good review from tweaktown also.

post #13 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by danny93 View Post

MicroLab SOLO6C

 

yeh you have never heard of microlab but more people should have... got these a few months back and I can whole heartedly reccomend them...they are crazy for the price of £70 over here in the UK, you can connect a 3.5mm or RCA aux in too, they have built in EQ and a remote...bloddy brilliant and solidly made too, with thick wooden panels, if Microlab had the mark up of more mainstream companies like M-Audio etc they would quite literally be 2-3 times the price, and still then I would still be over the moon with the SQ for that price!

 

Soundstage is a little narrow but that is the only thing i can say are bad about these speakers! clarity, mids and highs are all very good...bass even shocked me quite a bit for such small speakers, (bigger than your average set of 2.0´s with their 6.5" woofers!) but I had already bought a used wharfedale SW150 10" subwoofer, and I have to admit this setup really has to be up there for one of the best bang for buck things i have ever gotten, compared with my parents B&W 684 floorstanders with an arcam solo neo, this 2.1 setup > Titanium HD really does compete well considering its a fraction of the price!

 

If your not a basshead then you will find the Microlab just fine with no sub...heck I sometimes dont even turn it on and dont feel I am missing anything, only thing is when you put on some dubstep or similar with bass that extends past 30Hz then that is where a sub does add more of a benefit as you can sense the Micrlobs start straining, but still put on a good show!

 

Also for the price I doubt you will find any active set that can go louder...when my parents go out and i have a few friends over they literally shake the house LO...as in i go downstairs and glasses are shaking, and this is WITHOUT the sub! 

 

This review sums it up quite nicely...http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4112/microlab_solo6c_powered_stereo_speakers_review/index5.html

 

Sooooo glad i went for these, pics dont do the speakers justice, I love the retro look of em´ (wood panels look great!)

 

Do they sell these in the US? I can't find them

post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Man, those look nice. Good review from tweaktown also.

Yeh really chuffed with them biggrin.gif

 

Couldnt recomend them highly enough! 

post #15 of 33

Clarification

 

There are three types of speakers/monitors:

  1. Passive
  2. Powered
  3. Active

 

A powered speaker/monitor is not the same (or even similar in fundamental system design) as an active speaker/monitor.

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