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Best speaker for $500 or less...

post #1 of 22
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Hey all,

 

I did a bit of research a few months ago on speakers with the intention of running lossless music through my laptop -> E17 -> (insert good speakers). Primarily the music is for a bedroom to last the next 4 years while studying at uni.

After initial research the Audioengine A5's looked good for 'nearfield use' and fitted into my budget just. However I have since read other reviews that call them primarily a party speaker. My primary genres r folk, indie, classical, blues etc and I cant stand things that over inflate bass! Can anyone suggest speakers that can integrate with a computer system for great clarity of sound? I would have thought $500 would give me a chance with time and patience....

 

Cheers for any further tips. 

post #2 of 22

Do you care if they are active or passive?

 

For active I would advise you take a look at the Swan M200.

 

For passive speakers, you may want to take a look at the Cambridge Audio S30 or the Arx A1b and get a decent amp like the Emotiva mini- X a-100.

 

Another thing to consider is the space. If a speaker is rear-ported, it requires at least 6 inches a space from the wall. If these are on your desk, that could pose a problem.

post #3 of 22

 Paradigm Mini Monitor. I'd grab those in an hurry and pair them with a small amp such as the mini-X a-100, or even a small T-Amp. I think you'll enjoy these speakers a lot. I don't think you can find better speakers in the same price range - you may find similar sounding ones, or worse... but better... don't thinks so.

 

if you prefer powered/active speakers $500 should get you a nice pair of Swan's or Emotiva's. 


Edited by Lenni - 7/10/12 at 12:55pm
post #4 of 22

I've been really curious about these-

 

MAPLESHADE UPGRADED SIROCCO S30 SPEAKERS

 

http://shop.mapleshadestore.com/Mapleshade-Upgraded-Sirocco-S30-Speakers-Dark-Oak/productinfo/MOD-S30-OAK/

 

$495.

 

Of course you can get the stock / unmodified version for less.

post #5 of 22

For a 2.0 w/o sub these Polk RTi6s have very good low end considering their asking price on Egg with free ship

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290252

 

If u want a T-Amp with selectable inputs - Topping TP22?

http://www.houseofdap.com/topping-tp22-t-amp-tk2050-tc2000-tp2050-digital-amplifier.html

 

You can also add a nice musically inclined sub (used Hsu STF-2 perhaps?) later down the road (if u really want to)


Edited by trog - 7/10/12 at 1:19pm
post #6 of 22

These ADAM A3X are comfortably within your budget.

 

http://www.adam-audio.com/en/pro-audio/products/a3x/description

 

There is really nothing to beat them in terms of clarity on acoustic music, particularly piano and the human voice.

 

You could get the sub later when you have more space/money and end up with a powerful first class system.

post #7 of 22

You should also check the KRK Rokits, after auditioning the 5" and 6" I decided to go with the later due to a deeper bass response and to avoid the need of adding a sub-woofer down the track, since you are not keen on a lot of bass maybe the KRK Rokit 5 might be the right one for you.

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Lenni View Post

 Paradigm Mini Monitor...

 

someone got them... likely it was a head-fier...lol

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by tzjin View Post

Do you care if they are active or passive?

 

For active I would advise you take a look at the Swan M200.

 

For passive speakers, you may want to take a look at the Cambridge Audio S30 or the Arx A1b and get a decent amp like the Emotiva mini- X a-100.

 

Another thing to consider is the space. If a speaker is rear-ported, it requires at least 6 inches a space from the wall. If these are on your desk, that could pose a problem.

 

+1 to Swan M200.

 

Have the mkii's, love em. Audioengine A5s just sounded muddy in comparison to me. I listen to everything from trance to instrumentals, and they sound great for instrumentals (though my instrumentals are mainly just piano music). All types of EDM too but you don't like that genre :P. Personally made me switch from being a basshead to having more of a neutral preference.

 

I do have em less than 6 inches away from the wall (like, 4" maybe) and they sound fine to me (they're angled sideways though, pointed towards me and are about a foot behind the monitor, a yard apart from each other).

 

Personally probably going to get the T200s or the M200 mkiii if I get enough money and switch my mkii's to TV use. Love them that much :)

 

M200 mkii is ~$280, mkiii is ~$400, T200 is ~$700.

 

M200 mkii -

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=swan-m200mkii-active-desktop-loudspeaker-system&products_id=184&osCsid=5e6d283ad04ab1d71a2fbad6c4c727ea

 

M200 mkiii -

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=swan-m200mkiii-active-desktop-loudspeaker-system&products_id=121&osCsid=5e6d283ad04ab1d71a2fbad6c4c727ea

 

T200b -

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=swan-t200b-active-desktop-loudspeaker-system&products_id=78&osCsid=5e6d283ad04ab1d71a2fbad6c4c727ea

 

By the way, I don't have a subwoofer and I find the bass adequate. At first I didn't like it because I'm used to having like literally wall-rattling bass, but now it sounds so much better with it balanced. I still will probably be adding a subwoofer later on as these only hit ~55hz and I love the 20~40hz freq's for movies and some songs.


Edited by AyeVeeN - 7/11/12 at 10:48am
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Vargulf View Post

Hey all,

 

I did a bit of research a few months ago on speakers with the intention of running lossless music through my laptop -> E17 -> (insert good speakers). Primarily the music is for a bedroom to last the next 4 years while studying at uni.

After initial research the Audioengine A5's looked good for 'nearfield use' and fitted into my budget just. However I have since read other reviews that call them primarily a party speaker. My primary genres r folk, indie, classical, blues etc and I cant stand things that over inflate bass! Can anyone suggest speakers that can integrate with a computer system for great clarity of sound? I would have thought $500 would give me a chance with time and patience....

 

Cheers for any further tips. 

Audioengine A2 is superior to the A5 for treble and mid range.  Unique thing about the A2 is that its 2.75" carbon kevlar woofer actually works as "mid range" driver, which makes this speaker sound insanely good.  Mid range and detail is the strong key with this speaker.  For bedrooms this is good.

 

 

 

Because I like the A2's sound so much, I'm going to get me another pair for my living room.  Add a 10" subwoofer (Hsu probably).  The A2 speakers have inputs that works as "output", making an easy connection to the sub.

post #11 of 22
I have the klipsch 2.1 speaker system, and was in love with them! Give em a try if you can
post #12 of 22
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I have the klipsch 2.1 speaker system, and was in love with them! Give em a try if you can

 

I had the Klipsch 2.1 system and could never get comfortable with way the plastic enclosures resonated affecting the sound coming out of the satellites. Definitely not accurate or even musical in the mids (to my ears). Great for blasting your neighbors in dorm stereo wars or for accentuated gaming violence maybe, and for the price of course not a bad deal... 

 

Upgraded to JBL LSR2328P active monitors and the difference is night and day. Amazing clarity, musicality and 3D imaging with the JBL's.  They disappear leaving just the music.  Nice to have the bass and treble trim controls on them as well to better fit the acoustics of the listening area; and to be able to set the volume level on them to better match your pre-amp.  Well anyway I like them a lot, and that is just using an E-MU 0404usb as the DAC/Pre-amp - can't wait to hear what they can do once the E-MU is replaced with some higher quality gear. But they are $700/pair new.  However, I think JBL also make a smaller 5" version that would probably be within your budget so it would be worth checking out the reviews on them.

post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for contributions. I have loads of leads here. I'll check them all out. 

 

I'd prefer passive speakers so I could upgrade but active might be easier... basically connect them to my E17 and away I go. Not to mention cheaper hopefully.

post #14 of 22

I would not double amplify speakers. Most of the speakers suggested previously are active speakers or active monitors, they already have an amplifier built into the unit.
 

post #15 of 22

I'd take a look at used speakers. You can get some amazing speakers/amp for cheap!

 

I got this amp/speaker setup for  $290, and it never stops blowing me away! (I actually prefer it to my Mark-L D7000).

 

They also work surprisingly well in very near-field. I moved them forward since I took this picture (and did a number of mods).

 

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Edited by Taowolf51 - 7/18/12 at 4:58pm
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