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[Help me!] Adding speakers to my setup: Nuforce Icon HDP [DAC/Pre-amp/Headphone amp]

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Currently I have a headphone setup and need some decent speakers to switch off to. My headphone setup is basically just this: Nuforce Icon HDP. [Ultrasone Pro 900 headphones if you're curious]

I'm looking to get either of these speakers(most likely the BX5a depending on price):

M-Audio AV 40

M-Audio BX5a Deluxe.

 

I don't have a lot of experience with these inputs, outputs, or cords and need to know what I need.

 

Do I need an amp to drive the speakers or will the DAC/pre-amp on the HDP suffice?

The M-Audio AV 40's are "active" so I assume I don't need an amp for those, correct me if i'm wrong. How would I hook up the speakers to the Icon HDP? [what cords?]

Pretty much the same questions for the M-Audio BX5a Deluxe's. They're "bi-amplified" no idea what that means. Need an amp? How would I hook them up to the HDP? [what cords?]

 

Thanks in advance, head-fi.

post #2 of 5

You would just need an RCA to TRS cord such as this one. One for the left channel, one for the right. The Nuforce Icon has RCA out on the back so you would just link that up to the TRS inputs on the back of either model of the M-Audio speakers.

 

As far as which one is better, I can't answer that because I haven't listened to them but this is how you'd hook everything all up.

 

Bi-amping means that there's a separate amp inside the speaker for the tweeter and the driver. So two amps total. It's supposed to give more of an accurate sound. You can read into the advantage and what not with a quick google search.

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Not to make your decision process any harder, but I have also done similar research, and if you don't want a sterile monitor sound, like the M- audio's, look into the swan m200mkiii. If a monitor like sound is what you want though, you cannot go wrong with the Adams in that price range.
Edited by Herky151 - 9/16/12 at 5:54am
post #4 of 5

errr i have the nuforce icon hd and the m audio av40 and i can confirm that you can have either RCA to RCA or RCA to TRS as stated above for the m audio av40 at least.

 

 


Edited by angelsblood - 9/16/12 at 6:00am
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Originally Posted by Herky151 View Post

Not to make your decision process any harder, but I have also done similar research, and if you don't want a sterile monitor sound, like the M- audio's, look into the swan m200mkiii. If a monitor like sound is what you want though, you cannot go wrong with the Adams in that price range.

I second this. My father has a pair of these and they look and sound beautiful for the price. Plan on getting a pair of these for myself pretty soon. 

But if you are set on monitors, Dynaudio or Adam would be the way to go.


Edited by coolguyalex - 9/17/12 at 3:30pm
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