Originally Posted by GerGa
New to the forum. I own 50 dollar 2.1 logitech speakers which are long overdue for replacement and upgrade. Lately Ive been at friend's parties where some cheap-o $75 2.1 computer speakers are used that just dont cut it..this is what has compelled me to upgrade my own speakers.
When Im on the computer (not too often), I typically listen to the likes of Daft Punk - Alive 2007(a favorite), Barstool Blackout Remix, some Deadmau5, other edm. I like me some classic rock too.
I would like to bring my new speakers to these parties for a real party experience. These are small house parties with anywhere from 10-30 people. Playing music listed above with a dance floor. Parties might only a few times a year.
That said, only decent speakers that Ive used at a party are some $150 logitech z2300's which show a boomy undetailed subwoofer and satellites that are tinny when turned up.
Research for my new speakers proves tricky.
Not sure on what to spend but Edifier S730's spark my interest at $500. For $500 I feel like there should be many options. Other speakers Ive seen are from Audio Engine or KRK Rokits, but Im not sure if I'll still need a Subwoofer with those.
PS. Anyone here from CT. Where is Connecticut can I check out speakers besides Best Buy since they don't have much in-store.
I have emotiva airmotiv 5s and have had them for about a couple of months now and I am very satisfied with their performance so far.It took a while for them to loosen up but they seem to have settled in now and they can play pretty loudly with in reason.You do need a decent preamp to get them to sing.I am using a peachtree decco 2 as a preamp which I bought a little over a month ago and it seems to work pretty well with the emotivas.I have had to do some tweaking with fuses and aftermarket power cords to get where I am now.I think I may have had a hard time matching the sound quality that this combination is capable of for anywhere near what I payed for them.The emotiva will eventually be my computer desk top speaker along with the decco 2 which is a refurbished unit I bought off the peachtee website with a full manufacturers warranty.It is a good place to get peachtree products for a good discount.
The peachtree has responded to my tweaking and is working pretty well as a preamp for the emotiva actives.The emotivas are a steal at the regular price but i bought mine at a ten percent discount sale that emotiva ran for a couple of weeks when I bought mine.The speakers produce a fairly accurate portrayal of whatever you put through them.They are pretty dynamic as well.I am using 24 inch sound anchor stands and the overall sound I am getting for what I paid for them IMHO would be hard to match at the 400 us dollars I paid for them.
In fact I believe I may be getting the larger airmotiv 6s for my living room system and a suitable preamp dac to source them.The new benchmark dac 2 looks to be promising with its ess 9018 sabre reference dac and all the other goodies that benchmark is adding to their top model.I really like the flexibilty with two rca analog line outputs and one balanced output which I could use to go to the active monitors.
The benchmark also has a balanced input for those who have a balanced output on their players or media players.Of course the price is a bit more thn even the hdr one model they make.
But the real purpose of this reply is to champion the emotiva active speakers ability as a desktop monitor.I believe you can not go wrong with the emotivas active monitors whatever model you get.
But I imagine the airmotiv 6s will play more loudly given there larger size and more powerful onboard amplification(210 watts rms between the woofer (110) and tweeter (100) ). Those would probably fill a larger room with good quality sound at pretty loud levels.They are a bit more at 700 but it may be worth the stretch.But these are definitely too large for a desk top set up.The 5s would probably be the largest you could fit on most desk tops and from what I have heard in my set up I can not imagine anyone would be anything less than ecstatic with its performance in a desk top computer sound system.
Plus you have a thirty day trial to audition them before you make up your mind about them.You can not go wrong with these IMHO.
Give them a try sometime.
News flash emotiva has lowered the price on the airmtiv 6 from 699 us to 579 us dollars. Wow now that has to be one hell of a deal I know they are most assuredly too large for a desk top speaker but if you want a speaker to rock at parties this is the one I would go for at 579.
Edited by buson160man - 11/20/12 at 11:25am