Everyone has to start somewhere
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Everyone has to start somewhere
1. Potential clutter - passives require a separate amp so that's one more device, which matters more nearfield since you have a bunch of stuff on your desk; BUT if you use a T-Amp that's a smaller amp that can be easily positioned, leaving you with nothing but the cables to really worry about; if you use a conventional discrete speaker amp and the case doesn't double as heatsink and is sturdy enough, you can put your computer monitor over it.
On the flip side, professional-grade, symmetrical active monitors* will require two power cables and for the interconnect to run from your source to separate speakers.
2. Volume control - with a passive speaker you can position the amp within reach. Professional active monitors have gain controls on the rear, so it's not easy to reach; some consumer/audiophile monitors put the volume control on the front (Audioengine A5+) or the side (Swan D1080xxxx). The latter has the right as the master monitor, but I put it on the left so it's easier to reach, then just reversed the RCA inputs.
3. Matching the speakers to amplifiers - You can much more easily assume the manufacturer voiced the speakers using the amp they put inside the active monitor. With passives, the upside is you can pick an amp that you prefer (more power or headroom, or tubes if you prefer the coloration, etc).
*the ones with amps on both speaker cabinets, instead of one active speaker with a slave (passive speaker)
I'm totally new to this. I have looked at the Audioengine A5+ and Bose companion 5. But from what I've read from this thread I should get an amplifier and a pair of speakers separately to get most bang for the buck. I have a slightly higher budget; 4-500$. Does anyone have any tips for me what to look for?
Thank you very much for input!
I will have room for that amplifier, however, I would rather get a smaller one since I'm only planning to get 2.0, and possibly connecting a sub later on if I'm not satisfied with the sound. Could you recommend any speakers which will work nicely together with that amp?
I looked at the amplifier which was recommended earlier in this thread (lepai 2020). Is there a possibility to connect a sub to that one too?
Regarding the Lepai 2020, is it common to use those kinds of connectors for the speakers on amplifiers?
Are there any other recommended amplifiers which are in between the Denon and the Lepai in size (and functions as well)?
Alright, that sounds reasonable.
Also, I use a Mac. I looked at the back and there is a 3.5mm jack, USB 2.0 and FireWire 800. I guess I have to connect the amplifier to the 3.5 jack in order to make it work with best results, correct? Are there any other equipment I should consider when buying?
Lastly, do you have any recommendation for speakers, and possibly a sub?
I found out it has optical in and out. I never realized it had those options available!
Since I don't live in the US makes it harder for me to get those specific items you listed which is sad. The shipping cost will possibly be quite high if I order the items from overseas.
I will have to see what is available as used items on the internet here and figure something out.
I really appreciate for your time and for helping me out!
Also that some 'desktop multimedia speakers' nowadays have a lot more in common with studio monitors (parts and construction) than Creative/Logitech 2.1 speakers. They're essentially compact hi-fi standmounts, with amps mounted on one or both and operationally are used desktop with a computer-based music system (or with some kind of mobile player or multi-porpose device) than on stands in a dedicated listening area.
I have a really badass used electronics shop near me and would seriously shop for head-fi users looking for an amp and speakers. It would mean trusting me with your budget but I'd give information for insurance
Also pictures before purchase and phone consultation