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I have been wanting to upgrade my speakers corsair sp2500 for a while, I read really good reviews for these speakers, i know they do not have floor shaking bass and that is not what im looking for since a live in an apartment, but what i do want is really good sound, my other options are save a little and get a2, 2. Audioengine A5 3. Emotiva 4 (but they are studio monitors, and im looking for something that color's the sound a little) i have never heard the A5's but they get good reviews, nor have i heard any of these mentioned, my question is how do the swans fair with Female vocals, acoustic, jazz, Electronic (again i know they have no bass), ambient, trip hop, some hip hop (flying lotus), and i do play games, but im not looking for any crazy results for games/movies, i just want them to do "good" i can settle with that as long as they provide good results with the music. i play league of legends, bf3, sc2, and some MMO's. and occasional movies. Any swan owners or people who have heard the swans care to help? 

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Here's an alternative: http://www.head-fi.org/t/627161/my-very-low-budget-nearfield-desktop-rig-lepai-amp-and-dayton-audio-speakers

Get a good pair of passive speakers to go with the Lepai. Something like the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE or the Cambridge Audio S30s. Later on if you miss the low end bass, you could always add a sub.
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I would vote for the HiVi Swan M200 MkIII over the Audioengine A5+. However, if it is in your budget, do check out the new KEF X300A powered speaker system.  Another set to look at would be the KRK Rokit 6 G2. It's a studio monitor that is much more colored than neutral. It is a great Hi-Fi speaker that may only require a preamplifier.

 

Regardless of whatever speaker you chose, get some stand mounts for them.

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I have the Swan MKIII's and I love them. They are really well finished and as a result are quite hefty. For the two 15 inch speakers, the shipping weight was around 45 lbs. (20.4 kg). The one downside was the shipping took the cost from the $430 to $500. I think they sound great, they are less sterile than studio monitors, which I think is a big plus side. 

In terms of music, I listen to a lot of folk inspired indie and rock music and I think they work really well for that. While they may not be the "best" for gaming, they will sure work better than your built in speakers, and if your main reason for buying them is to game with them, then save yourself a large amount of money and buy gaming headphones. Although, if your main goal is to have a fantastic looking and sounding pair of speakers, I would suggest them. (If you can justify the shipping costs)

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Originally Posted by Destroysall View Post

I would vote for the HiVi Swan M200 MkIII over the Audioengine A5+. However, if it is in your budget, do check out the new KEF X300A powered speaker system.  Another set to look at would be the KRK Rokit 6 G2. It's a studio monitor that is much more colored than neutral. It is a great Hi-Fi speaker that may only require a preamplifier.

 

Regardless of whatever speaker you chose, get some stand mounts for them.

 

thx!! i beleive im still leaning towards the swans.

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Originally Posted by Herky151 View Post

I have the Swan MKIII's and I love them. They are really well finished and as a result are quite hefty. For the two 15 inch speakers, the shipping weight was around 45 lbs. (20.4 kg). The one downside was the shipping took the cost from the $430 to $500. I think they sound great, they are less sterile than studio monitors, which I think is a big plus side. 

In terms of music, I listen to a lot of folk inspired indie and rock music and I think they work really well for that. While they may not be the "best" for gaming, they will sure work better than your built in speakers, and if your main reason for buying them is to game with them, then save yourself a large amount of money and buy gaming headphones. Although, if your main goal is to have a fantastic looking and sounding pair of speakers, I would suggest them. (If you can justify the shipping costs)

Thx! yea i mean im not looking for the full gaming audio experience, but i am looking for something that will do good quality wise when i do game, it does not have to be spectacular, just good, music on the other hand, seems like a winner for me. price is not too much of an issue, i am purchasing them for a little cheaper then normally sold online, but I do listen to a variety of music, from trip hop, jazz, female vocal, classical, hip hop, ambient and electronic, some light rock, heviest would be deftones, so i hope they will shine.

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Well, compared to computer speakers or some cheap logitech speakers, they will do so much better for gaming. If you like the looks of them, and have the room for them, then go for them. You could always have a pissing match between which speakers are slightly better, or you could just pull the trigger on a pair and enjoy them. 

post #7 of 9

Suggest you go for the M200MKIII. It's one of the best nearfield speakers you'll get within its price range, IMO even better than the A5+.

If you want a sub, you could always add one to it later on if your budget allows it.

 

You are certainly almost guaranteed not to hate these speakers at all, no matter if you're doing music, gaming or any type of movies. So well balanced! It's THAT good.

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i was going to buy the swans tommorow, but after some thought, i am pulling the trigger on the paradigm shift a2 powered speakers, but i will still be getting the swans once they release their newer modles swan m260,m230,m240 mk1  for my tv.... thx for all the help. 

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They may not be the best for a tv setup since they are almost hyper near fields.
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