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Looking for some bookshelf speakers (and maybe an amp)

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I just got a new turntable that I'm loving, but I've realized the Bose speakers I had lying around are not good enough for the sound I want. I have been looking around at the Audioengine A5+/P4 speakers. I know the A5+ are powered so I wouldn't need an amp, but I would with the P4's. Any recommendations on these or other speakers similar in price would be great.

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Emotiva Airmotivs are good powered speakers. You can also hear different powered studio monitors at a Guitar Center in your price range.

For passive speakers, I recommend the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE (I have these) or ARX A1b. Combine them with an amp. You could get a used receiver off Craigslist. Usually pretty easy to find a used AVR or stereo receiver for under $100.
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I don't know where you are based mate but where I live (Europe) for more or less the same money as the A5s you can get a pair of these.

 

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

 

ADAM A3X.

 

The main difference being that whilst the AudioEngines are basically a traditional stereo amp > passive crossover > drivers design with the amp hidden in one of the speakers the ADAMs are a true active design with a separate amp for each of the 4 drivers with the crossover done prior to amplification.

 

Comparative pricing may differ depending on where you live.

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I would strongly recommend a pair of Emotiva Airmotiv speakers, I have a pair of stealth 8 in my living room and there amazing re listening to my entire catalogue. Although I can't say I've herd the smaller speakers I imagine they translate just as well just with a little less omph. Which if you are using them on a desktop isn't and issue because the speakers will more then likely be right beside you're ears.
I think there releasing a remodel of the airmotiv4 also to be in line with the stealth series aesthetic wise.


Let us know what you end up choosing.
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