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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi.

Currently I own M Audio AV40 speakers which connect to my Macbook Pro, but I decided to replace them for 2 reasons:

1) They're too big for my desk

2) I'm getting tired of turning them off every time I turn the computer off or take their cable of the computer (Do I even have to do that?)

 

Anyways, I've narrowed my options:

1) Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

2) Creative Gigaworks T40

3) Bose Companion 2 III

4) Logitech Z523

 

My budget is 150$ max. I think I wouldn't buy monitors because of the two reasons I've stated above. I am always open to other suggestions.

I use the speakers mainly for music listening. What do you think I should get?

 

BTW If I get the HK Soundsticks, to use my headphones will I have to get the speakers' cable out of the MBP and connect the headphones instead?

 

Thanks!


Edited by BomBin - 9/17/13 at 3:56pm
post #2 of 11

i'd also consider the klipsch pro media.

its got a sub.  not  sure if thats good or bad for you.

and just for the heck of it, the Pioneer SP BS22LR.

thats IF you have room for a pair of skinny speaker stands on either side of your desk.

those are the little speakers that could.

they shred every computer speaker setup i've ever heard.

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS22-LR-Designed-Bookshelf-Loudspeakers/dp/B008NCD2LG

 

stereophile did a very farovable review of them too.  and they're 89 bucks

several people on AK are saying they sound great with the little lepai amp thats 25 bucks on amazon

post #3 of 11
Really depends on what you are wanting to get out of them. I am assuming by your selection of choices you are not worried about sq, but of the four i would suggest the bose, only because you will get better balance then the other, but u will not have a sub.

I would not recommend the klipsch pro media, they have a extemely muddy sound.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the quick replies.

I've seen the klipsch and they aren't really my style (they look bad), and the pioneers are quite big. I can handle a sub.

 

@bgbullys wouldn't the lack of sub be significant?

 

BTW Can you please answer my 2 answers:

1) I'm getting tired of turning the M-AUDIO AV40 off every time I turn the computer off or take their cable of the computer (Do I even have to do that?)

2) If I get the HK Soundsticks, to use my headphones will I have to get the speakers' cable out of the MBP and connect the headphones instead?

 

Thanks again!

post #5 of 11
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Okay so I cleared up some room for the AV40 in my desk, now I only need to know one thing:

Do I need to turn them off / turn their volume all the way down when I shut down the computer / put it to sleep? Because if I don't do that, when I turn on the computer it makes kinda like a "boof" sound. Is it ok?

 

Thanks in advance.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by BomBin View Post
 

Okay so I cleared up some room for the AV40 in my desk, now I only need to know one thing:

Do I need to turn them off / turn their volume all the way down when I shut down the computer / put it to sleep? Because if I don't do that, when I turn on the computer it makes kinda like a "boof" sound. Is it ok?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Heya,

 
That sound is due to the laptop onboard sound not having appropriate gates to stop a surge of power spiking on initial boot as it all initializes. This is common on cheap amplifiers, and cheap electronics. You could get an inexpensive USB DAC and this would stop. Like the Hifiman MH-101 ($39) or HifiMeDIY Sabre DAC ($35). The point would be to bypass the laptop's internal audio components, and simply use a USB DAC that outputs to your active monitors (the AV40's).
 
The AV40's don't have a sleep/standby. They're on or off. If you leave them on all the time, they consume power all the time. That's fine, if it doesn't impact your electric bill in a meaningful way. Is it that much of a bother to turn them off when not using them? Since you're turning off the computer, doesn't it seem like not a big deal to also turn off the speakers? You can also avoid that initial spike of audio when you turn on the laptop if you turn on the laptop first, then after it's finished booting, turn on the AV40's.
 
You do not need to unplug anything at all.
 
Very best,
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post
 

 

Heya,

 
That sound is due to the laptop onboard sound not having appropriate gates to stop a surge of power spiking on initial boot as it all initializes. This is common on cheap amplifiers, and cheap electronics. You could get an inexpensive USB DAC and this would stop. Like the Hifiman MH-101 ($39) or HifiMeDIY Sabre DAC ($35). The point would be to bypass the laptop's internal audio components, and simply use a USB DAC that outputs to your active monitors (the AV40's).
 
The AV40's don't have a sleep/standby. They're on or off. If you leave them on all the time, they consume power all the time. That's fine, if it doesn't impact your electric bill in a meaningful way. Is it that much of a bother to turn them off when not using them? Since you're turning off the computer, doesn't it seem like not a big deal to also turn off the speakers? You can also avoid that initial spike of audio when you turn on the laptop if you turn on the laptop first, then after it's finished booting, turn on the AV40's.
 
You do not need to unplug anything at all.
 
Very best,

 

Thanks for the quick reply. Is that sound bad for the speakers? 

 
Also, what should I do when I put the computer to sleep? turn the speakers off or leave them on?
And should I turn them off after or before I turn the computer off (I think it makes a "boom" sound when I turn them off)?
 
Thanks again.
post #8 of 11
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Help please? It keeps making boom sounds when I turn the speakers off when the computer is on (asleep).

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by BomBin View Post

Help please? It keeps making boom sounds when I turn the speakers off when the computer is on (asleep).

Then turn the speakers off before you put the computer to sleep smily_headphones1.gif
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


Then turn the speakers off before you put the computer to sleep smily_headphones1.gif

 

Thanks for the reply, but it also happens when the computer is on and not asleep. It's making a boom sound whenever I turn it off (Unless it's not connected to the computer I guess).

post #11 of 11
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Any ideas?

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