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Hello!

Recently I've gotten really interested in getting high quality headphones and speakers in order to enjoy my music more.

 

What I'm planning on buying are the ath-m50's and a xonar essence stx sound card.

Now for my question:

 

I really like my bass and am looking at 2.1 channel setup for speakers. My question was as I talked to my friend about getting Gemini sr-5 active studio monitors, and I really want a subwoofer for that extra bass and so was looking at the subwoofer they had to offer as well the gemini sr-10. But my friend said it's really hard to setup and instead recommended me the Swan m50w powered speaker setup.

 

So I was wondering if my friend is right and that it actually is hard to hook in and setpu the gemini sr-10 subwoofer with the monitors, or is the way to go instead of the swans m50w's?

Sorry if this doesn't seem too clear, I'm still quite nooby with all the audio stuff.

 

Hope someone can spare their time and help me out :)

 

regards

 

Sythix

post #2 of 8

I would recommend doing some research on external audio interfaces if you got space on your desk for one, I like the option of portability and connectivity.  I personally use a Roland Quad currently.

post #3 of 8
Those Geminis seem to be out of stock a lot of places, suggesting that they might be discontinued. Any reason you are going with those instead of looking at KRK Rokkits?

Also, I don't know understand why sub integration would be such a problem. Perhaps your friend is not that familiar with subwoofers?
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Originally Posted by Sythix View Post

What I'm planning on buying are the ath-m50's and a Xonar Essence STX sound card.

You might consider upping your headphone budget, the ATH-M50 are bassy music headphones.

Increasing the headphone budget would get you something offering more audio detail.

It would be better to budget more for the headphones, then for the DAC/amp (Essence STX).

You could get a Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card, for $100, which would give you more cash for headphones.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 10/31/13 at 7:42pm
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Thread Starter 

I've heard a lot of good things about them, and I know might sound bit dumb but I like their looks and colour combination too.

I'm not sure really but this quoting my friend and his reasoning

The Gemini are active 2.0 speakers.
[10/22/2013 6:52:36 PM] : So the sub would need to be firsty jewed into the setup.
[10/22/2013 6:52:54 PM] : Since you can't just plug it into the Gemini speakers, it would need it's own output.
[10/22/2013 6:53:21 PM] : Then you'd need to some how stop it from playing other frequencies.
[10/22/2013 6:53:31 PM] : Other wise it would just be like having 3 speakers.
[10/22/2013 6:53:55 PM] : And finally you'd have to EQ the **** out of it so it's the same volume, tone and timbre as the other two speakers.
[10/22/2013 6:54:12 PM]  So while it IS possible, it's not possible

 

Are the swans still a decent option as they seem to be much easier to setup, would the audio quality be much different between the gmini combo and the swans m50w?

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Unfortunately I've already ordered the ath-m50's, I saw a lot of hopeful comments and reviews on them as well as a lot of friends have recommended them to me so I just went with them.

post #7 of 8
Sorry, but your friend doesn't know jack. You don't timbre and tone match a sub. As far as setting the gain (volume) on the sub, you can set it by ear to make you happy.

It's obviously designed so that you can configure the speakers and sub to work together. It won't be that hard. You just have to learn how to do it.

In 30 secs, I was able to find an image of the back of the SR-10 (your friend obviously didn't do that). Seems like it has inputs and outputs. You should find and download the manual for the sub and read it. It's designed to have the audio run from the audio source to the sub, and then from the sub to the speakers. Good guess it might have a high pass filter on the line out. If so, then you set the crossover on the sub to match that same high pass frequency.

However, it looks like the sub might only have balanced inputs and outputs. If so, you would need an audio source with balanced inputs and outputs. A Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 should work (check).

On the other hand, the KRK Rokkits and matching 10s subwoofer have regular RCA inputs and outputs, in addition to the balanced connections. So it can be connected to a computer with regular audio outputs. The KRK sub has an 80hz high pass filter. So you just set the crossover on the sub to 80hz.

I have no experience with the Swans, but the subwoofer is smaller and it has small satellites that can't produce midbass. I prefer larger monitors that are more full range and larger subs myself. That sub is probably more of a midbass module than a true subwoofer.
Edited by cel4145 - 10/31/13 at 9:39pm
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Sorry, but your friend doesn't know jack. You don't timbre and tone match a sub. As far as setting the gain (volume) on the sub, you can set it by ear to make you happy.

It's obviously designed so that you can configure the speakers and sub to work together. It won't be that hard. You just have to learn how to do it.

In 30 secs, I was able to find an image of the back of the SR-10 (your friend obviously didn't do that). Seems like it has inputs and outputs. You should find and download the manual for the sub and read it. It's designed to have the audio run from the audio source to the sub, and then from the sub to the speakers. Good guess it might have a high pass filter on the line out. If so, then you set the crossover on the sub to match that same high pass frequency.

However, it looks like the sub might only have balanced inputs and outputs. If so, you would need an audio source with balanced inputs and outputs. A Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 should work (check).

On the other hand, the KRK Rokkits and matching 10s subwoofer have regular RCA inputs and outputs, in addition to the balanced connections. So it can be connected to a computer with regular audio outputs. The KRK sub has an 80hz high pass filter. So you just set the crossover on the sub to 80hz.

I have no experience with the Swans, but the subwoofer is smaller and it has small satellites that can't produce midbass. I prefer larger monitors that are more full range and larger subs myself. That sub is probably more of a midbass module than a true subwoofer.

Thanks a lot for the replies and the help, I think Ill use the ath-m50's for now and then look further into speakers and subwoofer setup, the swans are convenient with both price and shipment -but I'll have to look further into it. Thanks for everyones help!

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