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Hi, looking for advice.

 

Had kids last year, which ment my high-fi, speakers and CD collection got lifted from the living room to make space for toys and to move cables out of reach of young fingers. I'm now looking to re-introduce music into my lounge via raspyfi.

 

I narrowed down the dac to the schiit modi or aune t1, and deciding to plumpt for the latter i ordered it earlier this week.

 

Going back to my first comment about kids, its seriously limiting my ability to go out and listen to dozens of speakers.

 

From my guitar playing youth, i know that valve amps should be driven hard, and with that in mind i'm looking for a suitable speaker setup for around £150 (baby reduced budget) to fill a medium size (4-8m) living room

 

Really not sure where to start - the active route with something along the lines of the M-audio BX5 D2, which may not cope being near field monitors, or the passive with a pair of q acoustics 2020i, although not sure if the little t1 will power these.

 

With the amount of toys/nappy bags etc around i am not too fussed about looks at this stage, but the sound needs to fill the room. I may add an active sub to the setup later.

 

Any ideas/comments/direction/experience would be appreciated!

 

Kind Regards, 

 

Dave

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Originally Posted by DaveAngel View Post

 

From my guitar playing youth, i know that valve amps should be driven hard, and with that in mind i'm looking for a suitable speaker setup for around £150 (baby reduced budget) to fill a medium size (4-8m) living room

 

Really not sure where to start - the active route with something along the lines of the M-audio BX5 D2, which may not cope being near field monitors, or the passive with a pair of q acoustics 2020i, although not sure if the little t1 will power these.

 

1. For speakers, you don't need to drive tubes that hard (I assume you mean the bias), whether active or passive - it really depends on the the circuit, and the speaker if the tube is in the power stage. I'd say get a tube amp or preamp and everything else, as much as possible leaving the settings alone, but regardless of where the tube is the most important bit is always to get speakers with 90db@1w/m sensitivity to better fill a room with as little power as possible. Manufacturers may measure their products differently but it's still a generally useful indicator.

 

 

2. For nearfield monitors, don't worry too much about their capability to fill a room - twist the volume knob enough and you can do that. I had Swans D1080MkII08's before in my bedroom and I can take a shower in the bath down the hall, and house music bass (and everything else) is audible through the water noise and several walls (just to make me feel like I'm going out to party afterwards when in reality I'm gonna hunker down to work). If anything, they might not stage/image very well if placed in positions that are far off from nearfield, but I doubt that's impossible given I've made home audio drivers designed for larger listening areas sound great in a car (I use digital time alignment, sure, but hey it's still a car) - it may just require some tweaking. Or better yet, just position them and your chair as close to nearfield as possible for serious listening, and if you need to fill the room, just don't get finicky with these (I assume you'd probably be using them as background music then).

 

 

3. For passive speakers, you'll need a speaker power amp between the T1 and the speakers. I'm not sure if the potentiometer on the T1 works with the analog output on the back - if it does you just need a plain power amp but if not, you'll still need an integrated amplifier (ie one with a preamp stage, or at least a basic potentiometer in it).

 

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Your needs considered though (baby, space, costs, etc) if I'm the same situation I'd go for the active speakers. Great passive speaker+amp combos aren't easy to come by on the cheap* given cheap, low noise/distortion amps tend to have low power output and thus require high sensitivity speakers that also have a smooth response and don't distort too much with a 10wpc or so amp. Also, unless you really want tubes, I'm leaning more towards the Modi, and an active speaker already has its own power and preamp built into it. Look around online if any dealers that you can get them from (without paying import fees) have the Swans D1080MkIV, and check reviews as well - generally these smooth out response a bit better than studio/pro-grade active monitors, not to mention that the response on some of the lower-priced ones aren't all that flat anyway (the BX-5 I think is one of the better ones for the money though).

 



*Many will suggest the Dayton standmounts and T-Amps, but I haven't really listened to these well enough

post #3 of 4
I use a T1 in conjunction with a Cayin A50T driving monitor audio BX5s. Sound is sublime.
Certainly didn't break the bank and the tube amplifier is great. Never need to turn the volume control over 50%. Hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by Bmullock View Post

I use a T1 in conjunction with a Cayin A50T driving monitor audio BX5s. Sound is sublime.
Certainly didn't break the bank and the tube amplifier is great. Never need to turn the volume control over 50%. Hope this helps.

 

 

Just to clarify, I think he's referring to these:

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Originally Posted by DaveAngel View Post
 

Really not sure where to start - the active route with something along the lines of the M-audio BX5 D2, which may not cope being near field monitors, or the passive with a pair of q acoustics 2020i, although not sure if the little t1 will power these.

 

 

But you were referring to these?


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 11/3/13 at 8:23am
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