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Hello everybody!

 

I'm looking for new speakers to use mainly (85%) for movies, but also sometimes for music. The source will be a Desktop with a X-Fi Music.

 

Because I don't have much free space in my room, I'd be happy with a 2.0 solution, where I don't need a subwoofer or a center. My room looks like this:

 

 

 

 

The TV is drawn black, white and brown are some desks. To the left there is a window. As you can see, the geometry of the room is special and the only free space for standing speakers would be in the corners (the red dots - they would be 5 m apart, as the room is around 14 m^2 big).

So, perhaps a better route to go, would be with wall mounted speakers.

 

Therefore I am looking for

 

- active speakers or

- passive speakers+amp

 

for max. 600 EUR. Something with a great price/performance ratio would be awesome :-).

 

What would you suggest? I'd prefer active monitors which work very well, even when they are placed 5 cm next to a wall. This way, I'd be able to skip the amp, but I'm not sure if passive bookshelf speakers would not sound better when placed near a wall. Is there any difference between active and passive (in this price range) in this regard?

 

Also, should I upgrade my X-Fi Music to an Asus Xonar? Would this bring any noticeable performance difference?

 

Thank you for your time and help, I appreciate it alot!

 

Chris


Edited by chrisr34000 - 12/17/13 at 11:17am
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...Something with a great price/performance ratio would be awesome :-)...

 

 

http://www.paradigm.com

 

 

http://new.audiogon.com/listings/monitors-paradigm-cinema-330-on-wall-lcr-2013-12-16-speakers-78216

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Thread Starter 

Is this a soundbar?

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it is not. the cinema 330 is a five-driver, three-way on-wall loudspeaker. if you google "Paradigm Cinema 330", you'll find more info. it's a discontinued model, so you won't be able to buy it from dealers.

 

the new version would be the Cinema 400. check if there's a dealer near you for an audition. you'll need a A/V receiver to drive the speaker.

 

unless you remove those desks, I don't see other options than on-wall speakers. otherwise, any small powered speakers+powerd sub is another option. 

 

these Pioneer floor-standing is another option, but they might be too big and overwhelming for a small room. but those desks have to go.

 

personally, I'd go with the Cinema 400+receiver, and add a sub later.


Edited by Lenni - 12/20/13 at 2:40am
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double post


Edited by Lenni - 12/20/13 at 2:40am
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello Lenni!

 

Your reply was very helpful. Being a newbie, I have a question on on-wall solutions: wouldn't basically any active front ported bookshelfspeaker with a wall mount do the job? For instance Behringer Truth B3031A or Adam F7?

What would be the advantage of the Cinema 400 over the aforementioned models?


Edited by chrisr34000 - 12/20/13 at 4:34am
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Thread Starter 

*bump*

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hello Chris,

 

I own Paradigm's speakers, which I use mainly for music, but also to watch movies. I have neither heard the Cinema 400, nor the speakers you mentioned. mine are merely suggestions.

 

a pair of front-ported active speakers would do a pretty good job; I would guess the Cinema 400 will do a much better job (ymmv). wall-mounted speakers are usually not renowned for SQ, but Paradigm know how to build high-quality sounding speakers. I would not hesitate choosing the 400's over the monitors. 

 

also aesthetically the 400's will look much better than the monitors hanging on a rack off a wall with the power cords hanging down to the nearest socket or power strip (you might need to get longer power cords). don't get me wrong, I choose SQ over look anytime.

 

in conclusion, you can't go wrong with either. sorry I could not be of more help.

 

 

[edit: try asking the question in these forums for more ideas: http://www.hifiwigwam.com/forum.phphttp://www.videogon.com/index.html]


Edited by Lenni - 12/23/13 at 4:46pm
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