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post #1 of 14
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Hi I know this isn't really a hifi based forum but it's worth asking I'm looking to buy some active monitors krk, genelec and so on. I'm looking for hifi quality i will be plugging them in to a phonostage I know they work as I have digital out on it. what are the best quality?  

post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by davejones1988 View Post
 

Hi I know this isn't really a hifi based forum but it's worth asking I'm looking to buy some active monitors krk, genelec and so on. I'm looking for hifi quality i will be plugging them in to a phonostage I know they work as I have digital out on it. what are the best quality?  

 

How would that work? An output would need to have a corresponding input, and those monitors you mentioned don't have such an input. If you get an audio interface you will still need a PC, not just to run it but because a phonostage's digital output is a recording output to rip the vinyl into a digital archive, not a continuous Analogue to Digital Converter in the same sense as one uses a Digital to Analogue Converter to play digital music.

post #3 of 14
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I know it works because I had a pair of m audio's but didn't like them but it worked fine

 

here is my phonostage

 

http://www.whathifi.com/review/furutech-adl-gt40

post #4 of 14
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I know it works as I have tried it with a friends monitors the Furutech ADL GT40 doubles up as a DAC allowing active monitors to be connected 

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by davejones1988 View Post
 

I know it works as I have tried it with a friends monitors the Furutech ADL GT40 doubles up as a DAC allowing active monitors to be connected 

 

That isn't a phonostage, it's a DAC - although they are approximately doing the same thing. The phonostage for vinyl and the DAC for digital sources; the cartridge though is what amounts to the DAC chip, and the output stage after that is what is more similar to what a phonostage does.

post #6 of 14
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Don't worry I'm sure I'll work it out myself

post #7 of 14

It makes sense if you list all the equipment you own, I am not sure if you own the ADL or plan to buy it.   If you dont already own it your money can be better spent regardless of whathifi's opinion.  That sort of money will buy you an EXCELLENT audio interface, with far more versatility and better tech support and better connectivity options.  

 

However if you already spent that money you still need to give us more info on your needs in terms of active monitors such as room size, placement and budget.  Do you want sealed cabinets, front/rear ported, 2.0 or 2.1?  This is not a case of saying "yo dude go buy this awesome set of monitors".

 

Placement is important, if close to a rear wall you want front ported or sealed cabinets.  Size is crucial too, your room size and listening position will help sort out this dilemma and whether you want a sub cabinet.  Are you using stands or placing on a desk?  What size desk?  Do you have $500 or $5000 or bottomless pockets?

 

I hope this explains what sort of information helps in giving you sound advice :D

post #8 of 14
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Hello thanks for the reply already have a pair of technics 1200's and a mixer working as a pre amp I was think of selling one and the mixer and using a pre amp and active speaker solution? it's only a very small and the speakers will be close to a back wall sorry I should of posted this from the start apologies please ignore my ignorance I'm a bit of newbie  


Edited by davejones1988 - 2/11/14 at 11:22am
post #9 of 14

What's your actual question mate?

 

Do you want to know what active monitors would sound good in a confined space, close to a rear wall and connected via unbalanced RCA phono to the Furutech?

 

Or are you asking for suggestion regarding the entire system from decks to speakers?

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

The speakers please mate I what ones sound best close to the wall and sound good in a small space 

post #11 of 14

I would aim for something with a minimum of a 5" driver unless you want a sub, also choose something front ported.  That should narrow your search a little, when you factor in your budget. Hope that helps the research.

 

The problem is not many people have worked with several sets of monitors in the same space to give you a good comparison.  I have 2 sets which I use regularly but that is a drop in the ocean compared to what is available.  I would stick to established brands such as KRK ADAM Genelec Focal EVENT if you can, a lot of people praise the new JBL speakers but I have no experience of them.  

 

The most important thing to research is a local supplier so you can actually listen to them before you spend any money, unless you can find a free returns policy with shipping included you could end up out of pocket.  Different brands and designs do affect the presentation of the music, the differences are subtle but its worth testing.

post #12 of 14
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Thanks I was considering Genelec for the dip switches on the back and may KRK because the push the bass out the front

post #13 of 14

You need to make a couple of decisions based on your individual requirements.

 

Do you want deep and powerful or clean and accurate? It's trade off in your situation.

 

You could get an excellent pair of 4-5" monitors or a pretty decent set with 7-8" drivers.

 

Then you need to decide what build quality your are willing to pay for. Some manufacturers are proud to offer a 7 year warranty. Others offer 1 year and even then it can be a struggle to get them to honour it (I'm looking at you M-Audio).

 

Finally think about your usual usage. If you are mainly playing music you don't really need to go down below 40-45 Hz. If you play games, watch action films or listen to a lot of church organ music you might want something deeper, possibly even a small sub at some stage. Then there is voicing. KRK became popular with bedroom House musicians. ADAM are superb with acoustic sounds.

 

Some examples to get you started.

 

In your position I'd go for a small set of very accurate active monitors. ADAM A3X, Focal CMS40 or even Genelec if you can afford it. That's because I'm old and I value clean and accurate.

 

If I was 40 years younger again I might be tempted by something larger and enjoy the boom and thump. Fostex PM641, KRK VXT8 or  Mackie MR8.

 

Or something in the middle. Event 20/20 are good listening speakers. Neuman  KH120 are the current favourites at a bigger budget. ADAM A7X are a safe bet.

 

Go to a shop and decide what size cones will suit you best. Then decide what quality you can afford. Then choose on reputation and target audience.

 

Remember all speakers will sound different in your room than they do in the shop. Sometimes it's a good idea to buy on reputation. If hundreds of thousands of experienced users can get results with a certain brand or model then you should be able to do so too. No one ever got fired for buying Genelec or ATC.

post #14 of 14
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Thank you for your advice I will be listening to reggae 45's but some are poorly cut and have a slight surface noise on them so I'd like something that isn't going to show to much of the noise not sure if this is possible? 

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