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Best value solution for desktop speakers

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Hi, I'm interested in getting a pair of desktop speakers to play from a computer->external dac source, but I know next to nothing about this field.  The room I'll be using it is not acoustically treated and the desk would be in the corner of a room so I need something that isn't highly dependent on room acoustics.  Budget is about $500 but I would be satisfied with a cheaper solution if performance is limited by acoustics.  I'd prefer active speakers since desktop space is somewhat limited.  Thanks!

post #2 of 9

Try these

JBL LSR 305

>> way under your budget when bought @ street prices and not MSRP

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I've heard good things about those. Is $270 240 for a pair close to street price? I'm also considering a used pair of ADAM F5 for about $350. Is the ADAM worth the extra $80?
Edited by Za Warudo - 5/25/14 at 8:27pm
post #4 of 9

I don't know much about power speakers, but I've had the Emotiva Airmotiv 5 recommended to me in the past, so it might be worth looking into.

post #5 of 9
My setup:
Topping vx1 amp/dac--120.00
Polk monitor 30s. 99 on ebay.

Sounds incredible running from usb of my MacBook Pro with lossless files. When my pono comes in October it's gonna be brilliant.
post #6 of 9

You can look at the Nubert nuPro A-100 or A-200. They do exceed the budget a bit (285 Euro per speaker), but Nubert is excellent. 50-22000 Hz at +- 3 dB is pretty decent for a smallish active monitor. For the A-200 it's down to 39 Hz, the A-300 even gets down to 30 Hz. Even many subwoofer don't get that low (granted the A-300 is 525 per speaker). A friend recently started swapping his B&W S603 for Nubert speakers, and he is very impressed (and he is comparing small bookshelf speakers to his big B&W). I've been Nubert customer for 10 years now, and am happy despite having entry level speaker from them. All my friends who care about sound quality have switched to the brand. They are that good, especially in terms of value for money (other brands usually charge way more for the quality).

 

Oh yeah, and the nuPro line is active, and have a DAC. You can connect them to your computer via USB, so that's an advantage.


Edited by kadajawi - 5/26/14 at 11:37am
post #7 of 9

out of your price range,  but a few days ago I listened to Mini Magnaplaners displayed in a hifi store on a desk, but not a realistic office desktop configuration.   They sound great, but seemed very sensitive to placement  when you are sitting so close to them, and the sub panel was right where your feet would touch it under the desk .  perhaps not a good choice for actual desktop, but more for small room, off the desk.

 

This made me think about desktop speaker placement - which I feel relates to the OP.  any kind of  speakers that would sit on either side of large computer display (eg. 27" iMac) places the center of the speakers about 30+" apart, yet most folks need to sit about 20" way from the display for a reasonable ergonomic desk set up.    In these situations, should we be looking for speakers specifically designed for near-field listening?    That might limit the choices.

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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post

Thanks, I've heard good things about those. Is $270 240 for a pair close to street price? I'm also considering a used pair of ADAM F5 for about $350. Is the ADAM worth the extra $80?

That's a good price for the JBLs. Whether or not you would like the Adam F5s better is a personal listening preference thing. Both are comparable speakers.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the input guys.  I think I'll go with the JBLs.  

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