Originally Posted by JRG1990
I think floor standers are much better they can fill a room with sound much better than bookshelf's and there much larger cabinets means better bass extension.
Although most likely my room/ apartment will be small, the bass extension sounds nice. Can you recommend any that's under 500? Keep in mind I'm no stereophile but I do appreciate clear sound
What would be the pros of getting bookshelf over floorstanding? I do think that would be definitely a practical option bc they are easy to carry around. Also, I looked at the KEF X300A, but I noticed they are used for computer use... although I know bookshelf speakers can be used as computer speakers, aren't they different? Is there a difference? I'm guessing some computer speakers such as a 2.1 system wouldn't make good bookshelf speakers for music only since the subwoofer is separate?
Also, is there a downside of having an amp integrated in the speakers vs. a separate amp?
Originally Posted by alexsv
A fantastic bargain for very good speakers and integrated amp is the Pioneer SP-FS52 speakers at $260 for the pair along with the Pioneer N-50 at $699. These units were designed by my friend Andrew Jones who is the chief engineer for TAD. The TAD speakers range in price from $30K to $90K and a lot of the concepts from TAD trickled down to the entry level Pioneer speakers. I think these items can be purchased at Best Buy and may even be on sale at some point. Don't be fooled by the relatively low price of these speakers as they really are very good.
Same question as above, is there a downside of having an integrated amp? Speakers look real nice though.. I plan to use my tablet though. I'm supposed to plug it into an amp, but since it's integrated, I'll have to plug it in to the speakers themselves?
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
With self-powered speakers (studio monitors) you have no need to buy a separate amplifier.
Monoprice 8-inch Powered Studio Monitor Speakers, $255 for the pair
Chances are a good DAP (Digital audio Player) will offer better audio quality then your Nexus 7.
A FiiO X3 ($200) or iBasso DX50 ($230) DAP
Maybe the FiiO X5, $350
you can always plug headphones straight into the DAP.
You will have spend well under the $900 budget,
maybe even spend less then $500 for audio.
See, I was planning to use an app that streams music for background music, which is why I want to use my Nexus 7. Although it isn't the best audio source, the app itself is nice, versatile, and streams decent quality music (256 kbs, check out Songza). The Monoprice looks real nice, and spending under 500 would be great haha. Once I make money, I plan to get really nice speakers. My dad has a set that is >$10,000 lol. But I am a poor college graduate right now
I have a DAC though, couldn't I use that instead? Not sure what a stereo rca line out is but the it has a headphone jack, usb, coaxial, and a left (white) and right (red)
So are T-amps good? Will definitely look at the options you have suggested
Originally Posted by cel4145
How big is your room? How far will you be sitting from the speakers when you want to turn it up?
I do not know to be honest. But most likely it will be either a small apartment living room or tiny bedroom. I wouldn't be sitting next to them but maybe a couple feet away (most likely be studying or relaxing). Sorry I'm vague but I haven't got my own place yet, but definitely it'll most likely be a cheap studio apartment or a small 2 bedroom place with a roommate
Thanks for your patience guys!