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Upgrading speaker system for $5000

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Hi, while this upgrade won't be anywhere in the near future, I'm saving up for it and decided to put some thought in it before I get the money.

 

Currently I use 2*Yamaha HS80M, Adam Sub8, HRT MusicStreamer II (DAC)

 

While I have heard that room treatment is important, I don't mix at all and merely chose active monitors as I don't know anything about amps at all.

 

While I will definitely be moving before I upgrade, I am looking for speakers between 6"~8". I believe my bedroom will be too small for 9"+ speakers.

 

I can probably net a little cash from selling my current system, but would like to keep the Sub8 as it seems to be ideal for my room size

 

I'm imagining either a set of active monitors and sub with better DAC or even a passive setup. I'm not too sure if a passive setup is the way to go as I will be using this in a bedroom most likely smaller than 13' * 16' 

 

I'm hoping the near-$6k budget is enough to find me a used setup that would cost at least $10k new, which I'd think is a good tipping point for a "decent budget" in audio

 

So, the requirements I'd like are listed below:

 

#1. Room size is small, so small speakers

#2. Must be easy to find (locally) used speakers as I buy most electronics used to save cash 

#3. Lower limit budget $4k~ Upper limit $5.999k

#4. Perhaps an active setup due to limited space

#5. Hopefully can accommodate the Sub8 regardless of passive/active setup

 

What are your suggestions?


Edited by kabraxcis - 7/14/14 at 12:58pm
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For home audio, you might get some great advice here on Head-fi.

But you might also want to post these questions on the website AVSforum & AVforum.

 

This website has a section for speakers on sale.

http://www.techbargains.com/

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What are your suggestions?

Do lots of research smily_headphones1.gif

1) Spending that much money on a speaker setup without considering room treatments and/or room EQ is kind of a waste. You could spend half as much and work on your room acoustics and get better sound. Best to learn more about room treatments and room EQ and explore your options.

2) It will be very difficult for anyone to advise you on what speakers to buy for local pickup in your budget range because there are so many possibilities of good speakers and your local market might be very limited. Audiogon is a great source for used high end speakers. Thus, your best bet is to start learning about speakers by reading reviews and discussions on the web.

3) With your budget, I would ditch the Sub 8 and go with a Rythmik F12. Learn more about the major Internet direct subwoofer vendors and their products at the AVS subwoofer forum.

4) In addition to reading and learning at AVS and AVForums, as PurpleAngel suggested, Audioholics is an excellent audio web magazine with many tutorials. Blu-ray.com forum is another place with many tutorials.
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Originally Posted by kabraxcis View Post

 

While I will definitely be moving before I upgrade, I am looking for speakers between 6"~8". I believe my bedroom will be too small for 9"+ speakers.

 

#1. Room size is small, so small speakers

 

Actually it isn't the size of the drivers that's the problem, but the number of drivers. If you're sitting too close and your ears aren't aligned properly with both drivers, there can be enough variance from your ear to the tweeters vs the midwoofer, and you'll hear one before the other. Half the time when people hear "sibilance" it isn't caused by a harsh frequency response, not even due to a bad crossover design, but because they're hearing one note's upper registers out of sync with the rest of the sound that comes with it. Hence you hear for example vocals that say the word "pass" or "past" but you hear the "t" and "s" out of sync with the rest of the vocal range. It's not enough to notice that they're out of sync, but enough that some frequencies when isolated sound sharper.

 

Heck, you could use a 10in fullrange driver, and as long as it has a proper notch filter or the driver itself has no peaks in the treble, and assuming no excessive reflections in the room, and chances are it might actually avoid that issue even sitting from 5ft away. Nearfield monitors usually have their active crossovers and dispersion designed to account for phase issues, as a "fullrange" single driver doesn't have the real "fullrange" frequency response that goes up to, much less past, 20khz without sacrificing on the other end (or vice versa) necessary for monitoring, and FR single drivers are usually preferred by audiophiles more for their smooth and natural midrange (some though are purists who really just hate crossover circuits).

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