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So its been a VERY long time since I've been in the desktop computer speaker game so need some help.  I need some fun listening nearfield speakers for listening to at my computer.  These will be used for nearfield only at the computer, which is right up against the wall.  So rear ported speakers wont really have enough space to breath unless I'm missing something.  I have a nice stereo setup in the same room for more critical, distanced listening.

 

I tend to listen to a lot of electronic/rock/rap.  I enjoy my DT-770 headphones and their type sonic signature for more enjoyment than critical listening.

 

I'm planning on snagging either a set of Auralex MoPads or some ISOAcoustic stands for them, thinking the ISOAcoustics will do better to keep the sound from reflecting as bad off the glass since they would be able to sit up higher, and provide better tilt to my ears.

 

So here's the chain I've got:

 

Computer playing FLAC via MediaMonkey -> Black Cat Veloce BNC/SPDIF cable -> Cambridge Audio DacMagic -> B&K Reference 50 pre-amp -> (Desktop Speakers) w Elemental Designs A2-300.

 

**Note**  For my 2 channel the system remains the same, however the B&K goes into a Parasound HCA-1200ii and then either into a set of Infinity RS-II or Polk RTA 11TL's.  Both still use the same sub.

 

With the B&K I can use XLR or RCA outputs, but I'd prefer to use XLR since my amp for my passive setup is RCA based.  With the B&K I can also set a crossover for my sub so I'm not super concerned about how deep these things go.

 

Back in the day I was looking at KRK Rokit 5's or 6's as options and eBay seems to have them at decent prices.... But I'm not set on them and want to make sure they are still decent compared to whats out there on the market.

 

So help me out.

 

PS For anyone recommending passive speakers, thats fine as long as they work nearfield, are of a good quality and dont need space from the wall.

 

Here's a pic of my layout.  I should mention the gear is a bit outdated in the pics, I run through stuff a fair bit lol...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by EndersShadow - 3/22/15 at 4:36pm
post #2 of 14
JBL LSR305s are considered some of the best active monitors for under $500. Lots of reviews and discussion of them on the web. See if you can figure out how to get them out from the wall a few inches since they are rear ported smily_headphones1.gif
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JBL LSR305s are considered some of the best active monitors for under $500. Lots of reviews and discussion of them on the web. See if you can figure out how to get them out from the wall a few inches since they are rear ported smily_headphones1.gif

 

Thanks, those seem to come up in EVERY thread I've been reading, which is a good sign at least.  Any thoughts on them v the KRK's?  I'm not dead set on a totally neutral speaker either, this is more for just jamming out, so its the nearfield part thats more important than the accuracy (but I still dont want something thats horrible either).

 

Also I see there is a 308 with a bigger woofer.  Not a factor with my sub, or worth the extra cash?

 

And I'm not totally sure how far out I could get them from the wall.  I'm fairly limited there but I might be able to squeek an inch or two out depending.

 

Realistically the 32" TV thats on my desktop right now will be going away and my 20" monitor will go back there and long term a 39" TV will be wallmounted above the desk someday.


Edited by EndersShadow - 3/23/15 at 6:45am
post #4 of 14
Why not pull your desk out from the wall a few inches? That would help smily_headphones1.gif
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Why not pull your desk out from the wall a few inches? That would help smily_headphones1.gif

 

OK, I will admit, that I probably can do... maybe 2-3 but any more and it will set my wife into a OCD seizure hehehehe.....

 

So the JBLs are still the ones to beat with the KRK's pulling in at second then correct.

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So the JBLs are still the ones to beat with the KRK's pulling in at second then correct.

I think so. And based on reviews and discussions online, it seems a majority of people find the LSR 305s compete with every powered monitor in the < $500 range.

Do you have a Guitar Center nearby? They may have both the JBL's and the KRK's on display. Now, know that their listening setup isn't that good for getting a true sense of each speaker's potential. But you should be able to get some idea of which you like better relative to each other.
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I think so. And based on reviews and discussions online, it seems a majority of people find the LSR 305s compete with every powered monitor in the < $500 range.

Do you have a Guitar Center nearby? They may have both the JBL's and the KRK's on display. Now, know that their listening setup isn't that good for getting a true sense of each speaker's potential. But you should be able to get some idea of which you like better relative to each other.

 

Yes I've got one close enough to make a trip out to and get my ears on them.  I know its not the best setup (although they have it treated MUCH better than my setup), but it will do.

 

And I will bring some of the music I listen to with me as well.

 

So likely will take a trip out there later this weekend or the next to see what I can hear and then see what I can get them from through my work discount.

 

Are the IsoAcoustic stands worth getting, or will Auralex Mopads do enough of the trick with my setup?

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Are the IsoAcoustic stands worth getting, or will Auralex Mopads do enough of the trick with my setup?

I don't know. I've never used a glass top desk. It would drive me nuts smily_headphones1.gif
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I don't know. I've never used a glass top desk. It would drive me nuts smily_headphones1.gif


Yeah, its not much longer for this earth (or my house I should say).

 

My plan is try and divide the room into 2 sections, my computer and then stereo section.  For the stereo section the plan is to wallmount a bigger badder monitor/TV in the middle of the room with a barnwood flexi rack underneath for my stereo gear.Then also a couple small chairs or a single loveseat to the room for stereo listening and a coffee table that looks like this in the room.

 

 

 

For the computer area I plan to build a barnwood desk using some 100 year old wood from a family friends old barn.  The desk will look out over over the window and be set somewhat low.  My 20" computer monitor will be connected with a long DVI cable to the computer housed in the flexi rack and then these studio monitors will sit on that desk.  There will be a computer chair I can easily roll out of the way as well.

 

Add in the sound panels I'm working on finishing and it should be pretty cool looking.

 

But thats how it looks in my head.  In reality I may not have enough space for both and may need to have a combination space with a desk that has a flexi rack with my gear on it.


Edited by EndersShadow - 3/23/15 at 12:51pm
post #10 of 14
Sounds like a good plan. Just make certain you plan room for a center channel right under the TV. It really does help with movie/tv watching, and you'll hate it if you can't add a timbre matched center if you ever decide you want one smily_headphones1.gif
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Sounds like a good plan. Just make certain you plan room for a center channel right under the TV. It really does help with movie/tv watching, and you'll hate it if you can't add a timbre matched center if you ever decide you want one smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

LOL.... nah.... that setup is for at max some vintage gaming w my Sega, Xbox, etc...  My MAIN system is the showstopper (pic is missing some gear but I listed it all out below).....

 

 

 

 

 

Gear
Speakers: Polk LSI 15, LSi C, LSi F/x, DIY Martycube with Dayton SA1000 sub amp & MiniDSP for EQ

Amp: B&K 200.5

AVR: Integra DTR 5.9

Sources: WD Live TV w 3TB HDD w MKV rips, Xbox 360, Uverse, Squeezebox Classic

TV: Panasonic 60" ST30- (Amazon) - $2,100

Misc: APC H15 - (JR Electronics) - $250

 

Cables:

Interconnects: Kimber Kable Hero Ultraplate x 5

Speaker Cables: L/R = Kimber Kable 8VS internally bi-wired 8 feet, C = Kimber Kable 8VS internally bi-wired 6 feet, SR/SL = Monoprice 14/2

HDMI: Audioquest Cinnamon 3m x 3, 5m x 1

Powercables: Pangea AC-14SE 1.5m (AVR), Pangea AC-14 .6m (Xbox 360), Pangea AC-9SE 1.5m (B&K), Pangea AC-9 2m (Dayton)

post #12 of 14
You have a Martycube?

Awesome! biggrin.gif
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You have a Martycube?

Awesome! biggrin.gif

 

Yes, I've got one hehehe.... I like it quite a bit.... (measurements are at 1/3 volume on my AVR :beerchug:)

 

  

 

Thinking the JBL's will get a listen this weekend or next...

 

Also this discussion has given me the push to go about designing the desk I want for the space which is a floating desk that has a built pullout keyboard and mouse tray, hidden section for a remote and houses a floating flexi rack on the left side that can hold up to 4 pieces of gear. and is 36" in height..

post #14 of 14
Yeah. I'm jealous. I've seen plenty of measurements for them. Impressive. Other than maybe going for a sub built by Jeff at JTR or Mark Seaton, the Martycube is my other choice for my next sub upgrade smily_headphones1.gif
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