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Downgrading(?) advise?

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by tmorterlaing, Oct 10, 2018.
  1. tmorterlaing
    Hey all,

    I have a pair of Focal Alpha 65s which I want to sell because theyre pretty big and I'm moving to a small house where I just don't need that much oomph.
    I want to get a pair of speakers (or like, anything) that is better than my 27" iMac speakers, offers relatively neutral audio and, most importantly, DOES NOT HAVE A HISS WHEN PLUGGED IN (the LSR 305s for example are not for me, they have great audio but hiss when turned on).
    I was looking at all sorts of stuff today, but it's pretty hard to get any kind of reliable opinions online - can anyone help? The Bowers & Wilkins MM1s seem to get decent reviews?
    Max budget is about £450 ($575ish)

    The 'amp' I'm using is the Fulla Schiit FYI :)
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2018
  2. ZMG885
    I'm using the Audioengine A2+ for my desktop system (Mac Mini + 27" Dell Monitor), and they fit easily on a desktop being ~ 4" x 6". Good treble and mids, excellent for vocals, and decent for music. The A2s image well if your sitting at your desk within a few feet of your monitor, but a narrow sweet spot. I recommend the A2s as a space saving option to still get good sound, and for what the A2s are small footpring/drivers, they're pretty darn good. That said, the A2s will be a dramatic step down from your Focal Alpha 65s relative to room filling sound and imaging.

    You may want to consider the Focal CMS 40, a much smaller footprint than the Alpha 65s, and used pairs within your budget. I personally haven't heard these, but am also considering them for an upgrade to my A2s but still desktop friendly, and if you're already used to the Focal sound these could work as a replacement.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018

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