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Originally Posted by White fish
I just wanted a clean simply area not clutered with equipment
I thought Active speakers would be nice and clean
my theater is 12'wide by 27' long and it does take a bit of volume to fill the space (if that makes sense)
I'm happy with my Emotiva Airmotiv 5's plugged right into my computer's 3.5mm audio jacks using on-board audio. Having a dedicated sound card would essentially be like having an external DAC. The Airmotiv 5's have been reduced to $450. You'll just need a DAC if you want to hook up more than just computers to the speakers. Parasound makes a nice DAC that is smaller than the Emotiva stuff currently out but the Parasound only does 24/96 over USB. Emotiva is working on a smaller version of their XDA-2, which will have an analog input in addition to full 24/192 USB.
I consider the Airmotiv speakers not-quite studio monitors. Their response curve isn't as flat as, say Genelec or maybe Adam, but they are pretty close with just a dip between 2.5 and 4 kHz. They will certainly sound different than similarly-priced passive speakers and will take some getting used to. What you will get out is what you put into them. Crap MP3's will sound like crap MP3's. They are more focused than regular speakers with a tighter sweet spot. Perfect for listening within 6 feet of the speakers. I'm about 3 feet from mine and have mine toed in a little bit to help with imaging. They are back-ported as well so they need some clearance behind them. Mine sound best with the wall about 12 inches from the back of the speaker. I have mine sitting on my desk and they resonate a lot. I need to get some isolation stands ( probably IsoAcoustics L8R155 ) for them.
Denon AVR X7200WA, Emotiva XPR-5, Emotiva XPA-7, Sony XBR 75" 850C, Oppo UDP-203, Roku Ultra.
DefTech BP7000SC (L/R), CLR3000 (C), SM55 (FH), UIW BPZ/A (SB), UIW 75 (TM).
JBL L7 (Sur), EoSone RSR 350 (RH).
PC 2.1 setup. Emotiva Stealth 6, SVS SB16-Ultra sub, Emotiva DC-1 DAC.