Originally Posted by MRKM
First post here.
I just got a new iMac and am looking to upgrade from my current crappy Altec Lansing speakers to something nicer and higher end (relative to the AL's).
I'll be using the system exclusively with my iMac. Don't really care how it'll perform with movies, will just be using it to listen to music- I spend six+ hours a day doing that while I work (I'm a photographer), so it's important that it's a good sounding system. I also will do some minor music production so it would be cool if it worked well for that and was somewhat neutral (doesn't have to be completely neutral like dedicated studio monitors). I listen to a very wide range of music, which I know isn't an ideal piece of information... If I had to narrow it down, I'd say a lot of electronic music (house, trance, drum and base, etc.) and rock. I like my bass, though not to the point where it sinks everything else.
The space I'll be using them in is somewhat of an acoustic nightmare. It's a finished, L-shaped (give or take a few nooks), basement (with granite floors)- 1100 square feet, very open. My work station sits right at the top of the "L".
One more thing I'd like to mention as a criteria is that I often have people over and would like for the system to fill the space out nicely. They're hardly audiophiles, the people I have over, but still would be nice to have something decent sounding for when company is over. The current speakers I have get very muddy and distorted when louder.
A nice, sleek design wouldn't hurt either!
Ideally, I wouldn't want to spend more than $700-800.
Some speakers I've looked at are:
-Paradigm Millenia CT (top contender at the moment)
-Bowers & Wilkins MM-1
-Auido Engine A5+ (though reports of lack of bass concern me)
I'm guessing a 2.1 system would be better for me, being someone who likes their bass and who wants something to fill a space when company is over.
Any input/advice would be greatly appreciated!
For the larger space and audience that you want to deal with, I'd recommend Behringer B2031A studio monitors which are well within your budget, even after adding a subwoofer. The subwoofer is a lot more optional with speakers with > 8" LF drivers and than speakers with <3" drivers!
Consider this unsolicited recommendation from an independent industry authority, actually in some sense a competitor:
"I recently had the opportunity to measure a Behringer B2031A loudspeaker in my advanced
polar measurement setup. I was asked to do this in order to compare the Behringer with the
highly regarded Linkwitz Orion loudspeaker. To put it simply I was totally impressed by the
Behringers performance. It was clearly a highly refined design which showed a great deal of
talent in its design.
It is probably no coincidence that when the B2031A was matched against the Orion in a blind
listening test that the results showed the Behringer to be statistically the same as the Orion in
sound quality. This is remarkable since the two speakers differ in price by a very large amount –
the Orion, of course, being many times more expensive that B2031A.
I must commend your design team on what can only be seen as a remarkable achievement –
bringing truly high performance into the range of a highly affordable product."
/Signed Dr. Earl Geddes, president Gedlee LLC. /
BTW the Orion system the B2031 was compared to is composed of more than $5k worth of hardware.
"The B2031s are specified as having a robust maximum output SPL of 116dB per pair at one metre, and are claimed to have a frequency response of 50Hz to 21kHz -- but, as no levels are specified and as no print out of the actual response curve is provided, these figures mean very little. A number of slide switches provide frequency-response tweaks. for various different situations. For rooms that behave badly at low frequencies, or for situations in which a separate subwoofer is being used, a four-way switch provides a choice of bass roll-off frequencies: 50Hz, 65Hz, 80Hz and 100Hz. If mounting the speakers close to a corner is unavoidable, there's also a switch to cut the bass level by 2dB, 4dB or 6dB. Finally, because different users like to hear different amounts of top end, the high frequency level may be boosted by 2dB, or cut by either 2dB or 4dB."