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The 2031's are $50 more, which is not a problem.

A long time ago I had a pair of Event 20/20 Bas as my main speakers, which were awesome. I had to sell them off unfortunately and now my main system is a Bose Acoustimass setup. I'm looking to replace this system as it seems a touch flabby to me (and innaccurate). When I used to have my 20/20's, the Bose sat in a corner unused. I'm hoping the Behringer can replicate the quality of the Events, but which monitor? The 2030P or the 2031P? Are the Behringer's worth getting over my Acoustimass?

They'll be used primarily with a cd player and an itouch with Apple Lossless in my office, which is about 14x14. Thanks for any tips.
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YES! Despite being from Behringer, they are highly regarded monitors in terms of accuracy. I have a pair of the 3031A's and love em.
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There is a budget speaker review at Audioholics that is very favorable toward the 2030Ps.

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Yes, the Events are good

A active pair on Ebay
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A passive pair on Ebay
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The 2030P is much better than any Acoustimass set up.

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I like the contrast here. The behringer's are large, heavy, maximum bang for the buck for performance, inexpensive, and not too high WAF. The Bose is like the opposite of all of that.

To the OP, be aware that the 2031p's are 4 ohm speakers, that might be a rough load on a entry level or mid level receiver. They are terrific speakers though, I can vouch for them totally.
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I like the contrast here. The behringer's are large, heavy, maximum bang for the buck for performance, inexpensive, and not too high WAF. The Bose is like the opposite of all of that.

And the Behringers will have a reasonably flat frequency response, too. LOL

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People are going to flame me for this, but I finally did a side by side, and the Bose won.

The 2030's sounded tinny to me, like the music was coming from a small box. The Bose apparently make for decent rock loudspeakers. They are just more fun to listen to, have a larger sound stage. Yes, they are not as accurate, but they also don't have the harshness of the 2030's.

In no way, shape or form do the 2030's come close to my Event 20/20's that I mistakenly sold. I figured with all the raving about the 2030's that they'd come close to the Events. How wrong I was.

So I returned the Truth's and kept the Bose. I'm going to go ahead and save up for the new Event 3 way monitors, also named the 2030:

http://www.zzounds.com/item--EVE2030
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Of all the things i expected to hear, you thinking that the bose speakers were better was definitely not the first on that list. Anyway if thats what you prefer keep them. On a side note those Event speakers look cool and apparently there are some dealers here in Canada that are close by, I might have to go give them a listen.
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Did you have a sub with the Truth's? If not then your comparo was seriously faulty.

Dumb enough to spend lots of cash on this junk!
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Behringers harsh? lol, it may be that you are not used to tweeters.
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Maybe a trip to an ear doctor!? wink.gif
Bose has some advantages over other systems...easy to set up, small speakers that can easily blend, etc. Sound quality is not one if the advantages of the Bose system. Could one of the 2030s be defective?

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Trust me, my hearing is fine. And I'm sort of OCD about these things. The Bose, in my office, just sounded nicer. My main listening device is a pair of AKG 240's. I run a QSC HD 1850 and an older Sony stereo amp, too. I had the 2030's and the Bose A/B'ed right next to each other, playing Animals by Pink Floyd as well as And Their Refinement of the Decline by Stars of the Lid. I did not care for the upper frequencies of the 2030's at all. Harsh to my hears, and small sounding (which is hilarious considering the Bose design). I'm not saying the Bose are great, or even good, speakers. But I'm saying side by side, the Bose were more enjoyable with the rock and ambient music I tested. I ignored the low end in this comparison, as the 2030's had very little bass. I was going to augment them with a sub, so the focus was on the highs and mids.

I was as surprised as you guys are reading this. I was looking for every possible reason to dump the Bose. I don't care for how they market and overcharge and the quality of the materials. But they won this particular comparison.
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Just curious. How long did you let the 2030s break in?

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A couple days. They did warm up a bit, but I still felt they were tinny. My worst fear was that the music sounded like it was coming from a box. And it did. I've bashed the hell out of the Accoustimas, but the sound stage is pretty damn big, although obviously inaccurate, and maybe even leaning towards sounding like a blanket is draped over the tweeters. This is by no means a "praising" of the Bose, just my thoughts on a A/B.

If the 2030's had sounded even half as good as the Event 20/20's I had, I would still have them. But they did not. I'm going to order the new Event 2030's in a few months, even though I'm not a fan of the hassle of powered monitors. But the Event's were the best speakers I've ever heard alongside the Genelecs.

Can anyone recommend a pair of ballsy towers for under a grand? I'd be interested in looking at those as well, but I'd like them to not require a sub. Until then, my much maligned and trashed Bose (by myself, too) have held their ground. Shocking, I know.
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Well, it is not like you have to bash the Bose system! Bose does that for itself when they failed to put tweeters and a real subwoofer into their systems...so their systems sound like they have small midrange drivers, a very poor undersized subwoofer and very little else. No bashing, just stating reality.

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I think you may have not let the Behringers break in enough. The highs are supposed to get quite a bit smoother after a while.

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I think you may have not let the Behringers break in enough. The highs are supposed to get quite a bit smoother after a while.

I am sure the highs wouldn't change at all. The most that is likely to happen is a slight lowering of the fs of the woofer. This is unlikely to change the character of the speaker in any significant way.
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A couple days. They did warm up a bit, but I still felt they were tinny. My worst fear was that the music sounded like it was coming from a box. And it did. I've bashed the hell out of the Accoustimas, but the sound stage is pretty damn big, although obviously inaccurate, and maybe even leaning towards sounding like a blanket is draped over the tweeters. This is by no means a "praising" of the Bose, just my thoughts on a A/B.

If the 2030's had sounded even half as good as the Event 20/20's I had, I would still have them. But they did not. I'm going to order the new Event 2030's in a few months, even though I'm not a fan of the hassle of powered monitors. But the Event's were the best speakers I've ever heard alongside the Genelecs.

Can anyone recommend a pair of ballsy towers for under a grand? I'd be interested in looking at those as well, but I'd like them to not require a sub. Until then, my much maligned and trashed Bose (by myself, too) have held their ground. Shocking, I know.

I think that break-in can make a little difference from there, but not enough for what you are describing. More likely that the room acoustics and setup worked in favor of of the Bose.

Just curious. If you like the Event 20/20s, why not get another pair?

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Cel,

Good point. I think it's one thing to hear speakers at a store, or at a friend's place. But when you get them, side by side in your normal environment, that changes everything.

I am not saying the Bose are "good". What I am saying is that in my 14x14 office, for the music I listen to, they beat the 2030p's.

As far as the 20/20's, I believe they changed the woofer from 8 inches to 7.1in, so that kind of threw me off. Also, although they had far superior sound, the self-powered aspect was a pain compared to passives. So I;m a little worried about losing out on the low end with the 7.1 compared to the 8's.
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