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PSB Image B4 is currently very high on my list. Very small but still a true bookshelf. But how bout these for planars? http://www.eminent-tech.com/lft11prod.html
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But how bout these for planars? http://www.eminent-tech.com/lft11prod.html

Check out these links about desktop Planar speakers:

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It might be worth the drive to your Guitar Center that is 30 miles away.

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I listened to all the powered monitors at my local GC, and preferred the Rockit 5s.

Do you recall the other models you auditioned? Thanks

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"Best Computer Speakers for Music"
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Studio Monitors vs. Audiophile home speakers

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How large is the selection of speakers / monitors with a USB input?

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Check out these links about desktop Planar speakers:

Had Monsoons desktops. Even brought 2 sets when I moved overseas. They were great until the company's gone. Yes I'm a planar + ribbon nut
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"USB Monitors - Project studio speakers with USB connectivity"
2/19/12
Includes a round up of "6 of the best USB studio monitors currently available."

Has anyone tried one of these models? Does the USB audio interface provide a significant sound quality improvement compared to using the stereo 3.5mm analog audio output?

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"USB Monitors - Project studio speakers with USB connectivity"

Has anyone tried one of these models? Does the USB audio interface provide a significant sound quality improvement compared to using the stereo 3.5mm analog audio output?

Of course. Any digital out would preserve the signal as much as possible despite the continuous belief by audiophiles to run analog rca out from the sources.
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If you have a quality sound card installed, using USB speakers would be a waste. Stick with analog connections.
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If you have a quality sound card installed, using USB speakers would be a waste. Stick with analog connections.

Our 17" laptop came equipped with Realtek High Definition Audio and Intel Display Audio. Should we use USB or analog? Thanks

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Our 17" laptop came equipped with Realtek High Definition Audio and Intel Display Audio. Should we use USB or analog? Thanks

I was referring to the output of the sound card via analog. Alot of people use toslink as well, neither sounds better than the other in my own testing.

USB speakers are terrible and become a USB sound card. Realtek chipsets arent bad, they just arent audiophile chips. You could use an external dac via USB if you want no processing by your sound card. Otherwise your laptop sound card will sound fine as analog out.

I have my older swan m10s hooked up to the dell laptop and play flac encoded music and ite sounds nice. Now here's the kicker for me...

My laptop is a dell vostro 3700 with a IDT sound chipset. I have a realtek setup in my other laptop which is a HP. IDTs aren't as punchier as realtek's sound. I also noticed using an unbalanced cable on the dell to my mixer, I pick up a lot of noise for a 3 foot cable. Updating the driver helped,but ultimately I had to go from a 3.5mm to xlr cable to kill the noise I was getting. I can use a 6 foot analog cable which is 3.5mm to dual rca's with no issues on the laptop with the realtek.
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These are not powered, but reviews have been good

http://rslspeakers.com/RSL_Studio_Monitor_System.html

Klipsch RF-62II, RC-500, RS-400, SVS PC12+,
Def Tech SC8000
Harman Kardon AVR 1600
PS3, Apple TV, Sharp 70" Qattron
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Does the USB audio interface provide a significant sound quality improvement compared to using the stereo 3.5mm analog audio output?

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Any digital out would preserve the signal as much as possible despite the continuous belief by audiophiles to run analog rca out from the sources.

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USB speakers are terrible and become a USB sound card.


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The better output cable is digital be it USB or toslink or coax. Then after the signal is sent to the DAC, it's the quality of the DAC. After the DAC it's the receiver or the powered speaker's quality. Which one are you referring to?
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Veda,

To rephrase my question:
Is there a significant sound quality improvement between the following two types of monitors?

A pair of nearfield powered monitors that's designed to connect to a laptop* with:

1. - A USB port
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2. - The stereo 3.5mm analog audio output

(* which has Realtek HD Audio)

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And what DAC would be in the powered speaker that's using the USB connection from the PC? I think you're comparing DACs instead of the connection type (analog vs digital)
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Well hang on a second. If you connect your computer to the dac via USB, you can run into interference issues and latency. The best practice is shooting out the sound to the dac either by coax or toslink. Most Onboard sound nowadays can at least provide one of connections, if not both. In most cases you will need an $8 adapter to do it on a laptop.

USB speakers are actually sound cards. They sound decent for getting sound out but that's about it.
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If I'm in the OP's position I'd get USB out only if my integrated amp accepts usb only and not toslink. Amps like Pioneers I think only accept USB input.
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Anyone hear the new Paradigm powered speaker?
Where does it fit in among those listed above?
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For example, please see:
Samson Studio GT studio monitors with integrated USB audio interface
Owner's Manual PDF - pages 10 & 11 (of 24)
USB Audio
USB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . USB 2.0 connection
USB audio . . . . . . . . . . . . Full speed
Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . B type
ADC and DAC (Internal) . . . 16 bit delta sigma, 44.1kHz or 48kHz
Input dynamic range . . . . . 93 dB (A-weighted)
Output dynamic range . . . . >90 dB (A-weighted) Zero Latency - page 17 of 24

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Anyone hear the new Paradigm powered speaker?
Where does it fit in among those listed above?

Have you seen this review?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-20...sktop-speaker/

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Well hang on a second. If you connect your computer to the dac via USB, you can run into interference issues and latency. The best practice is shooting out the sound to the dac either by coax or toslink. Most Onboard sound nowadays can at least provide one of connections, if not both. In most cases you will need an $8 adapter to do it on a laptop.

USB speakers are actually sound cards. They sound decent for getting sound out but that's about it.

Dude it's digital. If the error, if they exist, is so great you'd be getting data errors on your USB flash stick or HD.
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