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post #1 of 9 Old 11-22-2012, 12:51 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi, I was looking at getting a pair of active speakers for my room. I've been wanting to get a pair of decent quality speakers for a while now.
I was looking for some suggestions for a good pair, I usually listen to a lot of classical rock type music and wanted something with with more pronounced mids and highs and good clarity.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Swan has several good ones. If you're looking at any of the under $300 (a pair) range I'd suggest one of the trio (L/R sub) sets - very good sound at the price point.

Re more professional grade - in the edit/mixing bays where I've worked Adam Audio near field monitors (some AX5s, mostly AX7's or AX8's) are a favorite, but I think they are more in the $700-$1000 range.

Genelec used to be a favorite in edit/mixing bays - they sounded great but many thought the under 1K series weren't "neutral" enough for reference work. I mention them because currently it's easy to find them for sale used, and the "neutral" thing wouldn't apply to home use (unless you're mixing music), they would be excellent speakers for the money.

(Note - the edit/mixing bays I'm referring to are offline bays, not finishing bays. Finishing bays is a whole other, very expensive, world.)
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The Airmotiv 5 and Airmotiv 6 are on special. Very positive reviews on these speakers from people who own them.

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Mackie MR8mk2 would be a good choice for your use. Can be found for under $500.
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The Dynaudio would be a great choice but its 2x the price. If the budget is under $500 each then it is a worthy consideration. It is also designed for a desktop, I'm not sure if the OP is looking for that.
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Thanks for all the help, i'm looking into all the suggestions. Have any of you guys ever heard a pair of Paradigm Shift A2s?
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The Paradigm is a good choice but won't go as low or as loud as the Mackies I recommended. But, still a very nice speaker.
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I have set of the airmotiv 5's and they are very nice sounding. Actually much better than I had expected.

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