Originally Posted by joms
I am currently using an Audio Engine self powered speakers for my computer paired with an SVS 12" subs (sealed). My speakers sound crap next to my dad's system (which consist of good sounding equipment since he is an audiophile - jadis/conrad johnson-b&w 800-etc)
Anyway, he tried setting up a very simple setup in one of our rooms. It consists of his very old speakers (rogers LS3/5 and also a SPICA in another room). He only used my very cheap yamana AVR amp which was lying around accumulating dust. However, the sound was still damn remarkable compared to my computer system. I know that its the speakers. They just sound so sweet and gentle. He just used a normal denon dvd player.
joms, in the LS3/5a you're hearing the BBC's standard
for the day for studio sound reproduction, a design specification probably far more clever and musically satisfying then the majority of the commoditized products you'll hear today. This design spec was from an era where authentic sound mattered more than hifi sound and specifications, and nowhere more than in top studios. The LS3/5a - a low sensitivity design licensed to multiple British brands - embodied a good deal of the art arguably missing in modern sound reproduction. Whether this design stands up to subjective criticism today remains to be seen, but what sounded musically satisfying then does so still, as you've just found.
In the Spica you're hearing a similar design sense, only this time it's executed in a way that also renders the sound "impulse-perfect", which is to say that on the listening axis the drivers' respective outputs are integrated together in both the amplitude and time domains. Such designs are a rarity and in the case of the Spica, also included good quality components and careful attention paid to minimizing acoustic diffraction. Such designs emphasized the importance of waveform fidelity and were the ancestors of today's "time aligned" speaker products.
Both designs are discussed in Lynn Olson's excellent The Art of Speaker Design
. I can easily see how you'd prefer this sound, especially when the speakers are driven by better quality amplification than the usual onboard electronics in many powered speakers.
Originally Posted by joms
In this regard, is there any speaker that can give me the same sweetness provided that I use it in a "nearfield" environment (since I am always on my computer). I don't want to setup my speakers like an ordinary setup. It should be placed at the left and right of my computer monitor.
I am using an Asus essence XT soundcard which serves as a pre-amp. I can get a power-amp (tube or whatever) to drive the new speakers. I still plan to use the SVS subs.
Anyone can recommend me an audiophile grade speaker that is designed for nearfield operation? (beside computer monitors)?
Budget for speakers = US$1000ish
Power Amp = around US$1000ish too.
Your plan to use good external amplification and what we trust is a good quality source is wise. From there just find the most musically satisfying minimonitors you can - if you like the LS3/5a then high output isn't important and for nearfield desktop use shouldn't be. Fidelity is and you don't need high power or even exotic-appearing technologies to get it. Design
is important and listening is even more important.
What sounds good in a smaller speaker in the "audiophile" environment, when driven well, can sound very good on or near the computer desk too.