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So after using the B&W MM-1 PC speakers for a week, they are going back to BB.
I found the sound stage very small, mid-range frequencies were often "muddy", and instruments & voices lacked separation.
Not only do the MM-1s produce the "white noise" that other have heard and wrote about, I also noticed "electronic pitches" coming though the speakers, almost like an electronic keyboard was playing notes from low to high frequencies. This was always present when the MM-1s where powered on, regardless if they were playing music or not. But with no music being played, the "electronic pitches" were easier to hear when sitting 2 feet from the speakers.

Now comes the question about what speakers to use for replacements. At first I was thinking about going the route of separates with B&W 686/685/CM1 speakers and an integrated amp, but people say that's not a good idea since those speakers aren't near-field.
So far I've been recommended going with AudioEngine A5+ and the Airmotive 5, as both are around the same $399 sale price, or even the more expensive Adam A5X at $1000. One thing I don't like about these 3 speakers is the lack of a headphone out.

Since none of those are sold locally (South FL), I can't try them out first, and would have to buy on-line with trying them at home.
My sound card is a Creative Labs Audixy 2ZS Platinum that supports 24-bit/192Hz, so don't think I'd really need or benefit from an external USB DAC.

Has anyone tried and done comparisons between three speakers, or can recommend something else?
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There are many book shelf monitors out there for $500 that can be used in near-field. You'll need a separate amp or receiver however. A pair of the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SEs would fit the bill ($298 on sale) and you could pair them with an Onkyo 8255 stereo receiver ($170) or even the Emotiva mini-X a-100 ($179).

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I would look at the Focal 705V speakers - they are really nice
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Anyone still using this PC speaker?
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So after using the B&W MM-1 PC speakers for a week, they are going back to BB.<br>
I found the sound stage very small, mid-range frequencies were often "muddy", and instruments & voices lacked separation.<br>
Not only do the MM-1s produce the "white noise" that other have heard and wrote about, I also noticed "electronic pitches" coming though the speakers, almost like an electronic keyboard was playing notes from low to high frequencies. This was always present when the MM-1s where powered on, regardless if they were playing music or not. But with no music being played, the "electronic pitches" were easier to hear when sitting 2 feet from the speakers.<br><br>
Now comes the question about what speakers to use for replacements. At first I was thinking about going the route of separates with B&W 686/685/CM1 speakers and an integrated amp, but people say that's not a good idea since those speakers aren't near-field.<br>
So far I've been recommended going with AudioEngine A5+ and the Airmotive 5, as both are around the same $399 sale price, or even the more expensive Adam A5X at $1000. One thing I don't like about these 3 speakers is the lack of a headphone out.<br><br>
Since none of those are sold locally (South FL), I can't try them out first, and would have to buy on-line with trying them at home.<br>
My sound card is a Creative Labs Audixy 2ZS Platinum that supports 24-bit/192Hz, so don't think I'd really need or benefit from an external USB DAC.<br><br>
Has anyone tried and done comparisons between three speakers, or can recommend something else?
Have you considered the Paradigm MilleniaOne? Those are some of the best mini speakers I've heard. They need to be paired with good sub. Paradigms SE, Millenia Sub, or Seismic 110 with PBK are excellent matches.
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