Hello all. I've been researching speakers for a few weeks now. I bought the Adam f7 and returned them because I would want a subwoofer to go with them and that exceeded my budget. I also don't necessarily want that clinical flat sound since these will be for listening only.
Could anyone please help me with this? I thought I found the perfect speaker (paradigm atom a2) but they suffer hissing problems. Any help would be great.
If you plan on getting a subwoofer in the future, most likely you'll be configuring the crossover to where the speakers start to roll off. So your sub will be able to fill in the lower bass. I would think a 5" would be fine.
Consider what Transmaniacon said. If there are passive speakers you know you like, the Emotiva mini-x a-100 amp would work well. I run Energy V5.1s with an HK 3390 receiver. I would put my setup up against any pair of $500 power monitors. More colored sound, of course.
Also, what are you using for a source to run to the speakers? Motherboard audio that comes built in can be pretty meh.
If you have DIY skills there's a project from speaker designer Jeff Bagby. He based it on the original BBC LS3/5a specification. There's a kit available from Meniscus for $354 and here's a link and a photo of a recent build on the PE forum.
I have nothing but guitar center and sam ash near me unfortunately.
On another note... I didn't know an amp that could power passive speakers could be had for a relatively low price. This makes me think the passive route might be better. Especially in the search for a warmer, more musical sounding setup.
WELL. Funny story. Walked into best buy and there were the Audioengine A5+ for $300 open box. I figured I'd give them a try and return if I didn't like them. So far they aren't too bad. Not overly impressed so far but we'll see after a few days.
If you are considering the passive route, that Emotiva mini amp is a fantastic choice. It offers Emotiva quality in a small package and all for ~$200.
Speaker brands you may look into for passive speakers: Ascend, Focal, Wharfedale, PSB, Axiom, and then there's always www.audiogon.com where you could probably find a great pair for $500. Just a thought.