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Old 03-29-2013, 11:27 PM - Thread Starter
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say I use Creative Lab Sound Blaster ZxR sound card, would you go with:

http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-A5plus

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http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-D2


Can you tell a difference between D2 vs. A5 +?

or some other PC Powered Speakers? If so, what's your suggestion? Please feel free to give me your suggestion or whatever PC bookshelf set you are using. I don't really want to buy a passive set as I then have to buy an integrate amplifier and the $ adds up
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Dude:
The Audioengine A5+ is a pair of amplified speakers. Just plug in the output from your sound card into them and you're off and running. The Audioengine D2 is a wireless DAC. At work, I use the A5+ with a D1 and a sub. VERY good sound. Won't fill up a big room but near field (i.e., on either side of your monitor), these are hard to beat.

Check out Vanatoo Transparent 1 - $100 more but you don't need a DAC...
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say I use Creative Lab Sound Blaster ZxR sound card, would you go with:

http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-A5plus

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http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-D2


Can you tell a difference between D2 vs. A5 +?

or some other PC Powered Speakers? If so, what's your suggestion? Please feel free to give me your suggestion or whatever PC bookshelf set you are using. I don't really want to buy a passive set as I then have to buy an integrate amplifier and the $ adds up

I think you meant to compare between the Audioengine 2 and A5?? Comparing a DAC to speakers makes no sense?

With that being said I love my A2's I was going to get A5's but didnt want to take up that much desk real estate I can assure you the A2's
get plenty loud the A5's will have more Bass though im sure.

Either way you cannot go wrong with Audioengine, I would say one of the best if not the best computer speaker if you like music.

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I would look into the Emotiva Airmotivs. I have not heard them myself, but have seen many people talk about how great they sound.

Also, if you like bass response, get powered speakers with bigger drivers than those in the A2s.

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I think you meant to compare between the Audioengine 2 and A5?? Comparing a DAC to speakers makes no sense?

With that being said I love my A2's I was going to get A5's but didnt want to take up that much desk real estate I can assure you the A2's
get plenty loud the A5's will have more Bass though im sure.

Either way you cannot go wrong with Audioengine, I would say one of the best if not the best computer speaker if you like music.

I click the wrong link. You're right, I meant the Audio Engine 2 vs. A5? My desk real estate has changed. I got a new rack, and there may be a new desk coming. So I can fit the space of a A5. But of course, if there is no noticeable difference btwn. Audio Engine 2 vs. 5, then I'll go w/ Audio Engine 2

Judging by the size, I'm more comfortable w/ Audio Engine 5 though

Sorry for the late reply, spring break tie up some of my time
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there's a huge difference in sound between the A5 and A2. A5 is a lot better.

I would also recommend looking at others as well. Airmotiv is one option. There is also the Focal XS Book. Also consider Paradigm A2

I don't really like the Audioengines, they used to be a reasonable choice but there are so many newer and older competitors that give them a run for their money

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Between Audioengine A2 / A5+ and Emotiva Airmotiv 4 / 5, I'd have to the Airmotiv sound better, to me, mainly because of the ribbon tweeter. The Airmotiv are a bit more expensive than Audioengine, so the cost difference may not warrant one over the other. The Airmotiv are rear-ported, so you'll need some space between the wall and speaker so they can breathe.

If you have a Guitar Center within reach, you can demo M-Audio and KRK powered speakers.

At any rate, ANYTHING mentioned in this thread, except for Blose, will be 10x better than any "computer" speaker from the usual sources, like Creative, Logitech, and Altec-Lansing. Been there, done that.

Oh. I have the Emotiva Airmotiv 5's and ran a pair of Acoustic Research AR570 powered monitors for 18 years prior to that. Nothing wrong with the AR570's and they blew the cones off of anything Creative and Logitech could offer up. I just wanted something different and a little more suited to studio work. The AR570's are up on Craigslist for $130.

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The Focal XS Book is interesting. Even if I don't go for it, I can keep that brand in mind, if I have another client who wants high end system, I can bundle this brand name w/ it. It is smaller than Audio Engine though

I have look into Emotiva Airmotiv 4/5, but I thought they are not active speaker?

Paradigm A2 is a no. I don't like speaker that is 1 yr. warranty. A manufacturer's warranty is the confidence from that manufacturer. Audio Engine is 3 yr. warranty.

How do you connect your PC output signal to M Audio or KRK Speaker? It doesn't have Right/Left audio RCA plug input?
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I have look into Emotiva Airmotiv 4/5, but I thought they are not active speaker?

How do you connect your PC output signal to M Audio or KRK Speaker? It doesn't have Right/Left audio RCA plug input?

Emotiva Airmotiv have a 5-year warranty which is transferable if you sell them. The Airmotiv ARE active. 4's are split and crossed 25w/25w ( 50w ), 5's are 50w/50w ( 100w ), 6's are 100w/110w ( 210w ), 8's are 200w/200w ( 400w ).

The Emotiva Stealth monitors are on sale if you are interested in those. Emotiva typically have 10% to 15% off sales around Independence Day ( Summer sale June/July ) and Labor Day ( EmoFest September. )

As far as M-Audio and KRK, you'll have to buy adapters or custom cables for the speaker in addition to the PC output if using 3.5mm.

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if you're sending an output from your creative ZxR sound card, how can you plug that output to the rear of any Emotiva? The sound card output is either optical or those banana jack

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lbrmtVNNm9k/Tyi4wXM9CmI/AAAAAAABDAc/W210_SBweK0/s1600/Emotiva%2BAirmotiv%2B4%2BSpeaker%2B3.jpg
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Check the AudioEngine website for local resellers. I was able to demo my A2's at a Magnolia inside a Best Buy in San Diego. They had the A5's as well, but due to size/cost, I did not even listen to them. I use A2's on my desktop and really like them. Also Magnolia gives you a 15 day return window.
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M-Audio AV40's will compete very well with many higher priced options. My pick for reasonable size and under $300.
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M-Audio AV40's will compete very well with many higher priced options. My pick for reasonable size and under $300.

the freq. response of 85Hz to 20k Hz is not good enough. Audio Engine 5+ is 50Hz-22kHz, not as good as I want, but you know anything like 20Hz to 20k Hz that is powered speaker, I'll seriously check it out
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the freq. response of 85Hz to 20k Hz is not good enough. Audio Engine 5+ is 50Hz-22kHz, not as good as I want, but you know anything like 20Hz to 20k Hz that is powered speaker, I'll seriously check it out

i don't think that exists. if you're set on 20Hz, you'll need a sub with those bookshelves. i don't think i've seen any bookshelf rated +/- 3db lower than 40Hz.

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the freq. response of 85Hz to 20k Hz is not good enough. Audio Engine 5+ is 50Hz-22kHz, not as good as I want, but you know anything like 20Hz to 20k Hz that is powered speaker, I'll seriously check it out

The Airmotiv Stealth 8 is closer:

30 Hz to 23 kHz + / -1.75 dB
28 Hz to 32 kHz +0 / -6 dB

Although those numbers don't quite make sense to me based on the plots they have.

But if low end response is that important to you, I agree with RPGMasta. Better to have a separate driver and amp dedicated to those frequencies by getting a sub.

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The Airmotiv Stealth 8 is closer:

30 Hz to 23 kHz + / -1.75 dB
28 Hz to 32 kHz +0 / -6 dB

Although those numbers don't quite make sense to me based on the plots they have.

yeah, their plot shows about 37Hz @-6dB

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yeah, their plot shows about 37Hz @-6dB

Still, not bad. If the midbass transient response is good, that could be a fun speaker for bass heavy music.

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^^^ Lol, for $1400, they should be fantastic. tongue.gif

M-Audio BX8 or Samsonn Resolv SE8 for $500 would be more realistic for a computer environment IMO.
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^^^ Lol, for $1400, they should be fantastic. tongue.gif

M-Audio BX8 or Samsonn Resolv SE8 for $500 would be more realistic for a computer environment IMO.

I was considering the Stealth 8, but at $1400 someone considering those might be better off adding a subwoofer to the speakers they already have. A little HSU VTF-2 or SVS SB-1000 would probably work fairly well with active speakers with 5.25" or 6.5" drivers.

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The powered monitors that impressed me the most were Swan M200mkIII. There is also Behringer Truth series that's worth an audition.

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I was considering the Stealth 8, but at $1400 someone considering those might be better off adding a subwoofer to the speakers they already have. A little HSU VTF-2 or SVS SB-1000 would probably work fairly well with active speakers with 5.25" or 6.5" drivers.

+1

The SVS sub would be my choice in for a PC audio setup of those two because it also has a line level passthrough with an 80hz high pass filter as option. Otherwise, most other subs, one is limited to integrating the sub near the low frequency roll off of the speakers.

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Something just come up, how's Audio Engine 5+ compares to this upcoming toy:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/922786-REG/m_audio_m3eightx110_m3_8_3_way_amplified.html

and the rear does NOT have banana plug

http://www.m-audio.com/images/global/product_pics/th/M3_8_back_web_lg.jpg

so how do you plug the output of your sound card to the rear of this speaker?
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and the rear does NOT have banana plug

http://www.m-audio.com/images/global/product_pics/th/M3_8_back_web_lg.jpg

so how do you plug the output of your sound card to the rear of this speaker?

RCA

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the sound card only have optic out to the integrated amp. or banana, i.e., RED/White to the rear. It's the Creative ZxR
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Check out these bad boys. They are $1000/pair on amazon. They are good down to about 30hz. the -6db seems to be 29 or 30hz which is about as good as you can get from a bookshelf, not that these are small by any means but they can be run full range quite well.
http://www.krksys.com/krk-studio-monitor-speakers/rokit/rokit-rp10-3.html

Go to page 10 and you can see the graph. KRK normalizes the graph to +- 0db so Im not too sure what the exact sensitivity of the speaker is but from the 140 watt output and the 113db maximum, im guessing its around 92db sensitivity.
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the sound card only have optic out to the integrated amp. or banana, i.e., RED/White to the rear. It's the Creative ZxR

The red/white are the RCA's you would use......you would need to adapt 1/4 TRS to RCA. Thats what I do.
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