I'm currently in the throes of trying to figure out a system that I can use with my MacBook and my inears. It'll mainly be for music listening, but some of my job has to do with video editing. My place of business has a great studio full of recording gear and reference monitors, so I just need something that can get me in the ballpark.
I'm thinking of putting together a passive system out of the following:
It'd be nice to use a t-amp that I can plug my headphones into (Westone ES5), but what is the consensus on these speakers and such? Do you think these would all play well together? What might you recommend?
Space is an issue as I have rather limited space on my desk! I had been thinking the a2 due to their size, but it was recommended that I try and look a little bigger...
Anyone have any thoughts on this? I've had some good direction towards some other speakers from some other folks, but I think their sizes will exclude me from using them. Are there any thoughts on some similar sized speakers as the p4? What might I be missing out on if I went with this setup? Thanks!
I may, and in the near future I will hopefully be acquiring a larger desk. At the moment, this is the only furniture/space available to me, but a lot of that is changing (I think). That was initially why I was looking at the audioengine a2... they look so compact.
I had been looking at those mm1. I have a friend that uses them and likes them. However, that would severely hose my budget. The LM1 looks like an option though... Do you have any experience with those? Would I need an amp (and most likely a sub?)
You've got such a small workspace which is why I recommended the B&W MM1's. You also could stay with Audioengine for powered monitors. You might want to go to someplace like the Macrumors forums to get some ideas for powered computer speakers.
I think a google search of high end pc speakers will lead you to products like the NHT superzeros. However, if I were you. I'd save a bit more and go with some studio monitors like Tannoy and an audio interface. Go with balanced connections for optimum sound quality and you'll never go back to regular PC speakers...EVER! Go to a local Guitar Center to sample them. The sound quality and output is insane for the price at about $180 each. Add a solid subwoofer later on when you can afford it and you'll be glad you went that route.