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Hi, I was wondering if anyone could give me any recommendations. Thanks

- I will be using these primarily for music while I'm at my computer.

- I listen to a wide variety of music, Rock, Metal, Electronica, Pop. Classical, etc..

- The kind of sound quality I'm looking for is deep/tight bass, neutral mids and highs that are pristine and detailed without producing unwanted sibilance. I want distorted guitars to remain crunchy and I want vocals to come off natural and clear.

I already own a USB DAC, so I'm already prepared.

FWIW, I'm currently using the Logitech Z623. It's good for the price, but it's lacking in many areas.

All recommendations are appreciated.
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You could go with the Audioengine A5+ and S8 sub, they are very popular and recommended often. Another option is the Vanatoo Transparent One paired with something like an HSU STF-2 sub. I recommend these particular powered monitors because it makes adding a sub easier.

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Will the Vanatoo work with the AudioEngine S8 sub? The HSU STF-2 is a bit too big for what I'm looking for. An 8" Sub seems adequate to me for my purposes.
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Yes the Vanatoo and S8 will work. HSU also makes the STF-1 which is an 8" sub and more compact. I would take it over the S8.

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Yes the Vanatoo and S8 will work. HSU also makes the STF-1 which is an 8" sub and more compact. I would take it over the S8.
I agree. The STF-1 is pretty incredible for an 8" sub.

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Another option is the Emotiva Airmotiv 4. CNET found it to be better than the A5+, and it's currently on sale for $299 + shipping.

Then an incredible sub to match up with it would be the SVS SB-1000. Nice thing about the SB-1000 is that it has a line level pass through with an 80hz high pass filter. So you plug the speakers into the back of it, and then let the sub handle from 80hz on down. Other subs would require you to set the crossover at the low end roll off of the speakers.

I've seen other people with this combo, so you might try googling it to see what they are saying. But this would be my choice for a 2.1 setup with your budget.

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At $800, I would go for a pair of these JBL LSR2328 monitors, I think they would be a lot better than smaller speakers. For a sub, I would probably just add a Hsu STF1 since you can not fit anything large in there. The JBLs are pretty big though, so you will need a good amount of desktop space for them. I have heard them in a demo setup against a bunch of other monitors, Yamaha, Audioengine, Mackie, and a couple other brands, the only ones that sounded better were the Adam monitors but they only sounded a little bit better in the treble, and they were twice as expensive. The Mackies sounded very good as well.
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Do you think the Emotiva 4's will match well with the SB-1000 considering it's a 12" Sub, or do you think going for the Emotiva 5's would be a better match?
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The 5s will have greater overall output than the 4s (100W/ch. vs. 50W/ch.) and possibly better midrange performance but, properly calibrated, the SB-1000 will pair well with either of them.
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The 5s will have greater overall output than the 4s (100W/ch. vs. 50W/ch.) and possibly better midrange performance but, properly calibrated, the SB-1000 will pair well with either of them.

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I've listened to the Airmotiv 4s. I think that they have more than enough volume output for sitting at a desk to satisfy most people. But if you want more of a room filling sound for a small room, then certainly the larger driver in the 5s (likely to have a little higher sensitivity) and the extra wattage would make a difference.

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One more question. How exactly do you hook up the Emotiva's to the Subwoofer? Does it have a line out, or something? Someone stated that the SB-1000 has a 80hz line out. So does that mean I don't have to adjust the crossover dial manually?
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How exactly do you hook up the Emotiva's to the Subwoofer? Does it have a line out, or something? Someone stated that the SB-1000 has a 80hz line out. So does that mean I don't have to adjust the crossover dial manually?
According to page 9 of the owner's manual (PDF), the sub's line out is high-pass filtered at 80Hz - so your speakers will only get content from 80Hz and up - but you can still adjust the sub's LPF ("crossover") if desired to better blend the sub with the speakers.

The manual shows an alternate connection option, which involves splitting each source output channel into two, and sending each channel to both the sub and the speakers. That way, both sub and speakers get full-range signals, and then you use the sub's LPF to blend the sub with the speakers.
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Hey, I'd also suggest checking out the Kanto YUMI which is very similar to the A5 sonically (haven't heard emotiva), but has a few extra features and different styling which might be desirable.

 

I'd also go with the STF-1 for a sub.

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