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post #31 of 37 Old 10-18-2013, 10:55 PM
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I recommend them, own them, and like them but I don't believe I've ever gone out of my way to recommend them in spite of your recommendation. I can't say I've ever followed your posts to recommend against them. If you're aiming your comments at me (the original person that recommended S30's) I'm here to share my experience. There is a reason that Pioneer and Cambridge are often recommended in this space, because they are the best two options available for the price and people should know what options will best suit them.

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Look in to some small active studio monitors. I've had a pair of KRK Rockit 5's as computer speakers for nearly 10 years. I want to say the built in amps (each is bi amped) push about 100 watts and they extend well below 100hz. I don't feel the need for a sub.

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I recommend them, own them, and like them but I don't believe I've ever gone out of my way to recommend them in spite of your recommendation.

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Actually, I don't care for bass that much. It's just that I was told that satellite speakers wouldn't have any bass and would thus require a sub. Since I would prefer not to have a sub, I am going for bookshelfs because they don't necessarily require one.

I keep getting good tips on speakers.. how do I know there aren't any more options?

AudioEngine A2's - 200$
Pioneer SP-BS22's - 90$
Cambridge S30's - 170$
Micca MB42 - 60$

Damn, are those Micca's really as good as the rest? For 60$ it seems like a no-brainer..

FWIW I auditioned/compared the AudioEngine A2, Pioneer BS22, CA S30 and NHT SuperZero and Absolute Zero in home. (Was looking for small bedroom speakers at the time.)

While the A2 and both NHT's had very nice detail and imaging, compared to the others they had little to no bass. To my ears the A2 and SuperZero were even lacking in the lower mid range (I kind of think of them as satellite speakers at this point).
If need be both the Pioneer and the S30 could be used without a sub - the bass of course isn't "strong" but you can hear the notes/tones. The Pioneer is really a marvel for it's price point but the S30 was better on all fronts, especially for music - more detail, better imaging, more balanced, etc.

Never heard the Micca's.
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Actually, I don't care for bass that much. It's just that I was told that satellite speakers wouldn't have any bass and would thus require a sub. Since I would prefer not to have a sub, I am going for bookshelfs because they don't necessarily require one.

I keep getting good tips on speakers.. how do I know there aren't any more options?

AudioEngine A2's - 200$
Pioneer SP-BS22's - 90$
Cambridge S30's - 170$
Micca MB42 - 60$

Damn, are those Micca's really as good as the rest? For 60$ it seems like a no-brainer..

In my experience, the MB42 at $60 is not in the same league as the SP-BS22-LR. Both are colorful speakers but the SP-BS22-LR is more pleasantly colored. But with the $30 crossover upgrade, the MB42 catches up in both cost and audio quality. I have both of these and it would be at best a wash to say which one is better - it would more or less come down to personal preferences. The MB42 with crossover is more neutral, while the SP-BS22-LR has more bass output and a very smooth sound. Both can be used without a sub woofer in a pinch in my opinion. So the upcoming MB42X at $80 per pair will definitely be worthy of consideration. I've never heard the Cambridge S30, and found the Audioengine A2 to be rather anemic without a subwoofer.
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