Quote:Originally Posted by roark
How do you think these S30's would fare as a desktop system for a computer so sitting nearfield, say 3 to 4 feet away? I figure with an inexpensive receiver/amp it would then be in the $300 range total. How do you think that type of setup would compare to other computer/desktop systems? And has anyone heard any of the Audioengine speakers that are often used as desktop systems that I usually see getting great reviews and if so how do you think they compare with the S30's?
I had a pair of Audioengine P4's on my desktop for a short time... and have demo'd the Cambridge S30 in the same setup...
I sold the P4's because I thought they were too bright. Even in my main room with them on stands and me sitting about 10ft away... they were too forward for my tastes.
In nearfield, the S30 is more forward than the NHT Absolute Zero or PSB Image B4... and can sound a little aggressive at times... but still enjoyable, and I recall the P4 being brighter in this setting, to the point that I didn't enjoy them.
One thing to note... I'm using an integrated amp with a built in 100Hz xover... This is likely why the S30 still worked pretty well even on my desk against the rear wall.
Had they been run full range... I suspect the upper bass would've been overemphasized and the lower mids may have been "muddied" up more.
Because of the surprising low end capability... this type of placement isn't idea for the S30. They really belong on stands out from the wall a little bit.
That said... I still found them enjoyable when used on my desktop. I just prefer the NHT Absolute Zero more in this setting.