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Is it wise to buy powered monitors to work with an AVR?

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Hi audiophiles! Seeking for help!

Looked for long for a cheap AVR with pre-outs to work with my powered speakers bought from China. Just when my friend took them to the US finally I found the $350 pioneer vsx-1124-k with 2.2 pre-outs. In-ed without hesitation! Now I find out the speakers won't work under 110v .......................................... omg how stupid...... purchasing and changing the transformers is the long term plan. Now I have to look for a pair of loud speakers.

Not familiar with local market and new to the home theater world ( old speakers were 5 inches, Chinese local brand, sound very nice though, and I bought two Dayton sub-1200's to pair with them since they reach down as far as only 60Hz on spec). Massdrop.com is offering Yamaha HS8 monitors at $260 each. I know that's a good deal. But is it wise to buy them instead of some $600 pair of unpowered loud speakers? Would you please advise?

I listen to various types of music including symphonies, also like movie music very much, like sound tracks of The Dark Knight, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" etc. And I also use them for movie watching.

Thank you very much!
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Massdrop.com is offering Yamaha HS8 monitors at $260 each. I know that's a good deal. But is it wise to buy them instead of some $600 pair of unpowered loud speakers? Would you please advise?
The best ones to buy are those that sound best to you. Whether they are powered or not is immaterial.
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The best ones to buy are those that sound best to you. Whether they are powered or not is immaterial.
Is it true that since money is used to build the amp inside a powered speaker, with same price, unpowered speaks tend to sound better? I'm quite a newbie here ...

And would you recommend some candidates with the price range $400-$600?

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Is it true that since money is used to build the amp inside a powered speaker, with same price, unpowered speaks tend to sound better? I'm quite a newbie here ...

And would you recommend some candidates with the price range $400-$600?

Thanks,
speaks -> speakers >_<
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Is it true that since money is used to build the amp inside a powered speaker, with same price, unpowered speaks tend to sound better? I'm quite a newbie here ...

And would you recommend some candidates with the price range $400-$600?

Thanks,
There are some pretty good active speakers out in the wild. Emotiva has a few within your price range (the Airmotiv & Stealth). Don't know much about the Yamaha, but their specs look pretty good. Others to look at might be Behringer and Mackie.

And yes, you should be able to get really good passive speakers in that price range (but obviously need an amp, receiver or AVR to power them).

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There are some pretty good active speakers out in the wild. Emotiva has a few within your price range (the Airmotiv & Stealth). Don't know much about the Yamaha, but their specs look pretty good. Others to look at might be Behringer and Mackie.

And yes, you should be able to get really good passive speakers in that price range (but obviously need an amp, receiver or AVR to power them).
Thank you!

I've got a pioneer vsx-1124-k AVR. So would you recommend some unpowered ones in the same price range?
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^ Sure. The following would be around your price range or lower. Take a look at other models within each company as well.

Ascend Acoustics (CMT-340's): http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages.../spkrlist.html
Philharmonic Audio (their AA series): http://philharmonicaudio.com/
Hsu Research (their HB-1 Mk2): http://www.hsuresearch.com/speakers.html
NHT Speakers (Absolute Zero or Classic 2s): http://www.nhthifi.com/Bookshelf-Speakers
PSB Speakers (Alpha or Image line): http://www.psbspeakers.com/products/bookshelf-speakers
HTD Speakers (level 2 or 3 line): http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers

My favorite would be the EMP Tek E5Bi's, but they won't be available until late February or Early March: http://emptek.com/HolidaySale14.php

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^ Sure. The following would be around your price range or lower. Take a look at other models within each company as well.

Ascend Acoustics (CMT-340's): http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages.../spkrlist.html
Philharmonic Audio (their AA series): http://philharmonicaudio.com/
Hsu Research (their HB-1 Mk2): http://www.hsuresearch.com/speakers.html
NHT Speakers (Absolute Zero or Classic 2s): http://www.nhthifi.com/Bookshelf-Speakers
PSB Speakers (Alpha or Image line): http://www.psbspeakers.com/products/bookshelf-speakers
HTD Speakers (level 2 or 3 line): http://www.htd.com/Products/level-two-speakers

My favorite would be the EMP Tek E5Bi's, but they won't be available until late February or Early March: http://emptek.com/HolidaySale14.php
hoho~ that's a lot to work on
Thank you dsrussell!
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