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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
For a $200 budget is there any computer speaker set better in terms of audio quality than the Audioengine a2's?



Note: I do understand that I can put together a set that will sound better for the same price, but that is not what I am looking for at the moment.
post #2 of 18
Better? That's kind of based off preference. The A2's are a surprisingly musical speaker and are well worth the $200.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well i'm just speaking generally because I will not have the opportunity to test out the speakers prior to purchasing them. I've been using professional reviews and opinions from people on forums to gauge what's best for me.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by TheBattalion View Post

Well i'm just speaking generally because I will not have the opportunity to test out the speakers prior to purchasing them. I've been using professional reviews and opinions from people on forums to gauge what's best for me.

Also consider the M-Audio AV40 , The KRK Rokit G2 5s, and the Yamaha HS50s.
I have the M-Audio and they are excellent.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
There are a lot of good things being said about the M-Audio AV40's. Has anyone listened to both the Av40's and A2's? Any opinions on the two?
post #6 of 18
The A2s are more for those who need a very small speaker. The larger speakers in it's price range are typically better performers IMO.

Might want to look at these too:

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/produ...roducts_id=161
post #7 of 18
For M-Audio go to at least the bx5a. That is an excellent speaker for the money. If you shop around you can get them for right around $200. They are much better then the AV40s.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by drewTT View Post

For M-Audio go to at least the bx5a. That is an excellent speaker for the money. If you shop around you can get them for right around $200. They are much better then the AV40s.

I wish I had researched it before... but I got these on a deal on Amazon and I have to admit that these AV40s are one of the best sounding speakers.. very very nice midrange but lacks in bass.
I did hear the Rokit G2 6 and they definitely better than the AV40. I have since heard very good things about the bx5a too. I am actually thinking of getting hold of used Rokit G2 6s infact.

Let us know what you decided on!
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm having a real hard time deciding. I'm moving from a garbage 5.1 logitech system (Z5300) so i'm certain that these are all going to sound great. I'm leaning towards the a2's, but only because I've been thinking about getting those for a while. The Swan D1080MkII 08, Rokit G2 6's, and the AV40's are making it a real difficult decision though.
post #10 of 18
I have the a2s. Love them. Great soounding speaker. Did you consider stepping up to audioengine a5s?

A friend of mine just purhased the maudio av40 and really likes that as well.
post #11 of 18
+1 on the Swans : think i saw an older thread comparing both makes and the Swans seem to be better SQ for the $$
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1277214
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by glangford View Post

I have the a2s. Love them. Great soounding speaker. Did you consider stepping up to audioengine a5s?

A friend of mine just purhased the maudio av40 and really likes that as well.

The a5's are too large for my needs. I have a small room. I think I'm going to settle on the a2's.

Thanks for everyone's help and opinions.
post #13 of 18
Are the Rokits-M Audio-Swans-& A5's, all computer type speakers? Or would they work well in a dedicated 2 channel system on a budget? I am in the process of building a dedicated 2 channel system and have been looking at several speakers such as the B&W 602's, Epos es11, Monitor Audio ma-700, and Quad 11L2's. Most of those I can get used for under 300.00. Which would you guys choose?
post #14 of 18
If it were me for big sound/budget set up i would hunt for used floor standers and stereo amp heh
post #15 of 18

Dear community of A2 owners,

 

Could you please help to understand whether the background noise of my A2+ (recently bought) could be considered as normal. The noise is all the same regardless the connection (I've tried the USB one and the 3.5mm input one so far). The background noise is like the distant 'zzzzz' at the background of the normal 'ssshhh'. My worry is about the first component of it as it's distinctly heard along with the music when the latter is not set too loud. I've tried the power stabilizer, an other wall socket in the other room, the effect was still in place.

 

So, my question basically is that 'zzzzz' noise should be considered as normal? Right now, it is not being perceived so.

 

I've created few spectrograms (see below) with the self-describing names:

- the '01' was taken with the speakers switched off, the computer switched off, the room was basically silent expect some background noise from NAS,
- the '02'-'05' were taken with the speaker switched on and at their full volume plaything nothing and with the microphone of spectrometer set towards 02 - the tweeter of left speaker, 03 - the woofer of left speaker, 04 - the tweeter of right speaker, 05- the woofer of right speaker.
 
The spectrograms shows the noise is at the level of approximately -43dB. What's interesting is that the tweeter of right speaker is producing most of noise. 
 
Does that look right?
 
Does your A2/A2+ speakers have the same kind of background noise?
 
Thank you in advance!
 
01 - the silent room, the speakers are switched off.

 

 

02 - the tweeter of left speaker

 

 

03 - the woofer of left speaker

 

 

04 - the tweeter of right speaker

 

 

05 - the woofer of right speaker

 

post #16 of 18
Have you disconnected the inputs from the speakers to see what happens with NO input signal?

I have a problem where my right speaker buzzes when my cell phone is within a couple of feet.

Do you have any cell phones or cordless phones within 10 feet or so?

If so, try unplugging them or moving them further away.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by dmdp View Post

Does your A2/A2+ speakers have the same kind of background noise?
 

My A2's have no background noise at all. Hopefully you can return/exchange them.
post #18 of 18
Sounds like a ground loop.
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