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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have a 7.2 theater with a 110 screen in my basement

but I want a corner down there for 2 or 2.1 listening

I was thinking of a pair on Active Studio monitors and maybe adding a Sub later
aslo DAC do I need one?

thanks
post #2 of 13
A budget would help... you can get something fairly inexpensive Emotiva Airmotive 5 or AudioEngine 5E

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/speakers/products/airmotiv5
http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-A5plus

.... or you can get something like Meridian DSP8000

http://www.meridian-audio.com/en/collections/products/dsp8000-digital-active-loudspeaker/21/

It really comes down to budget, room size, your listening habits/perferences (if it's for low level background music or nearfield listening at lower levels, obviously you don't want the largest, most powerful speaker you can find, and if you reverse the preference, the smallest speaker may not be the wise choice)
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by White fish View Post

I have a 7.2 theater with a 110 screen in my basement

but I want a corner down there for 2 or 2.1 listening

I was thinking of a pair on Active Studio monitors and maybe adding a Sub later
aslo DAC do I need one?

If I were you I'd set up a full second 2.1 system with its own digital player, AVR, speakers and headphones.

Budget?
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by White fish View Post

I have a 7.2 theater with a 110 screen in my basement
but I want a corner down there for 2 or 2.1 listening

Why not just use the same system, but switched to Stereo mode? That's what I do. It seems a waste to buy yet more speakers when what you have already is presumably fine.

--Ethan
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Ethan Winer View Post

Why not just use the same system, but switched to Stereo mode? That's what I do. It seems a waste to buy yet more speakers when what you have already is presumably fine.

--Ethan

I think that would depend on what types of speakers he's using in his theater. Lots of speakers are made for dedicated theater use and may not sound as good for music playback, or may not be the sound he's looking for...if that's the case, I would probably do what arny suggests and buy passive speakers and a receiver vs. active monitors.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by fatuglyguy View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ethan Winer View Post

Why not just use the same system, but switched to Stereo mode? That's what I do. It seems a waste to buy yet more speakers when what you have already is presumably fine.

--Ethan

I think that would depend on what types of speakers he's using in his theater. Lots of speakers are made for dedicated theater use and may not sound as good for music playback, or may not be the sound he's looking for...if that's the case, I would probably do what arny suggests and buy passive speakers and a receiver vs. active monitors.

Usually active monitors are more applicable to a computer-centric audio system.
post #7 of 13
I love the speakers in my HT, and they also sound fabulous for plain stereo music. Hey, movies have music! Just last night I watched Finding Nemo again on HDTV, and noticed how fantastic the music sounds. I honestly don't see a difference. Good speakers are good speakers.

--Ethan
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
I just wanted a clean simply area not clutered with equipment
I thought Active speakers would be nice and clean

my theater is 12'wide by 27' long and it does take a bit of volume to fill the space (if that makes sense)
post #9 of 13
Are you hoping to fill the whole space, or just the corner area? If you will be just in this corner it makes things a lot easier, if not and you aren't happy with your system with just music then you may want to consider a HT upgrade - as others have indicated, in the same room it's not often that people go the route you want to.

Will you have a HTPC or laptop for audio source? Will this just be for NAS or internet streaming? What about discs, vinyl?

If this is nearfield (or not far off), there are many active monitors worth pursuing. Did you have a budget in mind?

By the way, if the Meridian's linked above interest you, how would you feel about adopting an educated, self-sufficient son? biggrin.gif
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by White fish View Post

I just wanted a clean simply area not clutered with equipment
I thought Active speakers would be nice and clean

my theater is 12'wide by 27' long and it does take a bit of volume to fill the space (if that makes sense)

I'm happy with my Emotiva Airmotiv 5's plugged right into my computer's 3.5mm audio jacks using on-board audio. Having a dedicated sound card would essentially be like having an external DAC. The Airmotiv 5's have been reduced to $450. You'll just need a DAC if you want to hook up more than just computers to the speakers. Parasound makes a nice DAC that is smaller than the Emotiva stuff currently out but the Parasound only does 24/96 over USB. Emotiva is working on a smaller version of their XDA-2, which will have an analog input in addition to full 24/192 USB.

I consider the Airmotiv speakers not-quite studio monitors. Their response curve isn't as flat as, say Genelec or maybe Adam, but they are pretty close with just a dip between 2.5 and 4 kHz. They will certainly sound different than similarly-priced passive speakers and will take some getting used to. What you will get out is what you put into them. Crap MP3's will sound like crap MP3's. They are more focused than regular speakers with a tighter sweet spot. Perfect for listening within 6 feet of the speakers. I'm about 3 feet from mine and have mine toed in a little bit to help with imaging. They are back-ported as well so they need some clearance behind them. Mine sound best with the wall about 12 inches from the back of the speaker. I have mine sitting on my desk and they resonate a lot. I need to get some isolation stands ( probably IsoAcoustics L8R155 ) for them.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
LL
Just picked up what I think is a pretty good start

Now I am watching the post by Stryker about streaming off a airport

I have my old iPhone 3G or my 3GS or I could even use my current 4s to control my music
Haha
Edited by White fish - 3/25/13 at 1:22pm
post #12 of 13
You can always check out a local Guitar Center store. They have a room dedicated to trying out several different pairs of active monitors. Granted many stores have lower end brands, but there are some stores with the higher end stuff.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
I know its been a while but this is my setup for just listening to digital music
Airport express optical to
Roland DS-8's
then to dig to analog to
KRK 10S



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