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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hello all,

I'm currently in the throes of trying to figure out a system that I can use with my MacBook and my inears. It'll mainly be for music listening, but some of my job has to do with video editing. My place of business has a great studio full of recording gear and reference monitors, so I just need something that can get me in the ballpark.

I'm thinking of putting together a passive system out of the following:

Audioengine P4:
http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-P4

Dayton Sub-800:
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-627

Lepai T-Amp:
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=310-300

It'd be nice to use a t-amp that I can plug my headphones into (Westone ES5), but what is the consensus on these speakers and such? Do you think these would all play well together? What might you recommend?

Space is an issue as I have rather limited space on my desk! I had been thinking the a2 due to their size, but it was recommended that I try and look a little bigger...

-jon
Edited by jrm27 - 5/12/13 at 1:56pm
post #2 of 15
Thread Starter 
Anyone have any thoughts on this? I've had some good direction towards some other speakers from some other folks, but I think their sizes will exclude me from using them. Are there any thoughts on some similar sized speakers as the p4? What might I be missing out on if I went with this setup? Thanks!
post #3 of 15
Total budget? And if you provide a picture of your setup space, perhaps someone might have a suggestion for something that would work smile.gif
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi Cel,

I'd liek to stay in the 250-300 range.... If I don't need an amp, $250ish would be preferred.

Here's a crappy iphone pic of my workspace!


So, yes, you can see that my space is quite limited for the moment. Any recommendations? Might that help steer you towards a solution for me?

-jon
post #5 of 15
Do you have room on either side (or both) of the table to use speaker stands?
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
I may, and in the near future I will hopefully be acquiring a larger desk. At the moment, this is the only furniture/space available to me, but a lot of that is changing (I think). That was initially why I was looking at the audioengine a2... they look so compact.
post #7 of 15
Seeing a small table like yours and the first thing that comes to my mind is the B&W mm1's.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by crn3371 View Post

Seeing a small table like yours and the first thing that comes to my mind is the B&W mm1's.

Funny you mentioned small B&Ws. I was thinking of a used pair of B&W LM1s. smile.gif
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
I had been looking at those mm1. I have a friend that uses them and likes them. However, that would severely hose my budget. The LM1 looks like an option though... Do you have any experience with those? Would I need an amp (and most likely a sub?)
post #10 of 15
With that small of a workplace, why not consider a good pair of headphones?
Lots of good choices for $250 and will blow any speakers away that you choose.

EDIT: Sorry , I see you have a pair of in-ears that will blow away most speakers any "normal" person might have.tongue.gif

What about active studio monitors? Or are you set on passive speakers with an amp?
Edited by Yosh70 - 5/15/13 at 10:33pm
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
ha! Yes, I love my Westones. I use them most of the time, but there's plenty of time I don't want to be "plugged in".

I'm not married to the idea of passives and an amp. Do you have some monitors you might recommend?
post #12 of 15
You've got such a small workspace which is why I recommended the B&W MM1's. You also could stay with Audioengine for powered monitors. You might want to go to someplace like the Macrumors forums to get some ideas for powered computer speakers.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by jrm27 View Post

ha! Yes, I love my Westones. I use them most of the time, but there's plenty of time I don't want to be "plugged in".

I'm not married to the idea of passives and an amp. Do you have some monitors you might recommend?

I've had both M-Audio and Samson for my computer setup.....I can recommend either of those.
post #14 of 15
I don't know why none of us suggested the NHT SuperZeros. They recently updated them to a 2.1 version.
post #15 of 15
I think a google search of high end pc speakers will lead you to products like the NHT superzeros. However, if I were you. I'd save a bit more and go with some studio monitors like Tannoy and an audio interface. Go with balanced connections for optimum sound quality and you'll never go back to regular PC speakers...EVER! Go to a local Guitar Center to sample them. The sound quality and output is insane for the price at about $180 each. Add a solid subwoofer later on when you can afford it and you'll be glad you went that route.
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