Thanks RayGuy for the quick thourough reply
I can definitely get out to look at speakers. Not sure what type of store though. Everything I have been buying in terms of tecnology in the past 10 years has been based on reviews and enthusiasts' feedback and ordered online... so I wouldn't be sure where to listen to speakers. The big electronics/tech shops are always rather noisy and plus from what I understand the acoustics of speakers have a lot to do with being a room with walls. Music instrument shops do have small rooms for testing instruments, but they don't sell speakers. Hence me once again seeking the enthusiast community for guidance
. I have used knife forums when choosing a knife... head-fi when choosing headphones more than once... and have always enjoyed and used the feedback as my main guiding point when buying.
So I am really greatful for your help! And thanks for the tip on positioning! Plus polk is out of the equation ^^ your statement on "if I go with separate speakers, forget polk" tells me what I needed to know about soundbars vs separate speakers
which narrows and simplifies my search!
So what I would like would be (strange feeling of writing a christmas list...):
- Have better speaker sound than my Logitech X-530 5.1 when listening to music or watching movies (but I care mainly for the music)
- The stands seem to be a brilliant way of solving my desk space problem
- I would like the sound to feel like "it's around me" (like when using headphones) and not "in front of me" (like on my laptop's crappy internal speakers), which is what I am most afraid of, but not sure if it is the case. This is why I currently have a crazy setup with a 5.1 that pretends to be 7.1 and spreads stereo music through all speakers. But if quality 2.0/2.1 can give me that more headphone-like embracing sound experience still when sitting aligned with the system... and then also deliver on good ambience for when not sitting at the computer, that'd be great.
- I would also like to understand a bit better what gives better and/or different types of sound (soundcard worth it/why? types of speakers? size? material?). That's something I intend to research on my own, but any pointers, good content/youtubers would be great
- I would like (if possible) to have the least amount of cables, devices, controls unless some tech magic would make me go "wow that sounds a lot better!" in which case I wouldn't mind tripling the budget. I just don't want to overspend for what I need... the problem is since I have no experience as reference... it's hard to find the right buy-in level for me.
- Appart from connecting the speakers to my computer I could think of connectivity via blutooth to my phone so I could also use the speakers with guests for ambient, keeping the computer off to kill the white noise, and controlling music with the phone. That would be pretty neat if it was a seamless transition
Finally... if it's not too subjective... I would love to know what really differentiates the KEF LS50 from the BL LSR305. A quick google search tells me "KEF X300A Wireless is around 3 times as expensive as JBL LSR305, yet the difference in sound quality much smaller than one could expect"... which leads me to think: so what defines good sound? I can understand being warmer or colder, or electric or acoustic, is probably subjective to taste... but there must be some parameters/metrics that can say "this speaker is better than that one because its whatage/omegage/somethingage is this or that and uses material XYZ". For example... like for headphones... are there speakers better for certain types of music?
Sorry for asking so many questions... let me know if I am being abusive in anyway. I just finding exciting to explore unknown territory
Again big thanks for all the help!