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Speakers too big! Looking for smaller ones to fit on desktop under monitors

When I was speccing out my office remodel I'd planned to use a set of Ascend Sierra-2 speakers I had from another room along with a new Emotiva amp. I badly misjudged how much space I'd have available on the desk, so there is no way the speakers will fit.

So I'm looking for something smaller that will fit under the monitors in the picture below. To be safe I'd say less than 7 inches tall (or able to be placed on their sides without issue - there might be 9-10 inches in width available in that case).

We'll say the budget is $1000 - but I'm open to anything if it's good.

They could be passive or powered/active - but near-field/monitors probably aren't the best because I might be in other parts of the room or at my workbench and not in the "perfect" spot. I was also planning on a sub at one point, but that would be a seperate discussion/budget - just looking for the speakers for now.

Usage will be primarily music coming from DAC (FLAC collection)

Any ideas would be much appreciated!

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When I was speccing out my office remodel I'd planned to use a set of Ascend Sierra-2 speakers I had from another room along with a new Emotiva amp. I badly misjudged how much space I'd have available on the desk, so there is no way the speakers will fit.

So I'm looking for something smaller that will fit under the monitors in the picture below. To be safe I'd say less than 7 inches tall (or able to be placed on their sides without issue - there might be 9-10 inches in width available in that case).

We'll say the budget is $1000 - but I'm open to anything if it's good.

They could be passive or powered/active - but near-field/monitors probably aren't the best because I might be in other parts of the room or at my workbench and not in the "perfect" spot. I was also planning on a sub at one point, but that would be a seperate discussion/budget - just looking for the speakers for now.

Usage will be primarily music coming from DAC (FLAC collection)



Any ideas would be much appreciated!

If you're a fan of the Sierra 2 I would imagine you've looked at their Luna? You can have them rotate the tweeter and lay them sideways with over an inch to spare. I would try to tilt them up towards your ears.

http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...luna/luna.html
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When I was speccing out my office remodel I'd planned to use a set of Ascend Sierra-2 speakers I had from another room along with a new Emotiva amp. I badly misjudged how much space I'd have available on the desk, so there is no way the speakers will fit.

So I'm looking for something smaller that will fit under the monitors in the picture below. To be safe I'd say less than 7 inches tall (or able to be placed on their sides without issue - there might be 9-10 inches in width available in that case).

We'll say the budget is $1000 - but I'm open to anything if it's good.

They could be passive or powered/active - but near-field/monitors probably aren't the best because I might be in other parts of the room or at my workbench and not in the "perfect" spot. I was also planning on a sub at one point, but that would be a seperate discussion/budget - just looking for the speakers for now.

Usage will be primarily music coming from DAC (FLAC collection)

Any ideas would be much appreciated!

Passive KEF LS50 on its side is within budget at the moment due to discount but might not fit.

7-15/16"W x 11-15/16"H x 10-15/16"D

KEF LSX would fit but over budget though they are amplified.

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Monitor Audio Apex A10 on its side would be nice too. You would not use the stand. Again, tilt them up towards your ears.

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_893A10...igh-Gloss.html
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So I'm looking for something smaller that will fit under the monitors in the picture below. To be safe I'd say less than 7 inches tall (or able to be placed on their sides without issue - there might be 9-10 inches in width available in that case).

We'll say the budget is $1000 - but I'm open to anything if it's good.
I'd try out a pair of RSL CG23, $400/pr combined with their Speedwoofer 10S for another $400. All with free return shipping.

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Have you thought of wall mounts for your Sierra 2s?
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Thanks for these ideas!

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If you're a fan of the Sierra 2 I would imagine you've looked at their Luna? You can have them rotate the tweeter and lay them sideways with over an inch to spare. I would try to tilt them up towards your ears.

http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...luna/luna.html

Monitor Audio Apex A10 on its side would be nice too. You would not use the stand. Again, tilt them up towards your ears.

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_893A10...igh-Gloss.html
I didn't realize Ascend had a smaller set, I bought the Sierras a while ago and I don't think they had this Luna at the time - I'll keep those in mind.

I think I had seen the A10s and read that because of the cabinet material they weren't ideal when not on their stands.

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I'd try out a pair of RSL CG23, $400/pr combined with their Speedwoofer 10S for another $400. All with free return shipping.
See I would have never thought to look at something that big, but you are correct, they could squeeze in there. I like the package deal with the sub.

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Have you thought of wall mounts for your Sierra 2s?
It's possible, but a couple things are at play. The desk is in front of a window (you can see the blinds), so the speakers would have to be off-center or on-center and very far apart. It is also a sit-stand desk, so the height changes. If they were high enough up I guess that might not be as much of an issue.

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Passive KEF LS50 on its side is within budget at the moment due to discount but might not fit.

7-15/16"W x 11-15/16"H x 10-15/16"D

KEF LSX would fit but over budget though they are amplified.
I had seen the KEF LSX and the more I think about it the more I like the idea of powered speakers like this for desktop use since it is a tidier package for a smaller listening area.

Does anyone have experience with the Vanatoo Transparent Zero? The fact that they are sloped downward on the back would put them safely underneath the monitor arms, they have a built in tilt that would seem good for the space, they seem to review well and have sub out.
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One of these?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LW76AKC...osi&th=1&psc=1

A pair of these (add a small sub of your choice)?

https://galloacoustics.com/adiva/

Got a few extra bucks laying around?

http://neatacoustics.com/iota/

Go cheap?

https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ck-each/1.html

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As a stand up/sit down desk I would eliminate all the ribbon tweeter suggestions. You'll be moving in and out of the sweet spot.

The Apex are fine on their sides. It says in their literature if using them as a horizontal center channel, simply don't use the stands, and affix the little pads to the bottom. I believe they're cast aluminum.
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One of these?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LW76AKC...osi&th=1&psc=1

A pair of these (add a small sub of your choice)?

https://galloacoustics.com/adiva/

Got a few extra bucks laying around?

http://neatacoustics.com/iota/

Go cheap?

https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ck-each/1.html
Ray, how does one buy Neat speakers in the U.S.? I've been intrigued by the Iotas for awhile.
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Thanks for these ideas!

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I had seen the KEF LSX and the more I think about it the more I like the idea of powered speakers like this for desktop use since it is a tidier package for a smaller listening area.

Does anyone have experience with the Vanatoo Transparent Zero? The fact that they are sloped downward on the back would put them safely underneath the monitor arms, they have a built in tilt that would seem good for the space, they seem to review well and have sub out.
FWIW if you're talking about the A-100 as the speaker amp, it doubles as a great headphone amp and will drive anything you may want to plug in. I got one for my desk and love it for both functions.
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Does anyone have experience with the Vanatoo Transparent Zero? The fact that they are sloped downward on the back would put them safely underneath the monitor arms, they have a built in tilt that would seem good for the space, they seem to review well and have sub out.
This guy seems to get a kick out of giving snarky reviews and likes nothing better than show his superior knowledge by trashing a speaker.

The more well regarded the better it makes him feel it seems.

He liked the Vanatoos!

http://noaudiophile.com/Vanatoo_Transparent_Zero/

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This guy seems to get a kick out of giving snarky reviews and likes nothing better than show his superior knowledge by trashing a speaker.

The more well regarded the better it makes him feel it seems.

He liked the Vanatoos! ]
No doubt that's because they are mostly unknown/unheard-of in audio enthusiast forums.

Yep, methinks he has some unresolved adolescent-rebellion issues.

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Ray, how does one buy Neat speakers in the U.S.? I've been intrigued by the Iotas for awhile.
I did not check if they had a US distributor. If not, bad rec on my part. If it were me, I'd fill out the form and see what comes of it ...

http://neatacoustics.com/contact/

OK @doctors11 , I happened to run across this US Distributor of Neat products:

http://www.hifiservices.com/?s=Neat+iota
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