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post #1 of 19 Old 05-30-2020, 02:57 PM - Thread Starter
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Looking for good stereo desktop PC speakers

I have been nursing an old Gateway Boston Acoustics MicroMedia 2.1 speaker system.

I like to upgrade to a simple stereo desktop speaker set.

My requirements:
- wired input (no Bluetooth necessary - realize most will come with it)
- above average sound
- auto standby - or low standby power when no sound detected.
- no sub
- price point <$300

Some speakers I found:
- Edifier e25 https://www.edifier.com/int/en/speak...5-luna-eclipse
- Peachtree https://www.peachtreeaudio.com/m24-p...-speakers.html
- Klipsch R-41PM https://www.klipsch.com/products/r-4...wered-speakers
- Audiogene A2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010OIVSD....62805887100-20
- Bose?

There are so many. Any input is appreciated....
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I have been nursing an old Gateway Boston Acoustics MicroMedia 2.1 speaker system.

I like to upgrade to a simple stereo desktop speaker set.

My requirements:
- wired input (no Bluetooth necessary - realize most will come with it)
- above average sound
- auto standby - or low standby power when no sound detected.
- no sub
- price point <$300
At $300 you could do very well with a pair of passive bookshelf speakers and a very low-power, cool-running, and nice-sounding Class D mini-amp about 1/3 the size of a Kleenox box. Is that something you'd be interested in?

If not, I'd put this at the top of the list ... free return shipping too.
https://www.jbl.com/studio-monitors/305PMKII-.html
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https://www.jbl.com/studio-monitors/306PMKII-.html

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He doesn't want a sub, and those have a 3db roll off at 90Hz.

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At $300 you could do very well with a pair of passive bookshelf speakers and a very low-power, cool-running, and nice-sounding Class D mini-amp about 1/3 the size of a Kleenox box. Is that something you'd be interested in?

If not, I'd put this at the top of the list ... free return shipping too.
https://www.jbl.com/studio-monitors/305PMKII-.html
or
https://www.jbl.com/studio-monitors/306PMKII-.html
I think I like to keep it simple. So, I prefer an "active speaker" over a passive speaker with external amp. BTW. I like the fact that JBL don't need a power supply. And yes, with no sub, I like a speaker that shows some live in the 50Hz to 80Hz range...
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Just slightly over your budget, I'd also be looking at Mackie MR624 at $165 each currently on Amazon.

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I think I like to keep it simple. So, I prefer an "active speaker" over a passive speaker with external amp. BTW. I like the fact that JBL don't need a power supply. And yes, with no sub, I like a speaker that shows some live in the 50Hz to 80Hz range...
The JBLs may be one of the best available, give it a spin to see if you like the sound signature.

Q Acoustics used to make a nice little pair of powered bookshelves, the BT3 if I recall correctly, but they were discontinued after a few years.

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The JBLs may be one of the best available, give it a spin to see if you like the sound signature.

Q Acoustics used to make a nice little pair of powered bookshelves, the BT3 if I recall correctly, but they were discontinued after a few years.
The JBL's don't really come as a pair? Both (L, R) would need power?
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The JBL's don't really come as a pair? Both (L, R) would need power?
No, they are sold as singles so yes I think each one is powered independently.

That's actually a good thing since if one of their amps die on you, you only need to replace that one speaker instead of the whole pair as would happen with a pair that shares one amp, where you'd be left with two expensive doorstops.

Of course, the critical advantage of a little mini T-amp which people often overlook is the simple fact that if it ever dies on you, it's very easy and cheap to replace ($30-100 depending on the model), and you are left with ZERO expensive doorstops.

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If active desktop speakers had to be my only speakers, I'd be willing to pay a little extra for a pair with AMT tweeters like this:
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=38620

And so smart of Monoprice to include angled foam pads for all their desktop speakers! I wonder how many consumers have sent back speakers that didn't sound very good on their desktop only because it never occurred to them to angle the tweeters up towards ear level...

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I second zorbas suggestion, you can not go wrong with the Jbl 305s,I have the previous edition of those (not the mk2's) and I can not speak highly enough of them, they sound great. They have a fairly wide sweet spot (I think due to the wide dispersion tweeters), and just overall sound excellent. I will say that I have not listened personally to the second generation but from what I have seen they are at least as good as if not better than the previous generation.
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I was going to mention the Mackie MR624's as someone did above, but then you need $150-200 in a DAC/preamp and amplifier. Therefore it isn't possible to meet the $300 requirement going that route.

The Kanto YU6 should be researched, as well as the Monoprice speakers linked above. I don't agree that the AMT is worth a 33% increase, though.
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I was going to mention the Mackie MR624's as someone did above, but then you need $150-200 in a DAC/preamp and amplifier. Therefore it isn't possible to meet the $300 requirement going that route.
Why would he need an amp? The MR624 is powered.

You're right about the other stuff though. And he'd have the same issue with the JBLs mentioned earlier.

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Why would he need an amp? The MR624 is powered.

You're right about the other stuff though. And he'd have the same issue with the JBLs mentioned earlier.
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If you're interested in more of a project, Joe N Tell and 123Toid built a pretty cool pair of active speakers called DINAS (Do I Need A Subwoofer?!). Looks like a pretty versatile little build but there are really good prebuilt options too.

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The suggestions are taking my thoughts into a new direction. Looks like I am looking at a bit larger speakers than I thought. But I guess in order to get down to 50'isch Hz I need that? Ideally, I still prefer a setup that only requires one power cable (so a pair solution).
BTW. how do edifier's stack up? i.e R1850DB?
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The suggestions are taking my thoughts into a new direction. Looks like I am looking at a bit larger speakers than I thought. But I guess in order to get down to 50'isch Hz I need that?
That's right - as a general rule, smaller speakers = less bass. I am using the Mackie MR624 and find that 6.5" is the driver size at which I can get by without a sub. Smaller speakers will need one. Unfortunately that means decent sized speakers will be on the desk. So a 5.25" + sub would the other option, which increases cost considerably.

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The suggestions are taking my thoughts into a new direction. Looks like I am looking at a bit larger speakers than I thought. But I guess in order to get down to 50'isch Hz I need that? Ideally, I still prefer a setup that only requires one power cable (so a pair solution).
BTW. how do edifier's stack up? i.e R1850DB?
The two Monoprice options linked in this thread have 3db roll off in the 40s and have one power cable.

The Edifiers you can buy from Amazon to get a fairly easy return option, and then decide for yourself if they're up to your standards...what's "good enough" for one person might not be for someone else.
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