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Hello all,


first I'd like to thank you for this great forum; I learned here a lot.

What I want? 5.1 speaker set to use with my computer.


Now, several months ago I got an idea to replace my computer audio with something better. Currently I have standard PC speakers Logitech Z-680. The next step up will be some basic receiver with real speakers. After months of reading various reviews and forums I am 90% biased towards Ascend Acoustics' CBM-170 SE (as fronts and rears) and a CMT-340 SE center speaker. I will choose and buy a subwoofer later.

What will I listen to? I will use it as computer speakers, therefore they will be used for watching movies, listening to music and playing games.


The problem is my room, which is very small. Dimensions of the room are as follows: 4,1 × 2,86 × 2,63 meter (around 13,45 × 9,38 × 8,62 feet) which translates to 30,83 m^3 (~ 1089 cubic feet) of volume. Due to this my speakers will be very close to wall and I myself will be close to speakers. Here are my questions:

1) Can be these Ascends used for nearfield listening? By nearfield I mean, that my head will be around 1 meter (or 3,3 feet) from front speakers and a little less from center speakers. I have read several posts where users commented it is OK, but I wanted to make sure.

2) How will they perform when placed close to the wall? They will be placed like 10 cm (~ 4 inches) from wall. Will this hurt the sound a lot? Once I borrowed Dynaudio Audience 42 speakers, placed them where the Ascends will be, but I didn't hear any bass. I had to sit 2,5 meters (~ 8,2 feet) from them to hear any bass. I want to avoid this.


I understand I am nowhere near ideal conditions here, but I guess they will sound many times better than my current little plastic squeakers. Thanks for answers.
 

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The Ascends are HIGHLY efficient, I'd say being so close to them will give you a serious headache/hearing damage if you listen to them loudly all the time, in an enclosed single car garage from 9 ft away they were easily able to put out 100db with no signs of distress.


You might consider the X-Series from av123 which are a bit more mellow but still a great speaker, for the price you probably can get a sub with them, as the ascends cost a bit more.


And on the extreme polar end, maybe you should consider the Z-5500 set from Logitech, I use these for my PC, and though its not "audiophile" its about as close as you get for pc speakers, good clear sound, boomy bass for movies and games and really thats what its about when you are playing.
 
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