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Audioengine A2 vs. Swan D1080MKII08 vs. M-Audio BX5a vs. M-Audio AV40 vs. Swan M10

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Alright, so I've been doing a lot of research for an upcoming pair of either 2.1 or 2.0 speakers. After looking all over the place and checking every option I could find, I narrowed it down to the speakers listed above.
I plan on using the speakers for mainly music, anything from rock to classical to some techno here and there. My budget is $200, though if something substantially better is available I could go maybe $20 higher.
Whichever pair I go with, I don't plan on buying a separate subwoofer in the near future, though I don't exactly need huge booming bass. I just want the cleanest, most accurate, and most immersive sound I can get with my budget.

So... what would you guys recommend?



P.S. If I were to go with the M10 speakers, how would I set it up? From what I understand, the subwoofer is meant to go between the satellite speakers, but isn't that generally where the monitor goes?


Thanks!
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I can vouch for the BX5a. Idk how it would fare against the Swan D1080MKII08, but I'm pretty sure it will beat the A2, AV40, and Swan M10. The highs on these speakers are amazing and mids are good as well. As expected out of 2.0 speakers, bass isn't that deep, but it is very punchy and crisp. If you want to add a subwoofer, you can do that in the future.

Also, if you are going to invest money, I'd recommend spending some money on a good dedicated sound card. For high-end speakers, it can make a hell of a difference :]
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Originally Posted by kpopsaranghae;13311314 
I can vouch for the BX5a. Idk how it would fare against the Swan D1080MKII08, but I'm pretty sure it will beat the A2, AV40, and Swan M10. The highs on these speakers are amazing and mids are good as well. As expected out of 2.0 speakers, bass isn't that deep, but it is very punchy and crisp. If you want to add a subwoofer, you can do that in the future.

Also, if you are going to invest money, I'd recommend spending some money on a good dedicated sound card. For high-end speakers, it can make a hell of a difference :]


Thanks for the input! The BX5as are the speakers I most recently found out about, before which I just assumed I would get the D1080s. I suppose that narrows it down to 2 choices now.

Also, as it so happens a couple months ago I did purchase a sound card. Just now updated it into my system specs.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Narzon;13311338 
Thanks for the input! The BX5as are the speakers I most recently found out about, before which I just assumed I would get the D1080s. I suppose that narrows it down to 2 choices now.

Also, as it so happens a couple months ago I did purchase a sound card. Just now updated it into my system specs.

Any Creative sound card before the Titanium HD, I would not recommend for listening to music. There are much better alternatives in the price range, but since you already bought it, that's ok.

Btw, I did some more research, IMO, the Swan D1080MKII08 and M-Audio BX5A will be extremely similar. They are both studio monitors, so they should produce an accurate sound and both have nearly identical frequency ranges. However, seems like the BX5a has a bigger amp, being 70W per channel, while the Swan D1080MKII08 is 30W per channel. However, unless you blast your music when you sit within 3 feet of your speakers, I doubt that will matter. I have the volume knob on my BX5a VERY low and it is still plenty of volume for listening to music.

So it may come down to which one you can get for cheaper. Luckily I got my BX5a's for 218 since I price matched at Guitar Center, but those Swan's are a bit cheaper. Either set will produce very similar results and in this case, I think you should let your wallet decide biggrin.gif
Edited by kpopsaranghae - 4/28/11 at 4:13pm
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Originally Posted by kpopsaranghae;13311441 
Any Creative sound card before the Titanium HD, I would not recommend for listening to music. There are much better alternatives in the price range, but since you already bought it, that's ok.

Btw, I did some more research, IMO, the Swan D1080MKII08 and M-Audio BX5A will be extremely similar. They are both studio monitors, so they should produce an accurate sound and both have nearly identical frequency ranges. However, seems like the BX5a has a bigger amp, being 70W per channel, while the Swan D1080MKII08 is 30W per channel. However, unless you blast your music when you sit within 3 feet of your speakers, I doubt that will matter. I have the volume knob on my BX5a VERY low and it is still plenty of volume for listening to music.

So it may come down to which one you can get for cheaper. Luckily I got my BX5a's for 218 since I price matched at Guitar Center, but those Swan's are a bit cheaper. Either set will produce very similar results and in this case, I think you should let your wallet decide biggrin.gif


Yeah, I would've probably gone for the Xonar DX, but it was sort of an impulse decision. Anyways, my card should still sound "good" right?

But yeah back to speakers, I guess I'll just go for the BX5a, since they sell for $200 on ebay with free shipping right now, close enough.

Thanks again!
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Incidentally, I made a thread almost exactly like this last month and decided on the Swans; BX5as were out of budget or I might have gotten them instead. tongue.gif
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When in doubt, buy KRK. Excellent quality for the price. The rokit series speakers are the monitors of choice for producers and listening in close proximity, you don't need a subwoofer to hear the bass correctly. Subs are pretty gimmicky things really that only have a purpose for home theaters. Anyone who tries to sell you subs for a PC audio system is selling you poor equipment.
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When in doubt, buy KRK. Excellent quality for the price. The rokit series speakers are the monitors of choice for producers and listening in close proximity, you don't need a subwoofer to hear the bass correctly. Subs are pretty gimmicky things really that only have a purpose for home theaters. Anyone who tries to sell you subs for a PC audio system is selling you poor equipment.

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When in doubt, buy KRK. Excellent quality for the price. The rokit series speakers are the monitors of choice for producers and listening in close proximity, you don't need a subwoofer to hear the bass correctly. Subs are pretty gimmicky things really that only have a purpose for home theaters. Anyone who tries to sell you subs for a PC audio system is selling you poor equipment.

So hearing sounds below 100Hz is a gimmick? Please don't spout nonsense if you have no idea what you're talking about.
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When in doubt, buy KRK. Excellent quality for the price. The rokit series speakers are the monitors of choice for producers and listening in close proximity, you don't need a subwoofer to hear the bass correctly. Subs are pretty gimmicky things really that only have a purpose for home theaters. Anyone who tries to sell you subs for a PC audio system is selling you poor equipment.

And you consider yourself and audiophile. You may want to look up the meaning of that word.
    
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