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When I get these speakers, would you guys advise throwing a bass with them, or will they be able to put out enough on their own? I'm looking for accurate audio reproduction for listening to my music / watching movies, I don't need my room to rattle... I'm just running my x-fi forte to them, so no receiver or anything like that.

http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...70/cbm170.html
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Monitors will always give accurate audio presentations, and with proper sound isolation and positioning should even be fine for bass in most songs. That said, for movies/games/anything that needs the "feel" of a subwoofer, no bookshelves can really reproduce that.. at least not anywhere near your budget.
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How are you planning on powering the speakers if you don't have a receiver?? confused.gif
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How are you planning on powering the speakers if you don't have a receiver??
Wow, didn't even notice those were passives.
Yeah, OP. You might want to do a little more research into this before deciding. If you have any questions these forums or Head-Fi are great places to ask.
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Great speakers, but you definitely need a receiver or some sort of amplification lol.

FR (anechoic) : 58Hz - 22kHz +/- 3dB

That might be low enough for you and will honestly sound just fine with music as a general thing, but they certainly can't reproduce low bass. You will of course get some output below 58hz because the speaker is rolling off and not simply cutting out (and you'll benefit from boundary gain as well). Anyway, I am of the opinion that all speaker systems/setups need subs, unless your speakers are truly full range (20hz-20khz +/- 3dB at least) and real full range speakers are not cheap.

But you should be fine with those until you can add a sub later. You might feel that you don't need one, and that's fine.
Edited by gorb - 7/20/11 at 12:30pm
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Ooops my bad. I totally thought those weren't passive. I'll obviously need some amplification. I may pick up a dayton 50 watt amp?

Actually, I have no clue why I thought those were powered book shelf speakers. How about this as my amp:



Also, I'm a bit confused, if I were to get a sub like this:

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...ource=googleps


Would I run the audio to my sub from my sound card, then pass through the sound through the sub to my speakers amp then to my speakers? Or, would I run the audio from my sound card to that 50 watt amp, then to the sub and the sub will pass that on to the speakers after filtering out the spectrum of sound that it can produce?

Also, an 80 watt sub seems really powerful, does anyone have some suggestions for a bit lighter of a sub, or do subs take more power to be loud as compared to running 50 watts to those speakers would be very very loud?

Basically, I have read a lot about these speakers, and am super interested in using them, so what I need is a small sub and amp to power the speakers, and my budget is around 550$...

I'm of course open to any suggestions for a sub / amp, and am definitely not set in what I want, but I'm fairly certain I want those speakers.
Edited by MrTolkinghorn - 7/20/11 at 7:03pm
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post #7 of 12
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I just noticed that some people recommended those amps and subs on other threads...

Maybe another possibility for a sub? A bit expensive, but maybe... I'd prefer 100$ for a sub:

http://store.audioholics.com/product...x-11-subwoofer
Edited by MrTolkinghorn - 7/21/11 at 5:16pm
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Meh. I'd skip past that and look at the HSU STF-2 or Emotiva Ultra Sub 12. If you are spending $350 on a pair of speakers, why would you bother looking at $100 subs?
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The 170s have pretty much no bass at all, but it's a small monitor. You definitely need a sub if you want the full range, and ideally will need to cross them over around 100 Hz or higher.
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Meh. I'd skip past that and look at the HSU STF-2 or Emotiva Ultra Sub 12. If you are spending $350 on a pair of speakers, why would you bother looking at $100 subs?
So, I'm thinking maybe the Emotiva, but I probably won't get it right away, and just get it later on. Until then, I'll mainly just be using these for music. Secondly, what'd you think of that amp I posted? (this one: )
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