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I understand they are still monitors, but they are far more musical than most monitor speakers I have heard. So is he looking for actual tower speakers?

 

I think he is looking for powered monitor speakers that are:

 

1.Front ported

2.Non Studio speakers

3.has sub jack

 

I'm not going to argue that the A5 aren't wonderful speakers. But they are rear ported anyways. :/

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Ah... OK. Wasn't sure precisely what he was looking for. Well... I wish the OP best of luck!
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There are a bunch powered monitors, but to fall in that category would be a bit hard. Paradigm does have that noise issue. The KEF X300a is an excellent unit, built in DAC and bi amped, but no sub out. And unlike it's passive brother, the Q300, it's rear ported. The PSB Alpha PS1 is a good choice too, no ports, but does have a sub out.

Then you have the NHT SuperPower. A little on the smaller side, 4in woofer. NHT also offers a 2.1 system for it with the sub and volume control.

There is a bunch of stuff to consider. If you want an all in one unit, with at least a sub out. You will be limited of course. Getting passive bookshelf and buying an amp would be a bit better if you ever consider getting a different set.
    
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There are a bunch powered monitors, but to fall in that category would be a bit hard. Paradigm does have that noise issue. The KEF X300a is an excellent unit, built in DAC and bi amped, but no sub out. And unlike it's passive brother, the Q300, it's rear ported. The PSB Alpha PS1 is a good choice too, no ports, but does have a sub out.

Then you have the NHT SuperPower. A little on the smaller side, 4in woofer. NHT also offers a 2.1 system for it with the sub and volume control.

There is a bunch of stuff to consider. If you want an all in one unit, with at least a sub out. You will be limited of course. Getting passive bookshelf and buying an amp would be a bit better if you ever consider getting a different set.

Yes, that is where I am right now. I am considering the passive bookshelf option as the best option. I never realized how relatively low priced a decent amp would be. However, I'm still faced with the issue that I listen to 90% of my music on the computer and bookshelves are not the best for a near field setup. Unless, of course, there are bookshelves that fulfill that need.
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On a friendly stroll through Best buy I spotted a pair of audioengine a5+ open box for $300. I decided to take them home and figured I'd return if I didn't like them. So far they aren't overly impressive but they do sound nice.
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On a friendly stroll through Best buy I spotted a pair of audioengine a5+ open box for $300. I decided to take them home and figured I'd return if I didn't like them. So far they aren't overly impressive but they do sound nice.

A5's are probably best described as fun and lively. Not necessarily the best singer of the bunch so to speak, but definitely entertaining to listen to. I myself ended up buying the Swan M200MKIII and love them. They might not be the type of speakers you are looking for, but I think it might be good to at least take a peek. smile.gif
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post #27 of 34
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A5's are probably best described as fun and lively. Not necessarily the best singer of the bunch so to speak, but definitely entertaining to listen to. I myself ended up buying the Swan M200MKIII and love them. They might not be the type of speakers you are looking for, but I think it might be good to at least take a peek. smile.gif

I'm going to give these a few days and if they don't improve then I will most likely just go back to either the studio monitor route or get some passives.
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I'm going to give these a few days and if they don't improve then I will most likely just go back to either the studio monitor route or get some passives.

I personally went passives with bookshelf speakers, center, sats, sub, and receiver for a long time myself. Then To generate space, I replaced them with my current 2.0 setup, M200MKIII.
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I'm going to give these a few days and if they don't improve then I will most likely just go back to either the studio monitor route or get some passives.

i'm demoing a pair of Fostex PM841 right now but I had a chance to listen to the Focal CMS65. really good monitors.

http://www.amazon.com/Focal-CMS-65/dp/B002D38EO6

Focal makes world class speakers.

    
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