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Music Speakers - Corsair SP2500s or AudioEngine A5+?

post #1 of 15
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Hi All,

I'm looking to set up a music centre at home to play some old vinyl records and music from my itunes library via ipad/iphones.
No computer around and it's separate from my TV (same room, just on opposite sides).
I am looking for a fairly inexpensive set of speakers. I want them to be good/loud enough for parties as well.
I don't really want to get a receiver/amp, just a set of powered speakers with 1 or 2 inputs is fine, and spend < $500
I'm considering the Corsair SP2500 because many reviews say they are very powerful and have clean sound and a decent price.
But I'm also considering the AudioEngine A5+ because they are considered reference quality and can go quite loud, although there's no subwoofer so I'm concerned they won't be good enough to host a party.

What do you think?
post #2 of 15
If you want more bass, go with the Corsair or ProMedia 2.1ch. If you want higher quality sound, go with the A5+. Also keep in mind that the sound card you use and speaker placement will affect the sound just as much or more than your choice between the two. I went with the A5+, and the only computer speaker that has impressed me more was the A2 (due to its size); I have previously used the ProMedia 2.1ch and Logitech Z-5500.
post #3 of 15
I am glad that I find this thread because I had the exact same question. I am kind of leaning towards the sp2500 because it come with a sub, while the A5+ don't. But, if I save a little I guess I could get the Audioengine S8 sub... What do you think, is it worth the extra $400?
Also you mentioned sound cards, I currently don't have one but I am sort of looking for one. Any suggestions? I could get a fairly high range card so would you mind naming a couple please? Sorry but Audio isn't my strong suit! Thanks,

Ace
post #4 of 15
For what it is worth, PC speakers are designed with PC's in mind, so they focus heavily on PC use (ie. exaggerated bass and boosted mids for gaming, and online media) - where as speakers that are designed for audiophiles, focus more on accuracy with minimal coloration.

What does that mean? If you want the better sound, get the Audioengine A5's - if you want loud, obnoxious sound with boosted bass, and don't care too much for audio clarity or accuracy, then get the Corsair SP2500's.


Saying that, I'd forget the Corsair completely - and, TBH, if it was me, I'd skip the A5's as well and go straight for a pair of Adam F7's or KRK Rokit 6 G3's wink.gif

If you wanted some decent speakers that also included a seperate subwoofer, then consider the FOSTEX 2.1 package that includes a pair of PM0.5N monitors and PM0.SUB.

If you can not afford to go that far, just get the A5's and you'll be happy smile.gif
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I replaced my Logitech z-5300 with the Audioengine A5+ and S8 sub and I couldn't be more happy. The sound quality is great. I used the A5+ without a sub for awhile and they still sounded great, I was actually surprised how well they sounded. Adding a sub makes them even better, you don't even need to get the S8, you could probably find a cheaper alternative on Amazon. Another speaker option are the KRK Rokit(my second choice), I've heard they are pretty good, however, they are studio monitors, so you cant just get them and plug them into your sound card and/or TV.
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You want to host a party with PC speakers? Well that party is going to cost you at least $250 when you have to replace your speakers after every party lol.
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post #7 of 15
Just a question, I do not actually have a sound card, do I need one? And is a DAC the same thing as a sound card? If I got one I was thinking of getting the audioengine D1. Is this a good choice?
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Originally Posted by astrallite View Post

You want to host a party with PC speakers? Well that party is going to cost you at least $250 when you have to replace your speakers after every party lol.

I don't get it?
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Originally Posted by MrAceman View Post

Just a question, I do not actually have a sound card, do I need one? And is a DAC the same thing as a sound card? If I got one I was thinking of getting the audioengine D1. Is this a good choice?

You do not need a sound card, an external dac is similar. D1 is fine, depends on what you are looking to do. Fiio is also another good brand, and Schiit products are also good.
post #9 of 15
What about the Audioengine A2 Premium Powered Desktop Speakers - Pair
You can get them in white or black and there fairly cheap.
post #10 of 15
You can probably do better build unpower speakers.
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