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I'm looking to complete my computer setup with a nice pair of speakers. I'm not really clear on what makes a studio monitor different. I do not mix or record music at all, nor do I plan to. I am not what you would consider an audiophile but I do really enjoy music and a nice sounding speaker. I don't play a ton of games, very occasionally I will play one.

I'm willing to spend more on something that is of a decent quality but I do not want to buy specialized equipment unless I am gaining something.

The speakers will be hooked up to my computer only. Kept on my desk or on stands next to my desk. My room is not very large, average sized bedroom. I would like something that is powered as I don't have an amp.

My goal is to spend $250 or less. The monitors that I have been looking at are the Audioengine A2+. They look really nice.

Anyone have any recommendations?
post #2 of 21
Man you probably going to have some crazy over the top explanation or comment coming from some of the audiophile homies here pretty soon but to be sincere my opinion would be go to a local shop that has some and just listen to them. Bring some of your music with you and play out of them and go for what you like and not what people tell you to get it. If you have a Guitar Center locally they should have some studio monitors on display ready to play and if not maybe check places like Micro Center, Fry's or even Best Buy to see if they have the Audio Engines displayed.

This is coming from a dude rocking studio monitors.... but I am a musician, so I am a bit picky about what goes into my ears to the extent I can actually afford.
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Man you probably going to have some crazy over the top explanation or comment coming from some of the audiophile homies here pretty soon but to be sincere my opinion would be go to a local shop that has some and just listen to them. Bring some of your music with you and play out of them and go for what you like and not what people tell you to get it. If you have a Guitar Center locally they should have some studio monitors on display ready to play and if not maybe check places like Micro Center, Fry's or even Best Buy to see if they have the Audio Engines displayed.

This is coming from a dude rocking studio monitors.... but I am a musician, so I am a bit picky about what goes into my ears to the extent I can actually afford.

Thanks man, that's sound advice.

Are those the JBL LSR305s I see? Those are on the list
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http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun02/articles/monitors.asp

Monitors are specifically intended for near field (close-up) reproduction presumably with the speakers backed to a wall.

The "monitor" is going to be tonally neutral, ideally. This is important for referencing recordings where you want as little "character" from the speaker itself added in.

The hi-fi speaker is going to often have a more colored response curve and actually, will often be just fine for a monitor.

Whats your budget?
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Thanks man, that's sound advice.

Are those the JBL LSR305s I see? Those are on the list

Yes I am currently using the JBL LSR305s out of a Schiit Modi 2. They are inexpensive and sound quite amazing but that is to me... everyone has different tastes in the way the like to listen to music, games and what not.
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I also have the LSR305s. They're pretty good for the $200 or so that you can get them for.
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I also have the LSR305s. They're pretty good for the $200 or so that you can get them for.

Yeap I think they were going for 149 a piece when I got mine... but being that I use to work for Guitar Center for years I had a few contacts that got it for me with that sweet employee discount. And thankfully I was able to get the white ones before they disappeared.
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http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun02/articles/monitors.asp

Monitors are specifically intended for near field (close-up) reproduction presumably with the speakers backed to a wall.

The "monitor" is going to be tonally neutral, ideally. This is important for referencing recordings where you want as little "character" from the speaker itself added in.

The hi-fi speaker is going to often have a more colored response curve and actually, will often be just fine for a monitor.

Whats your budget?

Around $250. Although, if I could spend $150 I'd be a lot happier. I read about the flatness in the studio monitors but I'm not clear on what that means. Does that mean it lacks bass? They will be backed to a wall. They would be about 15" from the wall on my desk.

The thing I like about the studio monitors is that most seem to be powered. I also like the size of the A2+. They are nice looking as well.

I agree that I should go and listen to them somewhere first and then buy online.

I've never heard a studio monitor before. Can you customize the sound on your PC?
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Around $250. Although, if I could spend $150 I'd be a lot happier. I read about the flatness in the studio monitors but I'm not clear on what that means. Does that mean it lacks bass? They will be backed to a wall. They would be about 15" from the wall on my desk.

The thing I like about the studio monitors is that most seem to be powered. I also like the size of the A2+. They are nice looking as well.

I agree that I should go and listen to them somewhere first and then buy online.

I've never heard a studio monitor before. Can you customize the sound on your PC?

A2+ are not really studio monitors in my opinion... Not sure on how to describe it in words hence why I said you going somewhere and listening to them would be ideal. They sound good for their size and price. Got a few friends that like them quite a lot. Jus wasn't my cup of tea.
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A2+ are not really studio monitors in my opinion... Not sure on how to describe it in words hence why I said you going somewhere and listening to them would be ideal. They sound good for their size and price. Got a few friends that like them quite a lot. Jus wasn't my cup of tea.

I've heard a few people say that they don't love the A2+..... Do you like the bigger ones? The A5+.

The thing is I have a really nice set of JBL speakers + an amp + receiver, etc. It's in a storage locker in another state though..... I don't plan on seeing those for a while until I can afford the thousand to have them shipped out here.

I'm trying to diversify my stuff. I really need something ideal for my desk space which is somewhat limited. I could always do the stands.
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