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My room is about 12' X 12'
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Originally Posted by slytown;11964072 
I wouldn't even bother with a sub to be honest, unless you have a large room. You won't get your money's worth with one at a $150 budget. Decent monitors will be much more satisfying.

(noob alert!!) Are you referring to a computer monitor? Just making sure it is not another audiophile term I am not aware of biggrin.gif
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post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Awaz;11964651 
My room is about 12' X 12'



(noob alert!!) Are you referring to a computer monitor? Just making sure it is not another audiophile term I am not aware of biggrin.gif

Monitors are a type of Speaker. They are meant to offer a truer, unembellished sound for the sake of audio engineering. I looked (just reading) at monitors like the KRK Rokits but the idea of a limited sweet spot and a flat sound made me hesitate in spite of the many good reviews.
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post #13 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Awaz;11964651 
My room is about 12' X 12'



(noob alert!!) Are you referring to a computer monitor? Just making sure it is not another audiophile term I am not aware of biggrin.gif

A monitor is just another way of describing a mid sized-speaker.

There are powered and non-powered (passive) monitors. Powered monitors are often called studio monitors as that is their primary use, to be used in studios by mixing engineers. Non-powered monitors are usually called standmount-monitors. "Bookshelf speaker" is a popular laymen's term for a stand-mount monitor.
Edited by astrallite - 1/10/11 at 11:30pm
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post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by BillOhio;11967481 
Monitors are a type of Speaker. They are meant to offer a truer, unembellished sound for the sake of audio engineering. I looked (just reading) at monitors like the KRK Rokits but the idea of a limited sweet spot and a flat sound made me hesitate in spite of the many good reviews.

What type of speakers do you use?
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post #15 of 18
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What type of speakers do you use?

I just ordered Audioengine A5's. To be honest, I'm buying them 'blind' based on their reputation. Every review I've seen has raved about their sound. They are powered so they won't need a receiver/amp. They offer enough connectivity options that I can simply plug them into the wall and run my iPod into them and work up from there (I'm moving to a small shared apt. so this helps for the short term). I got them with Bamboo shells which look pretty sweet.

I read about MAudio's BX5A's which are also well respected and could have been had for $140 less. The consensus seemed to be that these speakers also sound great but are soft enough at the bass that a person might want to add a subwoofer which I don't care to get into at this point. Plus, I won't apologize for liking the look of the A5's Bamboo over the BX5A's black as these will be in the livingroom.

The KRK Rokits are also very well reviewed and some people here seem to love them. My impression is that they are more intended as studio gear than home entertainment speakers. I'm not sure that I want the flat and accurate sound of a studio monitor and I'm sure I don't want a limited 'sweetspot' of optimal sound, although I'm not sure how much any of that really would or wouldn't affect home listening.

Also, since ordering the A5's I've read that if you play them at the loudest levels for very long (45 minutes-an hour) they may overheat and shut off until they cool. I'm guessing you'd really have to have these things cranked, though, before that issue might comes into play. As I'm moving to relatively cool Toronto rather than Australia I don't expect to be affected. If you happen to be a headbanger in Texas though, it might be something to be aware of.

The best sound for home listening still seems to be the solution of good speakers paired with a receiver/amp and possibly a soundcard if your source, like mine, is the PC. I'm hoping, for now, something like the A5's or BX5A's are a quality and accessible compromise for non audiophiles to get respectable (if not audiophile-highend) audio in a way that saves space and cash.

Bear in mind, this is all based on reading. I've never heard any of these speakers in person.

Maybe something like this for ~ $320?
Polk PSW-10 powered sub with the BX5A's
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post #16 of 18
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Well, I fixed the speaker issue for the time being! I had this old Sony Hi-Fi mini component stereo MHC-GX45 that I bought from Sears. It came with two decent passive speakers and one sub. The rated impedance of the speakers were 6 ohms, which matched the receiver I got. I hooked them up and they sound lot nicer. The sub gets fed power from the player in a weird way - have not figured out a way to get it working. It does take an RCA input - just need to find out how to feed power.
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Pioneer suggested a Dayton SUB120 to me.

For $150 its in your budget and good value.

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Typically with HT receivers, the sub is a PREOUT. Meaning, non-powered. So, either a Powered sub or an external AMP + sub.

Or, with some, there is a sub-specific channel that is powered. You may need to enable it in the settings, or connect it properly.
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