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http://www.theaudioinsider.com/

Has anyone bought from these guys? I am interested in some cheap, but excellent quality speakers for the price. I want a mid size bookshelf speaker to put on my computer desk. Some of the Swan speakers look really nice.

Has anyone heard these speakers? I saw some D2.1se speakers go for real cheap on AudioGon and I think I'd like to pick some up next time they show up. Are they good quality? Is the sound good? I don't know what amp I would use with them but I will find one. The DAC would be from my Audio-gd NFB-12 headphone amp.

I am very familiar with hi-fi stereo equipment, I just don't have the funds to buy anything better. I am hoping for some insight on the quality of the Swan and other speakers. If I had my way it would be some Harbeth Monitor 40 and a Rogue Cronus Magnum. My roommate just got a Cronus Magnum with Monitor 30s and it's astonishing. eek.gif
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HiVi ranks up there with the best of them. Depends on what kind of sound you are looking for though. For college-esque "let's rattle the walls" kind of audio, I recommend KRK Rokits (the larger the woofer the better).
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HiVi ranks up there with the best of them. Depends on what kind of sound you are looking for though. For college-esque "let's rattle the walls" kind of audio, I recommend KRK Rokits (the larger the woofer the better).

I have heard KRK Rokit 8's and they were nice for only $500. However, I am far beyond that level of audio. I also don't really want powered speakers.

After listening to Harbeth's line of boutique speakers with Rogue's top level amps, and Bowers & Wilkins complete line including 803d and Mcintosh monoblocks (my roommate's dad's setup) I can never buy anything that is poor quality again. However, I cannot spend $20,000. redface.gif
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Check out the Behringer B2030p or B2030a's (p = passives, a = active/built in amp) for some affordable desktop/bookshelf speakers. They're essentially Genelec studio monitor knockoffs. Passives are preferable over the actives due to flaky amp's.

Can get 2030p pairs as low as 130$ shipped when in stock at amazon. Good down to 80 hz, ~65 hz at desktop listening range. I use them for my 5.1 setup and love them.
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For college-esque "let's rattle the walls" kind of audio, I recommend KRK Rokits (the larger the woofer the better).

If one wanted to rattle walls they should be going a different route... even entry level monitors seem a little backwards for that purpose.

The Rokits are terrible. It took me about 2 seconds of A/B'ing the RP8's against the VXT4's to decide I never want to hear them again. Nothing is comparable between the two series...
    
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Hivi Audio Insider is a great company. They really make great speakers at an affordable price. Although I think all their stuff is manufactured in China they're quality control is really good.

The Swan D2.1SE is an amazing bookshelf speaker, personally haven't heard it myself but it's compared to the Sierra-1 a lot, which I do own. I orginally had it on my list to buy, but went with the sierra because the swan requires quite a bit of space off the wall. People say it acts more like a tower speaker than a bookshelf with great bass.

Here's a review

Enjoy The Music Swan Review

Affordable Audio PDF Swan Review
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