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I went to a local music equipment store and went to their studio monitor section.
The staff was helpful and told me about their best seller: KRK Rokit 5.
They were OK sounding, bass heavy and a bit muddy.
Then, I stumbled on these beauties [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Adam-Audio-2-way-Nearfield-Monitors/dp/B003UPEB5C/ref=sr_1_cc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1299217408&sr=1-2-catcorr"]Adam a3x[/ame].
They had much less bass than the KRKs, but everything sounded 10x crisper and more clear!!

Now I have 2 questions:
- Would studio monitors be good for music/movies/gaming?
- Is there anything that would sound like the Adam but with more bass (same price range though)?
post #12 of 29
With a $500 budget, wanting 2.1, and having multiple inputs....

You should find a reciever, speakers, and sub. You could add to it later (depending on the receiver), and you'll get great bang for your buck out of a good setup.

If you're wanting to future proof yourself, then steer away from powered speakers (PC speakers).
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You could go with the Swan M50W 2.1 set. Someone here on OCN like this set and recommend it.
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post #15 of 29
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Yes they are powered.

Btw, looking at those Swan M10's, for a 2.1 system, it doesn't hit very low. At your price range, idk if there are that many 2.1 systems. I mean with that money, you might as well get a receiver and then get your own satellites and a sub, just like a guy recommended a few post above.

Don't really know of anything to recommend at that price range, but i think you should start looking around for something along those lines.
post #16 of 29
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My room being quite small and all, I think the sub would be sort of overkill.

I mean, like Simca said, I could max out my insurance money on two extremely well built speakers instead of dividing the money into the receivers, satellites and subs.

I'm not sure if that's THE path as my Adams might not be futureproof?
post #17 of 29
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My room being quite small and all, I think the sub would be sort of overkill.

I mean, like Simca said, I could max out my insurance money on two extremely well built speakers instead of dividing the money into the receivers, satellites and subs.

I'm not sure if that's THE path as my Adams might not be futureproof?
Keep in mind, with powered speakers, you have basically NO room for future additions. And you'll have absolutely NO low end to them at all (usually stop around 60Hz or so for 2.0 studio monitors).
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Keep in mind, with powered speakers, you have basically NO room for future additions. And you'll have absolutely NO low end to them at all (usually stop around 60Hz or so for 2.0 studio monitors).
I dont know, the powered monitors I've demoed have all had a decent response to around 45hz or so, but that probably has to do with the rolloff of the woofer and xover.
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post #19 of 29

Your gonna need a receiver. How else are you going to power speakers?

anyone have any suggesstions?

Starting from about $150

Pioneer VSX-520-K 5.1 Home Theater Receiver



Polk Audio RM705 5.1 Home Theater System


Klipsch HD 300 Compact 5.1 High Definition Theater system speakers



There you, the best bank for the buck and still under $500. The z-5500 has nothing on this setup.
Edited by aweir - 3/3/11 at 11:42pm
post #20 of 29
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Can't we easily add a subwoofer to a studio monitor setup?

The Adams I'm thinking of do stop at 60Hz, but I think the store guy mentioned a way to plug them to some adam subwoofer.
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