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got my media PC up and running, just got a dacmagic dac, now i'm looking for a pair of active speakers for 2.0 music/movie usage

any recommendations? i'm ready to spend at least $1000, up to $1500 probably, they will be on 24" stands
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whats the watts coming out of the dd
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whats the watts coming out of the dd
I assume by DD you meant the DAC? It's a stand alone DAC, it doesn't output an amplified signal. That's why he wants active speakers, active speakers have amplification onboard.

OP - Take a look at Dynaudio, their active speakers are supposed to be fantastic; a pair picked at random within your price range.

I'll also personally recommend (QUAD 12L) I have the passive version and I absolutely love them, I demo'd various other speakers in the price range and these were by far the best.

When spending this amount of money I would urge you to find somewhere to demo a few sets of speakers so you can get an idea of what you like/dislike.
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I'd get a nice amp and amped speakers for that price
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If you're willing to stretch to $1400 I'd get Genelec 8040. The 8030 is an inch smaller (5" woofer) for $1000. I can't overstate how highly I think of them, and even though I can't afford them they still sound like a bargain.

For reference's sake, I listened to their tiny 6010A, After four songs I asked the salesperson to turn off the subwoofer, he said "there's no subwoofer". For the size (3" woofer) they had a really full, neutral and detailed response, it was immense what sort of sound they had. They're also respected as a very neutral and detailed brand within the music industry and audiophiles alike. The only turnoff is their price, which isn't a problem for you.

From the brands I've heard Genelec is closest to awesome, but people talk about Dynaudio highly too, so I'd also consider their offers.
    
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That is a high budget. I would just get an amp. Cambridge Audio has some. You could have saved some time and gotten a Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1. Built in amp. I'm not saying the DacMagic is bad. It's a great DAC. I would get an amp and something. NHT's SuperZero 2.0s are a great set of speakers once amped. You can get a nice amp, these, and the matching superzero sub for less than $1000 I think. That's if the amp's inexpensive.
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Quote:
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That is a high budget. I would just get an amp. Cambridge Audio has some. You could have saved some time and gotten a Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1. Built in amp. I'm not saying the DacMagic is bad. It's a great DAC. I would get an amp and something. NHT's SuperZero 2.0s are a great set of speakers once amped. You can get a nice amp, these, and the matching superzero sub for less than $1000 I think. That's if the amp's inexpensive.
He's explicitly asked for active speakers, I'm assuming it's to save space. Active speakers aren't inferior to passive speakers. He can afford much better than the NHT's. The stuff you've recommend is great for people on a limited budget but with a budget like this there are many more options available; that's why I suggested finding a dealer and going to have a listen.
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I'm just giving him an inexpensive alternative if he wants to save .
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Quote:
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I would just get an amp. Cambridge Audio has some. You could have saved some time and gotten a Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1.
False information. The Maverick D1 does not have an amplifier, but a headphone amplifier and a pre-amplifier (basically a line-out with volume control). The Maverick A1 then again is a stereo amplifier for speakers. Also could you perhaps tell us all why you want the OP to get an amplifier and passive speakers instead of active, when he requested for the opposite?

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Active speakers aren't inferior to passive speakers.
True, I also agree on the part about finding a dealer/retailer that can let you demo their speakers. For that money you'll be wanting the best service and best possible results. Also ask them can you loan some speakers to test at your home if you want to see how they fit in your room and acoustics, and see what's best for you.
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True, I also agree on the part about finding a dealer/retailer that can let you demo their speakers. For that money you'll be wanting the best service and best possible results. Also ask them can you loan some speakers to test at your home if you want to see how they fit in your room and acoustics, and see what's best for you.
Totally agree. Also when you have a $1,000 budget for a pair of bookshelf speakers I would have spent more on the source. Crap in crap out. As the saying goes.

Not that the D1 is bad, it's awesome!
    
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