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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-06-2020, 02:12 AM - Thread Starter
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Need help picking new desktop speakers *Edit* got the S3000P

Hello everyone!

I am not an audiophile and more of a mainstream kinda person but my current cheap speakers died on me after 7 years of service (Logitech Z323) and i'm looking into getting new setup.

I was thinking the Logitech Z625 but after doing a little bit of research i found that there are better options like the Edifier 350DB that get recommended a lot.

i don't really have a budget as i can go for the 350DB's or the S3000PRO. What i don't understand is the difference between them.

My usage, I watch all my movies and TV shows on my PC (34' 3440x1440), I also game a lot and listing to music.

I want clear sound with good base but nothing over the top. And i don't mind investing into a good set if it will serve me for many years.

Thanks.

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Is it ridicules? yes. Do i like it? YES!

What is the best way to connect them to my PC? USB or Optical?

I fired up Interstellar and the clarity and the detail was amazing. definitely better the the old Logitech speakers.

Still testing them at them moment.

If you have any questions let me know.

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I am rather partial to the Bose Companion 2 and use them for tv and my desktop. Very little EQ needed to get a very nice sound to them. Note: I look for a more balanced sound and not the usual club-like extra heavy bass people seem to want.

In rare occasions there can be some distortion from the speakers inability to mix some bass notes with mids in very rapid beat rates. But, I have only heard this with one band so it may just be the recording.
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Those are 2 extremely different speakers at very different budgets, hard to even compare them.

The 350DB uses small satellites with a big sub to compensate for the low end that the smaller speakers can't produce. I'm usually not a fan of this as its hard to tune the sub to where it doesn't smother to low-mid range coming from the satellites. Only reason to get these is if you really want that deep rumble in movies.

The S3000PRO are first of all over double the price and should offer a much more pleasant listening experience for music.

But honestly, at that price($800), I wouldn't recommend active (all in one) speakers like those. Especially if you want a long lasting setup. For that kind of money you kan get a decent DAC+AMP(or receiver) + Passive Speakers setup.
You generally get better sound out of these than active speakers for your money. And if one part dies, you don't have to throw away everything else.

If that's something you'd be into, I (or someone else on the forum) could recommend a setup.
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Would you say that the Bose are better value then the Edifier?

In all honesty I dig the design language of the Edifier and I guess I just don't know if i should go for the 350DB as they are more PC oriented or the S3000PRO, which are more "PRO" and living room oriented.

And if there is something in between that can be better I would love to hear about it.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Gilles3000 View Post
Those are 2 extremely different speakers at very different budgets, hard to even compare them.

The 350DB uses small satellites with a big sub to compensate for the low end that the smaller speakers can't produce. I'm usually not a fan of this as its hard to tune the sub to where it doesn't smother to low-mid range coming from the satellites. Only reason to get these is if you really want that deep rumble in movies.

The S3000PRO are first of all over double the price and should offer a much more pleasant listening experience for music.

But honestly, at that price($800), I wouldn't recommend active (all in one) speakers like those. Especially if you want a long lasting setup. For that kind of money you kan get a decent DAC+AMP(or receiver) + Passive Speakers setup.
You generally get better sound out of these than active speakers for your money. And if one part dies, you don't have to throw away everything else.

If that's something you'd be into, I (or someone else on the forum) could recommend a setup.
Thanks for your reply.

I feel like i don't understand enough to go for DAC+AMP and book shelf speaker.
I found good reviews about the Edifiers and wanted to hear other opinions. I also think i should be going for All in One for the simplicity of it all.

Please correct me if i'm wrong.

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The edifiers are great and give a very nice smooth sound across the range especially the 350DB's with the base unit. I have had their bookshelf speakers and have been very impressed for what you get for the money. If you don't mind a 5.1 set then the Logitech Z906's are immense and they tend to be on sale at a very good price. The sound is just stellar but can be overkill....

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I would go for them but I really don't have the space for 5.1 unless I put all the speakers on the desk which is not how you supposed to use these, right?

Also, side question as it reminded me the whole 5.1 and 7.1, will there be a benefit from 5.1 in games\movies\music across the board or only in supported media?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Vidati View Post
Would you say that the Bose are better value then the Edifier?
Cant really say as I havent used Edifier.

My experience is with different (and far older) equipment. I was an audio tech for a few years long long ago. So, my experience was with JBL, Klipsch, and other pro gear. I got used to flat speaker profiles that I could adjust. So, I have non-consumer tastes in equipment. For example, I use stage monitor ear buds (Mee M6 Pro v2) for head phones and I got JBL E50BT for my wife's overear headphones.

From my perspective, Bose is overrated by consumers simply because the name. But, there is a reason they are rated very high. The quality of the sound in the Companion2 (my only set of bose) is outstanding and well balanced for a small speaker that is $100ish. Base is really good and the sound carries through a house without cranking volume way up. From a pro standpoint, Bose cheats to get that effect and normal people will never notice the difference. From a normal person, 'who cares as long as it sounds really good'. These speakers also sound pretty much the same at a large range of volumes without getting weird balance effects. But louder does give it a fuller sound quality without noticeable distortion.

I attached an image of my computer's eq to give you an idea of the tweaks needed to get a sound profile that sounds correct for the large variety of music I listen to (classical, metal, funk, punjabi dance, folk, etc)

When looking for 'better' speakers than the Bose companion the question will have to be 'what are you willing to spend to get better quality that you are actually able to hear?' If you are an audiophile, probably avoid the Bose unless looking for inexpensive small speakers. If you aren't, then these are great for the price and finding better will require double the price.
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separate amp + bookshelf speakers. what depends entirely on budget.
Can you help me come up with a good setup at 800NZD (about 500USD) for gaming, Movies and music?

I would really appreciate it, thank you.

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