Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers

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Date: Friday, September 7, 2007 - 2:53 pm

On Fri, Sep 07, 2007 at 01:16:21PM +0200, Leslie P. Polzer wrote:

> Do I really need an amp?

Yes, unless you get active speakers.

> Doesn't the signal level of the sound card suffice?

No. Typical consumer soundcards can drive a pair of headphones, but
that's all.

If you end up going with passive speakers, I think one of the best
bargains around is the PSB Alpha B. I have a pair in my living room
and I love them. The sound is well balanced and pretty neutral. You
can get flatter speakers, but probably not without spending a lot
more. It'll handle everything you mentioned just fine. In europe I
think they go for about 250 EUR. They have dealers all over the
place: http://www.psbspeakers.com/distributors

But you'd also need to buy an amp, of course, so keep that in mind
when comparing active speakers to passive. I'm still using an ancient
home-stereo amp that works OK but is nothing special. The standard
recommendation from rec.audio.pro for a new low-cost amp used to be
Hafler, but they're not made any more. Nobody on that board had much
good to say about Samson, Behringer, or Alesis amps.

Last time I went monitor-shopping (5 years ago?), I checked out a
bunch of actives but I didn't really like anything cheaper than the
Mackie HR624 (900 USD for a pair, active). I thought the Event powered
monitors were OK, but not really any better than the PSB so I opted to
stick with the PSB until I really feel the need for something
significantly better.

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Paul Winkler
http://www.slinkp.com

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Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Leslie P. Polzer, (Fri Sep 7, 11:16 am)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Johannes Mario Ringheim, (Fri Sep 7, 4:36 pm)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Paul Winkler, (Fri Sep 7, 2:53 pm)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Arnold Krille, (Fri Sep 7, 11:45 am)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Leslie P. Polzer, (Fri Sep 7, 12:14 pm)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Frank Barknecht, (Fri Sep 7, 1:24 pm)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Arnold Krille, (Fri Sep 7, 3:24 pm)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Frank Barknecht, (Fri Sep 7, 3:40 pm)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Arnold Krille, (Fri Sep 7, 4:58 pm)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Frank Barknecht, (Fri Sep 7, 6:18 pm)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Leslie P. Polzer, (Fri Sep 7, 2:10 pm)
Re: [LAU] Advice for buying speakers, Paul Winkler, (Fri Sep 7, 4:44 pm)