View Poll Results: Which design choice would you pick? (please read requirements first)

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  1. #1
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    Question Design choices for a small audio system

    Which design choice would you pick (picture below), considering:

    Budget
    $500 USD

    Purpose
    Listening to FLAC audio in my room

    Room size
    7 x 15 feet (230 x 460 cm)

    Audio power
    50W

    Source
    My desktop computer


    If, for a bit more budget (or a bit more than a bit ) you would pick other design choice not restricted to $500, please post a reply explaining why it would be a better choice.

    This is an addition to the thread Building a small 2.1 system.



    Design choices




    *edit: added one more design (D8)
    Last edited by F u r u y ; 01-07-2013 at 11:15 PM.

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    You might check out Emotiva. They have several options for powered speakers. They also have a DAC. Their powered Airmotiv 5 and 6 speakers are on sale until the 15th ($399 for the 5 was $449, $579 for the 6 was $699). Over the holidays they were offering a free DAC with a system purchase, but that sale is over.

    Look under their Community tab for their Forum and look up the Airmotiv speakers, or go online for more reviews. They also have a new 8" "Stealth" version of the powered speakers. For $799, but they are a bit out of your price range. If I were in the market for serious speakers I would consider the Airmotivs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F u r u y View Post
    Which design choice would you pick (picture below), considering:

    Budget
    $500 USD

    Purpose
    Listening to FLAC audio in my room

    Room size
    7 x 15 feet (230 x 460 cm)

    Audio power
    50W

    Source
    My desktop computer

    If, for a bit more budget (or a bit more than a bit ) you would pick other design choice not restricted to $500, please post a reply explaining why it would be a better choice.

    This is an addition to the thread Building a small 2.1 system.

    Design choices
    ...
    I chose D3: Computer => DAC => Active speakers

    I prefer that the DAC have its own volume control rather than relying on the computer. Given a fairly minimal amount of thought and a budget around $1500 perhaps I'd go for the following components:

    DAC/preamp: Asus Xonar Essence One, HERE ...

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    Active speakers: Mackie HR624mk2, HERE ...
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    Given the original $500 budget I'd go D1: Computer =(analog)=> Active speakers.

    That is, I'd skip the DAC and spend all the money on the a speakers. Accordingly I might go for a pair of KRK RoKit 8 G2, HERE...



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    Given a HUGE budget, (about $8000), I think I'd go once again to D3: Computer => DAC/preamp => Active speakers.

    In this case no fooling around with half-measures:

    DAC/preamp/digital equalizer: Lyngdorf DPA-1, HERE ...




    Active speakers: Genelec 8030.LSE Triple Play system, two 8030A monitors + 7050B subwoofer, HERE ...


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