I have a pair of the original Audio Engine 5 powered speakers. Nice, if a
little hyped in bass and treble. The newer version may have changed that. We
also have their smaller speakers, which are terrific little things.
For passives - cheap! - here's something to consider:
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Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:36 AM
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Computer desktop power speakers recommendation
I'd appreciate recommendations for current-production nearly-full-range
speakers for the computer.
The second amplifier module in my Blue Sky eXo speakers has blown up, and
I'm not going to throw more money into them. Note -- NOT a good product.
This amp that just blew up (after less than 2
years) is the "improved" amp module after known blowup problems with the
first generation amp. I will not be buying any of their products again. Not
that they're great speakers anyway. A ripoff at $500.
This time, I'd like to keep the budget well south of $500. I'm considering
just using passive speakers with one of those little sub-$100 LiPing class D
amplifiers. The thinking being that cheap class D amps tend to self-destruct
at some point and it's cheaper to just swap in a new sub-$100 disposable amp
every few years.
Size-wise, it would be good to not need a subwoofer, although I'd do it if
absolutely necessary. I'm interested if anyone has tried this new generation
of "full-range" speakers with 5-6" woofers and front-ported cabinets? The
speakers would sit in a triangle about 3 feet apart and 3 feet each from my
head. I don't listen at extreme levels but if it's amplified, I'd want the
speaker to "fart"
before the amp gave out, especially the woofer.
-- Tom Fine