I think that only you can answer that question as any smaller speaker
involves a compromise.
The MR5MkIII lists a -3 dB point of 57 Hz; the 6, 46 Hz; the 8, 38 Hz;
and the HR-824 MK II lists 35 Hz. I use a sub with the HR-824 MK I's.
Your mileage may vary.
It seems to me that the Sweetwater price of $150 for the 5 and $200 for
the 6 just might work in favor of the 6 and get another 11 Hz.
But size is a consideration.
The 5 is 11.3 x 7.8 x 10.9 inches while the 6 is 12.7 x 8.7 x 12.0.
The 5 weighs 12.1 lb each; the 6, 15.9.
The MR6MkIII for $400 for the pair seems like a fair choice
Also for $350 there is the Mackie MR10S MkIII subwoofer, but with a pair
of 5's that puts you up at $650.
On 2014-02-18 1:23 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Arthur, Richard, Paul, etc.,
> I probably didn't make clear that these are in the office, not the
> studio. I don't need mission-critical here, just good sounding.
> The 5" Mackies seem interesting but can 5" speakers put out enough bass?
> I know there are claims but I think we're up against the limits of
> physics with these 5-6" "woofers" and moving enough air to create bass
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Arthur Gaer" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:52 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Computer desktop power speakers recommendation
>> My brother's a musician, so he has no money but he does know something
>> about how music should sound.
>> He recently listened to a lot of different speakers for his home
>> studio and ended up settling on the Mackie MR5mk3 models as the most
>> accurate speakers for the money (roughly $300 for a pair) and he knows
>> a couple of other producers/musicians who've gone the same route for
>> their home studios.
>> So you might want to check the MR5 or their larger Mackie cousins out
>> to see if they do it for you.
>> Arthur Gaer
>> On Feb 18, 2014, at 7:35 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Hi All:
>>> 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
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