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Recommendations for Computer speakers

Postby BuonTempi » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:48 am

I'm guessing that most people here have additional audio equipment plugged into their computers, so that they can hear their Finale playback, iTunes music, and other audio at a 'decent' volume and quality.

I used to have an external FireWire audio interface, plugged into a Hi-Fi amp with a pair of speakers. But that's a lot of kit, desk-space, more power plugs, sizeable latency and many points of failure.
Now I use a XTremeMac Tango Audio bar, which is just a USB-powered speaker. It's surprisingly good, but there are inherent limitations in the wattage that USB-powered speakers can deliver.

So, I'm looking for the middle bowl of porridge. Does anyone use anything they can recommend? There do seem to be all sorts of wall-socket-powered speakers with USB connections for surprisingly little money (£9.99...!), but as my grandmother used to say: "buy cheap; pay twice".
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Postby MikeHalloran » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:06 am

Until recently, I would be sending you to Equator Audio but they went out of business. My D8s do not leave the the studio and I am kicking myself for selling my D5s. I run mine with a JBL subwoofer.

When I was in Austin, TX a few days ago, my daughter asked me to check her system, a very popular setup that cost around $1,000 including a sub. Turned out, the controller (hand me down that I gave her 3 years ago) died and I rewired her system around it. Listening criticallly, it just can’t compare with my setup that didn’t cost much more.

If you aren’t going to get a sub, go with something that has an 8” woofer (then add a sub when the budget can handle it).

I can make a few recommendations and know some to avoid. Need a clue where to begin, however.

Dou you need to make critical decisions (mixing or mastering for release) or is it for checking mixes such as Finale projects?

What kind of budget are you looking at?
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Re: Recommendations for Computer speakers

Postby BuonTempi » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:12 pm

A grand might be a little over-budget. Probably no more than $200.

I just need to listen to recorded music, Finale playback, and the odd bit of Logic, but 'studio monitors' are overkill. Just something with nice sound that's easy to plug in.
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Re: Recommendations for Computer speakers

Postby motet » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:15 pm

I like headphones for Finale work.
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Re: Recommendations for Computer speakers

Postby David Ward » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:04 pm

motet wrote:I like headphones for Finale work.

If I want good quality sound from a computer, I mostly either use bluetooth headphones or plug into the headphone output a longish cable which is permanently connected at the other end to my hi-fi. For mid-quality I have a quite old JBL ‘on the go’ double speaker (normally on my kitchen table) for my MacBook, which is not too bad (certainly both better and louder than the MacBook speakers).
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Re: Recommendations for Computer speakers

Postby MikeHalloran » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:11 am

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Re: Recommendations for Computer speakers

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