• Let's talk speakers
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Hi, (sorry if this belongs in another forum, but this is about hardware, so) I've been using Cambridge Soundworks speakers for a long, long time, now. First these: https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDg5WDgwMA==/z/vXAAAOSwKF5bgsCJ/$_20.JPG?set_id=8800005007 And now these: Creative Creative Labs Playworks 3 https://shop.assets.soundandvision.com/product/50459140d57b4b8c85b5377eba5d624e/da552d22084c9f5a66fc8f5501180df9527b188a075894f6ca47423d22818854/l/creative-labs-playworks-3-piece-digital-computer-speakers They're small, but reliable. They pack a punch and the quality is good. I'm looking for an upgrade, tho. I was wondering if you guys could suggest anything. I don't want any speakers, I want good ones. I strive for quality, but not "r/audiophile" like, that stuff is a bit overkill. (if it's any help, I have the Audio Technica ATH-M40x headphones). So, any suggestions? What speakers do you guys have? What setup are you using? Additional question: moving the speakers' cables sometimes makes the sound disappear. How do I figure out which is faulty, the cables or the "inputs" (what's the correct term?) of the speakers / subwoofer? Cheers, y'all.
Depends on how much you're willing to spend. I'm currently rocking a pair of Adam Audio T7Vs - the T5Vs are very similar. This would be an outright upgrade that's going to last you some time, they're hefty at ~£250 a pair, but they're as good as you can get without spending obscene amounts of money. The easy way to see whether it's the cable is to try another cable. If the fault persists with a new cable, it's either your music output or the speaker's input. Try another device like a phone - if that still doesn't work, your speakers are kaput
Well, I don't see the point in equalising, as I want to hear sound for how it should be? Guessing I'm going to have to buy some cables. The speakers / subwoofer doesn't have any "jack input", it's just raw cable (if that makes sense?). Can't really test another device.
"How it should be" isnt really a correct way to think about it. Most audio engineers don't have perfect monitoring methods, in fact many go for pretty common, cheap speakers as that will be what the vast majority of people will consume it on. Google it, there's plenty of discussion about this idea and the common consensus is that there isn't really a "how it should be". UsingQ is pretty necessary, even if you take having it 1:1 out the window, the room you are in will have particular modes and will therefore boost or cut certain frequencies by simply existing, so you aren't going to hear a 1:1 even with perfect speakers. You don't have a phone or MP3 player to play music from? I'm concerned as to how you're sending audio to it if it's just bare cable. I'd wager that's probably why you've got signal issues.
Right, sorry, but you know what I meant. I do have devices to play music from. What I'm saying is the speakers are connected to the subwoofer by bare cable, as in there is no connector on either end, that's just how it is.
Unfortunately you don't live in the US, but I'd recommend to avoid the whole "computer speaker" thing and get something like the amazon Kinter amp and a decent set of bookshelf speakers like Daytons, Miccas or whatever is a good deal. I'd probably suggest just to find some used monitors or something though for simplicity. There's a decent amount of powered speakers nowadays and most audio stuff ends up reviewed at some point if you can find something appealing. https://www.amazon.com/Kinter-K2020A-ORIGINAL-TA2020-020-Amplifier/dp/B077Z7DBRT/ https://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42X-Bookshelf-Speakers-Tweeter/dp/B00E7H8GG2/ https://www.amazon.com/Dayton-Audio-B652-AIR-Bookshelf-Speaker/dp/B00NOA58RS/
I just used the term "computer speakers" as speakers that I would use with my computer, not some generic ones you can buy at your local shop lol :-) Thanks for the suggestions.
I've been using Edifier HCS2330 with my TV for 5+ years now. Really like them. My friend has been using R2700 for about the same amount of time and pretty happy with them too. Basically anything from edifier is good if it costs ~$120 or more. Maybe their sub-$100 stuff is good too but I don't have any experience with it.
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