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cpugeek21

I'm researching around for a nice pair of computer / bookshelf speakers. I was initially going to go with the Z623s but it seems the consensus is, if you have the space for bookshelf, bookshelf will always sound better. Is that true? I feel like I opened the holy grail of audio tbh, since no one ever recommends bookshelf speakers, but I realised there is actually no difference at all. The only downside is that it might not be practical for those who don't have sufficient desk space.

 

On that note, I researched around for a pair of bookshelf speakers that will not break the bank, and so far I have seen the edifier 1280db. If I was going to really stretch the dollar, I might be able to get something like the edifier r1850db or r1700bt. Is that a good pair of bookshelf speakers at its price point? Or do you guys have other recommendations? I would be open to all suggestions, since I'm really new.

 

Thanks! 

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@cpugeek21

yes, bigger speakers with a bigger cabinet is almost always better (depending on material and quality).

 

in my experience computer speakers are always overpriced for what they're actually worth and deliver, it's just ridiculous to pay 100$ for those tiny speakers with a tiny plastic cabinet when you can pay the same amount for bigger and more quality ones with a wooden cabinet.

 

i mean if anything you're paying 100$ mostly for the subwoofer in that Z623, and even THAT is not a good deal.

 

have no clue if the Edifier has a wooden cabinet or if they're any good, but you can most certainly find lots of great bookshelf speakers in that price range, honestly any decent sized bookshelf speaker is better in terms of (midrange - highrange) quality than those Z623s.

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1 minute ago, syn2112 said:

@cpugeek21

yes, bigger speakers with a bigger cabinet is almost always better (depending on material and quality).

 

in my experience computer speakers are always overpriced for what they're actually worth and deliver, it's just ridiculous to pay 100$ for those tiny speakers with a tiny plastic cabinet when you can pay the same amount for bigger and more quality ones with a wooden cabinet.

 

i mean if anything you're paying 100$ mostly for the subwoofer in that Z623, and even THAT is not a good deal.

 

have no clue if the Edifier has a wooden cabinet or if they're any good, but you can most certainly find lots of great bookshelf speakers in that price range, honestly any decent sized bookshelf speaker is better in terms of (midrange - highrange) quality than those Z623s.

Does a wooden cabinet make a big difference? As compared to? 

 

Also, do you have any recommendations for bookshelf speakers?

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3 minutes ago, cpugeek21 said:

Does a wooden cabinet make a big difference? As compared to? 

 

Also, do you have any recommendations for bookshelf speakers?

I mean there's so many different companies and materials, it's pretty hard to recommend something, i guess you gotta rely on reviews and specs, understand the different specs of a speaker and make a judgement on your own.

 

hell you may even like the Z623s better depending on your taste and needs, having a subwoofer included is definitely a big plus if you love that deep low end, you can't get a subwoofer included with bookshelf speakers in that price range.

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5 hours ago, cpugeek21 said:

I'm researching around for a nice pair of computer / bookshelf speakers. I was initially going to go with the Z623s but it seems the consensus is, if you have the space for bookshelf, bookshelf will always sound better. Is that true? I feel like I opened the holy grail of audio tbh, since no one ever recommends bookshelf speakers, but I realised there is actually no difference at all. The only downside is that it might not be practical for those who don't have sufficient desk space.

 

On that note, I researched around for a pair of bookshelf speakers that will not break the bank, and so far I have seen the edifier 1280db. If I was going to really stretch the dollar, I might be able to get something like the edifier r1850db or r1700bt. Is that a good pair of bookshelf speakers at its price point? Or do you guys have other recommendations? I would be open to all suggestions, since I'm really new.

 

Thanks! 

 

5 hours ago, cpugeek21 said:

Does a wooden cabinet make a big difference? As compared to? 

 

Also, do you have any recommendations for bookshelf speakers?

Wooden cabinets are just more inert and sound better to a "trained" ear. The R1850DB's will be pretty decent for the price. slanted front facia so will be pretty inert and smooth.

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(Having a totally seperate DAC for each channel is game changing for sound quality)

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What's your budget, also do they need to be powered or can you get passive speakers?

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Just a suggestion, amazon has the 'PreSonus Eris E3.5' for 99.00usd, for the pair if I'm not mistaken and they have good reviews. These guys are active so no preamp needed. The frequency response could be better " 80 Hz - 20 kHz", "Peak SPL (@ 1 meter) 100 dB", and they are supposedly "studio monitors", but don't believe everything you read though. Edit: Ok not really active, but they are powered, the crossovers are passive. Edit: The crossovers have to be passive right? somebody pick this apart, I'm 100% sure I'm missing something here.

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A studio monitor combined with a separate subwoofer would provide with the best experience

 

it all depends on what you want if you’re not gonna spend a lot of money

 

studio monitor provide better sound but not a lot of bass, vice versal for 2.1 setups

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On 3/3/2019 at 5:20 AM, Reckless95 said:

What's your budget, also do they need to be powered or can you get passive speakers?

I don't think I want to spend money on an amp so powered speakers.

Budget, roughly $100 - $150

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On 2/28/2019 at 8:45 PM, cpugeek21 said:

I'm researching around for a nice pair of computer / bookshelf speakers. I was initially going to go with the Z623s but it seems the consensus is, if you have the space for bookshelf, bookshelf will always sound better. Is that true? I feel like I opened the holy grail of audio tbh, since no one ever recommends bookshelf speakers, but I realised there is actually no difference at all. The only downside is that it might not be practical for those who don't have sufficient desk space.

 

On that note, I researched around for a pair of bookshelf speakers that will not break the bank, and so far I have seen the edifier 1280db. If I was going to really stretch the dollar, I might be able to get something like the edifier r1850db or r1700bt. Is that a good pair of bookshelf speakers at its price point? Or do you guys have other recommendations? I would be open to all suggestions, since I'm really new.

 

Thanks! 

I was hoping that you'd name a different budget, still - there are awesome options. 
I had the Klipsch promedia 2.1 speakers. They go for around $150 (got them with a good discount, might have changed) and they are fantastic. Lasted me a good 4-5 years of heavy use before I got a second pair. Probably fit more as computer speakers then bookshelf speakers but they are worth a look. I loved mine.

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