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I have an old Bose SoundDock Series 2 that I'm currently using for my setup. I'm finally kind of getting sick of it and have about $150 to spend. I will looking at the Logitech z533 as a replacement. First of all, if it worth getting new speakers if I'm using them for things like Netflix and games and listening to lots and lots of music and if so, are the Logitech z533 a good choice? I was also looking at Micca PB4 2X... However, I it doesn't have a subwoofer. Will it still have good bass? I also have a mic (BM-800) that I am currently use. If I go with the Micca MB42 does anyone have any suggestions for an amplifier/phantom power source that I can use for both the Micca MB42 and my BM-800. My budget is around $150.
My Tivoli radio has outstanding sound. Very musical. I play Laptop thru Aux of Tivoli. I use Dragonfly DAC thru USB. I place Tivoli vertically. Better sound than Audioengine, Logitec and JBL. Very good FM also. The stereo Tivoli may sound better but about $500 versus $125.
The Micca MB42 4" 2-way sounded very poor when I evaluated it, and the Dayton B452 4" 2-way did not sound any better. The Dayton B652-AIR 6.5" 2-way with AMT tweeter should be a better option especially based on the excellent sounding AMT tweeter; all the better if the stock crossover caps are upgraded.
Don't get the Logitech. Let me say a few things from my background as a professional loudspeaker design engineer:
- Plastic housing speakers: ugh
- Computer speaker "subwoofers": NO. Frankly, I've never heard any computer speakers that sounded good, at least under hundreds of dollars.
- Woofers 4" or smaller: no. Not big enough for any real bass. Minimum 5" or bettery yet 6" or 8" etc etc. One semi-exception is the Andrew Jones designed ELAC Debut B4, especially if you're going to add a subwoofer later. $179/pair and sound great. The bigger B5 and B6 are even better, if you can save up the money for them.
- Tiny speakers = no bass
The Dayton B652 I agree is a hard-to-beat value. You can also search Amazon for "Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers" for his
But really I think you should:
- Scour Craigslist, Goodwill, Salvation Army for a used receiver. Those are the best value for starter amps.
- Similarly, used speakers would be your best value, though finding good ones could be tricky.
- At that budget, forget about subwoofers for a while and try to get some tower speakers if you have the room. Later on, true deep loud subwoofers are like $500+ but there are some $130ish Polk and Parts Express aka Dayton models which will do well for starters.
I had pretty good sound from AudioEngine 5's paired with a 10" 50-watt Boston subwoofer in the salon on my boat when we lived-aboard. Good imaging and highly resistant to corrosion (just a side note...) I plugged the ports of the A-E's with nerf-balls and got a good sounding x-o match. I recently sold the A-E's for $175. The sub set me back only $50 from a classified ad.
Look for Boston Acoustics VR-M50's, minimonitors. A short lived attempt on the part of B-A to have a "Lexus" line - beautifully made and very clean sound. Selling for under $150 often enough, a bit rare. Hifalutin aluminum dome tweeter with a diffuser assembly, these benefit from a softer amp like my vintage Yamaha receiver. These are paired with a "Jamo" sub I picked up for $50 bux - 450 WRMs, 12", auto on-off, very tight very deep.
These appear very specific recommendations, there are practically infinitely many such options out there if you have time to look around a bit. Vintage stuff isn't for everybody- some stuff get unreliable over time but some hangs in there. I find of all the vintage gear I cycle through, in the mass-produced category Yamaha electronics really hold up well. So you can get pretty fine sound for cheap if you have the patience.
What company did you design speakers for? I would be interested to hear any details you are willing to share.
Parts Express dot com. Those two will set you back a whopping $90. Good for only one source at a time though. If you still need one, you have to figure out the subwoofer thing.
An excellent choice - I am listening to it now - as it is, and has been my office system for ~4+ years
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