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In Reply to: RE: New Speaker posted by email@example.com on June 01, 2017 at 22:03:41
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.
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