Nov 22, 2016103 views

Speaker advice

What's the best speaker for 400$, without drop and dac/amp? People here say A5s aren't good but I've heard great things about them... what about Harman Kardon Soundsticks III Speakers? I do have the fiio e17 amp/dac but I don't think it's a good idea to keep them on for such a long time with computer speakers because it would drain its battery life.
(If the speakers are under 200$ then that's amazing but I want to see my options if I go to 400$)
I'm looking for speakers to put on my desk but don't mind them being large. I would also like these speakers to have the power to go really loud for an indoor party. Also, I have an Altec Lansing VS4121BLK sub-woofer lying around, so maybe I can use them with other speakers? I'm not really familiar with anything other than 3.5mm input or usb.

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Are you looking for powered multimedia speakers or just free standing speakers? Where will they go; do you want floor speakers or bookshelf speakers?

Based on the speakers you're showing you mentioned, you're looking at multimedia speakers, so I presume you want them to sit on a desk. Based on my assumptions I'd point you to JBL LSR305 with an additional sub since they don't do much below 40Hz. There's a 2 pack of them on Amazon for $272 right now. It's something of a tricky set to deal with since the inputs are not RCA or 3.5mm that most people are ready to handle. These are a bit more of a pro speaker and sound like it.

Another great option would be the Audio Engine A5+. These might be a bit out of your price range by the time you add the sub, but have all the "normal" input options. They are typically around $400 though. Maybe you could get a good black friday deal on them though.

The sad fact of multimedia speakers is that they all need a sub, and the good ones don't come with one. At least not the good ones that I know of. Maybe someone else has some better suggestions for you.
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Alright, thanks. I appreciate your help. The A5s still have decent bass without a subwoofer right? And if I attach a sub woofer to them, would the sub on the actual monitors become inactive? Also, any sub recommendations?

On a last note, what do you think about the Edifier R2000DB? The bluetooth is not the reason why I'm asking about these; it was recommended by a friend who's not that very experienced in this field.
The A5+ doesn't come with a sub. You'll want to add one to cover below about 50Hz. The bass that they do handle, they handle very well though.

I don't have any experience with the Edifiers but I loath bluetooth. I have never had an audio system be it headphones or otherwise that uses it that I would call good. I'm not going to claim that it's impossible, but I try to stay away from it. Your results may vary.
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