Oh my, I've just ordered a pair B-Stock (just a damaged box...) of Event Opals for 1700 GBP.
Have you got them yet? Be interested in what you think of them.
Synology NAS + ATV2 > ADM9RS
Noticed you have the Opals. I've been researching actives for the last month or so and these speakers keep popping up and I've not heard a bad review.
How are they for general music listening, are they good off axis or do you have to be in the sweet spot for all of your listening.
Obviously these are powerful monitors, how are they for low level listening?
Sorry if you've done a review in the past, but your thoughts would be appreciated.
I've had my dynaudios for 8 years now, obviously the opals aren't cheap, but this will be a long term investment and I'd like to get it right.
Thanks in advance.
Main Floor - Sonos Connect - Genelec 8050A
Basement - Sony PS3 - Sony STR-DN1040 - LG 60PN6500 - Polk Audio RC-65i in-walls - CSI A6 centre
Hi skippy, I think they are great for general listening, good off axis although obviously the image is better if you are between the speakers.
I find them perfect for low level listening. I live in a semi with the party wall being one of the living room walls, also have a 2 year old daughter so, sadly, most of my listening is at low levels. They go unbelievably loud with no sense of strain too.
In my opinion, the Opals trounce just about anything you can buy from traditional HiFi brands. This guy says it better than I could http://www.hifiwigwam.com/showthread.php?77756-The-next-mammoth-review!-The-Event-Opal-Studio-Monitors
The room positioning controls and EQ are brilliant for helping to get the best out of them in your room.
I'd also recommend the Avi ADM40s, more expensive but you wont need a dac or pre, and they look much nicer. A smoother listen than the Opals but easily as good, can only be auditioned at Avi though.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the info.
I recently listened to dynaudio dBm 50's which I was impressed with.
At this point I started the research to find comparisons between the different monitors. Heard good things about Focals, even the smaller Event 20/20 BAS, but like I said, there are no bad reviews for the opals.
AVI's are out for me, I live in Canada so I'd struggle to audition, there's a couple of music stores where I've got a chance to listen to your speakers, so I'll be doing that in time.
The opals work out at about 1800 quid over here, but as I'm doing the basement myself I may be able to convince the missus that this will be my treat for doing the work.
The room (man cave) the potential speakers will go in will be 30' x 15' with 9' ceilings. I'll be able to turn them up a bit, but if I'm lucky enough to get the opals, I doubt I'll hear their limit!
are the active speakers basically 2.0 speakers?
will they have enough bass if I listen to rap songs? (big kanye fan here)
also, how does it sound difference from normal active speakers?
is it good for movies?
Active speakers or monitors are usually sold as a single unit so you'd need 2 for stereo and then you could add units for a full AV set up.
These speakers come with built in amplification for high and low frequency so you wouldn't need external amps, all you'd need is some way to control the volume.
Bass is usually dependent on larger woofers and cabinets, the best thing you could do is go and listen to these speakers, ultimately it's your ears that may or may not like what you hear.
If your spine tingles or you get goose bumps when you do listen, you're moving in the right direction.
that sounds like the same as active speakers for me.
no amp needed etc.
anyway, one side question.
is it nexessary for a good soundcard, if I have a USB DAC/amp?
and if I connect the speakers into this thing, will the DAC amp replaces the speaker amp making it disorted or anything like that?
Not too sure about the DAC/amp you have, but normally you'd go from your PC to the DAC, then from the DAC into the speakers.
Maybe someone else could add to this?
Also, may be worth mentioning what DAC you have?
Could it be your DAC is actually a preamp?
it is an Audinst HUD MX-1
a amp+dac for headphones.
so does it mean that even if I have a rubbish soundcard, a good dac will do the job?
It looks like it has a variable line out on the RCA outputs and is seemingly designed for connection directly to speakers, therefore I'd say that it would be perfect . You might want to find out for definite that the RCA outputs on the back are actually variable though, ie controlled via the volume knob on the front.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
I am thinking about simply plugging the 3.5mm plug into the plug in front.
the dac, then connect to computer by USB.
will that not work?
I'm very impressed. I thought my Kef LS 50's sounded clean, but the way the Event Opals separate the frequencies is really something. Everything just sounds so wonderfully clear. No harshness, just a very transparent window on the music with an immense power reserve behind it. They are keepers.
Intel NUC with JRiver MC 18 --> Hegel H80 --> Kef LS 50
Are these for HiFi or do you use them for mixing?
If for HiFi, do they generate the feel good factor, also what sort of music do you listen to and what's your listening position in regard to the Opals?
I use them for Hifi. I listen to all kinds of music but mainly electronic music like nicolas jaar, caribou, the xx and accoustic rock like kurt vile, neil young, ... sounds great to my ears. I sit at about 2 meters from them. Soundstage is generally very good, but would dare to say that my LS50's soundstage was even better. But then again, the LS50's can't compete on bass response & clarity.
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