Gents, please do not drift too far off topic. Let's try to keep the thread more focused.
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KEF X300a review posted today...
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Lots of soundbars are being introduced lately and some (many?) of them are active. It looks like sounbars and not conventional speakers are what may increase the share of active designs in the market.
Agreed. That's a really smart move from KEF and hopefully this is just the1st of several wireless active options from them. It's especially smart as it means that they have their own alternative to the likes of Dynaudio's XEO, for far less money (albeit with a rather different feature set).
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New product from Monitor Audio; fully-active, Airplay compatible soundbar with HDMI.
Focal SM9 review...
Just been out to have a listen to a few studio monitors today and bought a pair of Mackie MR5 mkii's. Just quickly rigged 'em up and out of the box they sound great, they're going to need some time to run in, but for $300 or 180 quid I am impressed.
Basically these are for the garage so didn't need to be high end, bass is more than adequate (Obviously not anywhere near the output of the MR8's, but the neighbors wouldn't be too impressed), treble is very detailed.
So for roughly a quarter of what I paid for my main system, I have the Mackie's, which fresh out of the box sound like a great value package.
My job for the afty is to fish an optical cable from my Sonos, thru the basement and into the garage. I got a cheapo ($20) DAC from Amazon which will convert the signal. Was originally looking at M Audio and Fostex, but after reading a few owner reviews/comparisons went for the Mackie's.
Also heard the MR8's, Event 20/20's and Yamaha HS8's. Each had their own sound, but I was surprised at how listenable they all were, I did expect them to be too clinical.
So I'm now very intruiged as to how good a pair of 2k monitors will sound?
Thanks to this post for bringing the merits of actives to my attention.
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As you discovered, most modern monitors, the better ones anyway, are neither forward nor clinical but I doubt that will be acknowledged anytime soon, by some people at least.
For around the £2k price point, I think the Quested S7R and S8R are very much 'the British' solution at these sort of price levels and I recomend them highly. Not exactly stylish though and the exposed tweeter could be an issue.
Anything active from the likes of ATC or PMC are going to be more expensive but their are some fine products from europe, the Adam S series and the latest Genelecs are supposedly very good though in the case of the Genelecs, I have not heard the new models.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
Good to hear that you're happy with your new purchase.
I don't know where the misconception that active speakers sound 'clinical' came from but it's simply not true at all in my experience. They just sound like passive speakers but a bit clearer and with more dynamic range.
If you haven't heard any £2K active speakers then you're in for a real treat when you do. Stick the Event Opals, Quested S7R, AVI ADM9 and Genelecs on your 'must audition' list.
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As you discovered, most modern monitors, the better ones anyway, are neither forward nor clinical but I doubt that will be acknowledged anytime soon, by some people at least...
I think people are slowly come round to the benefits that active speakers can bring to sound quality. I can't ever see them replacing passive systems for everyone but active speakers are becoming more common in domestic settings.
Optical cable's thru to the garage now and I've temporarily set the Mackie's up on a shelf. I feel slightly guilty that I have this level of clarity in my garage.
I walked out into the road just to have a soundcheck and I've set the volume on the speakers at 50% just in the event that I max the volume on the Sonos and get a visit from the local peace officers. I've even set the low frequency level to minimum to make them a little more discrete.
So tomorrows job is to fab up a pair of wall mounts, they are rear ported so I'm going to try and give them some room to breathe.
My Sonos is now maxxed out feeding my main amp (which also has a pair of speakers in the garden), I have a coax feeding my AV amp in the basement and then the optical out is hooked up to the baby Mackie's, granted I don't have the flexibility of being able to play different music in each zone, but I'm chuffed with this set up.
Time for a beer
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