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Really appreciate the fact that you guys are reviewing speakers a bit more lately. You are my favourite site and your reviews are the best on the web, you should do more speaker reviews as there are a lot of audiophiles out there.
I like the fact that you actually mentioned connecting them to the PC and at zero volume there is still a slight hiss. The hiss sound is what made me get rid of my Bose speakers, when with a $200 sound card the slight hiss remained. Optical I believe is the way to go.
I'm using these with my computer connected to a Merdian Director DAC with Transparent The Link interconnect cables. The cables made actually a bigger improvement than I originally thought. The bottom end is actually pretty scary for what this speaker is, and it really made a difference in the upper frequencies and made them smoother. I have mine set at around 10 O'Clock for the volume on the back. I do hear a slight hiss from the tweeter when I'm sticking my ear around an inch away. I was wondering if getting better quality power cables or a certain line conditioner would help matters. I know it might be a long shot, but I'm just asking.
The only down side to these would be the hiss and not having a notched volume knobs, where it was stepped in such a way where it was easier to set them for a variety of volume levels without having to break out a white noise generator and a dB meter, which is what i had to do. But once set, i like these.
As far a monitor being too "fun"? I'm trying to figure out why someone doesn't want good sounding speakers for monitors for a recording studio? most inexpensive powered monitors I've heard sound like crap. I think having monitors too close to one's ears isn't a good idea, since the lower frequencies take a little room for the signal to develop.
A year late. Just saw this article, so my apologies. You don't want a good sounding monitor, it will cover up your errors in a mix. It will add color, that isn't there. The worlds most famous monitors, Yamaha NS10's are famous, because they sound like crap. If you could make your mix sound good on them, then they would more than likely translate well onto other non studio setups. So if you have speakers that add bass, you end up subtracting bass from your mix, and then play it in another speaker system, to find out it lacks bass. Same for treble, midrange, etc. Near field monitors are designed to be placed near the listener. About 2.5 - 3 feet is recommended. Bottom line, you don't want a monitor that adds color, or brightness or bass to a mix. You want it as flat as possible, so that your mix comes out as you want it to come out.
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