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I’ve been shopping around for a pair of near field, desktop speakers for a while to upgrade my Micca MB42X’s and my budget is around ~$500 for the entire setup (I already have a cheap lepai amp and will probably be getting a focusrite 2i2).
I am currently set on the Swan M200MkIII’s but it seems only the “plus” version with bluetooth is available and is $500 on amazon. I demoed the JBL 305Ps but I cannot stand the amp hiss that comes from them since I sit pretty close to my speakers. Also I’ve heard they’re not as impressive at low volumes which I prefer. I also briefly demoed Yamaha HS5 (or HS7 I can’t remember) at a guitar center but it also had hiss at close range. I was also considering the Polk s15 simply because it seemed like a good set of passive speakers, but it doesn’t seem like that significant of an upgrade from my current speakers.
So my question is, is there any speakers of better quality (Studio monitors or Hi-fi speakers) at this price point? It seems that a lot of people praise the swan speakers for their price point at discount but I’d be paying full price + premium for bluetooth functionality I don’t need. Passive or powered speakers are both fine, though I kind of prefer passive speakers since to my knowledge most cheap powered speakers have hiss.
If you dont quite understand what I just said then you might need to do some research and learn up a bit before jumping right into this. It’s not rocket science but can be a little confusing just getting into it.
Basically is just break it into parts, Streamer (Laptop) what you use to play music, Dac (Digital to analog converter – technically your laptop already has one but its typical to use a 2nd one), Amp (amplifier – used to power your speakers), and finally the speakers themselves.
If you don’t care to learn all of that then id go with “Powered Speakers” meaning they already have an amp within the speaker, aka able to connect directly to your laptop with nothing else needed.
Id recommend the Swan Mk200iii for about the same price. The connect together via xlr cable that is included, you plug them into an outlet then run an Aux to Rca cable to the speaker Input from your laptop so that they receive a signal and you are good to go.
Both get pretty loud. Or if you do some research you can find cheap PA systems used as well.
fantasy maps maybe? speakers may be hard to choose tbh you could check reddit zguides for speaker recommendations, and general info, I use the fluid audio fpx7 I 100% recommend them.I hear that swan speakers are renown for their clarity and you cant go wrong with https://www.amazon.com/Swans-Speakers-M200MKIII-Speaker-HiFi-Tweeters-5-25MidbassDriver-Solid-Cabinet-Highly/dp/B01MTW25ET/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1545000089&sr=8-2&keywords=swan+audio one of the MKIII I saw they have computer speaker system versions out there but ill let u decide, except at the end of the day the AMT tweeter is amazing it pushes air through some mesh or something to make the noise and I think its the newest tech so get one with one of those 😛