Your Digital Media Has Never Looked So Good

 
silver surfer
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recommended powered speakers

Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:34 am

Question...

Is it possible to use the Soundbridge with some powered speakers (vs a complete stereo)? If so, what are some good (quality) speakers that I can attach directly to the soundbridge?
 
RokuPatrick

Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:53 am

Sure, pretty much any computer/stype powered speakers should work fine, although you may need to buy a cable or adapter for cables, but it shouldn't be that difficult.

What's your price range?
I've heard really good things about the Swans M200: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDe ... 102&depa=0
But they're kinda pricy (for "computer" speakers at least) at $179 for the pair.
 
silver surfer
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powered speakers (price range)

Mon Nov 29, 2004 1:11 pm

I'd like to keep it lessthan $200.... I'm interested in the "best quality sound" I can get with the sound bridge & a set of powered speakers (without having a whole stereo)
 
gd
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Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:06 pm

I'm going to buy mine next week (have to finish painting the room that will "go around" my soundbridge 8) ). I am leaning between the Logitech Z2200 and the Altec Lansing MX5021.
I have ruled out the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 as they seem to have relialability issues.
I was able to listen to the two other ones at Fry's. The Logitech is quite impressive. The Altec Lansing is strange... I have read some very conflictual reviews. For sure the highs are very well defined on that set. Now the one I saw at Fry's definitely lacked some power compared to the Logitech, and there was clearly a "hole" (and a very deep one!) in the mediums. I have read some reviews saying that same thing... and some reviews saying that it was very accurate on the entire spectrum. I'm going to try to find an other set in an other store to listen to, and see if it has the same flaw.
The logitech was designed so that it can be wall mounted. Looks like the Altec Lansing would work too.
 
gordo
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Tue Nov 30, 2004 6:56 pm

I have the Swans at work - they are quite good - both in appearance and sound. One "drawback" compared to cheaper powered speakers is that they really highlight the deficiencies of lower bitrate lossy encoding. (I now use flac at work since I'm running direct off the pc - not on a Soundbridge).
 
twylie
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Thu Jan 27, 2005 7:42 am

another vote for the Swans M200. I've had mine for about a week now and can't believe I listened so long to crappy computer speakers. Be warned that they are large compared to "normal" multimedia setups, but the tradeoff in sound is well worth it to me.

There is no excuse for bad sound anywhere around the house now. For $400, you could do a Roku and a pair of Swans. Very simple and elegant; great sound.

- twylie
 
mosleyh
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Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:00 am

Here's another option originally mentioned in this thread:

http://www.rokulabs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1189

The Edirol MA-20Ds are over $200 per pair ($219.99 @ pcmall is the lowest I've seen), but they have both a toslink and a coax digital input. For that reason alone, I'm seriously considering a pair. . .

here's a link:

http://www.edirol.com/products/info/ma20d.html
 
akironhead
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Thu Jan 27, 2005 12:31 pm

I have always thought that Cambridge SoundWork's "SoundWorks" Amplified Multimedia/Computer Speaker System was pretty incredible sounding for the price ($54.99 direct from http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com).
 
akironhead
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Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:23 pm

mosleyh wrote:
Here's another option originally mentioned in this thread:

http://www.rokulabs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1189

The Edirol MA-20Ds are over $200 per pair ($219.99 @ pcmall is the lowest I've seen), but they have both a toslink and a coax digital input. For that reason alone, I'm seriously considering a pair. . .

here's a link:

http://www.edirol.com/products/info/ma20d.html


The MA-20Ds are available at Musicians Friend for $199.99 (they're on sale). Plus they qualify for free shipping.

Here's the link:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=r ... id/603676/

Musicians Friend is a great company to deal with. I have bought several guitars and amps from them.
 
googull
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Digital inputs on powered speakers??

Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:50 pm

Novel concept to have digital inputs on powered speakers. Question is do they contain a DAC that is as good or better than the the DAC in the Roku itself? A high quality DAC makes a world of difference.
 
Pawl
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Thu Jan 27, 2005 6:22 pm

I have a pair of the logitech's z-2200 and they are great! Not audiophile stuff, but quite impressive.
 
Peter
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Fri Jan 28, 2005 2:21 pm

mosleyh wrote:
The Edirol MA-20Ds are over $200 per pair ($219.99 @ pcmall is the lowest I've seen), but they have both a toslink and a coax digital input. For that reason alone, I'm seriously considering a pair. . .


Digital input for powered speakers sounds interesting, as I found it nearly impossible to find small stereo systems with digital in.

Only drawback I see is, the volume control on the SB IMHO doesn't work with digital connection. Remote volume control is standard on all current stereo systems and quite handy if you use the system in your bedroom. :wink:

Peter
 
Rockola
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Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:43 pm

Peter wrote:
Only drawback I see is, the volume control on the SB IMHO doesn't work with digital connection.


Peter, I've just got a pair of Edirol MA-20D's for use with my 2nd M2000, and I would thoroughly recommend them. I'm also glad to report that the SB remote volume control does work with the tosslink digital input. Awsome just awsome!

Hope that helps 8)

Rockola
 
magicconch
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Sat Jan 29, 2005 9:19 am

you should consider a mini-stereo system. you get the amp + great speakers + a lot more, at a reasonable price. JVC makes some great stuff, and you really aren't talking about a significant loss in sound quality, vs standalone amped speakers
 
OleSeberg
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Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:02 am

Here is another idea to consider: If you have speakers which you are happy with, but want to get rid of the stereo, have a look at Hypex amps. They come in all sizes an may be buildt into your speakers. The way I want to go is to purchace an old pair of JBL's and then make them active.

Hypex amps are at http://www.hypex.nl

Good luck

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