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JB

Member since Feb 2012 • Last active Apr 2019

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    Finally got around to watching The Master. Maybe my favourite PTA film. Costume team did an incredible job. Department Store scene was incredible. Whole thing was just right up my street. Jonny Greenwood’s score was stellar as always.

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    The Dynaudio Xeo 2 are now discontinued but still available. Were originally $1500 here in the U.S. but are now available on Amazon for $899.... very tempting.

    Found them for $799.. jeeez. Finger is very close to the order button. Will try and listen to some today.

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    @fatberg If I didn't make it clear, I currently only have Sonos stuff that was built into my apartment when I moved in, hence the evaluation of active vs passive.

    I wasn't initially looking at studio monitors at all. Mostly active speakers rather than monitors for example KEF LSXs.

    Another option is something like Dynaudio's all in one Music 7 or Music 5 or Naim's Mu-so stuff. I really have no preference on form factor at all. The room it's filling is small, but the fact that I'm not always going to be in this apartment makes me think I shouldn't be buying near-field monitors.

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    Thanks @freddo! I just had a listen to their bigger brothers and they certainly seemed less susceptible to placement issues than the JBL, Genelec’s Audioengine ones I listened to. Unfortunately they had no 4.5s. As in, when I moved around, the SQ remained good. When I moved around when demo-ing the others, the sound sounded like it was recorded in mono. Food for thought....

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    Interesting interesting. I am definitely leaning more and more towards them.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1­390044-REG/jbl_305p_mkii_studio.html

    Seems a mighty fine deal.

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    Well, I was talking about SQ, but they do some weird things. I have a 1 and 3 and no other speakers. The 3 is in the same room as my access point, yet it always loses it's connection from Spotify Connect. I can manually open the Sonos app and play music from there without issue but the Spotify app gives me a big fat nope.

    I'm also still using the inbuilt speakers on my TV and that's obviously gash. My apartment is tiny, relatively, so I want one pair of speakers to use either side of the television for both TV use and music. I have space for separates in the TV cabinet, but if I can do better with active, then that is absolutely preferable.

    This is the post I referred to earlier. It's from a thread called Active vs Passive speakers.

    If you speak with people who have owned the passive L50's and heard them with loads of different amps (even super expensive ones) and who then also heard the active LS50W's, the reaction is sometimes 'I never knew they could sound that could'. Even though they are all-in-ones.
    I am one of these people. I guess this was a great example (to me) of what can happen when the speaker designer gets to choose the drivers and amps for these drivers and optimise the amplification of the drivers and the DSP crossover etc.
    But to fully appreciate what I mean, you need to demo the passive LS50's first. Even with beefy Pass Labs amps or other highly rated amps and really good DAC if you like (just for demo purpose). Then compare with the LS50W's...
    Of course I'm not suggesting everyone has been and will be blown away but I was and I do know many others that have.

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    Good God man. Outrageous. Good luck getting this sorted.

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    I just bought a couple of unworn Gitman Vintage Oxford's on eBay for $40 a pop. However, those Mercer Oxford's certainly look great. Was not aware of them. Tasty collars.

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    @freddo - still happy with your Presonus? I desperately need to stop using the Sonos that came with my apartment. They're so shit.

    Still undecided between traditional separates and active speakers. I've gone down an absolute rabbit hole on the Audio Science Review forum and YouTube this week and everything I'm reading is that Active Speakers just make more sense for me. But surprisingly not just from a space saving perspective, but from a SQ point of view as well. E.g. lots of people who have LS50s with very expensive amps then hear the LS50 Wireless speakers and are blown away by how good they sound because KEF have engineered the built in dac/amp to pair with the speakers. I've read the word 'engineered' a lot in the last few days....

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