After having spend a year reading and trying out headphones and IEMs, I am pretty content with the collection I have now. However my TV is still hooked up to a JBL soundbar that is terribly mono and it annoys me that my girlfriend is always listening to music on them. So I am looking for a set of speakers to connect to the TV, but which are mostly used to listen to Spotify through the Chromecast with Google TV.
Due to the aforementioned quest into IEMs and headphones I am pretty much broke. I was looking at either getting some active speakers like the Edifier R1280, R1700 or R2000 (which are all in an outlet so relatively cheap) or getting passive speakers with a A/V receiver. I saw some Dali 505’s and Jamo S426’s.
Since I know nothing, absolute 0, about speakers, I have no idea how these would compare and what the best option would be for me. Should I look for active or passive speakers? Are any of the things I mentioned any good?
I just managed to find a good deal on a AV receiver, so I am only looking for passive speakers now. I’m mostly looking used for about €50-€100 and I’m located in The Netherlands. I mean I can save up to purchase something more expensive, but I have no idea how it would compare. For instance the Q Acoustics 3020i’s are +/- €250 here (new), but since I have 0 idea how these compare to the Dali’s or the Kef Q5’s I don’t know where to start looking.
Leaning towards floor standers, but quality is more important to size and loudness. Micca is not available where I live. Polk and Klipsch are, but they are usually quite expensive. Looking at new, R-51M is €280 for a pair, Jamo S803 €270.
Basically everything mentioned on the forum I can’t find for sale (at least not second hand) and everything I can find, I can’t find any reviews of.
If you play with sound levels in the more “normal range”. No issues.
Giving everyone the possibility to rest at night times.
When it’s tuned right, it just gives you the low end without shaking anything and not over powering sound with bass. Speakers and sub play in harmony, even with low volumes.
Blasting the driver out will most definitely cause neighbor issues.
I am getting a Denon receiver, the AVR-1612 to be precise. It sucks that all the stores are closed, I can’t audition anything and the stores with good return policies on speakers are pretty expensive.
I found a set of wharfdale 220’s for €179, though I’m not that impressed with the looks.
I feel like speakers are much more difficult to figure out that headphones, it seems there are more speakers and there are less reviews.
I’m not really into v-shaped I think. I’m listening mostly on the He400i, tin T2 and FiiO fh3 so I guess I’m more of a neutral kinda guy. The q acoustics 3020i might be a better fit in that regard.
I have the 3030i and they are remarkably well balanced. They have great tonal quality and have a nice full-bodied sound without sounding boomy. They also have good detail without sounding bright. Really very impressive for the price.
Okay sorry for being a pain in the butt, last question: how badly doe the q acoustics behave if you put them close to the wall?
I’m leaning a bit towards the Wharfdale since they are significantly cheaper (€178 new vs €239 for a demo product) and also because the Wharfdale 220 has a down-firing bass with an elevated design, and people report you can easily put it near or against the wall. I don’t have much room to work with.
Well that’s definitely good to hear! I just ordered them, should have them in by tomorrow, very excited.
I’m debating whether I should connect them bi-wired, seems kind of redundant if the wires are cnonected to the same output on the receiver side.
Thanks for all the responses, really appreciate it!