I’ve managed to save up roughly US$200 for some desktop speakers so I would like to treat myself for the holidays and spend it.
Firstly, I’m looking for active speakers since it’s just one less thing to worry about.
Then, I’m looking for one that has a volume control knob.
Lastly, I really would love them to have a small form factor and hopefully they’ll be in white just so it would fit my desk setup.
Some speakers that I listed and saw available via amazon are:
Monolith Monoprice MM-3 (no sub out though if ever I wanted to buy in the future, although perfect size and the knob and BT is just perfect)
Kanto YU2 (knob is at the back) or YU4 ($70 over budget, is it worth to save?)
Fluance AI40 (may be a bit too big, and the knob is on the right speaker, dunno about quality)
If you guys can suggest better options for passive speakers + amp that would also be considered.
Also a side-question, my setup at the moment is I have Phillips SHP9500’s running straight through to PC’s mobo. What do I get if I want to quickly switch from my headphones to speaker? I heard Syba Sonic’s DAC/AMP would work but the headphones + speakers would be playing at the same time. I think Micca OriGen G2 would be perfect since it has a switch on it, but it’s out of stock everywhere. Any suggestions?
B&H has them for $200, and their customer service is
The knob is also on the back, plus their free expedited shipping is a pretty close match to Prime shipping, only you’re not paying extra for a bunch of crap you’re never gonna use.
*note: they do have them in white, but it’s at the full $300
If you just wanted something to pass through sound, something like the JDS Labs Ol Switcher would work:
You can input 3.5mm from your onboard to this, then 3.5mm to your headphones and RCA to the speakers, have a knob to control the volume for your speakers and your headphones. Later, once you’ve saved more, you could get a DAC/AMP and RCA line out into this and still have a volume control for whatever speakers you want.
might i suggest a ridiculous setup? this amp which is very powerful combined with these micca mini speakers (or any bookshelves)
what this allows for is an easy upgrade in the future.
cheap dac/amp combo (check for deals this is currently going for $50 used) rca out to that amp i linked above and BOOM. great beginner setup with decent parts and speakers that A have re-sell value and B will allow for easy upgrades in the future.
I looked hard at those Fluance speakers. Seemed like a great deal, but they were too big for my small desk.
Then they came out with the AI60’s and I thought harder about that because they were such a great price. But the desk hadn’t gotten any bigger and I really wanted more connection options.
I ended up going with Vanatoo Transparent Zeroes, but that is over your budget. If you could find these used they really do have a great sound. And TONS of flexibility.
The headphones don’t have to go to the switcher? Actually, for this setup, what dac/amp would you use? So I could imagine what the setup would look like, hahaha.
This looks very interesting. How loud can those micca mini speakers go? Like compared let’s say to a simple Google Home speaker. Also, the 3rd link doesn’t seem to redirect me to a product.
I heard about these and dang, they are very well above my budget at the moment. Are they really good, to the point that an upgrade would mean spending thousands? How big/heavy are these guys? They look pretty good, maybe I’ll consider saving up more for these.
They are $359.00 or $319.00 when they have some B-stock. They really do sound great and come with a remote. They have a DAC and amp built-in, but I am so spoiled with my headphone gear that I bought a cheap DAC (D30) and used one of my amps (to provide a headphone jack for my wife) in the chain to improve the sound.
The Vanatoo connection options are crazy. I will keep these forever. I would like to try them out with my TV, but I am SO incredibly lazy, that hasn’t happened yet.