Help with selecting speakers?!?!

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi and General Audio' started by AzzyR, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. AzzyR


    Feb 7, 2017
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    Want to buy new speakers but on a budget (student problems). I'm pretty much a novice when it comes to audio systems, can wire car audio and that's about it!

    Got a budget of around £150, maybe £200.

    Been looking at Hi-Fi systems such as:
    Sony MHC-ECL77BT 470W &
    Panasonic SC-AKX400EBK 600W Speaker System

    But also found 'monitor speakers' for DJ mixing etc.. e.g..

    M-Audio BX5 D2 Compact 2 Way Active Studio Monitor Speakers
    Numark N-Wave 580L Powered Desktop DJ Monitor Speakers
    Mackie CR5T Monitor Speakers

    The reviews seem to be really good for the monitor speakers but after digging a little deeper, I've read that they produce a 'flat response', not too sure what this actually means... and everyone I've spoken to says to buy an equaliser to go with them and they'll be amazing.. but obviously im too poor for that, they all seem to cost £150 + alone...

    Anyone able to recommend a suitable system/set up for me? I listen to a lot of bass heavy music (edm, trap, house etc. etc.) and love it when you can feel the low frequency tones and kicks. In need of a little knowledgeable advice :)

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2017
    AzzyR, Feb 7, 2017
  2. AzzyR

    Peter Harris

    Oct 19, 2016
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    As you are on a budget I advise you to buy second hand so called "Vintage"1970's speakers. To produce loud deep bass, BIG speakers are better than small ones, or if you cannot house very large main speakers then you can use a (Sub- Woofer) with smaller main speakers. You have not mentioned the size of your listening room or the amplifier you intend to use, high powered amp's "50 watts or above" are your best bet,an "AV" multi channel amp with a sub outlet socket may be a good option for you. large rooms are also best for bass although even in a small room large speakers will still produce the deepest bass. An equaliser might be useful to balance the sound to your liking although they are frowned on by high end Hi-F'i users because they tend to compromise the purity of the sound, in the case of a small room housing big speakers an equaliser might still prove to be a valid option,these can be bought for small money on the second hand market,some "AV" amps have some sort of equaliser built in and if your sound source happens to be a computer, they also often have equalisers built in or software might be available for this purpose. For truly deep bass the speakers or "SUB" needs to have a low frequency response down to around 20 or 30 Hertz-(cycles per second). A flat response means that when measured under "LAB" conditions the speaker does not deviate by more than 1 or 2 decibels in (volume),from the lowest frequency sound it can produce to the highest frequency sound that it can make. To illustrate what I mean by saying BIG speakers here is a picture of a really BIG 1970's speaker. (Leak 2079) about 4,1/2 feet tall ! although these will probably be too expensive (even second hand) to fit your budget. As far as "SUBS" go REL are one of the best specialist manufactures. again I say investigate the used equipment available,there is plenty of choice and you can save money or get better quality than than new equipment for a given price point. Happy hunting.
    leak2075.JPG P's, Please consider your neighbours. Bass travels,even through thick walls.
    Peter Harris, Mar 3, 2017
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