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Old May 14th, 2008, 01:04 PM   #1
 
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best speakers for music? M-Audio vs. Bose

i've got a Macbook and am using the JBL Duet 2.0 speakers for my living room (500sq ft), but they're not big enough. they're great for a bedroom, but not the full sound i want for a larger space.

i'm used to having GOOD stereo systems but have downsized for space-saving sake to computer speakers.

between the M-Audio AV 40, M-Audio DX 4, Bose Companion 3 and Bose Companion 5 speakers, which one would be the best for music (not games, sometimes movies)? i want the fullest sound without bass that is too clouded and without treble that's too thin.

i've heard the Bose Companion 3 & 5s, but not the M-Audios. based on reviews, i'm leaning towards the M-Audio AV 40s...

advice, opinions?
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Old May 14th, 2008, 01:51 PM   #2
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I'm kinda partial to my Genelecs.

But then that's just me.

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Old May 14th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #3
 
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For music you can't beat a good 2.0 speaker set. My vote is for the M-Audio's. If you can afford it look at the M-Audio BX5's they offer a cleaner low end (bass). If you don't need that much power then the AV40's should be fine.
thanks..even though the BX5 doesn't have direct input for iPod, i can get cable adapter, and for 70W vs. 20W, it may be worth the $100 extra..though i still need to hear them!

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I'm kinda partial to my Genelecs.

But then that's just me.

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hehe I love my Genelecs too, but I think they are beyond the budget that most people are looking for when they say "computer speakers"
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Bose is first and foremost a marketing company...better sound though marketing is pretty much sums up Bose. That's not to say they don't make good products...its just consumers typically don't seem them and the consumer Bose gear is over priced for the performance. There's quite a few good options for sound but to help narrow the field what's your budget?
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Bose is first and foremost a marketing company...better sound though marketing is pretty much sums up Bose. That's not to say they don't make good products...its just consumers typically don't seem them and the consumer Bose gear is over priced for the performance. There's quite a few good options for sound but to help narrow the field what's your budget?
under $300 is my budget, but now i'm actually looking at MONITORS more than systems with subwoofers for spacesake, such as the Yamaha HM-50 along with the M-Audio BX5s...
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I have the Bose Companion 3 speakers for my computer. I'm no audiophile and this is a pretty small bedroom but at full volume it still pumps out clean sound that can be heard through the whole house. I really like the little control pod that comes with it too. Not sure if other speaker sets come with that or if that's a big selling point for you.
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under $300 is my budget, but now i'm actually looking at MONITORS more than systems with subwoofers for spacesake, such as the Yamaha HM-50 along with the M-Audio BX5s...
I owned (for a very brief time) a pair of HS80M's (the HS50M's big brothers). I hated them -- they sounded very harsh which led to audio fatigue very quickly. They were also surprisingly very lacking in low mids. I also listened to the BX5's, they were smoother, but still not great .. they lacked a lot of upper midrange. That's a very tough price point for buying monitors.

That said I don't have a good suggestion aside from going to a pro-audio shop and listening to whatever you can find in your budget and make your own call if you're serious about getting decent monitors.

Also, Bose are not in the same caliber. As a previous poster stated they are better at advertising than building good sounding speakers.
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Check out the Edirol (Roland) as well.

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I like the SPDIF direct input...

My $0.02.
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