Why not simply get a comfortable pair of circumaural headphones?
Quote from: dhromed link=msg=0 date=Why not simply get a comfortable pair of circumaural headphones?Those I have already have : HD600s and may soon get MDR-7506
If I had HD600s and bought 7506's, the latter headphones would be to be sacrificial lambs to take wear and tear off of the 600s.
Propheticus : For ease of comparison, I am assuming similar interior and sufficient distance of speakers from wallOne doubt I have is how to best handle 2.1 bass management with actives and sub (for passives one can use AVR)Maybe one can still get an AVR and ignore the power section. Just PREs with bass management are generally costly (the cheapest maybe is Emotiva UMC-200). Or its generally easier to do manually for 2.1 setup ?
Some higher priced (but still lower than the UMC 200) AVRs have a complete set of preamp outputs.
Quote from: Arnold B. Krueger on 18 August, 2013, 09:50:10 AMSome higher priced (but still lower than the UMC 200) AVRs have a complete set of preamp outputs.If AVR is the most practical option than maybe better to go for passive nearfields.(Though I don't see any from Dynaudio now, whose "house" sound I like)Btw, Arnold, I remember reading somewhere you have now a 3.1 setup ( of Infinity centers).Is that for nearfield ? If no, will it be useful in nearfield ?
My choice of passive nearfields would be Behringer Truths.Nearfield speakers have 2 major ingredients - a driver configuration that works well close up, and a spectral balance to match. The Behringer Truth driver configuration is a slam dunk because that is what they are designed for, and any modern AVR should have whatever it takes in the way of built in equalization to handle any touch up of the spectral balance issue.
I may be able to get 2031P pair + AVR like Yamaha RX-V371 for roughly same price as pair of 2031As (in India) and maybe later add one or 2 subs.But 371 doesn't have YPAO etc.......Btw anybody compared 2031P/A with a higher priced well known monitor like Mackie 824mk2s ? Are Mackies significantly better (apart from their much extended bass response) ?
Note that the passive crossover in the B2031P is a fairly simple affair (1st and 2nd order, IIRC) and performance is not up to par with the 4th order active XO in the B2031A.A performance analysis and XO rebuilding suggestions can be found in this thread (in German, however - feel free to ask if online translation does not yield satisfactory results).
BTW, these speakers actually work rather well at medium distances of ~2.5 m. Their driver distance is a tad too big for real nearfield use, and they are quite directional as well (which reduces diffuse reflections but can make listening position annoyingly critical at low distances). The slight bass boost (stock, both versions) also helps. So ironically, these "nearfields" actually make better real-life hi-fi speakers.
I've had a look at the Contour 1.8 MkII. These are classic broadly-radiating hi-fi speakers and should actually hold up reasonably well close-in, though the two woofers and 1st-order XO might make the vertical radiation pattern look a little... adventurous.
I'd say that at 4', something with an 8" driver would be too big... unless it's a coaxial, but that's another can of worms. I'd rather look at 6.5", maybe 5", with a woofer-tweeter distance as small as possible. Mind the position of the bass-reflex port(s) in case there is a wall at the back, and do not expect to be able to put nearfields directly onto a desk (small stands are usually required to avoid coloration).
I like the concept of active speakers, as they enable better crossover performance and often allow for FR adjustments, but they are not without their problems. Noticeable levels of hiss are not that uncommon. One of mine has issues with a faulty protection relay, and getting access to the electronics is a real chore in this model (as in the back being secured by 10 hex screws AND glued on, requiring trickery and brute force).
But is there anything I would lose as compared to living room setup ?
Note that the passive crossover in the B2031P is a fairly simple affair (1st and 2nd order, IIRC) and performance is not up to par with the 4th order active XO in the B2031A.
Hi,My speakers (Dynaudio Contour 1.8 mkii) are in my living room ( 26'L x 14'W x 9'H ) and the speakers and listening position(earlier) form a equilateral of 8' and speakers being roughly 3' away from side walls and 4' from back wall.Sometime back I moved my listening position much ahead such that I am just 4' away from line of speaker andbegan preferring that listening position, due to much more enveloping sound, better stereo image and lesserinfluence of side walls Based on this I am beginning to wonder that if I were to setup a nearfield stereo setup in my study room (say something like Dynaudio studio monitors with 6.5-8" woofers and a good subwoofer) such that they are 3' (or maybe 4') away from sitting position, it could be good setup which I can use while working as well.