I also saw a pair of studio monitors mentioned in another thread. I like the large woofers of the studio monitors, however, I just purchased this reciever to use with the speakers I have and for new ones but I know studio monitors are powered. So I'm wondering how, if at all, these monitors work with a receiver (not too familiar w/ these).
FYI, Behringer make a passive version of the monitors you referenced: http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/B2031P.aspx
My room is about 17' x 25' and I want the speakers to pack a punch and have plenty of bass.
I always recommend that people go to an audio/video store and LISTEN to some speakers before buying. Even if you end-up buying online, it's good to get an idea of what different speakers sound like and what kind of speakers you prefer.
I'd say you probably want at least 8-inch woofers. Bigger, if you want bass you can feel or if you want to "rattle the walls". (Speaker design isn't quite that simple and a bigger woofer doesn't always give you more bass, but there are limits to what you can get from a small speaker.) I've got a pair of 15-inch subwoofers in my living room, which is total overkill for my home-listening habits but perfect for my occasional DJ gigs.
IME in-store demos of speakers are generally worthless because the retail environment rarely if ever comes close to duplicating the home environment. The SNR in sales environments is often negative.
I'll second what Arnie says on this occasion.It's better to get something that is accepted as a standard and adjust your ears and, if possible, your room to fit.I also have a fairly large room (21ft x 15ft x 11ft ceiling). I used to use a large pair of 9Ts vintage floorstanding TDL RTL 3s with a hefty Kenwood receiver. Then I got some desktop monitors and was, after some initial skepticism, a total convert. So I bought the matching sub, put the ADAMs on high stands and relegated the TDLs to the summer house.At first I missed the 'smiley face' effect of the hi-fi grade speakers but it didn't take long to realise flatter was, if not flattering, more appropriate. Sounds better with TV, radio, films and speech applications too.I personally avoid Berhinger because I have had bad luck with their kit from a reliability and longevity perspective in the past. The subs good because you can have it on when you want a big sound but can easily switch it out (via footswitch) late at night or as circumstances and neighbours dictate.
specifics of the Berhinger's problems
Might I be disappointed in the flatter sound of monitors?
how well they perform in your larger sized room?
Quotespecifics of the Berhinger's problemsI first tried a Xenyx mixer. Lasted 6 months before it started crackling and spitting. Fair enough. It was cheap and I didn't realise at the time you need to spend $1,000 to get a proper mixer because it has moving parts as well as electronics.
Piano especially and acoustic sounds in general are astounding.
QuoteMight I be disappointed in the flatter sound of monitors?Yes. At first. I was anyway. Quotehow well they perform in your larger sized room?I don't personally have a problem with it. I replaced 2 old dome dome tweeters and 4 five inch cones in a big boxes run off a 120W/ch receiver with 2 diaphragm tweeters , 2 4" midrange cones and a 7" woofer all powered by a total of 250W. Pretty even really. I dare say if an engineer with silliscope came round and did some measuring he might find some off axis response errors. Point is. If you are listening at that volume level you are either dancing or drunk. So it doesn't really matter that much.
Just to throw out some option: Event 2020 and Alesis M1. Both avaliable in active and passive. Since seems you wont be sitting directly in front of the speakers you might actually be well served by the it's tone controls on the reciever to compensate for high frequency loss due to air absorption.