Nearfields for audiophile listening?

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  1. Riotvan

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    Ok fair enough. One obstacle is shipping, import fees and taxes. That will put these slightly over budget.

    Also warranty is an issue so i prefer something local. The pre and dac from the main system can be used for these since they are located below the tv but there is no more room for a separate amp. So something active from the studio world seems most sensible and something i have had good experiences with in the past.
     
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    I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum. These are easily available where I am, and I've always found them hideous on photo. When I saw it physically at a shop, it is as hideous as I thought it is. But I remember it being kind of solid. So if that's your thing, at least from what I remember, feels quality for the money.

    Something about black and dark wood don't sit well with me. Just like those sonus. It looks dated, yet not dated enough to have the vintage vibe like a Falcon ls3/5a.
     
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    I picked them up cheap a year ago, and have been amazed at what they can do. I'm curious about your subsequent upgrade experience.
     
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    https://www.amazon.de/dp/B08RK13PCH/

    For XLR input in this price range, you are pretty much limited to pro audio studio monitors.
     
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    Anyone tried out the SVS micro 3000 with their desk setups? I am not looking for deep extension and it looks like SVS made good on the old Sunfire promise. I was considering a couple for my vanatoo t0 setup but would love actual in-use opinions.

    I'm currently using a DIY sealed 12 in the office with too much DSP but it works surprisingly well. I know swapping for a little thing like the micro is a sidegrade at best but it might make the office a little cleaner.
     
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    No direct experience with the 3000, but the new-ish SVS app makes fiddling with settings an absolute breeze. My only complaint with my SB-1000 would be that the amp could use another 6dB of gain to play more nicely with higher efficiency speakers. NB, I'm using speaker-level inputs.
     
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    I used to use a pair of M-Audio speakers, of the amp-in-one-of-the-speakers sort of thing. Connection balanced, but delivered over TRS rather than XLR. Just needs the right cable.

    I've not used them for a long time, as they developed a fault, but they were fine (at that price) while they lasted. Now I use passives, because I prefer to use an integrated amplifier for everything
     
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    Before the Swans I had a 2.1 system from NHT (M-00 monitors + S-00 8" sub). I got this system in 2006 and it served me well for a decade. I discovered these sealed/acoustic suspension mini-monitors did very well on my desktop. However, that system's neutral voicing did no favors for the edgy sound I was getting out delta-sigma DACs I had in those years; also, I yearned for mid/woofers larger than the NHT's 4.5" ones, which just didn't give much kick in the mid- and upper-bass.

    Next up was my last & final attempt at better powered monitor sound: a pair of Yamaha HS7s modded by ZenPro Audo. They didn't work well for me at all, so I resolved to get good passive speakers or studio monitors + a big class D amp.

    My first foray into passives was a total success. Picked up a gently used pair of ATC SCM12 Pro studio monitors (12 liter sealed/acoustic suspension design using a very robust 6" mid/woofer); and a Wyred4Sound ST-500 class D amp (250 WPC). Instantly I was in the big leagues--those ATCs sound amazing, neutral, very dynamic/forceful, but not bright.

    I then became curious about a very well reviewed sealed 2-way, the Aerial Acoustics 5B (with 6.5" mid/woofer). found a mint pair with beautiful rosewood veneers and purchased them. They also worked well IMS, sounding different but not ultimately better than the ATCs. I eventually sold the 5Bs to an audio pal.

    Finally, I got interested in a vintage sealed/acoustic suspension 2-way, the KEF 103.2s w/8" mid/woofer. I found a great condition 35+ yr old pair that'd been recapped, then drove ~450 miles roundtrip to buy it. Best move I ever made: these KEFs sound extremely good in my nearfield application, despite the fact I've never heard of anyone using them this way. They's so good that the ATCs are now stored elsewhere in the house.
     
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    My home pc speakers are actually a super old set of Cambridge Soundworks. As far as 2.1 systems go, honestly I'm quite happy with them. The sub sits beneath my desk and the way it's sits in the hollow area between the desk backing and wall I actually get ridiculously good extension. It's not well defined, but it's not one note or farty either. The satellites are little sealed 2-ways which are small enough (about the size of a fat mayonnaise jar) that I have the left side nestled into a bookshelf and the right side sitting on a stack of old cd spindles to bring it up to ear level. For convenience and form factor, I think they still punch above their weight class.
     
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