Question Super Budget Active Speaker

fodioconello

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Hello Guys,
I know it could be painful for you but I need advice on a pair of desktop active speaker. Actualy I'm watching at this two guys here:
  • Mackie CR3-XBT
  • Edifier R33-BT (I already got a pair of higher-end edifier)
As you can see dimensions count, but Bluetooth is not a strict requirement.
Do you have any suggestions? My goal is to provide a decent sound to my desktop PC.

Thanks!
 

insider9

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Hi Fodioconello! Welcome to the forum. At this budget you should consider Presonus E3.5 and stands plus some isolation pads (the last two irrespective of speakers used).
 

record_spot

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If you can find a pair, Quad 9as were very good, compact and good input options too. £349 at new, you'd maybe pick up a much cheaper pair gently used, or NOS.

Otherwise, Mackies, are hard to fault, but consider Tannoy Reveal 402 if small enough.
 

muljao

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The jbls lsr 305 is an excellent music speaker, not harsh like some monitors can (are meant to) be. I had a set of these and frankly I'm sorry I sold them off
 
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muljao

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Many actives have that if you turn up the gain to max particularly if you're using an unbalanced source. Any suggestions at that budget?

JBLs mentioned above are a great shout but much more expensive than monitors used and much bigger too.
I didn't price the others mentioned but the jbls are on thomann at the moment for 85 pounds each so still a great bargain...but as you say, maybe too big
 
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fodioconello

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
Unfortunately, I'm on the Italian market and some of the mentioned products are not available.

I'm looking at the JBL but they seem too big for my setup.
I think I will go for the Mackie alternative. But for this tier, does it makes sense to buy stands and pads?
 

insider9

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Decent stand will last you years and many speaker changes. Isolation pads too. You won't ever get know how good your speakers can sound without them.

If you can figure out how to get the speakers at right height so they don't just sit atop of your desk then isolation on its own would be fine.
 
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