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jonolumb
2005-09-04, 12:23
Hi there
I was just wondering- I will need some speakers for my Squeezebox2 and I'm not sure whether to go digital or analogue. Will I notice a difference in quality?
Also, what powered speakers are compatible with the digital outputs on the squeezebox (i.e. do most home cinema type systems work, PC Speakers etc- any suggestions?)
For example, would most creative 5.1 systems work digitally?
I dont want to spend much money but I would like reasonable sound quality (lets say 35 max) and a built in amp.
What can you guys recommend.
Thanks
Jono

audiofi
2005-09-04, 12:59
I have used these with the Squeezebox and do regularly for home demo's:

http://www.edirol.it/europe/details.asp?ct=3&gid=21&gruppo=Active+Monitor+Speakers&id=12&la=UK&code=222

I'm not entirely sure if you would notice the difference between digital and analogue on a set of 35 speakers though.

The Edirol's are excellent speakers, very neutral thanks to them being studio monitors. Bit outside your budget though, I have an unused set for 90.

Andrew

jonolumb
2005-09-04, 13:01
If there is not much difference with cheap speakers, I may as well get analogues as I can use non-digital devices with them aswell (should I wish to).
That is- unless digital speakers also have analogue inputs?
Cheers anyway

pfarrell
2005-09-04, 13:19
On Sun, 2005-09-04 at 13:01 -0700, jonolumb wrote:
> If there is not much difference with cheap speakers, I may as well get
> analogues as I can use non-digital devices with them aswell (should I
> wish to).

There is rarely any difference between cheap speakers.
If you want to stay cheap, I think you'd be better off using
the SqueezeBox2's DAC as it is clearly a pretty decent chip and
the designers put care into it.

I have liked the Meridian digital speakers that I've heard,
but they were something like $1000 each.

Speaker choices are a personal decision, it depend on your ears.
But there are levels or plateaus that cluster similar speakers
around each other. Free (with your computer), about $20, about $100,
about $500, about $1000, etc.

Somewhere around $1000 a pair you start into audiophile ranges,
and there is a separate list/forum for audiophiles.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

bjackson
2005-09-04, 13:58
There is no such thing as "digital speakers", all loudspeakers are inherentily analog, as they take an analog electrical signal and translate it to an analog sound.

The question is do you want an amp and DAC inside the speaker?

I'd answer no, because the SB2's DAC is pretty darn good, and you probably won't beat it until you are looking at top of the line meridians.

If you are looking at studio monitors how about Mackie's 624. They are THX Ultra certified and used in the two recording studios I've been in. Very flat, and very good sounding.

Aaron Zinck
2005-09-06, 10:48
>
> There is no such thing as "digital speakers", all loudspeakers are
> inherentily analog, as they take an analog electrical signal and
> translate it to an analog sound.

Agreed

> The question is do you want an amp and DAC inside the speaker?
>
> I'd answer no, because the SB2's DAC is pretty darn good, and you
> probably won't beat it until you are looking at top of the line
> meridians.

Agreed

> If you are looking at studio monitors how about Mackie's 624. They are
> THX Ultra certified and used in the two recording studios I've been in.
> Very flat, and very good sounding.

I also agree on this point, however they're far outside his price range. At
the price point he's looking at he's best off just going to his local
electronics/computer retailer (something like a Best Buy) and finding a set
of computer speakers that sound good to him.

jonolumb
2005-09-06, 11:05
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At
the price point he's looking at he's best off just going to his local
electronics/computer retailer (something like a Best Buy) and finding a set
of computer speakers that sound good to him.

Computer speakers it is then :)
I think I'll stay simple and get some 30 sony speakers.
12W. Should be enough for me.
Thanks for the help- I see your point on digital speakers also- there really isnt such thing :)
Jono