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Lesu
2008-06-26, 03:35
I am intending to equip a new conservatory with an SB3 with powered speakers. It seems that Audioengine produces what I'm looking for. The room is 5m x 3.5m and 3m tall. Probably will contain a lot of hard surfaces, tiled floor, glass sides etc.
I'm uncertain whether to go for A5's, which I understand need to be brought away from the walls, because of their rear venting, or go with A2's. Do A2's have the same back wall restriction and would they fill the room adequately with sound?
I'd hate to get the wrong item and then have to upgrade later.

dsendecki
2008-06-26, 04:06
Thats' a fairly large room. I think you would do well with the A5s. I have the A2s and absolutely love them.

Would not hesitate to repurchase. The A5s would fit that room perfectly — although you they have to be brought away from the walls a bit; however, I would suggest that you'd have to do the same with the A2s — not for venting's sake, but for proper reflection of sound.

These speakers are amazing value for the money.

robroe
2008-06-26, 05:15
I have a SqueezeBox with the A2s in my kitchen which is a similar size (although slightly lower ceilings) and it fills that fine, in fact I've not had it anywhere near full volume. They are pretty beefy! :)

Ron F.
2008-06-27, 07:53
I installed a pair of active A5s for my sister in her den nearly a year ago, in a room comparable in size to the one you are planning an installation. The A5s are about 3' from the walls in one of the room's corners. An SB3 drives them directly.

This setup sounds fantastic. You really can have a high-end system for less than a thousand dollars.

I strongly recommend the A5s.

-Ron

iPhone
2008-06-27, 08:14
I am intending to equip a new conservatory with an SB3 with powered speakers. It seems that Audioengine produces what I'm looking for. The room is 5m x 3.5m and 3m tall. Probably will contain a lot of hard surfaces, tiled floor, glass sides etc.
I'm uncertain whether to go for A5's, which I understand need to be brought away from the walls, because of their rear venting, or go with A2's. Do A2's have the same back wall restriction and would they fill the room adequately with sound?
I'd hate to get the wrong item and then have to upgrade later.

I think it comes down to budget and type of listening. If the price of the A5s is not part of the equation, get the A5s. Speakers are the most important part of any system and I recommend buying the best you can afford at the time. The other components can be upgraded over time without a need to upgrade the speakers (which is not the case here).

Next issue would be the purpose of the listening room. If it is just background music, the A2s would probably be enough. If you are actually listening, I would go with the A5s.

dem
2008-06-27, 11:45
I find the A2's lacking in a large room. But in a smaller room, especially up close, they're great.

You can exchange the speakers within 30 days if you get the wrong ones.

bossanova808
2008-06-28, 00:31
I have a similar sizes room with an Sb3 and A5s and it is an awesome combination. You'd think it would cost considerably more...both products are really excellent and they work very well together.

Pascal Hibon
2008-06-28, 01:06
It all depends indeed on how the system will be used. But in any case, for professional use I would tend to spread out the speaker system. It means that you would have more speakers, but the result is that the sound is more evenly spread all over the area.
With the dimensions of your room I would use two pairs with a speaker in each of the four corners. Depending on the indented usage (background music, “front of house” kinda setup etc), the size of the speakers would come into play. I don’t know this brand you mentioned but from what I see on their website I would select:

 Two pairs of A2’s if it is background music
 Two pairs of A5’s if the system will be used for other listing purposes

Just to give you an idea, I have used JBL Control 1 speakers in a tavern that my friend used to own. These speakers work wonderfully too while they are spread over the area. In the tavern I used 4 pairs to evenly spread the sound. The system was even capable of handling quite high music levels even though the main purpose was background listening. http://www.jblpro.com/products/installedsound/Control/

Lesu
2008-06-28, 01:50
Thanks for all of the advice. I'm pretty much convinced to go down the SB3+A5 approach.
Just one more question. How do you A5 owners mount the speakers? Is it going to have to be stands to get the rear space or can they be wall mounted on long brackets? I considered putting them on a shelf, but the appropriate shelf looks like it will have to be very deep to get them away from the wall.

pablolie
2008-06-28, 12:08
i found some cheap stands on audioadvisor.com that fit my A5s perfectly (bringing tweeters ~ ear level at typical listening position), and also bought some rubber-feet for isolation. i painted the stands white. it looks and sounds fantastic, no one would think it's a <$1k setup. still amazes me.

neilcoburn
2008-06-29, 12:02
My A5's are mounted on cheap wall brackets, which only leave around 5 cm behind the speakers, but they still sound great and look good as they're quite close to the wall.

bossanova808
2008-06-30, 20:42
Have you tried them further away? I noticed a substantial difference moving them to about a foot away - the bass port is at the rear and I really think they want a bit of room. That said they were close to a wall AND on the floor so I don't know whether it was the height or the wall distance that made the really big difference!

Kyle
2008-07-01, 03:52
I've got a pair of A5's in my office, which is less than half the size of your room. They sit close to the wall and are played at a fairly low volume. Although they sound good by themselves, I have a subwoofer, which kicks in after a few seconds, and it really adds a lot when it comes on. With a sub, I think you could place the A5's anywhere you wish, so that might add some flexibility to your setup.