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Nando1970
2012-03-19, 10:43
Hi

I am considering to buy a pair of desktop speakers to replace the Tannoy in my signature.

After having praised the active Audioengine 5(+) for year, recently Steve Guttenberg has written a very positive review for the active Emotiva Pro airmotiv 4

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57367525-47/emotivas-astonishing-desktop-speaker/

I could get them for about €380, but since I don't necessarily need active speakers I was wandering if I could get some better passive speakers.

The passive speakers I am considering are:
- Wharfedale Diamond 10.1, at €215
- Audioengine P4, at €234 (+ €45 for DS2 Desktop Speaker Stands)
- Wharfedale Diamond 10.2, at €310
- JohnBlue JB3, at €360.00

any opinion and/or suggestion?

Soulkeeper
2012-03-19, 10:52
I could get them for about 380, but since I don't necessarily need active speakers I was wandering if I could get some better passive speakers.

Note that the airmotiv 5 are bi-amped. Are you prepared to bi-amp passive speakers in order to get better (or equivalent) sound?

Nando1970
2012-03-20, 08:13
thank you, I confess I didn't notice that they were bi-amped.

Anyway my question remains: would I be better off spending the same money on passive speakers keeping my (preamp and) amp, or you suggest to go with the Emotiva?

There should be a lot of Touch owners which have answered this question on their own...

Soulkeeper
2012-03-21, 08:15
... provided that any owners of both a Touch and a pair of airmotiv 5 speakers post on this forum.

While we wait, I'll just point out that bi-amping in general is significantly better than sim-amping. ;) (But if the airmotiv 5's are badly designed, of course not even bi-amping will save them.)

garym
2012-03-21, 10:42
... provided that any owners of both a Touch and a pair of airmotiv 5 speakers post on this forum.

While we wait, I'll just point out that bi-amping in general is significantly better than sim-amping. ;) (But if the airmotiv 5's are badly designed, of course not even bi-amping will save them.)

these look interesting to me. I may buy a pair to replace my A5s at my weekend place. I like the fact that they have balanced audio inputs. I can run them with my TOUCH connected to my Benchmark DAC then balanced outs to the speakers. And I also like the bass and treble adjustments as I'm forced to use suboptimal placement which causes a bit of booming bass.