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Best Speakers for FLAC, Computer Speakers to appreciate FLAC
Jp4ragon
post Dec 26 2012, 16:54
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Hey everyone,

I have been wanting to appreciate the quality of FLAC files over mp3 while listening to them on my PC and have been looking into getting a new sound system. My wife surprised me for Christmas and got me a Logitech z-5500, but after doing some research, I am under the impression that this is not a good system for being able to appreciate FLAC (lack of clarity on z5500, made for gaming, etc). Is this true?

If so and if I return the logitech, my budget is between 300-600 dollars and i'm looking for a good recommendation on speakers I can hook up to my PC to listen to FLAC; 2.1 is preferred because the room I have isn't best for surround sound. Anyone have any good recommendations? I'd really appreciate any input here.

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tuffgong
post Jan 11 2013, 06:06
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I bought the b+w mm-1 usb computer speakers used for around $450. Blows anything else out of the water. Built in high quality dac. BI-AMPED miniature speakers, run by 4 18watt class D amps. Clean down to 57 hz. --All-- the reviews mention that you can definitely hear the difference between wav and mp3.
So you can buy an audioengine, which trys to handle both upper and lower with just one amp, and still requires a usb dac, and still requires some nice mini xlr-rca cables or whatever you connect it with. Or you can buy the mm-1 and forget it. I'm running virtual audio cable and added another usb dac to run my b+w asw610 sub, so now I have the sub to do 27hz-57hz, portable full spectrum dominance from any computer.

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post Jan 11 2013, 06:51
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QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 10 2013, 21:06) *
--All-- the reviews mention that you can definitely hear the difference between wav and mp3.

If true then it doesn't speak very highly about the speakers, though I don't expect the authors to understand why that is. More likely all those reviews are the usual useless placebophile fluff written to get obsessive compulsives to part with their money.

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post Jan 11 2013, 07:09
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QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 10 2013, 23:51) *
QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 10 2013, 21:06) *
--All-- the reviews mention that you can definitely hear the difference between wav and mp3.

If true then it doesn't speak very highly about the speakers, though I don't expect the authors to understand why that is. More likely all those reviews are the usual useless placebophile fluff written to get obsessive compulsives to part with their money.


This is a great youtube video of the mm-1, I hope the quality comes through:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXIWUYq6Ns4
It did for me. The review that mentions they can hear a difference between bit rates is here:
http://www.tonepublications.com/review/bws...table-speakers/
I found others mentioning that they could tell the difference but would rather not go google hunting atm sorry. Perhaps the word all for dramatic effect was the wrong word. Most? Doesn't have the same ring as all.
P.S. These little tiny speakers disappear in the sound field, it's really quite amazing to hear music coming from your center, like a perfectly phased multi thousand speaker would do. Just missing some bass.

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- Jp4ragon   Best Speakers for FLAC   Dec 26 2012, 16:54
- - tpijag   You may be setting yourself up for disappointment....   Dec 26 2012, 17:16
|- - Jp4ragon   QUOTE (tpijag @ Dec 26 2012, 17:16) You m...   Dec 26 2012, 17:21
- - andy o   "Doing some research" on audio equipment...   Dec 26 2012, 17:24
- - Apesbrain   Although your assumption about FLAC being "be...   Dec 26 2012, 18:19
|- - Nick.C   QUOTE (Apesbrain @ Dec 26 2012, 17:19) Al...   Dec 26 2012, 20:15
- - pawelq   Make sure you try small studio monitors, these are...   Dec 26 2012, 19:44
- - Jp4ragon   Okay well then it's a bit more complicated tha...   Dec 26 2012, 22:28
- - ech3   I would say be appreciative of the gift your thoug...   Dec 27 2012, 00:37
|- - Jp4ragon   QUOTE (ech3 @ Dec 27 2012, 00:37) I would...   Dec 27 2012, 00:47
- - Porcus   If you want detailed sound which may increase your...   Dec 27 2012, 02:26
- - FreaqyFrequency   The Z-5500 is a phenomenal system for 2.1 playback...   Dec 27 2012, 02:45
|- - Jp4ragon   Thanks for the input and feedback everyone; I...   Dec 27 2012, 05:24
- - DVDdoug   I've never heard those speakers... I alwa...   Dec 27 2012, 02:59
|- - Andavari   I always chuckle when people want "the best...   Jan 18 2013, 18:44
|- - probedb   QUOTE (Andavari @ Jan 18 2013, 17:44) QUO...   Jan 19 2013, 20:28
|- - 2tec   QUOTE (Andavari @ Jan 18 2013, 11:44) QUO...   Feb 2 2013, 20:36
|- - greynol   QUOTE (2tec @ Feb 2 2013, 11:36) I assume...   Feb 2 2013, 20:51
|- - 2tec   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 2 2013, 13:51) QUOTE...   Feb 2 2013, 21:55
- - FreaqyFrequency   I'm not watching movies on this system these d...   Dec 27 2012, 07:04
- - Funkstar De Luxe   If I was you, I'd buy some Yamaha HS-80M. Che...   Dec 27 2012, 10:29
- - Woodinville   My observation is "um, not computer speakers...   Dec 27 2012, 10:42
|- - garym   I've had very good luck with audioengine A2 sp...   Dec 27 2012, 14:52
|- - db1989   QUOTE (Woodinville @ Dec 27 2012, 09:42) ...   Jan 16 2013, 18:41
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 16 2013, 12:41) QUOTE...   Jan 17 2013, 16:43
||- - db1989   QUOTE (krabapple @ Jan 17 2013, 15:43) Ar...   Jan 17 2013, 16:48
||- - krabapple   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 17 2013, 11:48) QUOTE...   Jan 18 2013, 09:16
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 16 2013, 12:41) QUOTE...   Jan 17 2013, 17:03
- - tuffgong   I bought the b+w mm-1 usb computer speakers used f...   Jan 11 2013, 06:06
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 11 2013, 00:06) I b...   Jan 11 2013, 06:42
|- - greynol   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 10 2013, 21:06) --A...   Jan 11 2013, 06:51
|- - tuffgong   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 10 2013, 23:51) QUOT...   Jan 11 2013, 07:09
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 11 2013, 01:09) Thi...   Jan 14 2013, 05:11
- - greynol   I'm not trying to suggest the speakers are bad...   Jan 11 2013, 07:14
|- - Rescator   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 11 2013, 07:14) I...   Jan 11 2013, 09:18
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Rescator @ Jan 11 2013, 03:18) I d...   Jan 12 2013, 01:34
|- - mzil   QUOTE (Rescator @ Jan 11 2013, 04:18) I...   Jan 16 2013, 07:22
- - tuffgong   Oh I see your point now, sorry haven't posted ...   Jan 11 2013, 07:19
- - tuffgong   I think the O.P. might be implying he loves two ch...   Jan 12 2013, 01:21
- - Mach-X   In theory thx certification requires home theater ...   Jan 14 2013, 06:23
- - tuffgong   Mach-x do you have any articles to check out about...   Jan 16 2013, 04:51
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 15 2013, 22:51) Mac...   Jan 16 2013, 14:46
|- - mzil   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 15 2013, 23:51) Mac...   Jan 16 2013, 17:41
- - KozmoNaut   I'll throw in a vote for the Audioengine A2s, ...   Jan 16 2013, 13:51
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Jp4ragon @ Dec 26 2012, 10:54) If ...   Jan 16 2013, 14:48
- - mccarthyk   I agree with most of the people here. All of my m...   Jan 17 2013, 17:09
- - greynol   Just to reiterate Porcus's reply and some of m...   Jan 18 2013, 21:20
- - greynol   So you agree with me then.   Feb 2 2013, 21:59
- - 2tec   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 2 2013, 14:59) So yo...   Feb 2 2013, 22:25


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