Just got home from GC with a set for my desktop in my home office. Just to save some folks a bit of experimenting, there are a few things to help them sound much better:
- Keep your system volume around 40% as it will subtly start to distort above that. I thought the amp was clipping, but it turned out to be my system volume overloading it. Once you get that right, they will go extremely loud without distortion (at least at volumes my ears can stand).
- Stuff a sock in the each of the back ports and turn on the bass boost. The bottom end is lacking as-is and the bass boost muddies the sound big time. The sock/bass boost combo seems to find a good medium.
Overall these are great for the price. I have a set of Audioengine 2s at my work office and to compare, the Alesis speakers sound thinner, brighter and have less bottom end. However, they're a 1/3 to 1/4 the price (depending on where you buy the Audioengines). I've heard after break in they sound a lot better, so I will update the thread if I notice anything tomorrow.
Just my opinion but I think the whole "break-in" thing is BS for modern speakers. There's no evidence that soundchanges after a certain period of use. I don't know why otherwise rational-minded people insist on a "break-in" period when we have devices that actually measure frequency response and don't show any difference.
Honestly, if the speakers have distortion out of the box, and you think that distortion gets better after 2 hours or 48 hours or whatever, it's not the speakers. It's you're ears. The simplest explanation is that your ears have adjusted to the sound-characteristics of your new speakers and they don't sound "different" anymore. Occam's Razor. Kind of like when you eat too many salt & vinegar chips and they don't taste so sharp after awhile. It's simply perception, not anything to do with the potato chips or speakers themselves.
Since so many people report distortion out of the box on these, I'd be pretty worried. Don't think it would get better after "break-in" except for the fact that you get used to it and whatever distortion there may be and it's not quite as noticeable.
Lol.. I'm using a pair of 4 bookshelf speakers from frys @ 139 a pair iirc... They aren't true studio monitors, but what would the real world difference be in sound? (ie. which one would you choose over?) I have an old harmon kardon receiver paired with it, only 85 watts per channel though.
I'm guessing these would be better than Bose companion 2 speakers? And what about comparing them to audioengine a2s? I know they both are msrp at $200 but the A2s almost never go on sale. would these be comparable at all?
I understand these are two different classes of speakers, and some may some I'm comparing apples to oranges. But how what are the differences of these speakers to those Logitech 2.1 or 5.1 sets (Especially the G51)?
What are the real life gains?
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