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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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Apesbrain
post Dec 26 2012, 18:19
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Although your assumption about FLAC being "better" than MP3 V0 may be flawed, there is nothing wrong with seeking higher performance out of your playback system. If you're currently using speakers of the quality that typically ship with a boxed PC (or internal to a laptop), then there may be much to gain in terms of frequency extension, low distortion, and stereo imaging from a speaker made by a competent manufacturer to a higher price point. What sounds "best", however, can only be left up to YOU. Others can tell you what they like -- which can be a good place to start -- but that's no guarantee the same solution will be the one you prefer.

Listen to some different speaker models or, if that's not possible, read some reviews from actual owners for ideas. Take into account not only the reported sound but the size and aesthetics of the unit (and warranty). Buy the model that best suits your individual preferences. There is no substitute for hearing a speaker in the place where you actually plan to use it, so be sure you can return it for a full refund if after a home audition you aren't satisfied (e.g. no "restocking fee"; you'll typically pay return shipping if you've purchased online). Give yourself time to listen before making a decision; any new speaker introduced into your familiar listening environment will sound "different" in ways you may not be sure you like at first. You may also need to experiment with placement of the speakers and, if they are sitting on your computer desk, mechanical isolation.

In your price range the first option I'd consider is the B&W MM-1 but that's just me: I've heard them, I like their design, and having owned B&W products in the past I respect the brand. If you have an Apple Store nearby, you should be able to audition this speaker there. I'm assuming from your post that you listen primarily while seated at your PC, but if you are looking instead for "room-filling" sound my recommendation might be for something larger depending on the size of your room.

One other thing, listening to my music "in all its glory" often means listening louder than my housemates or neighbors would prefer I do. For this reason, I often listen via earphones and find it a very satisfying experience. There are some fine-sounding models available for a fraction of what you are willing to spend.
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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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