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1.5k USD active bookshelf speaker recommendations

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Looking for a pair of active bookshelf speakers to just use to listen to music/watch videos etc. Would be listening to mostly classical music (mostly orchestral) and acoustic and maybe a little bit of EDM. Room is kind of treated and measures 3m x 3m.

Looked through recommendations and found these brands to be sold locally.

Eve Audio, Genelec, KRK, Adam Audio, Focal, KEF, Neumann, Fluid & Mackie.

Can't seem to find places to listen to them all but have listened to the Eve Audio SC 205/207 and they seemed to be clearer than the Adam Audio A7X. I quite liked the Neumann KH120As but they seemed to lack a little in bass? Maybe it was just the open room.

Any other recommendations that you guys might have? Would prefer to have speakers that do not require a sub as I doubt I would be able to implement it well in my room.

Never gotten speakers apart from those USB ones so I assume I would need to get 2 TRS balanced cables to connect to my audio interface which is the ID14?
 
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I own a pair of Nubert NuPro X-4000. There is the smaller brother the X-3000. For me a very good active speaker.
 

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And don’t forget to add a small sub
 

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Dynaudio Xeo. The 10 is at the top of your price range but there are two cheaper models.
 

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Can't seem to find places to listen to them...
I'm the same boat. Not sure how these speaker manufacturers expect to sell $2K speakers without buyers listening. My local Magnolia/Best Buy doesn't even have the KEF LS50W.
 

Erik

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Dynaudio Xeo. The 10 is at the top of your price range but there are two cheaper models.
Dynaudio Xeo 3 horizontal directivity plot looks really bad. Especially when compared to Genelec or Neumann products.

Dynaudio%20Xeo%203%20H%20Contour%20Plot[1].png
Genelec%208030A%20H%20Front%20Contour%20Plot[1].png
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LS50 is not that great too. Maybe LS50W is better.

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https://www.princeton.edu/3D3A/Directivity/Dynaudio Xeo 3/
https://www.princeton.edu/3D3A/Directivity/Genelec 8030A/
https://en-de.neumann.com/product_files/2059/download
https://www.princeton.edu/3D3A/Directivity/KEF LS50/

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Here you can find more measurements of speaker brands you are interested in:
https://www.soundandrecording.de/shop/studiomonitore-special/
 

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You don't need to spend that much. The JBL LSR3xx and their new replacement 3xx series sound amazing and you can spend the rest of the money on something else.
Second that. Actually I would go with 306/308 with 310sub. There just no low end at all in bookshelf speakers in this price range.
 

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Dynaudio Xeo 3 horizontal directivity plot looks really bad. Especially when compared to Genelec or Neumann products.

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LS50 is not that great too. Maybe LS50W is better.

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@cluelesskiddo
Here you can find more measurements of speaker brands you are interested in:
https://www.soundandrecording.de/shop/studiomonitore-special/
If you don't like the way the LS50 sounds' then say so and get over it rather than repeatedly looking at some test data and trying to construct some argument that the speaker is a piece of junk. You obviously don't understand there are a lot of steps to get from a bump in the data to what you heard, thought your heard, or never heard. The data may have been recorded correctly, but your conclusions are misinformation. Nearly all professional reviewers like this speaker. JA at Stereophile saw no aberrations in the data. So, why should anyone believe you? You have been fooling many here, but you can't fool me.

If you think there is something better for less money, what is it? What are your qualifications other than having an internet connection and a functioning computer?
 

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Looking for a pair of active bookshelf speakers to just use to listen to music/watch videos etc. Would be listening to mostly classical music (mostly orchestral) and acoustic and maybe a little bit of EDM. Room is kind of treated and measures 3m x 3m.

Looked through recommendations and found these brands to be sold locally.

Eve Audio, Genelec, KRK, Adam Audio, Focal, KEF, Neumann, Fluid & Mackie.

Can't seem to find places to listen to them all but have listened to the Eve Audio SC 205/207 and they seemed to be clearer than the Adam Audio A7X. I quite liked the Neumann KH120As but they seemed to lack a little in bass? Maybe it was just the open room.

Any other recommendations that you guys might have? Would prefer to have speakers that do not require a sub as I doubt I would be able to implement it well in my room.

Never gotten speakers apart from those USB ones so I assume I would need to get 2 TRS balanced cables to connect to my audio interface which is the ID14?
I have both Focal trio (expensive) and Focal Shape (cheap). There is a difference but very small. At my desk I have a hard time to tell which one is playing when subs are one. Of course if I push the volume hard (like crazy) the trio keep up and the Shape get less clean.

The shape are a reasonable investment and high quality. If you are in the states, price is higher and you have better options with JBL for ex.
 

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You should really check out Sonodyne, they're exactly what Auro3D's head, QC n Master Engineer is using.

Very neutral and precise, excellent at both film and classical.

 

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Sweetwater and thomann do not list sonodyne. That’s a bad sign.
 

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JBL 705P might come in at $1500/pair if you find the right deal.

Genelec 8030 would definitely fit within budget and are excellent performers.

These are flat-measuring speakers with well-controlled horizontal dispersion from established manufacturers that know what they’re doing.
 
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