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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2015, 06:43:44 PM »
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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2015, 07:22:59 PM »
Check out the JBL LSR range too.  They have some recent models that fit that budget.


I have the LSR308's and have been very pleased with them.

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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2015, 07:45:22 PM »
Anyone here have the JBL 305's?
Any thoughts on them strictly as near-field monitor for mixing at the desktop?

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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2015, 09:18:17 PM »
Hi, this is semi-related as I, too, want to upgrade my desktop speakers.  I am looking at the KRK Rokit's, JBL LSR305's, or JBL LSR308's.  Any thoughts or advice on an internal soundcard versus an external DAC like the FiiO E10?  I am just looking for stereo output.

If I understand the technology correctly, the FiiO E10 would, essentially, act as my soundcard.  Audio data would be sent digitally to the FiiO, which would convert it to analog, then output it to my speakers, right?

Any input is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2015, 12:46:34 AM »
^^  Correct, the E10 would work as an outboard soundcard for your computer: computer > USB > E10 (D/A  conversion) > analog out > headphones/speakers.  It would, in fact, make things a little easier for you as an internal soundcard for your computer would require you to open up your machine, plug in the soundcard, load drivers, etc, whereas the E10 is simply plug and play.  I've been using a FiiO E17 (essentially an E10 with internal battery and a few other bells & whistles so you can use it as a portable headphone amp) for a few years now in that capacity with my notebook computer and I've been very happy with its sound quality.  Great little piece of gear and I believe the E17 and E10 both use the same Wolfson DAC chip. 

Please keep us posted on what you wind up going with.

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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2015, 08:38:10 AM »
Ok, that's killer.  Thanks for confirming and for the additional information.  I am leaning toward the FiiO E10 and the LRS 305's, but I'll let you know what I end up with.
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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2015, 09:11:23 AM »
I haven't gotten responses to my question, but it's basically this and one point to make is the LSR's only have balanced inputs. I've got the Audioengine DAC and when I ran RCA outfox that > XLR to my 305's I picked up some interference when I turned up the gain to midway. I need to spend some time more carefully routing my cables around mains power to see if that resolves it sufficiently but 8'm also looking for suitable USB interfaces with balanced outputs.

My USB pre2 works great of course but I like using it to record and don't like connecting and disconnecting it.

The options with balanced outputs take you into the worked of home recording and ADCs vs strictly DAC.

Anybody using something with balanced output?

I like the 305s a lot. I should have gotten the 308s Instead or a 310 sub as well probably to get more low end but I can add a sub now.
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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2015, 11:09:19 AM »
I haven't gotten responses to my question, but it's basically this and one point to make is the LSR's only have balanced inputs. I've got the Audioengine DAC and when I ran RCA outfox that > XLR to my 305's I picked up some interference when I turned up the gain to midway. I need to spend some time more carefully routing my cables around mains power to see if that resolves it sufficiently but 8'm also looking for suitable USB interfaces with balanced outputs.

My USB pre2 works great of course but I like using it to record and don't like connecting and disconnecting it.

The options with balanced outputs take you into the worked of home recording and ADCs vs strictly DAC.

Anybody using something with balanced output?

I like the 305s a lot. I should have gotten the 308s Instead or a 310 sub as well probably to get more low end but I can add a sub now.

I'm using a M-Audio M-Track Plus to run my 308s, balanced 1/4" out

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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2015, 03:55:15 PM »
Audioengine A5+ aren't bad. I have them in my office. I have never tried to really EQ with them because the audio output on my computer is pretty lousy, but...
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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2015, 05:15:29 PM »
"... and one point to make is the LSR's only have balanced inputs


Hi, thanks for the info.  Given this information, I've re-thought my original approach (i.e.: FiiO E10) and was thinking of using a 'Tascam US-2x2 2-Channel USB Audio Interface' instead.  I think this interface would work quite well.  It has 2 1/4" balanced outputs.  Any thoughts?

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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2015, 05:53:01 PM »
These plus the Audioengine D1 DAC are what I use. Very pleased.

Audioengine A5+ aren't bad. I have them in my office. I have never tried to really EQ with them because the audio output on my computer is pretty lousy, but...
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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2015, 01:43:39 PM »
"... and one point to make is the LSR's only have balanced inputs


Hi, thanks for the info.  Given this information, I've re-thought my original approach (i.e.: FiiO E10) and was thinking of using a 'Tascam US-2x2 2-Channel USB Audio Interface' instead.  I think this interface would work quite well.  It has 2 1/4" balanced outputs.  Any thoughts?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1079897-REG/tascam_us_2x2_2_channel_usb_audio.html

Ultfris101 has another thread going here of a similar nature > http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=171293.0.  Tascam, Focusrite, Mackie, Roland, etc. all make outboard interface/soundcard boxes that work well.  As I posted there, I've been using an Edirol UA-101 (discontinued) for awhile with my desktop computer in that capacity and I'm pretty happy with it.

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Re: Desktop speakers for mastering recordings on computer
« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2015, 06:30:10 PM »
Score!!  Thanks man, appreciate the info. :)
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