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Offline petetherock

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I do a lot more work at home now so having a decent sound system playing whilst I work is a nice bonus.
I have some cans I bought: Senns HD 650, but it's nicer IMO to have a desktop system.
I've been using a KEF X300A and now I've just swopped in the LS 50 into my desktop system, powered by a Denon amp.
Pretty decent even though it's not specifically designed for nearfield listening.
I'm using some pretty hefty Audioquest speaker cables and their own 3.5mm to RCA cable. Very good bass heft too.

I find the method of connection matters as much as the cables / speakers etc. A digital source is stable and gives pure sound. Better than the wireless alternatives.

In such a nearfield PC listening, the table material matters too. I find MDF doesn't do too well in bass, for extension and stability. I'm using a solid pine desk and the sound is very impressive.

Other factors like the distance between the speakers and the distance to the seat also makes a difference. I don't toe in but the speakers are about 20" apart.

How about you?
Please post instead of sending a pm, so more can learn.

My gear:
https://peteswrite.blogspot.com/2020/02/my-setup-22020.html

Offline nimo

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Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2020, 14:11 »
I do toe in and aimed at my shoulders, then place my monitors of cheap Daiso EVA pads for some isolation.  Have a large gaming mouse pad that runs across the 120cm solid oak wood desk.

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2020, 21:26 »
iso stands, lift them up to ear levels...


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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2020, 09:58 »
iso stands, lift them up to ear levels...

this! makes all the difference in proper positioning - also try sand-filling these tiny stands with cat-litter

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2020, 09:10 »
^^^^^^^^^^^^

woah, didn't think of that.

Offline wusplay

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2020, 15:54 »
My desk... will be making changes soon

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2020, 16:18 »
Here's mine but i am upgrading speaker soon to D3


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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2020, 16:29 »
805 D3 !? Wah.
S40 already impressive and still new

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2020, 16:32 »
805 D3 !? Wah.
S40 already impressive and still new

ya...speaker coming next week still waiting for my rack though...sad to place my equipments on the floor temporary....

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2020, 16:49 »
I'm considering 805 D3 as well
or Confidence 20

But my room is too small
I just changed the monitor to LG 55 CX
Now looking at the TV in front of me... I think is a mistake,  55 inch is just too big for my desk..later will post a pic.. what a mess

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2020, 17:00 »
I'm considering 805 D3 as well
or Confidence 20

But my room is too small
I just changed the monitor to LG 55 CX
Now looking at the TV in front of me... I think is a mistake,  55 inch is just too big for my desk..later will post a pic.. what a mess

Confidence 20 is overkill for it's size it will not idea to use for desktop...that speaker is around 16k u might need a 20k amp to power them.... same for 805D3 u might need a amp around 7-10k to power them high current or high wattage if not will not sound nice....contour 20i on the other hand fits in more if u really want killer desktop setup cause it's size is smaller than confidence
« Last Edit: September 14, 2020, 17:03 by Amon86 »

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2020, 18:29 »
I am using Buchardt A500 active speaker on Isoacoustics Aperta 200 stand. Very happy with its features (freq response down to 20-30’Hz, DSP for room correction and changeable tuning via USB thumb drive, hub that simplifies connectivity to MAC/PC and other sources). The Aperta stand raises the height to appropriate ear level. It’s an expensive speaker for desktop use but when total up all the features, I think it delivers great value for money.

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2020, 18:45 »
A500 look huge from picture

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2020, 19:19 »
Just unbox this pair of old speakers, for trying out the new streamer amp. It will take days to complete this desktop setup.

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Re: Desktop Music Appreciation: Factors that affect the sound
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2020, 19:53 »
A500 look huge from picture

Compared to KEFLS50W I had before, A500 is 6cm taller but slightly smaller foot print.

 

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