Hi-Fi Speakers and Amp vs. Active Nearfield Monitors
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    Default Hi-Fi Speakers and Amp vs. Active Nearfield Monitors

    I'm in the market for some new speakers for DJ'ing at home with.

    What do you guys think? Active nearfields, or Hi-Fi speakers plus a hi-fi amp?

    I don't need anything too loud, I'm just playing at home for fun. I've been looking at these at Thomann:

    http://www.thomann.de/gb/fostex_pm03_black.htm
    http://www.thomann.de/gb/samson_media_one_4a.htm
    http://www.thomann.de/gb/esi_aktiv_05.htm
    http://www.thomann.de/gb/behringer_m...utsprecher.htm
    http://www.thomann.de/gb/behringer_m...utsprecher.htm

    I'm edging towards the Esi Aktive 05's or Behringer MS40's.
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    since most of those are monitors, they really have no bass, and you wont like the way they sound.Think about incorporating a small sub.

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    Hifi speakers + amp. Look for speakers on eBay/Gumtree/Car Boots. I managed to get a pair of Mordaunt Short MS5.30s for a fiver from a charity shop; probably my best bargain ever.

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    They all have bass.
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    They have bass but nothing compared to listening speakers that will amplify the bass.

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    There is almost a necessity for a seperate sub if you go with the common 5" class monitors. The 8" class is much more capable on the bottom end. Maintaining a balanced connection is always nice. I use active 12" PA monitors w/ an active 12" sub in my studio set-up.
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    There's no real reason or need to go with studio monitors for DJing. I'm using some Wharfedale speakers here and they have decent bass, but any Hifi speakers at this size or larger should have good bass response.
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    I was hoping I wouldn't have to deal with an amp. It's another hunk of gear rthat I'd need to find a home for...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    I was hoping I wouldn't have to deal with an amp. It's another hunk of gear rthat I'd need to find a home for...
    If you want convenience, then get active monitors. If you want it to sound good, get an amp and speakers.

    Personally, I'd choose better audio over convenience. I mean hell, it's the only time while DJing that music is actually going to sound GOOD rather than just LOUD, so make the most of the experience and get some high quality speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    I was hoping I wouldn't have to deal with an amp. It's another hunk of gear rthat I'd need to find a home for...
    These Creative speakers should give you decent sound for at home without the need for a separate amp.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Gig.../dp/B001IZZ2PO

    I have the smaller T20 Mk1s and get a decent amount of bass through the top port.
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