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waloshin

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Will the M-Audio AV-42 sound better than promedia 2.1 or logitech z623?
 

D.T.

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Sep 15, 2011
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M-Audio makes some great products, I'd also at that price point look into Kanto YU series, and maybe even Audio Engine (a little more but terrific). Generally - as you might know - when a speaker is indicated as a "studio monitor" it tends to be very neutral (as you don't want any coloring of the sound if you're mixing, etc.).
 

waloshin

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Oct 9, 2008
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Picked up the M-Audio AV42 speakers. They are an upgrade from the Z623 and only paid $160 CDN with taxes so decent deal.

These are not super highend, but I was wondering would they sound better with an external sound card? Or would my Mac Mini be sufficent?
 

monokakata

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May 8, 2008
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Ithaca, NY
I had a pair of AV40s at one point, and because I needed USB audio input with XLR, I had an m-audio external fast track unit on hand. So I used that to drive the AV40, and they sounded good.

Then I got a pair of Audioengine A2s and switched to the Audioengine D1, which I like very much. I like having an analog volume control sitting on my desk within easy reach.

I don't know whether the AV42s will sound better with an external device. When I plug in my decent headphones (Sennheiser HD650) into the D1, I'm blown away by the quality, though.
 
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