Never knew that Reno, NV was a UK address.A very very very simple google search will reveal that you can get them at The Audio Insider. While right now they're taking pre-orders for their next shipment, you will eventually get them. I actually picked mine up here from someone who was thinking they'd sell theirs 4 months ago.
Also, no option to sign up a UK address.Never knew that Reno, NV was a UK address.
Thanks for the link, I will try
Def. a good choice. Obviously, I'm not being so helpful.I spent about two months researching speakers trying to find the best ones in the $100.00 range - I settled upon the M10's as well but ended up with the D1080MkII's as they had run out of stock and I didn't want to wait the five weeks.
The ProMedia's have a much larger and traditional sub. I prefer the Swans in this category. The sound is much more rich and crisp on the Swans, the Klipsch are at least twice as loud, probably three times. Good discussion here. I can explain this further, I'd probably get them over any other computer speaker.If you're thinking 2.1, I would go with the Klipch ProMedia's. They're somewhat pricey, but they sound fantastic. Reviews are quite comparable to the M10's, but having heard both, I think the ProMedia's have the edge in bass reproduction.
Good for gaming and movies. Bad for quality music reproduction.If you're thinking desktop 5.1's and have no price constraints, go with the Logitech Z-5500's. On a more financially-realistic note, the Logitech Z-5300's and 2300's have stunning ratings as well albeit without the THX rating slapped on them like the 5500's.
Love my KRKs. Bookshelfs ≠ Pro Monitors. The former produces sound for those that want to enjoy music, the latter produces sound for those that perform music. The difference is in the amount of balance and the sweet spot. (I discuss the disadvantages to Pro Monitors later down)Bookshelf monitors, like mine, are capable of producing unparalleled sound, especially those with tri-amping (dedicated amp for tweeter, mid, and sub). The 'black-speakers-with-yellow-drivers' that a percentage of people have here on MR are made by KRK and are unreal in terms of sound and are found in many video and audio post-production studios.
They also add a significant price.A word about monitors, however. You'll lose the bass you can expect to hear on an X.1 system. Monitors are made for outstanding high, mid, and low-mid range because these are the most audible ranges to the human ear. That's why they're used in production studios - they aim for clarity first and add the punch later. Mine throw out plenty of bass, but not as much (or as far-reaching) as a system with a dedicated subwoofer. I'm considering getting one myself to achieve that extra bump.
Umm...def. the OP did the research.Yeah the international thing is pretty crappy because you're missing out on some phenomenal speakers. And excuse the lengthy acoustics 101 post - just wanted to make sure you knew what you wanted first. Sounds like you're not an idiot
Waste of money, get a real pair of monitors. M-Audio AV 40
Not even the best Behringers, but better the number one on the list. Behringer Ultra Linear Reference Studio Monitors
Never heard them. Behringer MS40 Studio Monitors
So many problems with this. I love my KRK's (V88s, V8s Series I, E8s, etc...) KRK ST6 2-Way Passive Studio Monitor (ONLY ONE SPEAKER)
I had these, not a bad place to start. Behringer TRUTH Passive Monitors
Probably what I would get. (Except the last option) Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
Get the ones above. Creative GigaWorks T20
I have a pair of these at home. Only non-KRK speaker I still own. They are some of the best monitors ever made, they are also twice as expensive as when they came out originally decades ago. There are plenty who have maintained the speakers incredibly over the years, finding someone willing to part with a pair is hard. Remember that you are buying speakers that are going to have hundreds, if not thousands of hours of time on them. But you won't have to worry, since you aren't going to find a pair close to your price range. Yamaha NS-10M NS Studio Monitors (if you can find some...these are $$$ too)
Studio monitors will be accurate, but not the best for those not listening. I have both, the KRK museum back at the house and the Swan's at college. Music is more pleasurable on the Swans because they are more tuned to what someone would like to listen to music on. I agree that there is no need for ground-shaking bass, one thing I like about the Swans, but I love the sound of a good deep bass. With the monitors that are the best on the list (Yamaha's) you are going to get a speaker that is incredibly balanced and flat as a board - that's probably not what you want to listen to music on. Studios that have monitors have huge subwoofers external so that they can control the bass in much greater detail, your price range is not so allowing of this.Anyhow. There's a start.
They don't seem to be willing to ship anymore.I'm in the UK - and I got the Swans from the Audio Insider. I contacted them and arranged shipment with them after agreeing to pay extra. They charged something like £8 for international shipment and they arrived within three days.
Then you need a cheap (£5.99) voltage converter from Maplins and you're sorted.
Jon's a nice guy and all about customer satisfaction...he might be willing to do it for the OP if he asksThey don't seem to be willing to ship anymore.
Give Jon a few days to respond - he will, I promise. Sometimes it just takes a day or two. I would say to go for the T40's. I can't say much about the Cakewalks or the Alesis' so you'll have to see if GMK can give any input. He did say that the M-Audio's weren't worth it, so I would go for the T40's. Every review that I have read has been positive and quite frankly, they're pretty good looking speakers.I have asked them if they'd ship the Swans to the UK, and have yet to receive a response.
Are the Creative T40s really as good as they seem? It seems too good to be true for a set of computer speakers to be that good.
Otherwise the only monitor-style speakers I've been able to find in my price range are the following: AV40s, Cakewalk MA-7As or Alesis Active 320s.