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Roch Rx7
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Is this a good deal? BX8a for $200

I am new to the wonderful world of speakers.. coming from a headphone background (Audio Technica, Sennheiser, Ultimate Ear brands)

I've been looking into some speakers now:
Polk Audio RTiA1
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1
M-Audio Bx2Bx5/Bx8a
Adam Audio A7

I've been advised to look at 2nd hand/used gear to get the best bang for my buck.

Budget: $300 for 2 speakers
Sonic Preference: Vocals, acoustic, classical (detail, clarity, mids, soundstage, seperation and imaging) ex: Ed Sheeran, Adele, Bach.
Room: varies from Office Room (13x8.5) Living Room (24x14)
Usage: Primarily music listening in my office room.. and will move them around to the living room for wifey's Karaoke time.

But.. my main question right now is.. will the M-Audio BX8a suit my purposes? (I found them used on Craigslist for only $200 for the Pair!!!) should I pull the trigger?? I'm still so new to the speaker game.. that I just want to make sure my first purchase is down the right path.

(I have no other equipment, YET)


Bill B
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Last seen: 3 years 1 month ago
Joined: Jul 28 2012 - 1:59pm
right off the bat...

the first 2 are regular/"passive" speakers which require an amplifier.  The second 2 are self-powered/"active" speakers with built-in amplification.

Passive vs active is not qualitative judgement, just a description of type.

So - will you buy/use an amp of some sort (preamp/power amp, or integrated amp, or receiver) for speakers such as the Polk or Wharfedale, or do you want to skip that and use the self-powered type like M-Audio and Adam?


Quality wise, I would lean towards the first 2 - since you get $300 worth of speaker quality.  The others (one could say) give you $200 worth of speaker quality, plus $100 worth of amp.

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