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Looking to buy a pair of powered bookshelf speakers and was hoping to get some opinions/advice. These speakers would be used primarily for listening to music and I’m happy to shell out a lot of cash if it’ll be worth it although my absolute maximum is probably around $1000. Ideally I’d spend around $400 - $700. In doing research I’ve come across a few pairs that look pretty good, one of which I’ve listened to before and really like the sound of (Edifier S2000 Pro). I’ll list the models below, any opinions on which are better of these would be great and I know the prices differ so that has to be factored in of course. The audio engines are $700 but I’ve heard excellent things so maybe it’s worth it? Also if there are other models that I haven’t listed that you think would be contenders, that works too.

Kanto YU6 - https://www.amazon.com/Kanto-Powered-Speakers-Bluetooth-Preamp/dp/B01N0YCWUY/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=kanto+yu6&qid=1555513521&s=gateway&sr=8-3

Klipsch The Sixes - https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-Sixes-Powered-Monitor-Ebony/dp/B075JMBWVQ/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2ISFUWW60XIJ0&keywords=klipsch+the+sixes&qid=1555513484&s=gateway&sprefix=klipsch+the%2Caps%2C129&sr=8-2

Audioengine HD6 - https://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-Wireless-Bookshelf-Speakers-Resolution/dp/B017E10MPU/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=audioengine%2Bhd6&qid=1555295762&s=gateway&sr=8-3&th=1

Edifier S2000 Pro - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0725GZQFZ/ref=sspa_dk_detail_1?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B0725GZQFZ&pd_rd_w=Z7g2a&pf_rd_p=46cdcfa7-b302-4268-b799-8f7d8cb5008b&pd_rd_wg=gKOoI&pf_rd_r=TXS7WB7ZKGEPEP78PB0C&pd_rd_r=e9221780-60c5-11e9-a56a-39d659a90f68#customerReviews

Thanks in advance for any info on the subject.

 

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Good choices :) We've actually reviewed most of the products at APH, here are the links that you may have seen:

https://aphnetworks.com/reviews/kanto-yu6

https://aphnetworks.com/reviews/audioengine-hd6

https://aphnetworks.com/reviews/edifier-s2000-pro

I have both the S2000 Pro and HD6, and the HD6 is better in every respect especially if you have a subwoofer.

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Yeah I compared the YU6 with the HD6. I think the Audioengine has the Kantos beat in most areas in terms of sound, though this is not too surprising considering the wide price gap between the two. If anything, I like the aesthetics of the Kantos more, just for their rounded edges, but that is more up to you.

Let us know what you end up getting!

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On 4/19/2019 at 11:54 AM, performance_1 said:

audioengine is a favorite at aph

get the hd6 if you have desk space

pick up a subwoofer while you're at it

best bang for your buck:https://www.svsound.com/collections/1000-series/products/pb-1000

lol that's going to be quite expensive. If you don't want to blow $500 on a sub (which I agree SVS is the best bang for your buck), get a Bic F12. It's crazy cheap for the quality you get. I got one running in my room with the Audioengine HD3. (My desk is way too small for the HD6)

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I'll have to see how they sound for a while and depending on that I'll consider whether or not I should get a sub.
How necessary do you guys think it is to pair the HD6's with a sub?

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If you are not that hardcore, it'll do fine on its own. As you've said just buy it, try it, and see if you like it. The sub is an entirely different purchase :)

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🙂 Did you end up buying the HD6? Post your experiences.

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I got to listen to the HD6's in a store (B&H) yesterday and really liked them. They also had the Kanko YU6 right next to it so I listened to those for a bit too and they were also excellent, but in a different way. Makes my decision a bit harder. I think I have to listen more so I'm going to buy both the HD6's and the YU6's, listen for a couple weeks then return the one I don't like as much. Or if I only like the HD6's slightly more I may go with the YU6's because of the $300 difference. 

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Yeah sometimes it's hard to listen to in a store especially when the acoustics of the room is different. You really have to sit down and listen to understand the speakers.

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On 5/4/2019 at 5:56 PM, Big Bang said:

Careful you might end up keeping Both.

Now that will be a costly choice!

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It's honestly very possible, in addition to the speakers that I'm replacing (Genius SP-HF1800A), I also have a couple Eagle Tech 2.1 sets that I'm quite positive will get blown out of the water by the new ones so it will be tempting to upgrade those too.

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On 5/11/2019 at 12:48 PM, Reuben said:

It's honestly very possible, in addition to the speakers that I'm replacing (Genius SP-HF1800A), I also have a couple Eagle Tech 2.1 sets that I'm quite positive will get blown out of the water by the new ones so it will be tempting to upgrade those too.

Lol Eagle Tech - are they still around? I remember APH reviewed some of their Speakers a few years ago.

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On 5/11/2019 at 12:48 PM, Reuben said:

It's honestly very possible, in addition to the speakers that I'm replacing (Genius SP-HF1800A), I also have a couple Eagle Tech 2.1 sets that I'm quite positive will get blown out of the water by the new ones so it will be tempting to upgrade those too.

Sound is an addicting thing!

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On 5/11/2019 at 12:48 PM, Reuben said:

It's honestly very possible, in addition to the speakers that I'm replacing (Genius SP-HF1800A), I also have a couple Eagle Tech 2.1 sets that I'm quite positive will get blown out of the water by the new ones so it will be tempting to upgrade those too.

i think you will never go back lol

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On 5/13/2019 at 4:58 PM, Big Bang said:

Lol Eagle Tech - are they still around? I remember APH reviewed some of their Speakers a few years ago.

Not sure if I've heard from them in a while.

Enjoy the upgrades Reuben!

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Was on vacation for a while so just ordered the speakers yesterday. I should have them by tomorrow. 

Any advice on how to test them? In the past I've just had the speakers side by side and listened to them one by one with different genres of music that I like. I'll try to get a friend to help me out with the switching so I can have my eyes closed and not know which speaker is which to avoid bias. Any other tips?

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You should break them in first. I would run them for 10-15 hours at moderate volumes before actually benchmarking.

If you put them side by side, place them in alternating manner like the diagram:

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This way you can make sure the distance between them is the same and they're the same level. Also, make sure your source track is the same and at the same volume.

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Okay awesome thanks I'll do that. Should I run them for 10-15 hours straight or split it up into multiple sessions (i.e. 3 sets of 5)? Or does it not matter at all?

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It doesn’t matter haha. I usually just run it straight, but it makes no difference.

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