I listen to Dylan, The Band, Eagles, Jackson Browne and Linda Rondstadt type music. What would you recommend for ear buds that are both comfortable, stay in your ear and relatively noise cancelling? Also is there a small mobile unit you can plug in line to change the balance or the bass or treble like on a fixed unit? I value your opinion so keep at it please. Thank you. Neil.
I was suffering from low quality speaker depression while listening to cheap Logitech $45 speakers in my office via the Dell laptop over the last year. I needed to make a change. I didn't want to buy the $90 M-Audio AV30s again. They sounded great but ran hot and blew a fuse within two years.
So my eyes had been on the Audioengine A5 (recommended by a reader 3 years ago). I didn't think I needed those, about $325, but I felt $200 wasn't excessive for the Audioengine A2s. I finally pulled the trigger and am listening to them in my office for the first time, listening to KJAZZ through iTunes.
After an hour, no heat on these speakers. I use M-Audio AV40s at home (haven't died after 3 years) and the sound is much different. The A2s are a little flatter (bear in mind they haven't opened up yet) but in my mind vastly superior: The sound is cleaner with far better separation. Lead instruments, whether a horn or a guitar, stand out and really this separation makes you get the essence of the music in ways the M-Audios do not.
One thing that impressed me was taking these A2s out of the box. You could feel the build quality, even the velvet bags. These scream quality.
Another thing that makes these A2s more appealing than the M-Audios: The A2s are far smaller, less of a footprint. I was surprised at how small the A2s looked out of the velveteen sacks. In fact, they are only 6 inches tall and 5 inches across.
Four hours of straight play time and speakers are as cool as they were out of the box. Unlike the M-Audios, the A2s do not run hot.
When my M-Audio AV40s need to be replaced at home, I'll happily buy another pair of A2s. Highly recommended.
I know the Audioengine A2 computer speakers are a bit pricey, especially for my work office, but I do play Internet radio jazz music in that office for hundreds of hours a semester, so I wanted something nice. I hope I like them. I suspect I will.
On a related note, I don't use my home computer speakers, M-Audio AV40s, as much as I'd like, probably because I'm busy with twin toddlers. Perhaps the limited use has kept my AV40s alive. My AV30s died after 2 years of use at work.
Your many recommendations gave me a lot of valuable information. In the end, I think I'll end up getting (eventually) the Audioengine A2 speakers. They're not cheap, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
Ted saw my earlier post about wanting a speaker replacement for my laptop at work and recommended the $40 version of Genius. But I think I'm more drawn to the $70 version, the 50 watt Genius SP-HF1800A.
I'm home sick today shopping online to replace my woeful, cheap Logitech Z320 speakers, which I use at work with a Dell laptop (provided by my employer).
I notice Amazon has a good price on the M-Audio AV40, $115, and I own and enjoy those with my home computer, an Apple.
My only doubt is that I had some M-Audio AV30 speakers at work (replaced, sadly, with the aforementioned Logitech) and they blew a fuse after two years. An Amazon reviewer had the same experience twice with his M-Audio AV40s, so I'm a bit cautious.
I could buy $200 Audioengine A2 speakers, hook those up to my home computer and use my old M-Audio AV40 at work, but honestly I don't need that much power for close listening.
Last night I cancelled an Amazon order for some Creative T40 speakers, about $90, after I read on Digital Trends a review that says they're a bit shrill and not as good as the AV30.