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Old 01-23-2007, 09:31 AM
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Default Why No Interest in Speakers?

Browsing through this "Headphones and Speakers" section, I note that almost all of the threads have to do with headphones and earphones, and almost no discussions about speakers, so I'm wondering why.

For myself, I record everything I can in OGG, and at the "Quality 6" setting, I find that by playing my X5L through my home stereo, what I hear is every bit as good as what the original CD's sound like on my home "studio" system.
I say that to simply point out that I like my music to sound good.

However, I also have a workspace at work where I spend some time, and I like to use my X5L there as well but without wearing earbuds because I also have to listen for the phone.

I notice that there are more and more powered speakers ("computer" speakers) being offered that have a direct input jack for pocket music players, but I haven't been much impressed with most of them.

I recently ordered (but haven't yet received) a pair of the AudioEngine 5 speakers that are getting "rave" reviews by pretty much anybody who's heard them. One of the reasons I like them is because they were designed from the get-go for use with pocket music players and are not just former computer speakers that have had a jack added to them for the portable players and remarketed as such.
I'm also anxious to hear the not-yet-available Z-240 speakers that do appear to have been developed with music players in mind, BUT, I also wonder if there are just revamped Z-230's but with a dock added for the portable players. I'm skeptical enough that I decided to go ahead and order the AudioEngine 5's and not look back.

So, is the reason people aren't talking about speakers here much is that you just don't use your pocket music players that way?

Mark

* Note my use of the term "pocket music players". I came here to the "Anything But iPod" forums because I loathe anything iPod, including the MP3 format so I like to use terms that reflect the "Anything But iPod" philosophy.
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