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#1420817 - 04/20/10 08:54 PM Cakewalk ma-15d vs "computer" 2.1 speakers?
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Being the cakewalk ma-15d studio monitor (or similars) at the same price or a little more expensive than those computers 2.1 systems (logitech z-2300), what's the advantage of the studio monitors?

http://www.cakewalk.com/products/hardware/default.aspx?Prod=MA-15D
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#1420870 - 04/20/10 10:19 PM Re: Cakewalk ma-15d vs "computer" 2.1 speakers? [Re: fe2008]
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The Logitech speakers ...
1. ... are meant to work with desktop computers. As such, they need only service a small area, like a desktop.
2. The sound is meant for computing and gaming. Big bass and other colorations.
3. The market is cost sensitive. These are inexpensive.

Studio monitors are ...
1. ... also meant to service a restricted area. But they can service a bigger area (like a studio booth) because they're generally larger (both speakers and amps).
2. The sound is meant for critical evaluation in a music production setting. Better quality, without the "consumer-oriented coloration".
3. The market is not quite so cost sensitive. Higher price.

Caveat. Some of this might not apply to the units (Cakewalk) that you mentioned. These sell for a mere $180. That's pretty cheap for monitors, and I wouldn't expect too much from them. It wouldn't be fair to compare them with "real" monitors ... ones that generally cost much more than that for just ONE speaker.

Then again, you're only hoping to compare them to the $150 Logitech item. For that, you'll have to try them out for yourself, if possible.

When person A says they like the Logitechs, and some other distant person B says they like the Cakewalks, what conclusion can you reach? None, I think. I don't know a reliable way to compare speakers, except by setting them up side-by-side and taking a listen.

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#1420987 - 04/21/10 01:30 AM Re: Cakewalk ma-15d vs "computer" 2.1 speakers? [Re: MacMacMac]
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Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
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When person A says they like the Logitechs, and some other distant person B says they like the Cakewalks, what conclusion can you reach? None, I think. I don't know a reliable way to compare speakers, except by setting them up side-by-side and taking a listen.


One question: What is the purpose of these? Are you replacing the built-in speakers of some digital piano. If so it's pointless unless you actually buy speakers that are much better than what you have.

I think it was said right above, you are compareing low end studio monitors with a computer multi-media speaker. I'd go for the studio monitors. What you mostly care about with piano is the center of the keyboard. Monitors will handle this range well. The 2.1 system is designed for movies and games and foes the ends of the keyboard well.

You Do have to audition speakers. you can't just buy them based on specs. Bring your own CDs or iPod to the store and listen. Best to listen to solo piano music. Close you eyes and try to think if it ssounds like a piano or sounds like speakers.

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#1421009 - 04/21/10 02:28 AM Re: Cakewalk ma-15d vs "computer" 2.1 speakers? [Re: ChrisA]
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Originally Posted By: ChrisA
Are you replacing the built-in speakers of some digital piano. If so it's pointless unless you actually buy speakers that are much better than what you have.
That should be the case here. He has a CLP-330. The speakers are not too swift. Both of the stated choices are likely better than the native Clav speakers. Still, for the money there are better choices.

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