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Desktop Speakers (What's Better Than HK?)
From: Robert Broussard
Date: Fri Dec 1, 2000 9:42pm
Subject: Desktop Speakers (What's Better Than HK?)
What speakers should I consider for desktop and PB Macs that will
be used to listen to music and for audio/video production.?
Date: Sun Dec 3, 2000 10:45am
Subject: Re: Desktop Speakers (What's Better Than
I've been looking for a pair of powered speakers for my video edit
have been at the top of my list. They've received spectacular reviews.
$1200/pair @ Sweetwater Sound.
Recently, I spotted what appears to be a knockoff design from Behringer,
B2031". I've got limited experience with this brand, but their
products seem to be very well engineered with very high quality, but follow
a practice of exploiting low cost labor in China. Their look-alikes to the
Mackie speakers above are about half the cost. I have not seen or heard
them. $500/pair at American Music.
The Alesis M1 Actives
may be a good choice in an even more economical speaker. These seem to be
decent speakers, but not in the same class with the Mackies above.
For extra kick in the low end, you can consider adding a Sunfire
Powered Sub Woofer to any of the systems above. About $1200 for a
11" square cube with a 2,700 watt amplifier. Another great product from
audio legend Bob Carver. (Phase Linear, Carver, Sunfire).
There are too many active near-field monitors on the market to evaluate.
The brands mentioned above are, with the exception of Sunfire, considered
"budget" lines in the pro audio world.
Other near-field monitor manufacturers include Yamaha, Event Electronics,
Roland, Tannoy, Hafler, Samson, KRK, JBL, and others.
With so many great audiophile-grade brands available, the one thing I
will not be considering is using cheesy little powered computer speakers.
I've heard and seen some pretty amazing products in this category that I
would be glad to have on anything other than a production editing machine.
But when it comes to critical work, I don't want a speaker where there are
perhaps conflicting design priorities to match aesthetics with an Apple Cube
or iMac. I want to know I am listening to my audio, making accurate
decisions and corrections based on faithful high fidelity reproduction, not
mistakenly listening to a the side effects of a really cool industrial
Desktop Speakers - How about Less than $200?
Matthew Groves wrote:
||Everyone's needs and budgets differ.
Does there exist a good speaker combination that would
work for the casual editor for less than $200?
A. Sure. They are called headphones.
IMHO, unless you can afford a high quality room to place your
speakers in, and have some way of isolating the disk, fan and monitor noise from your computer, there is not much point paying through the
nose for speakers.
I edit with a very ordinary domestic Sony amp with sad little speakers much of the time. If I want to check for clicks and stuff, I shove a pair of cans on my head and feed 'em from the back of the mac. If I
want the full theatre experience, I lug my powerbook downstairs and push the
audio into a Yamaha something or other and a large room full of
Bose. I also work at another site with an enormous old Yamaha
amp and Technics speakers each the size of a fridge. It's useless because of the computer noise in the room.
FireWire Timecode to RS-422
Q. "Does anyone know whether, and
how, the timecode signal alone can be broken out of a firewire socket to
provide a useable signal to a VTR with a separate timecode input socket such
as a Beta SP recorder?"
Nov. 11, 2000
A. The one solution I know of,
will consist of two parts.
One is a Sony DVMC-DA2,
about $400, which converts DV stream into separate video (Y/C or composite),
audio and timecode /device control signals. The timecode output is
The 2nd converter is a TAO L-Port422 box (about $500) which takes
Control-L/LANC timecode and device control signals and converts them to an
RS-422 standard compatible with most professional VTRs including most Sony
Beta SP ones.
"VX1000 colour bars"
Sat 2/21/98 Ron Tucker
your colour bar technique on the VX1000. With my machine, it's much simpler and more
useful than you think. There is no need to power down the camera. The record/standby lever
does all the work. Here's how:
You have camera power on, in standby mode and viewfinder is active (let's say, while
you're in the middle of a shoot). Suddenly, for some inexplicable reason, you want to put
colour bars on your tape.
- Simply put the "record lever" in lock position. Your camera will now go
- Simutaneously press and hold "start" and "photo" buttons. The
red start button won't go in all the way because it's locked, but keep a slight pressure
- Move the record lever from locked to standby, allowing the record button to slide in.
- Release both buttons.
Colour bars are now on.
To turn them off:
Put record lever in "lock" position, then return to "standby".
You now have a camera image.
...and ... you have no timecode glitches that might occur if you use the "power
When trying your "power off" method, I discovered the standby lever is not
required in the "on" sequence, as long as it's already set on standby.
Just hold both buttons and turn the camera on, the bars will appear. They can be
removed by moving the standby lever to lock, rather than turning power off.
Thanks for a great site.
"Appreciation for your site"
Thu 2/12/98 Greg Wyatt, Dupli City
I have just found your site thanks to VideoGuys, and I must tell you
that the amount of info you have accumulated is very impressive, as well as informative.
The DV format is the best thing to happen to video since tape was put in a cassette.
Combining such a powerful digital format with a hot technology like FireWire was pure
genius, if not perfectly obvious. I have been using my Sony VX1000 to shoot a puppet show
for West Covina Community Television, and my respect for the DV format increases every
time I turn it on. There is nothing this camera can't do. "We" will be
celebrating our 1-year anniversary this month, and appropriately, I will be purchasing the
DV-300 as the first element to my very own edit bay. I will send in my thoughts on this
product as soon as I get it.
Also, you may have seen the ads for the breakout box for the VX1000/EZ1. The one that
adapts the 3.5mm stereo plug to a pair of XLR balanced mic inputs? The one that sells for
$200? Well, the parts for that box are about $30 at your local electronics parts house
(Radio Shack does NOT qualify), and that includes upgrades for combination XLR and
1/4" jacks. This is a terrific upgrade and a definite must for anyone using a
prosumer camera for serious work.
Dupli City Studios
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