Originally Posted by ben_allison
Also, could you "get by" just with the 42's? Imagine you're in a small bedroom...
There's no doubt you could do very well with just the 42's, IF you place them right on your desk so that the low end extension reaches down to 50 or so (Chris himself recommends this). On stands, they'll roll off sharply around 100-150.
If you need the bass to kick you in the chest at loud levels, they won't do it. But if you monitor at modest to quiet levels, then absolutely yes, they tell the story quite accurately and sound deceptively deep given their diminutive size.
Adding a sub... I'm very wary of subs, *especially* in small rooms, they tend to create as many problems as they solve unless you have an extraordinarily well-controlled, well-tuned space. If you don't have that, I'd say go with the 42's and ref the super deep stuff on headphones.
Gregory Scott - ubk