Currently Being ModeratedDec 17, 2010 9:35 AM (in response to JHangloose)Re: How do you receive UX8 playback through normal computer speakers?
Yes, the UX8 acts as your computer's sound card (that's how you should set it up) so you need to plug your speakers into it to hear what's playing.
I have a Toneport UX2 and use a pair of Behringer Truth B2030A active speakers. They are reasonably small (sit on either end of my desk) and are probably good enough for my (ancient) ears, but there are so many different makes and types on the market I found it very difficult to decide what to buy. In the end it came down to appearance (I know, I know...), size, power, and Freq Response, but in the end it's somewhat subjective. You should probably listen to several different makes/models, but I didn't have that option. In any case monitors are supposedly very flat in response so they don't "colour" the sound (unlike hi-fi speakers which are much more a matter of individual taste).
Btw, you probaly know, but to avoid mains hum you should plug your monitors and your computer into the same mains wall outlet (and the UX8 if it has it's own power supply).
I use headphones (with the monitors off) for monitoring when recording.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 17, 2010 9:38 AM (in response to JHangloose)Re: How do you receive UX8 playback through normal computer speakers?
My question is, to get playback through the speakers, must they be plugged into the back of my UX8?...
Also, I plan on buying monitoring speakers, as I said above. Which speaker make/model is best suited for home recording in your opinion? and why?
^This will help me decide on a pair.
Yes, you should hear sound from your speakers if you switch them from your computer to the UX8 monitor outputs. You may need an appropriate adapter.
You will find lots of opinions on suitable speakers in other threads on this forum. Do a search - there are many existing discussions that will give you lots of info. I would suggest something with at least a 5" speaker - preferably bigger, but your budget will dictate.