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Best Speakers under a $100

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hello! I'm student with a tight budget and I'm looking for speakers under a 100 bucks. I figured you guys will be the best guys to ask so i could get the best out of the 100 that i have. I could be docking speakers for apple products or just the normal cable plug.

 

My friend's friend recommended this

http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Studiophile-Powered-Monitor-Speakers/dp/B0051WAM1O/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

 

I like this

http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-Soundsticks-III/dp/B0042F3K9W/ref=sr_1_14?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1318178235&sr=1-14

 

But its outta my budget.

 

Anyone can help?

post #2 of 14

$100 may not sound much but for near field/PC Audio you could actually land proper budget bookshelf speakers paired with a cool running yet sweet sounding T-Amp so perhaps

 

TA2020 amp $27

http://www.amazon.com/Lepai-Tripath-TA2020-Class-T-Amplifier/dp/B0049P6OTI/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1318207920&sr=1-1-catcorr

 

Polk M10 $73

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-M10-channel-speakers/dp/B000XY47NY/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1318208035&sr=1-2-catcorr

 


Edited by trog - 10/9/11 at 5:59pm
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

i'm very new to this. i just get these 2 items and just plug them in together and thats it?

 

 

post #4 of 14

You will also need speaker wire

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=109-040

The 3.5mm/RCA cable is bundled in together with amp

 

A demo to hook up (audio source in this case is your PC/Mac/laptop instead of mobile phone)

 


Edited by trog - 10/9/11 at 6:04pm
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

the wire is included in one of the items right?

 

my audio source comes from several sources. vinyl player, iphone, macbook and cowon mp3. yepp.

post #6 of 14

Ya the 3.5mm/RCA cable is included with the amp

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

would this setup sound similar to JBL on Stage 200ID and the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III?

 

i could get the jbl used for 79. thats why i'm asking. =)


Edited by lookard - 10/9/11 at 7:12pm
post #8 of 14

Yea there proper bookshelf speakers, the jbl is just a dock it's limited by size and loads of other things, the sound sticks just sound rubbish the polk speakers will be miles better.

post #9 of 14
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the speaker and amp arrived but i dont have the wires to connect the speaker to the amp? what wires should i get?

post #10 of 14

save money and use cat5 wires that youre not using.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by cantsleep View Post

save money and use cat5 wires that youre not using.


That actually does work really well if you have any.  Just clip off the ends, then strip the leads, then twist the blue/blue-white/green/green-white together, and twist the brown/brown-white/orange/orange-white together.  Hook the blues and greens to one lead, the browns and oranges to the other lead, and the same on the other end.

 

(The color choices are to minimize crosstalk.)

 

If you don't have any CAT-5, you can order 50 feet of speaker wire from Monoprice for about 12 bucks with shipping.  Use a few feet of it to hook up your speakers, and then sell what's left to a fellow student for 12 bucks. wink.gif

 

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

i just went out to radioshack to get some wires. $8.70. ok i guess. THANKS GUYS! the music sounds fking great! hahahhaa.

post #13 of 14

Haha glad you got em up and running - passive bookshelf speakers can last for years and who knows perhaps in the future these could till serve you as surrounds in a 5.1/7.1 HT set up tongue_smile.gif Yep you are welcomed and happy (incoming) weekends gs1000.gif


Edited by trog - 10/13/11 at 10:51pm
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

it seems like the bass knob isnt working. =/ i'll have to return it. they dont have the replace it option. =/

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