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Music setup for ~$600

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hey,

 

I'm building a new computer with the Xonar Essence STX and I'm wondering what sort of speakers I should buy.

 

I've been tossing up between the Audioengine A5 and Swan M50Ws. I'm sort of new to this since my previous speakers were Logitech X-540s.

 

This may seem like a stupid question, but how do I connect my headphones with the 3.5mm jack to the soundcard?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 10

Pretty sure the Xonar Essence STX has a headphone out. I can't tell you much on the speakers. I know the A5's and M50Ws both get really good reviews here so either would be good I think. :)

 

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Analog Output Jack:
RCA jack *2 (Front R / Front L), 6.30mm jack*1 (Headphone out)
Analog Input Jack:
6.30mm jack *1 (Shared by Line-In/Mic-In)
Other line-level analog input (for CD-IN/TV Tuner):
Aux-In (4-pin header on the card)
Front-Panel Header:
Shared by Headphone out / 2 channels out /
Microphone in

 

Here are a few of the connections (I've omitted the others). I see a 6.3mm jack, but that wouldn't work with the AD700s.

 

EDIT: I realised it comes with an adapter from 6.3 to 3.5mm, woops :)


Edited by weirdguy99 - 11/19/11 at 1:47am
post #4 of 10

For $600 you could get a nice passive set-up if your willing to consider an amp and 2 bookshelfs rather than actives.

post #5 of 10

For $600, you could get the focal xs 2.1 set up: http://www.amazon.com/Focal-Satellite-Speakers-Dock-Players/dp/B001RQ4IA4.  That would be pretty sweet with a sub, 2 satellites, an ipod dock, and a usb dac (which you don't really need but you can bypass using the rca inputs)

post #6 of 10

M-Audio Bx5a is selling for $139, it's a steal at this price. 

post #7 of 10

What about a vintage speaker setup?

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by alexsj View Post

For $600, you could get the focal xs 2.1 set up: http://www.amazon.com/Focal-Satellite-Speakers-Dock-Players/dp/B001RQ4IA4.  That would be pretty sweet with a sub, 2 satellites, an ipod dock, and a usb dac (which you don't really need but you can bypass using the rca inputs)


 

i have two fischer 80s speakers connected to my receiver, but they're giant and i need something smaller. would this settle? how do the bower and wilkins MM-1 compete?

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Originally Posted by cifani090 View Post

What about a vintage speaker setup?



or modern speakers, with vintage sweet amplifier..

post #10 of 10

Vintage B&W speakers, or new, vintage JBL or Klipsch and a vintage Marantz, Pioneer, or Kenwood receiver should be find for $600. More bang for your buck too when it comes to vintage.

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