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I've been thinking about getting a set really. why not you know. i don't know..ANYTHING about this. i know my sound science though.

 

$200 tops

 

my self built gaming desktop only has 8 3.5mm jacks on the back of it..nothing else..waht do i need? do i need some USB card for the RCA or whatever.. i don't even know

 

how are teh AV40's? any slightly better bookshlefs?

 

im gonna supplememnt this purchase by selling my Logitech Z623's for $100


Edited by bowei006 - 2/20/12 at 5:23pm
post #2 of 43
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Kinda confused do you want bookshelf speakers or powered monitors?

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Originally Posted by alv4426 View Post

Kinda confused do you want bookshelf speakers or powered monitors?



powered monitors sorry

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Dude, easy on the bumping. Have you looked at any of the threads on $200 monitors?

http://www.head-fi.org/search.php?search=%24200+monitor

post #7 of 43
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Dude, easy on the bumping. Have you looked at any of the threads on $200 monitors?

http://www.head-fi.org/search.php?search=%24200+monitor



i've seen them. and they all say the same thing which isn't bad. but the main concern i have or want to ask is..how the heck i wire these. let's say i get the AV40's...how would i wire them

post #8 of 43

OH. I had a pair of KRK's for a while (borrowed), so I can answer that: you're gonna need XLRs or 1/4" cables. Typically monitors need separate Left and Right channel feeds, because both sides of a pair of monitor are 100% identical to each other. 

How you split your audio into 2 channels depends on your setup. In my case, I already had an audio interface (for recording music), so that wasn't a problem--the interface had separate 1/4" outs for L and R, and could even go Balanced Out on them. 

 

The fact that LR pairs of active monitors are identical also means you will need to power each of them, as opposed to one power cable to both, as you would with regular PC speakers. 

The bottom line is that monitors, active or otherwise, can represent more hassle to setup than regular speakers. 

post #9 of 43
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... im going to guitar center on wednesday so that's why it wasn't much of a problem about which to get as i can test.. but wow. that is so fricking complicated. 

 

check out my profile page plz. i have a lot of miscelanious unused things downstairs. my father got into audio for a year and then..just lost it. it's all just sitting there. 

post #10 of 43

Uh yeah, I don't understand all the inventory you have listed. 

 

It looks like you're not really clear on what you want to use these speakers for, and that the multiple audio jacks on the back of your PC (from the soundcard, yes?) are probably for 7.1 channels of sound. Think for a minute how you're going to use these speakers, and how good they need to be.

 

I got a gaming rig built a few months ago and I was in a similar situation; what I was clear about, though, was that I just needed:

- Acceptable stereo sound for non-competitive gaming

- Whenever I couldn't be bothered to hook up my headphones

- 2.0, i.e. no subwoofer, because I had no space

post #11 of 43
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The reasons u listed are mine. Except i can use and have space for sub. I have a 130W RMS or 260W max sub beneath me right now. Muddy though

post #12 of 43

Once again, for $200 a good choice could be the active, rather than merely powered, Fostex PM0.4n.


Edited by Mauricio - 2/21/12 at 12:16am
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The reviews and comments on the fostexs rnt very flattering

post #14 of 43

If you can go to a local guitar center if try to talk a pair of Mackie MR5 MKIIs down to near 200, that's your best bet.  Volume control would be hard unless you have some sort of preamp, though.  Do you need a pair of active monitors?  I'm thinking a used pair of passive bookshelves with a T-amp would suit you just as well.

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The reviews and comments on the fostexs rnt very flattering



Yeah, that's because the people likely using and reviewing the Fostex monitors are studio hands who know what a good monitor should sound like.  They typicall have heard monitors that cost 10x the price of the Fostex.  And frankly, at $200 a pair, those folks are only telling you what you should already surmise about monitors at that price point.  On the other hand, the people reviewing the computer speakers have Logitecs and other such low-end stuff as reference.  

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