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Thread Starter 

i know this is a headphone forum, but i figure people who appreciate music dont limit themselves

 

i was wondering whats a good spot to hit for computer speakers, i know a lot of people use 15$ 2.1 powered systems.... and then theres people who run 500$+ systems with monitors and a receiver, and everything in between that

 

im not an audiofile and dont intend on getting near higher end systems, just looking for some direction.... as ive heard computer speakers in the sub 100$ range arnt even worth using over the cheapo ones .... apparently also bookshelf speakers provide a better value than powered "computer" speakers but can require 2x initial cost in a receiver/amp and a sub

 

examples:

 

Computer speakers

 

BookShelf (would require amp/receiver and a sub?)

 

 

 

from what ive seen klipsch 2.1 computer speakers seem  popular ... and the sonys i linked to or the dayton b652,polk monitor30's seem popular for bookshelves

 

... open to all suggestions ideally i would like to keep the cost down but from my experience in electronics there tends to be price ranges which you wanna hit for value

post #2 of 16

Helps a lot if you list your budget, or just a general $ range.

What sound card or motherboard will these speakers be plugged into?

 

post #3 of 16

You can go with a desktop amplifier, you don't require a large receiver although they offer more flexibility because you can upgrade to 5.1 down the road.  If you want to go with a stereo receiver, they are getting incredibly cheap these days because everybody wants larger surround sound receivers with HDMI..etc.  You can always go to the local pawn shops, look i the papers and the buy and sell forums for some treasures.

 

I would suggest a quality set of bookshelf speakers and a subwoofer.  This will give you great bang or your buck and you can always expand later on if you wish.

 

We need a budget though to offer suggestions.

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post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

as far as budget goes i was trying to keep it lowish, but like i said im open to suggestions as to what the best value point is... somewhere in the range of 40-200$

 

 

motherboard is GA-770TA-UD3

 

 

will be used for general computer use mostly music of the rockish genre with some classical/softer metal/hiphop, the occasional movie/stream, i dont intend to be blasting them and i dont want overblown bass


Edited by WTFGoD - 3/4/12 at 6:44am
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

also what should i be looking for in an receiver     features/price range assuming i pick up a used one from craigs/ebay/forums


Edited by WTFGoD - 3/5/12 at 11:30am
post #6 of 16

I'm not sure you'd get a decent subwoofer on top of the speakers and amp for only 200.  Saving up for one later is always a good choice though.  

 

For starters I think you can get yourself a T-amp for around 100 and a pair of bookshelves for around 100, and then add a sub later.  I'd look around for a used pair of PSB Alphas.  

 

You can also go the active speaker route as well.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by WTFGoD View Post

from what ive seen klipsch 2.1 computer speakers seem  popular ... and the sonys i linked to or the dayton b652,polk monitor30's seem popular for bookshelves

 

... open to all suggestions ideally i would like to keep the cost down but from my experience in electronics there tends to be price ranges which you wanna hit for value


I used the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (Star Wars Edition, baybee!!) system for several years and I'd be hard put to honestly recommend them.  Build quality issues (chintzy cables which are difficult to replace and a failing DIN connector) mainly, but also a boomy one-note sort of bass. They're decent, mind you, but you could probably find better options for the price.  I've listened to the Logitech Z-2300 quite a bit and enjoy them more, though they've been discontinued.  Their replacement, the Z-623, gets decent reviews on Amazon, but who knows if that means anything-- especially since they're not quite so beloved by audiophiles.  The Z-2300 seems to be widely available used on ebay.

post #8 of 16

Also, from my limited experience it seems like you're likely to get more immediate value out of a set of 2.1 powered speakers than you are going to the amp/receiver plus speakers route.  I.E., you can get a decent set of multimedia speakers for $200, but it seems less likely that you'll find comparable sound from a receiver/amp, plus separate speakers, plus requisite cables for the same budget.

 

On the other hand, the speaker and receiver option is probably a better long term investment since you can upgrade components later.

 

Just my 2¢.

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

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post #10 of 16

Sorry.

 

The upshot is this: in my opinion, the Z-2300 is better than the Klipsch 2.1 system, but you'd have to find it used.

 

Also, unless you're planning on upgrading, you're probably better off getting a 2.1 system rather than trying to buy an amp + speakers + cables + subwoofer (?) for under $200.

 

So I could've said it in 100 fewer words. :sheepishgrin:

post #11 of 16

I agree with ROBSCIX/TMRaven but if u want room for 5.1 DD/DTS go first with a half decent 2.0/2.1 and perhaps a coax/optical AVR in craiglist, etc

 

edit: Your GA-770TA-UD3 motherboard also has both coax and optical so just send digital audio out to the AVR = done


Edited by trog - 3/6/12 at 12:21am
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

i appreciate your clarifying mega..but your advice kinda confuses me as its contradicts a  bit, also the "replacements" new are cheaper than the z-2300 are used

 

.. im going to be using this for a computer, i dont plan on going to 5.1

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

would something like

 

Speakers  a stereo receiver (50$???) 100w per channel and a  Sub do better than powered speakers? or something along those lines?

post #14 of 16

An active design will give you the most bang for your buck.  For $200 you can pick up a pair of active, bi-amplified Fostex PM0.4n.  In time, when you've saved up you can add the subwoofer designed specifically to mate with those speakers.  Think outside the box, think systems, think active.

 

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