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What would be the best speakers for under $1000 for my computer that has a ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card?  I'm looking for a clear, colorful sound with a punchy bass.  I'm going to be right next to my computer 99% of the time so I don't care if the sound doesn't travel that far.  I'd prefer either 2.1 or 2.0 since I assume 5.1 would be lower quality speakers at this budget.  On my computer I will be doing virtually everything from music, movies, and gaming.

Would it be a good idea to buy >$1000 2.0 speakers and then upgrade to a very good subwoofer when I have the money?

 

Edit: I'd prefer a speaker that is smaller than 13'' tall, 13'' deep, and 20'' wide since that is was my desk will fit.

 

Edit: Also, for the subwoofer, not too big since there is little space to put it.  And what would be a good subwoofer to add on to a 2.0?  Something like this? http://www.klipsch.com/kw-120-thx-subwoofer


Edited by FLUDD - 9/3/12 at 5:08pm
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Originally Posted by FLUDD View Post

What would be the best speakers for under $1000 for my computer that has a ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card?  I'm looking for a clear, colorful sound with a punchy bass.  I'm going to be right next to my computer 99% of the time so I don't care if the sound doesn't travel that far.  I'd prefer either 2.1 or 2.0 since I assume 5.1 would be lower quality speakers at this budget.  On my computer I will be doing virtually everything from music, movies, gaming, and audio editing.  

Would it be a good idea to buy >$1000 2.0 speakers and then upgrade to a very good subwoofer when I have the money?

http://www.dv247.com/studio-equipment/dynaudio-bm-12a-active-monitors-and-bmc-2--98318

 

Are nice

 

 

 

EDIT:you want dollars so its a diffrent price 

 

EDIT: so maybe these ? http://www.dv247.com/studio-equipment/adam-a7x-active-studio-monitor-pair--83366

post #3 of 14
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Are the Dynaudio BMs worth the money and better then most of the mainstream speakers at the <$1000 price range?  And do these have a colorful, amazing sound or are they flat like most studio monitors?


Edited by FLUDD - 9/2/12 at 9:09pm
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Are the Dynaudio BMs worth the money and better then most of the mainstream speakers at the <$1000 price range?  And do these have a colorful, amazing sound or are they flat like most studio monitors?

Most Studio monitors are flat EQ for the true sound and many diffrent ways you can EQ them.. 

I have heard good things about Dynaudio, Its difficult to be dissapointed at that price range but they are definitly worth looking into

post #5 of 14

These might be over your budget,but I have a pair and highly recommend them.

http://www.adam-audio.com/en/pro-audio/products/a5x/description

post #6 of 14
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The AX's look like the perfect size and price.  Would it be okay to buy one AX5 and one AX7?


Edited by FLUDD - 9/3/12 at 7:08pm
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bump

post #8 of 14

just wait a min, kef just introduced something what makes me nervous!

 

http://www.kef.com/html/us/showroom/digital_music_solutions/x300a/fact_sheets/X300A_group/X300A/index.html

post #9 of 14
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These look pretty good.  I don't know how good though..

 

Edit: Would you think they are better than KEF LS50's?


Edited by FLUDD - 9/5/12 at 2:53pm
post #10 of 14
I heard the PSB imaging mini is amazing, Jude did a nice review on them and he strongly recommends thoes pair. They are within your budget and I too are looking forward to getting them, PSB iamaging mini or KEF LS-50.
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just wait a min, kef just introduced something what makes me nervous!

http://www.kef.com/html/us/showroom/digital_music_solutions/x300a/fact_sheets/X300A_group/X300A/index.html

They look like active LS50's with built-in DAC.
post #12 of 14

I,m saving up for some KRK VXT6 Monitors. Right at your budget, and WOW , do they sound great!


Edited by aqsw - 12/26/12 at 5:08pm
post #13 of 14

I had the same dilemma not long ago. The main issue is that near field monitors are not good enough for gaming or movies, and 2.0 speakers are not that small for desktops, so keep in mind speaker footprint before buy anything. 

 

IMO

2.1 Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

2.0 Emotiva Airmotiv 5 or 6 (It depends how big is your desktop), AudioEngine A5+, etc

post #14 of 14

I have the Emotiva Airmotiv 4s and the Adam ARTist 3s and both are great. I specifically wanted desk speakers that were both small and had a high level of clarity. The only problem with both is that they are rear-ported, so my desk set-up, a foot from the wall and window behind, produces something of a subwoofer effect. This I had to solve by plugging the ports 90% with foam. I'd definitely consider front-ported or sealed speakers in the future.

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