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Looking for an Absolute Upgrade for my desktop rig

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi there!

 

I want to upgrade my desktop rig. In the last 2 years (yes I know its long) I've managed to squeeze in enough to get myself a top-notch IEM and ICE (with great help from Head-fi, ofcourse), and now is the turn of my desktop. I've mustered up enough cash to allow me to do this. Call it coincidently, but I've been spending the maximum hours in a day on my desktop.

Breakdown of time spent on desktop daily:

Gaming (40%)

Music (40%)

Movies (20%)

 

My current set-up isn't gonna be hitting any charts, but here it goes:

Asus Xonar DX

Sonic Gear Evo 7 2.1 Speakers

 

What I am now looking for a complete upgrade of the sound in all aspects (dynamic range, distortion handing, detail, bass, speed, surround etc.).

I prefer a 2.1 configuration.

 

I'm considering either going for a speaker that offers that quality of sound for my price range ($400),

 

Would this be enough? If so, what are my options? Please note, availability might be an issue, since I am in India.

 

Also, is it necessary that I go for an amp?

 

Things to consider:

Although my room is huge, I sit miserably close to the speakers i.e. about 1.5 - 2 feet away


Edited by sa_ill - 2/6/13 at 1:08am
post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 

bump

post #3 of 10
Is there a good used market for home audio equipment in India? If you have room for it, your best bet could be to pickup a used stereo or audio/video receiver and some passive bookshelf speakers. Then get a sub.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

I am considering the Yahama NS 333 speakers. Getting them for about $300.

 

Now, I will be converting the Yamaha cable to RCA, and connect them to my SoncGear sub-wooder.

The out from my sub-woofer is a 3.5mm jack, which goes into my Asus Xonar.

 

Do this system work? Will the Xonar's provide considerable power to drive?

 

Although I will be buying a proper amplifier in about 6 months, can I make do with my current config?

post #5 of 10
The Xonar cannot drive your new speakers. It has no amplifier. So it's not relevant.

However, if the amplifier for your sonic speakers is in the subwoofer, and it has separate left/right outputs to the speakers that you can hook to the Yamahas, yes it could probably work. If the amplifier for each of the sonic speakers is in the speakers themselves, then it won't work to hook the Yamahas up to the sonic subwoofer.

If it does, how well will it drive the Yamahas? Probably impossible to predict. But I wouldn't expect a ton of volume.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for clearing that out.
 

Yes, the subwoofer does have separate left/right outputs. I intend to plug the Yahama's in the subwoofer, and plug the subwoofer to the Asus Xonar.

 

The subwoofer I'll be using is this: http://www.lelong.com.my/sonicgear-evo-7-speaker-white-93630780-2011-10-std-P.htm

 

My question is, will this subwoofer be enough to drive the Yahama's?

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by sa_ill View Post

My question is, will this subwoofer be enough to drive the Yahama's?

I already answered that. How well an amp can drive a pair of speakers is based on (a) your expectations and (b) the performance of the amp with the particular pair of speakers. (a) is impossible for someone else to answer for you with the information you have given, and (b) requires knowing some good specs about the amp. Sonic gear says the speakers are getting 8 watts. Is that peak? Into what impedance? What are the sensitivity rating of those speakers that come with it in comparison to the Yamahas? So unless someone else has done what you are trying to do with a passive pair of home audio speakers with the sonic, probably can't get a meaningful answer to that question. Best guess is not to expect a lot of volume.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Fair enough. Thanks +rep

 

Well as the situation turns out to be, I have decided to chuck my plans on the Yahama.

 

Want to get a decent pair for $300 that require no amping. What options do I have? (No Audioengines please, I heard the A5+ and honestly feel they are overpriced)

post #9 of 10
Do you have a local music shop that sells guitars, drums, etc? They may carry powered studio monitors. That could be a good option.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by sa_ill View Post

Fair enough. Thanks +rep

 

Well as the situation turns out to be, I have decided to chuck my plans on the Yahama.

 

Want to get a decent pair for $300 that require no amping. What options do I have? (No Audioengines please, I heard the A5+ and honestly feel they are overpriced)

They kind of are, for exactly the same spec's of an A5. (other than the rear change of assortments)

 

I recommend the Emotiva Airmotiv4.

 

Tim

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