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Hello everyone, im new here and to all this audio stuff. I recently decided to get myself some new speakers for my computer, and I have been researching vigorously over the weekend and I'm still pretty torn so hopefully you guys can help me out. First of all the budget is at $250-$300 and a good, clean sound with a good amount of bass is what I'm in the market for. First, I ordered the Corsair Sp2500 and was disappointed to see some people say that they lack bass when turnt up. This wasn't good for me, so I promptly cancelled the order. So from what research I have done here are the options I have come up with. Note - my room is 15x15

 

Klipsch Promedia 2.1 (Heard there were some quality control issues here)

 

Swan M10 - These are stylish, but I also heard they lacked some bass. 

 

Swan M50w - These are at the top of the budget, but again, the 6.5 woofer just seems a bit to small for my needs.

 

Logitech z2300 - These certainly aren't my top priority.

 

Corsair Sp2500 - Perhaps I should give these a second chance

 

But what I also think is feasible is getting simply two monitors and a subwoofer but it gets pricey, and almost always goes over my budget. The problem with this is that I'm a total noob at this sort of stuff, I dont have a soundcard, or amp, or receiver (im not even sure what they do). Or what cables I need, or anything really. All that aside here is the setup I was looking at

 

 

Dayton Sub-1200

 

Swan D1010 IV Monitors

 

Thanks guys.


Edited by Zinkisky - 3/4/13 at 11:08am
post #2 of 39

First have a look at this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/627161/my-very-low-budget-nearfield-desktop-rig-lepai-amp-and-dayton-audio-speakers. A t amp is a really good way to go when dealing with a small budget. The lepai is a very good bargain. I recommend getting one of these:

Lepai LP-2020+

Lepai LP-S60 (has remote)

Lepai LP-269FS (has remote)

 

Then get some bookshelf speakers and a sub. Save about $15 of our budget for speaker wire and cables. As for speakers and sub, look used.


Edited by weez82 - 3/4/13 at 12:03pm
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Originally Posted by weez82 View Post

First have a look at this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/627161/my-very-low-budget-nearfield-desktop-rig-lepai-amp-and-dayton-audio-speakers. A t amp is a really good way to go when dealing with a small budget. The lepai is a very good bargain. I recommend getting one of these:

Lepai LP-2020+

Lepai LP-S60 (has remote)

Lepai LP-269FS (has remote)

 

Then get some bookshelf speakers and a sub. Save about $15 of our budget for speaker wire and cables. As for speakers and sub, look used.

Awesome, I looked at the LP-2020+ and for twenty dollars it seems like it's what I need. Would the speakers and sub I mentioned be adequate?

post #4 of 39
The Swan D1010 speakers are powered. They don't need the Lepai. With the Lepai, you use traditional speakers that are passive (no built-in amp).

The Dayton Sub-1200 will work great with the Lepai and a set of speakers.

The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers are one of the best value speaker choices. They have been on sale for $100 or less on average at least once a month.
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The Swan D1010 speakers are powered. They don't need the Lepai. With the Lepai, you use traditional speakers that are passive (no built-in amp).

The Dayton Sub-1200 will work great with the Lepai and a set of speakers.

The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers are one of the best value speaker choices. They have been on sale for $100 or less on average at least once a month.

Perfect! Thanks for clearing that up for me. The Pioneers look really good, and they seem like a bargain. So now the setup looks like this.

 

Dayton Sub-1200

Pioneer SP-BS22-LR shelves

Lepai-2020+

 

Which brings the total to around 280. Are there any special types of cables I should be aware of? 

post #6 of 39
You need speaker wire. And I'm assuming your computer has a 3.5mm audio out plug? Just need a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable to connect the Lepai.
post #7 of 39
I gave my son a pair of Swan 1010's last year. Quite impressive after a little break in time. For under $150. I'd suggest you have a look at the (audio advisor.com) website. They have a lot of specials going right now. Step up to the H series maybe?
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Alright everything is ordered up and should be here by Wednesday. @cel4145 is this the type of cable your talking about? http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-3-5mm-Stereo-Audio-Cable/dp/B004LTEUDO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362445697&sr=8-1&keywords=3.5mm+audio+cable

post #9 of 39
Yep. The Lepai has a plugin on the back labeled MP3 for that cable to connect.

Also, be sure to get enough speaker cable to run to your sub, and then back to your speakers. The way to wire it up is run the speaker out from the Lepai to the back of the sub speaker inputs, and then the speaker out from the sub to the speakers. Then once you configure the gain (volume) on the back of the sub to balance with the speaker output, it will match the speakers from then on as you turn the volume up and down on the Lepai.

For the sub crossover, a guess would be to set it somewhere around 70 to 85hz, since that's where the speakers are rolling off in bass. But ultimately, you set there wherever it sounds best to you. Phase, typically at 0 if the sub is in or near the front sound stage of the speakers, but if 180 sounds better, you go with it.
Edited by cel4145 - 3/4/13 at 5:30pm
post #10 of 39
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Good deal, can't wait to get them setup. Muchos gracias to everyone who helped me, I really do appreciate it.

post #11 of 39
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Upon further research I have figured out that my iMac has an optical digital audio output (minijack) rather than a audio out plug. Do I need any sort of special adaptor for this?

 

Also I returned my 4 foot cable for the 8 inch one...didn't seem like it was long enough.

post #12 of 39

Which iMac (year/time period, ex: late 2012) do you have?

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Which iMac (year/time period, ex: late 2012) do you have?

Mid 2011

post #14 of 39

I don't really see how someone could say the SP2500 is lacking in bass. Actually any decent 2.1 setup for that matter; I mean, you have a dedicated subwoofer. I have the Klipsch Promedia 2.1, the newer one that I believe has a weaker sub(?), and I have the bass dial turned down to less than 1/4 of it's full travel. When I turn the dial all the way up, there is so much bass that I can feel the back of my eyes vibrating and it gets me feeling a bit nauseous. Of course the subwoofer isn't as powerful as the one with my home theatre speakers; the Klipsch sub won't be shaking any windows or toppling pictures on the shelves. But at that point, you wouldn't even really be able to hear your music, not to mention your neighbours would want to kill you.

post #15 of 39

On your Mac you will be fine using a standard 3.5mm jack, there is no need for a special cable.

 

 

"Headphone out/optical digital audio out port
Connect headphones, external powered speakers, or digital audio equipment.This port is
also a S/PDIF stereo 3.5 mm mini phone jack."
 
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