Originally Posted by Proto12
As stated above, i'm trying to make a decision between these two speakers.
Here's some general info about my intended use, source, and location/scenarios...
*Using my computer as the source*
1) For video use (Youtube, Netflix, etc)
2) Gaming (MMOBA and MMORPG, not base-heavy, volume-basting FPS stuff -.-)
Alienware M17x with a Sound Blaster 3Di internal soundcard (three 3.5mm ports - 2 out and 1 in - and a single S/PDIF out)
1) Personal use in my dorm room - measures roughly 9 ft x 10 ft x 8.5 ft (near field use)
2) For small parties in the apartment - measures roughly 20 ft x 16 ft
Originally i was thinking about buying a really nice set of bookshelf speakers (Swan M200MkIII's or Airmotiv 5's), but after giving it some honest thought i really can't afford anything over $300. BUT, i really hate the idea of buying an entry-level speaker system since i would prefer to buy higher quality items that will last me awhile, and that i can potentially resell for a decent amount of money...plus i just want really really nice sounding speakers .
So with all of that in mind i would love some input in regards to which speaker system you all would suggest, and if you have any other recommendations i would love to read them .
Have you considered the M200MKII's or the D1080-IV? In a Malaysian forums(l**yat), loads of people say there were hardly any difference between MKII and MKIII, except for being able to go up higher volume for the MKIII. In fact, they advise against the MKIII for near-field use and recommended the MKII instead.
Personally I went down to audition the D1080-IV, M50W and MKII. D1080-IV had some mid coloration, some people may like it some may not, but it is pretty nice(gave me alot of headaches infact, deciding between D1080IV and MKII). M50W was more for... bassheads. The satellites on D1080-IV and MKII were better than the M50W, but of course they were missing the subwoofer that the M50W included, hence lacking the 'room shaking' bass that the M50W would give.
M50W is great great great value for bass lovers, and the LED Volume control looks pretty awesome. Some prefer the D1080-IV over the MKII's because of the coloration. Personally I love both the D1080IV and MKII, but went with the MKII since I could get it for a pretty low price and it looks great. The MKII's produced a more 'clean/genuine' tone, to some maybe 'bland'(these people would love the D1080-IV).
Best you test them out yourself to see what you prefer.
Oh and the D1080-IV's bass packs a punch. Of all satellite speakers I've heard they are the tightest and one of the most powerful.
That's not to say the MKII doesn't have great tight bass, they do, but somewhat lacking when compared to the M50W.
In any case, you could add a sub any time later if you went with a 2.0 setup first.
I've ordered the MKII yesterday and it will be delivered to me on tuesday.
Take my words with a truckload of salt, I'm only a beginner in audio stuff and am in no way qualified to give you any advice. The above is just my opinion and they may not make any sense!!
If it is allowed, I can give you links to the malaysian forum swans speaker discussion, loads of info and comparisons there just gotta dig em out!!
Edit: I wouldn't go with the Klipsch Promedia 2.1, unless the Swans cost a major bomb in your area.
Edited by Happy Hacking - 8/24/13 at 12:41pm