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Looking for speaker recommendations $100 - $150

post #1 of 33
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I can spend around $100 to $150 on some new speakers to listen to music with heavy bass and and watch movies.

post #2 of 33
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Currently looking at these..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1F80ZK4173

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-980-000402-Speaker-System-Z623/dp/B003VAHYTG/

post #3 of 33
The Klipsch Promedia 2.1 are one of the best values in a desktop multimedia setup for their price.

However, you could do better by building your own setup. See this CNET article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57439115-47/build-your-own-desktop-stereo-for-under-$70/

Then add a sub when you can afford to.

See also this discussion on Head-Fi: http://www.head-fi.org/t/627161/my-very-low-budget-nearfield-desktop-rig-lepai-amp-and-dayton-audio-speakers
post #4 of 33
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

The Klipsch Promedia 2.1 are one of the best values in a desktop multimedia setup for their price.

However, you could do better by building your own setup. See this CNET article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57439115-47/build-your-own-desktop-stereo-for-under-$70/

Then add a sub when you can afford to.

See also this discussion on Head-Fi: http://www.head-fi.org/t/627161/my-very-low-budget-nearfield-desktop-rig-lepai-amp-and-dayton-audio-speakers

"The Klipsch Promedia 2.1 are one of the best values in a desktop multimedia setup for their price." Can you explain more?

 

Not much of a DIY fan.

post #5 of 33
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I may just get the ProMedia ones. After looking at some reviews and comparisons, I'm pretty much sold on it.

 

Edit: Bought it.


Edited by shrkz - 9/8/13 at 1:51am
post #6 of 33
That's what I meant. If you look at reviews and testimonials, you will discover that the Promedia are probably the best desktop multimedia speakers for the price. Certainly won't do better.

The Dayton/Lepai setup is not really a DIY setup. It's a passive speaker/amp setup. If you ever get into home audio, you will likely have to choose your own speakers and amp/receiver in the same way.
post #7 of 33
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Just got these. The satellite's are amazingly clear but the sub seems worse than my $30 Creative speakers. I can barely tell what kind of sound is coming out, its just too muffled.

post #8 of 33
Placement can affect subwoofer performance dramatically. Try another spot.

Subs also tend to tighten up with a little break in. Leave it running at moderately loud volumes for 8 or 10 hours then evaluate.

Be sure that you have Windows volumes turned all the way up (try 95 or 100%), as well as other volume controls, and then adjust the volume with the speaker control, setting the sub volume to integrate with that.
post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Placement can affect subwoofer performance dramatically. Try another spot.

Subs also tend to tighten up with a little break in. Leave it running at moderately loud volumes for 8 or 10 hours then evaluate.

Be sure that you have Windows volumes turned all the way up (try 95 or 100%), as well as other volume controls, and then adjust the volume with the speaker control, setting the sub volume to integrate with that.

Is it recommended to just plug it straight into the onboard audio? I have them plugged into my FiiO e17 at 30.

post #10 of 33
For best sound with an E17, you need a FiiO L7 line out connector for hooking up speakers so that you are not double amping the output. Plugging into the headphone amp means it's already been amped, and then gets amped again by the amp in the Promedia sub.
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

For best sound with an E17, you need a FiiO L7 line out connector for hooking up speakers so that you are not double amping the output. Plugging into the headphone amp means it's already been amped, and then gets amped again by the amp in the Promedia sub.

All the FiiO L7's seem to be for the E7?

post #12 of 33
Try reading the Amazon reviews. I used an L7 with the E17 I used to have smily_headphones1.gif
post #13 of 33

I'm using the Promedia 2.1 and I feel it has good bass even with the bass level turned to just 1/3 of the dial. I tried pairing it with the E17 but I prefer the SQ when directly connected to the laptop. As Cel4145 said; it would be because of double-amping when connected through the E17. Planning to get the L7 soon.


Edited by zamorin - 9/8/13 at 7:54pm
post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Try reading the Amazon reviews. I used an L7 with the E17 I used to have smily_headphones1.gif

So I just plug it in the bottom of the e17 and  the speaker jack to the side of it?

post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by shrkz View Post

So I just plug it in the bottom of the e17 and  the speaker jack to the side of it?

Yep.
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