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Need help with choosing stereo for my computer.

post #1 of 13
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Hello, I am looking into buying a decent stereo setup for listening to music on my computer.  My budget is around 200USD.  I am looking for something like the Dayton B652 and Lepai 2020A+ but maybe a little higher quality.  I also would like to get a sub-woofer to go with the speakers I get.  I am using the on-board audio from my computer and my also use my iPod.  Let me know if there is anything I left out.

post #2 of 13

Something low cost for a 2.1

 

Klipsch Media Pro 2.1, sells used for around $80, on eBay.

 

Asus Xonar DG, DGX, DS, DSX, DX or D1 sound card, price range $27-$65

post #3 of 13
Combine the Dayton B652 and Lepai 2020A+ with the Dayton SUB1000 or Polk PSW10 (whichever is cheaper).
post #4 of 13
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So to set this up with the sub I would connect the amp Lepai to the sub then connect the speakers to the sub right, sorry i'm new to this.

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Combine the Dayton B652 and Lepai 2020A+ with the Dayton SUB1000 or Polk PSW10 (whichever is cheaper).

 

THIS. Do not get some computer junk speaker setup. Get real bookshelf speakers. Not tweeters and a single mid woofer (those 2.1 setups).

 

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Originally Posted by Tyler972 View Post
 

So to set this up with the sub I would connect the amp Lepai to the sub then connect the speakers to the sub right, sorry i'm new to this.

 

Depends on the sub. But basically yes, the output from the Lepair would go to the sub which will have front left/right inputs, and then output to the speakers. It's acting as a pass through and just picking up the crossover frequencies as it goes through, which you then set. I suggest around 80hz as a start, then tweak that based on how it sounds with the speakers in your room.

 

Note - Most of the time, you can get away with a sub because a good pair of bookshelves can do almost everything you need (Unlike tweeters in a box 2.1 computer audio setups). A sub is there to drop the high powered 30~60hz tones which are very difficult for a small mid range woofer (even 8" woofers have a hard time dropping this with authority in a large room). A 10" woofer is the start of a real sub woofer. So start by looking at 10" and 12" subs. If you get less than that, you might as well save your money and not bother, as it won't be a sub, it will just be a mid-woofer being labeled a sub which is false.

 

Very best,


Edited by MalVeauX - 9/29/13 at 6:01am
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Are you saying to not get the Dayton setup?

post #7 of 13
Not at all. He is saying don't spend your money on a computer 2.1 multimedia set like Logitechs and others.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Can I play music with just the sub and the speakers or is the amp required?

post #9 of 13
Passive speakers like the Daytons require an amp.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

I got them all set up and they sound amazing, thanks so much for all the help cel and MalVeauX.


Edited by Tyler972 - 10/9/13 at 11:24pm
post #11 of 13
Awesome! Did you end up getting a subwoofer, too, or just the speakers and amp?
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I ended up going with the Sub 1000 because I didn't have much room, and I love it!

post #13 of 13
That's gotta be a rockin $200 setup smily_headphones1.gif
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