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I'm looking for new computer speakers to replace my failing Klipsch (which were good a decade ago).  I primarily use them for gaming plus occasional music and rarely movies.

 

A friend suggested I get an Asus Xonar DG based on feedback he received on these forums.  Is there another good inexpensive sound card (right now, I just have the built-in audio which isn't bad but certainly isn't anything special)?

 

Ideally, I'd like a pretty good 2.1 or 5.1 setup (or 4.1 but I haven't seen one of those in a long time).  I'd like to spend <$500 total.

 

Based on recommendations here and elsewhere, here is what I'm currently considering:

  • Logitech Z623 (2.1) ~$125 - Logitech seems to get mixed reviews on most audio sites
  • Logitech Z906 (5.1) ~$350 - Logitech seems to get mixed reviews on most audio sites
  • Corsair SP2500 (2.1) ~$200 - very good reviews for computer speakers
  • Axion Audiobyte (2.1) ~$580 - more than I'd really like to spend but a few sites love these
  • AudioEngine 2 (2.0) - ~$200 - pretty good reviews and significantly cheaper than A5
  • PSB Alpha PS1 (2.0) - ~$300 - recommended in the buying guide on this site

 

For the 2.0 systems, I'd also be interested in a decent inexpensive subwoofer that would work with them.

 

The speakers will only be 2-3 feet in front of me and I'd prefer smallish speakers since they will be sitting on the desktop.

 

Any recommendations (for or against) any of the above?  Any other suggestions?


Edited by wilcoxon - 10/18/13 at 6:47pm
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I'll save you the 3 months of research I did when I was looking to replace my computer speakers which included most of the ones you have listed.  My recommendation is this: Add the Swan M200MkIII to your speaker list and cross everything else off.  

 

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/swans2/1.html


Edited by okcameradude - 10/18/13 at 6:40pm
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Thanks for the recommendation.  I'll definitely take a look at those as well.

 

I should add that the speakers will be only 2-3 feet in front of me (due to desk setup) and I'd prefer fairly small size as they will be on the desktop.

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Originally Posted by wilcoxon View Post
 

Thanks for the recommendation.  I'll definitely take a look at those as well.

 

I should add that the speakers will be only 2-3 feet in front of me (due to desk setup) and I'd prefer fairly small size as they will be on the desktop.

Genelec G One Active speaker, should be on your list too.   

this video shows one with a 4" inch driver the G One has a 3" inch driver, just imagine it a bit smaller....:wink_face:

 


Edited by Johnnyhi - 10/18/13 at 7:10pm
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Originally Posted by wilcoxon View Post
 

I'm looking for new computer speakers to replace my failing Klipsch (which were good a decade ago).  I primarily use them for gaming plus occasional music and rarely movies.

A friend suggested I get an Asus Xonar DG based on feedback he received on these forums.  Is there another good inexpensive sound card (right now, I just have the built-in audio which isn't bad but certainly isn't anything special)?

Ideally, I'd like a pretty good 2.1 or 5.1 setup (or 4.1 but I haven't seen one of those in a long time).  I'd like to spend <$500 total.

For the 2.0 systems, I'd also be interested in a decent inexpensive subwoofer that would work with them.

The speakers will only be 2-3 feet in front of me and I'd prefer smallish speakers since they will be sitting on the desktop.

Any recommendations (for or against) any of the above?  Any other suggestions?

The Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound cards (used $60) come with the CS4398 DAC chip :)

What about using headphones?

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Johnnyhi, the genelec g one appears to be very hard to find in the US (a quick search on froogle doesn't find any). I'm not sure on the g one but the other genelec speakers I can find look to be a lot more than $500 for 2.1.

PurpleAngel, is the dx or d1 significantly better than the dg? I'm really not interested in headphones (I generally don't like things on my head (hats, etc)).
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