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I am looking for a 2.0 setup for my computer. Budget is $250 or less(around 150 would be ideal).

This will be used mainly for movies/tv shows, and rarely music.

I was looking into getting a set of bookshelf speakers and an amplifier, specifically these

http://www.amazon.com/Topping-TP20-MK2-TA2020-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B00828UTE4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404110007&sr=8-1&keywords=topping+amp

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290268

Or I was also thinking about getting the Audioengine A2/A2+.

Right now I have an asus xonar ST soundcard for the source, so I do not need a DAC.

This is going into a pretty small room(about bedroom sized) so I am not super worried about it being loud enough.

If anyone has any suggestions that would be great.

Also I could add a powered sub woofer in the future, but I want to get the main speakers running soon.

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The A2/A2+s have small drivers. You'll get better sound out of a 2.0 system with some larger driver speakers that can do a better job producing midbass.

You could get the Polk Monitor 40 II from Polk's Ebay store for only a little more than the 35B. The Monitor B series is only a slight upgrade ver the Monitor II series, so might as well go with the better speaker in the Monitor II line.

Also look into the Pioneer Andrew Jones BS22s.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

The A2/A2+s have small drivers. You'll get better sound out of a 2.0 system with some larger driver speakers that can do a better job producing midbass.

You could get the Polk Monitor 40 II from Polk's Ebay store for only a little more than the 35B. The Monitor B series is only a slight upgrade ver the Monitor II series, so might as well go with the better speaker in the Monitor II line.

Also look into the Pioneer Andrew Jones BS22s.
+1, If you're going active, skip the wimpy lil A2s and get these. LINK. Guttenberg gave it a good review. HERE. And +1 also on the BS22s. Back down to under $100. They were in the $120s a few days ago.

E: Noticed that Amazon had some used SP-FS52s for around $100 each. If you only use them for music, they have pretty good bass. Movie sfx bass, not so much. (explosions, crashes, what not). It's pushing your budget but they're great as my fronts in my HT.
Edited by MrEleventy - 6/30/14 at 9:25am
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Originally Posted by nukedukem View Post
 

I am looking for a 2.0 setup for my computer. Budget is $250 or less(around 150 would be ideal).

This will be used mainly for movies/tv shows, and rarely music.

I was looking into getting a set of bookshelf speakers and an amplifier, specifically these

http://www.amazon.com/Topping-TP20-MK2-TA2020-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B00828UTE4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404110007&sr=8-1&keywords=topping+amp

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290268

Or I was also thinking about getting the Audioengine A2/A2+.

Right now I have an asus xonar ST soundcard for the source, so I do not need a DAC.

This is going into a pretty small room(about bedroom sized) so I am not super worried about it being loud enough.

If anyone has any suggestions that would be great.

Also I could add a powered sub woofer in the future, but I want to get the main speakers running soon.

 

Here are some Pioneer SP-BS21-LR speakers on sale for $49.99 (pair).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117405

 

I own these Monoprice 5" (self powered) studio monitors (nice sound) $170.

So no need for a separate speaker amplifier.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=115&cp_id=11504&cs_id=1150401&p_id=605500&seq=1&format=2

 

 

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