Convince Me I Don't Need New Computer Speakers
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I'm currently using Audioengine A2's out of my Xonar Essence STX. I'm pretty happy with the sound of them but I know I can probably do a little better. The problem is I'm extremely limited on space and I can't go with anything much bigger than the A2's. I was looking at the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1's but those are primarily USB based and I have no intention to stop using my soundcard. Are there any other speakers with a footprint as small or smaller than the A2's but that sound good enough to warrant an upgrade?
 
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Yeah you totally need new speakers. I don't even know which ones, just that you should spend some cash. Right now.
 
 
Half-joking: can you go 2.1 instead of staying 2.0? It sounds like your desktop is short on space, but maybe you can cram a sub below?
 
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No, you don't need new computer speakers.

You need to step up to a decent pair of bookshelf speakers or floorstanders, if you have the room. Run them off an old receiver - you'll be happy. :)
 
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Well bookshelfs or floorstanders sound nice, but as I mentioned space is limited. My computer desk is against a small section of wall in between two doorways. As far as a 2.1 set up, I've actually been looking at the Swan M50W. The speakers don't look that much bigger than the A2's and I can probably squeeze them on my desk. I would love to get the M200MKII or even the D1080MKII but both of those are just too big.
 
The drawbacks with the M50W are that I would prefer not to have a subwoofer even though I have room for it under my desk. I'm not that much of a bass person to begin with. I can live with it though. And since my sound card has RCA outs I'll need a 1/8" adapter to connect it to the subwoofer. So right now, I'm giving the M50W some serious consideration.
 
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Never personally heard these, but they're fairly highly regarded and look great.
 
http://www.scandyna-speakers.com/Products/Minipod.aspx

 
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Thanks for the recommendation on the Scandyna. After checking their website I see that they make some great looking speakers. Unfortunately I can't find much in the way of info or reviews for them. They also cost more than I'm willing to spend. In addition to the M50W, I'm also looking at a Cambridge 2.1 system but I've been reading that Cambridge's quality isn't what it used to be. Any truth to that?
 
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you could wall mount~  If you have the ability to. 
 
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get some vintage bookshelf  england made  speakers to replace ur satellite speakers only. you will see immediate difference
 
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The Swans offer HiVi sound? I don't know if that's good.
 
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HiVi merged with Swan years ago. Since Swans seem to be highly regarded what is it exactly you don't like about HiVi?
 
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I would guess anything from Cambridge Soundworks would be a noticeable step in the wrong direction from the A2's. YMMV
 
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I had a set of the original Swan M200 for a while.  They were certainly better than the A2s that I had before them.  I have since moved up to bookshelf speakers with a NAD receiver and my wife is now using the Swans on her desktop rig.  If I were you, I'd either go with the Swans (although I haven't heard that model you posted) or find more space and go the route UE suggested.

 
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Thanks for the input. I actually pulled the trigger on the Swan M50W yesterday. I'll be sure to post some comments when I get them. They seem to be in pretty high demand as some dealers won't have them back in stock until the fall.
 
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