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Hi,
I am looking for a rather cheap but reliable and fairly nice-sounding pair of computer speakers and a soundcard with the same specs. I am not looking for audiophile quality, as I will use portable/other stuff for that, but I am currently usinga generic included soundcard, which is broken, so sound only comes out one speaker which is horrible jury-rigger onto a "all in one" cd/cassete player that these two speakers can either hook up to or detach - you know those. Thye sound horrible, not to mention I only get one speaker of sound. I am gonna upgrade computer soon. Thanks
 
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Check out the Chaintech AV-710. I have one and love it for 2 channel PC audio (using the better wolf dac). Soo much better then my integrated sound... my Klipsh Promedias are actually quasi listenable with it. Best still its $25 bucks shipped at new egg.

http://www5.head-fi.org/forums/showt...ight=chaintech

http://www5.head-fi.org/forums/showt...ight=chaintech


As for Speakers... I dunno how these are, but I am curious

http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/showt...threadid=22335

Might make for a very listenable <$60 setup.
 
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I'd suggest the chaintech AV-710 for the sound card, and for speakers, the best you can afford of the followind (in increasing quality)

Altec Lansing ATP3
Klipsch Promedia GMX2.1
Klipsch Promedia 2.1 OR EV SonicXS 2.1
Altec Lansing MX5021
Altec Lansing MX6021 (haven't personally heard it, but some reviews say it's good, but you'd want to audition it first).
 
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Trust me. Whatever you do, if your priority is listening to music, stay FAR away from the Klipsch Promedia 2.1s.


Try looking for the Zwan M200s.
 
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ok, er, I have no idea how to get passable music out of a computer. I have always used stock soundcards/speakers,or even integrated speakers into the monitor.
I am going to buy a new system soon, not top-notch but much better than my clunker now (8 gb memory). I know that for good sound from headphones you need a good portable (I always am on the go) and good mp3's, but I would like to listen from my computer to demo songs and such, so would a non-stock soundcard/speakers help?
Thanks for uour replies, guys. I learn everyday.
 
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For speakers, the Advent AV570s are supposed to be great computer speakers, though you'll have to source them used on ebay or the likes.
I've used the Bose Roommate IIs as computer speakers and they did a great job. The latter can be found used for around $100 and both the above are self-amplified, so just plug 'em in and you're off....


There are pics of both of these in the "speakers gallery" at "the ipod studio". See my sig. for link.
 
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I'm using an M-Audio Delta 410 card with Altec Lansing 621 speakers. These speakers have deservedly received much praise, and are the best in their price range. They have a clean yet musical sound, and the sub offers great kick without being boomy. They can get loud as hell, too. I got my pair off eBay (unused floor model) for about $80.
 
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None but Klipsch will come reccommended from me, unless you can't afford them. Check out the PM2.1 refurbs (full price is atrocious and the refurbs are basically NEW).
 
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Well I use an M-Audio Sonica and EV SonicXS 2.1s which are great! Total, I paid $130 for the combo, although the Sonica was $40 and the speakers $50 /w $80 shipping.

OTOH, you may want to consider some bookshelf speakers and a receiver. I picked up a Sharp SA-120 receiver at a garage sale for $7.50 and bought some Advent AS42 speakers on eBay for $35. Together the combo is really sweet sounding, surprisingly. Although the Advents don't match up well to my Marantz 2230B, I am most impressed with them. With this option, you would have alot more choices. Check out vintage stuff too, as it tends to be of higher quality and lower cost than equivalent modern stuff at the same price.
 
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Ok, I've done major research and now I know what speakers are

i have decided to buy the Chaintech since I do not game, therefore I want a 2.1 system. Space is kinda limited so I'd like a compact system (EV's look good buut are kinda . . huge, is it worth it?) Logitech stuff is pretty compact but supposedly it sounds like crap. I would spend around $100 for a system, and so am narrowing down between the EV and the Klipsch PM 2.1's . . . what do you guys think? Can't find some of the speakers recommended on this thread, so if you guys have other sugestions, they would be welcome . . . Thanks.
 
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