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Read the entire thread and would like some input on my budget HTPC. Currently using onboard Asus sound with Eagle Arion speakers and HTF600 Headphones.

Would like to upgrade to the following:
Asus D1 Soundcard
DTA-100a amp (will be using headphones off of this also)
1 pair B652 speakers
Dayton SUB-100 10" sub.

Primary use is movies, music, and a little gaming (couple hours a week)

Budget is $300-$350
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post #492 of 3789
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Originally Posted by longroadtrip View Post

Read the entire thread and would like some input on my budget HTPC. Currently using onboard Asus sound with Eagle Arion speakers and HTF600 Headphones.
Would like to upgrade to the following:
Asus D1 Soundcard
DTA-100a amp (will be using headphones off of this also)
1 pair B652 speakers
Dayton SUB-100 10" sub.
Primary use is movies, music, and a little gaming (couple hours a week)
Budget is $300-$350

That is a very good setup for the total dollar amount (pioneerisloud would be proud tongue.gif ).
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post #493 of 3789
I'll be doing:
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post #494 of 3789
Quote:
Originally Posted by longroadtrip View Post

Read the entire thread and would like some input on my budget HTPC. Currently using onboard Asus sound with Eagle Arion speakers and HTF600 Headphones.
Would like to upgrade to the following:
Asus D1 Soundcard
DTA-100a amp (will be using headphones off of this also)
1 pair B652 speakers
Dayton SUB-100 10" sub.
Primary use is movies, music, and a little gaming (couple hours a week)
Budget is $300-$350

hey buddy, for that budget I think you could forgo the sub and sound card (nice upgrades) and get more bang with a little more dough on the speakers. If your going to place the speakers near to mid range, I would recommend the KRK Rokit 5s. They don't need an amp (depending on your source it helps though). For the price, they are pretty awesome. They get stoopid loud, and sound great for the price range. You can upgrade the other components on your chain later. Just an idea thumb.gif
post #495 of 3789
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Originally Posted by tr8rjohnk View Post

That is a very good setup for the total dollar amount (pioneerisloud would be proud tongue.gif ).

Thanks for the input! thumb.gif

The idea is to get me through this year until next December when I get my Christmas bonus. I know the B652s are a budget speaker, but for the price I'm not sure they can be beat. I wanted speakers I wouldn't be afraid to upgrade from. I'll eventually be upgrading the speakers to a better set in the $500 range...

Just about anything has to sound better than what I currently have...

Cesar....I thought about doing something similar, but I figured I would start with a good foundation by doing the soundcard and getting a solid amp...the speakers and sub are cheap enough (but apparently sound decent,)so I wouldn't be afraid to toss them once I get my bonus next December.
Edited by longroadtrip - 2/7/12 at 9:36am
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post #496 of 3789
Let's discuss about it:

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/21742

What do you think about it?
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Originally Posted by lb_felipe View Post

Let's discuss about it:

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/21742

What do you think about it?

What is there to discuss? You'll obviously hear a larger difference because of your equipment rather than a sound card. A sound card is still viable for many reasons, including, but not limited to: Better SQ, better sound complexity, better gaming positioning etc..
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post #498 of 3789
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Originally Posted by longroadtrip View Post

Read the entire thread and would like some input on my budget HTPC. Currently using onboard Asus sound with Eagle Arion speakers and HTF600 Headphones.

Would like to upgrade to the following:
Asus D1 Soundcard
DTA-100a amp (will be using headphones off of this also)
1 pair B652 speakers
Dayton SUB-100 10" sub.

Primary use is movies, music, and a little gaming (couple hours a week)

Budget is $300-$350

Looks like a solid setup. I've got 4 pairs of B652's now on my 7.1 setup. Great budget speakers (my towers didn't match up right). So now I've got two 12" towers stacked as my fronts, and B652's as my center, sides, and rears. Almost tempted to buy another set to replace my 5 foot tall fronts, lol.

One tweak, try to get the SUB1000 or SUB1200 instead if possible. Even the SUB100 is fine, but the newer line looks like it should extend a little lower, and the larger sub WILL extend lower. Which is GREAT for movies.

One thing I would like to mention, you will be slightly disappointed in the headphones out on the amp if you want the headphones to be loud. It sounds great, but it doesn't get very loud with high impedance headphones. I switched to 24ohm headphones recently, and that made a HUGE difference in loudness (compared to my 48ohm JVC's).
Quote:
Originally Posted by csm725 View Post

I'll be doing:
Polk Monitor30 II
Dayton DTA-100a
Dayton SUB-80 8"

Glad you finally decided to give up those Cerwin bookshelfs. smile.gif They would've been fine if they were towers. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

Looks like a solid setup. I've got 4 pairs of B652's now on my 7.1 setup. Great budget speakers (my towers didn't match up right). So now I've got two 12" towers stacked as my fronts, and B652's as my center, sides, and rears. Almost tempted to buy another set to replace my 5 foot tall fronts, lol.
One tweak, try to get the SUB1000 or SUB1200 instead if possible. Even the SUB100 is fine, but the newer line looks like it should extend a little lower, and the larger sub WILL extend lower. Which is GREAT for movies.
One thing I would like to mention, you will be slightly disappointed in the headphones out on the amp if you want the headphones to be loud. It sounds great, but it doesn't get very loud with high impedance headphones. I switched to 24ohm headphones recently, and that made a HUGE difference in loudness (compared to my 48ohm JVC's).

I pretty much just use the headphones for gaming and late at night so the better half doesn't throw me out into the dog house...not really looking for loud, but more clarity than anything...noted on the sub, I'll adjust the order. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

Looks like a solid setup. I've got 4 pairs of B652's now on my 7.1 setup. Great budget speakers (my towers didn't match up right). So now I've got two 12" towers stacked as my fronts, and B652's as my center, sides, and rears. Almost tempted to buy another set to replace my 5 foot tall fronts, lol.
One tweak, try to get the SUB1000 or SUB1200 instead if possible. Even the SUB100 is fine, but the newer line looks like it should extend a little lower, and the larger sub WILL extend lower. Which is GREAT for movies.
One thing I would like to mention, you will be slightly disappointed in the headphones out on the amp if you want the headphones to be loud. It sounds great, but it doesn't get very loud with high impedance headphones. I switched to 24ohm headphones recently, and that made a HUGE difference in loudness (compared to my 48ohm JVC's).

I pretty much just use the headphones for gaming and late at night so the better half doesn't throw me out into the dog house...not really looking for loud, but more clarity than anything...noted on the sub, I'll adjust the order. thumb.gif

That's what I usually use mine for as well. Just make sure the headphones are as low of an impedance as possible. 48ohm or 32ohm should do fine off it.
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