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I'v looked around at other threads but most are out of date or don't exactly address my issue, so...

I'll get straight in to it:

- I need speakers mainly for music (RnB, House, Electro)

- Want CLEAN sound more than anything, i.e I don't want the bass to sound like it's coming from a 1970s paper cone sub that's been exposed to harsh weather and I don't want the satellites to distort with high frequencies.

- Also need a sound card, don't know whether to go with ASUS Xonar DX or Essence STX (I guess it depends on the speakers I choose, which is what I need help with)

- I don't know whether to go with a 2.1 channel setup or a 2.0 channel and buy a separate sub myself or will the 2.0 channel setup provide sufficient clear bass (especially for RnB)

- Budget 400 AUD

At the moment Audioengine A2 are no. 1 on the list along with Xonar DX, which I can get for 300 AUD total. I might buy a sub for $100 if I find I need it.

So any suggestions/advice?
post #2 of 21
as you said the DX and the STX are the the best choices in your case due to their high SnR that will give CLEAN sound

and about the Speakers i recommend to see this thread
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-products.html
it has very nice ideas about building up audio system
    
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See if you can find an HRT Music Streamer II for 150 in Australia, then buy whatever speakers you're looking to buy. Not sure what prices are in Australia.
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go with a USB DAC. You should be able to find a decent one online or make one yourself.
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Ok I'v decided to go with a DAC, I can't decide between these two:

AUNE HIFIDIY $140 AUD

Audinst MX-1 $168 AUD

Is the extra $30 worth it for the Audinst? I am only going to be running A2s (with a sub) and HD448 headphones.
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gpu -> digital -> home theatreYamaha RX-V371 Surround Receiver->Yamaha NS-SP1800 5.1
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gpu -> digital -> home theatreYamaha RX-V371 Surround Receiver->Yamaha NS-SP1800 5.1
Wow I am way too noob to understand what's going on there lol. Care to elaborate?
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Wow I am way too noob to understand what's going on there lol. Care to elaborate?
its just connecting a 5.1 channel receiver to the pc by optical/digital connection and using the receiver to connect 5.1 speakers, in this case the receiver will be the sound card.

my personal recommendation is going 2.0 channel (always with the option of adding a sub later) by getting a receiver and some decent bookshelfs or floorstanders/towers i feel you will get much more full sounding audio compared to any desktop speakers or studio monitors.
Edited by mrsmiles - 5/17/11 at 3:53am
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Wow I am way too noob to understand what's going on there lol. Care to elaborate?
what mr miles said. with music we like stereo. With movies we like surround sound (thats 5.1 or anything above 2 channels) First look at your environment. Where is everything situated where your system going to be and where what is the room size. Then how do you like your music. You like to listen to it speakers pumping away or do you like to chill on headphones?If you want speakers then a soundcard will be a waste of money if your motherboard does have a digital output.Always aim for speakers that will fill your room (with that I mean sound wise not the size of the speakers)No specs or anything can tell you how good or bad a speaker is. Go to a shop and listen to them before purchasing it.For a room that's not big neither small try going for a mid sized full or near full range speaker. Manufacturers like Polk, B&W, Martian Logan, Mission, SVS to name a few make some very good speakers. There's more that the other users will mention probably. Wattage is a relatively meaningless term because it totaly depends on how the company does the rating as there is no real standard. The more important thing to consider is frequency response at a certain db level andthe efficiency of the speaker its self plus its all about what you like, let your own ears make the decision. Receivers stay away from Sony except for their ES line. Yamaha make some good $300-$400 ones as do Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer. You can't go wrong with them.
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what mr miles said. with music we like stereo. With movies we like surround sound (thats 5.1 or anything above 2 channels) First look at your environment. Where is everything situated where your system going to be and where what is the room size. Then how do you like your music. You like to listen to it speakers pumping away or do you like to chill on headphones?If you want speakers then a soundcard will be a waste of money if your motherboard does have a digital output.Always aim for speakers that will fill your room (with that I mean sound wise not the size of the speakers)No specs or anything can tell you how good or bad a speaker is. Go to a shop and listen to them before purchasing it.For a room that's not big neither small try going for a mid sized full or near full range speaker. Manufacturers like Polk, B&W, Martian Logan, Mission, SVS to name a few make some very good speakers. There's more that the other users will mention probably. Wattage is a relatively meaningless term because it totaly depends on how the company does the rating as there is no real standard. The more important thing to consider is frequency response at a certain db level andthe efficiency of the speaker its self plus its all about what you like, let your own ears make the decision. Receivers stay away from Sony except for their ES line. Yamaha make some good $300-$400 ones as do Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer. You can't go wrong with them.
Good advise. also check craigslist. lots of good equipment to be found there..
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