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Hey all,

Ive been contemplating getting some good speakers for a while now, and with uni finishing in a few weeks ill be going back to work and get some $$$ again


Source:
Almost exclusively my computer
Running a Asus Xonar D2X.

Usage:
Mostly WMA VBR lossless audio (Current "popular radio"/80s/DJ mixes/ Bit of everything)
CD
Some crappy 256bit max stuff (which i know is horrid - my Shure SRH-440s told me that)
Games (FPS mainly)
Youtube (headphones also confirmed that one...)
Movies

Current setup:
D2X > Logitech X530s (originals with the better sub)
D2X > Fiio E5 > Shure SRH-440s


A friend of mine has a pair of Yamaha HS80s - and oh they sound very very nice- and have an equal price tag of ~$750+ AUD.
Their little brother the HS50s are still around $500, probably still a little too much.

Other things ive seen mentioned a bit:
Audioengine A5 Black - $349 + shipping PCCG
Audioengine A2 Black - $199 + shipping - PCCG
Wharfedale 9.0 Diamond on ebay for $179 + AMP (ebay...was mentioned in another thread)
Swan m10 (Look a bit weird but eh)
Swan D1080MKII 08
M-Audio Studiophile AV40

Will be a few weeks before i have the money as i need my car serviced too, but starting my research now.

Budget figure....$400 is defiantly the top. the cheaper the better as im a cheapo student (that just got into photography too....dam lenses) :/
$200ish would be nice - but i can stretch. As i said i have the Shure SRH-440 headphones for use when i cannot use the speakers all that much (night etc) so quality up to / surpassing them would be nice.


Feel free to add to my list - any recommendations / experience / w/e

Thanks - scottath
Edited by scottath - 5/25/11 at 9:25am
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post #2 of 26
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Looking into Swan gear atm - look to have very good models for each price jump....depends on what i end up spending

Swan D1010MkII08
Swan D1080MkII08
Swan M50W
Maybe streching a bit far but - Swan M200MkIII
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post #3 of 26
Corsair sp 2.1 have a look at them
post #4 of 26
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Corsair sp 2.1 have a look at them
Swans will blow those out of the water. I would stick with one of the powered solutions, you'll get the most value in this price range that way.
post #5 of 26
Ok. WoW sight and sound usually have Z-5500 for around the 350AU mark.

Serioulsy. I can't tell you how good they are. I was on X-540's. It was just incredible how much better they sound and the bass is just wow. I let my neighbours hear it because I care that much.
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post #6 of 26
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eh - heard z5500s before.....
HUGE amount of muddy bass and not much else.....
im looking for quality - not quantity

Corsairs ive not looked into yet - i may though as the areas they dabble in tend to make a mark....
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post #7 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by scottath View Post
eh - heard z5500s before.....
HUGE amount of muddy bass and not much else.....
im looking for quality - not quantity

Corsairs ive not looked into yet - i may though as the areas they dabble in tend to make a mark....
I haven't heard them but I have a feeling that they would sound similar to a logitech setup.
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post #8 of 26
The SP2500 speakers sound NOTHING like the Logitech. Absolutely not even close.

The SP2500 have separate tweeters and mid range drivers. Much better sound separation.

The sub on the SP2500 does not sound muddy and does not thump like the coming of the apocalypse simply because a low frequency is present.

Apples to oranges here.........
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
thought id add a pic of my room to give a general idea of its size and where the speakers are going:



yes its a fail image but you can see almost the whole room (love my 550D + 11-18mm lens )
from memory its about 4*3m
desk on the right is against wall
desk on the left is in a 1*1m alcove - rest is sliding mirrors

speakers will be put either side of my 24"s, will have to move them around a little likely too.


also - i looked up the corsair speakers - (one review so far) and they were wrapped - wasnt a audio review place though - was a hardware review place.....ill have a look for a audio test of them and see what they compare like
Edited by scottath - 5/26/11 at 7:17am
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post #10 of 26
I assume most of the time you'll be listening while sitting at the computer desk?
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