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I am going to buy new speakers this summer, and my friends and I have constantly debated about what would be best. Now I've decided a, custom I guess be the word, 2.1 system is the way to go.

I currently have a Cambridge Soundworks radio/CD unit that sounds good. But, I have to play with EQ settings to get it to sound how I want them too, usually sacrificing midrange quality for more bass. It only has a 4 inch built in sub. I want speakers that can provide bass and detailed upper ranges at the same time.

I listen to all kinds of music and I do a fair amount of gaming. I love the bass in what I call "Party songs", like Love Is Gone, Ghosts n Stuff, and Bring The Noise. I also like jamming to The Who and Hendrix.

Could you help recommend a system under $500, preferably closer to $400.
Edited by Flynny - 6/13/11 at 3:39pm
post #2 of 12

Do you plan on gaming?




total ~$400

Or go with the monitor 30 which are only $100.




Or if you're feeling really budget conscious, the Sony's have good reviews.



These will almost always beat a plasticy PC speaker system.
Edited by aweir - 6/12/11 at 8:43pm
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Thanks for the suggestions! May I ask why you choose that receiver? I failed to mention this isn't a very big room, it's about 11x11 (feet). Do you think I would need 100 watts?

Out of curiosity, would I wire the system so the L/R channels go into the sub, and then out to the speakers? I'm assuming that's what the input and output levels means.

And yes, I would be using the speakers for gaming a little bit. BF3 should sound amazing. I mostly use my headset when I'm gaming though.
post #4 of 12
That was one of the better priced receivers, that's why I suggested it. Most receivers are about the same physical size dimensions. You'd be hard pressed to find any receiver less than 100 watts and 100 watts will give you plenty of headroom so you don't underpower the speakers. If the receiver has a SUB OUT (line level/RCA) you would just connect it to the sub using a shielded RCA cable, and wire the speaker to the receiver. If not then you wire the sub to the receiver using speaker wire (speaker level), then wire the sub to the bookshelfs, and use the high pass filter of the sub, to the bookshelfs.
Edited by aweir - 6/12/11 at 9:35pm
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bookshelf speakers paired with a decent amp will almost always sound better than computer speakers 2.0 or 2.1 However, you will loose some low end because most bookshelf speakers don't have much output below about 60Hz. If you want great mids/highs and deep bass you will need to get a sub.

A good way to get a quality 2.1 system on a budget is to start with the 2.0 setup and save for a sub.
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post #6 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
bookshelf speakers paired with a decent amp will almost always sound better than computer speakers 2.0 or 2.1 However, you will loose some low end because most bookshelf speakers don't have much output below about 60Hz. If you want great mids/highs and deep bass you will need to get a sub.

A good way to get a quality 2.1 system on a budget is to start with the 2.0 setup and save for a sub.
Thanks, I was thinking about this. Would the speakers that aweir recomended provide at least enough bass to make the songs I mentioned earlier sound ok? What are you recomendations for amps and speakers? I love getting lots of opinions. Should I use you budget surround sound guide?
post #7 of 12
I have the sony SSB1000's, and the Polk PSW10. I really like this setup, and it has really great sound for what it all cost. These are much better than any computer speakers I have ever had.
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Should I use a soundcard, or should I use the S/PDIF out on my mobo and connect that to a receiver to let it do the decoding? A receiver like

would do the job, right? Or do sound cards always sound better?

By the way, I changed the topic title to "Help pick out 2.1 system"
post #9 of 12
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Klipsch+...02.1&cp=1&lp=6

Cheaper than you're price range, but its a great set.
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Originally Posted by boostinsteve View Post
I have the sony SSB1000's, and the Polk PSW10. I really like this setup, and it has really great sound for what it all cost. These are much better than any computer speakers I have ever had.
So you would recommend those to Flynny? For only $50 they are heard to beat. BTW how is the mid range on those? I am planning on buying 2 pairs of those to use as fronts/rears in my surround system.

The Dayton Audio B652 6-1/2 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers are only $39 and are comparable to the Sony's price, but not ported and have a larger woofer which is better or bass IMO.


Edited by aweir - 6/14/11 at 12:10am
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