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post #1 of 13
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So I already asked this on Head-Fi, but no one is answering me so I'll ask here as well.

I'm looking for some quality 2.0 bookshelf type speakers under $200 to replace my old Logitech z-5300e surround sound setup. I mostly want them for better audio quality and to be easier to move around than a heavy ass sub-woofer and 5 satellite speakers.

I think I've narrowed it down to either the M-Audio AV40s or Swans D1010MKII 08 which are both around $140 for a pair. However I can also spend just $40 more and get the bigger Swans D1080MKII 08 for $180 (although these might be too big for my desk, not really sure). The Swans have a larger frequency range (59/62-20kHz vs 82-20kHz) and also look much better imo, but the headphone/input jacks on the AV40s would be nice and they seem to be more well known than the Swans.

Anyone have any experience with (any of) these speakers or can recommend other speakers of this type around my price range (I've already looked at the AudioEngine 2s but I'm really interested in them)?

Thanks a bunch.
post #2 of 13
D1080MKII 08 are a good pair, I recently had to make a similar decision and went with these

http://cgi.ebay.com/M-AUDIO-BX5A-Del...item3368a59888

Love them, surpassed expectations, even if Bass is a little weak (can add a sub later IF necessary)
As far as I can tell, those and the Swans are similar, so go for either (that's what I was told).
post #3 of 13
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Hmm, those BX5a's look pretty good. Especially since I can get free shipping with them. The only places I can find that sell the Swans have like $30 shipping at the cheapest (I hate large shipping charges with a passion lol), which is seriously making me reconsider them. I mean I can get the AV40s for $135 on Amazon with free two day shipping because of Amazon Prime, which seems like a great deal to me or I can get those refurbished BX5a Deluxe's for $200.

Hmm....choices.
post #4 of 13
Audioengine A2s those for 200$ or maybe less

or the Swan D1080MkII08 (dont have subwoofer but have excellent speakers)

i will say get the A2s
    
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Well, I can tell you that the BX5a essentially beat the AV40s in every way. The only problem might be their footprint, but they're really not that big.
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BX5a are a nice pair. You probably will find that you don't need a sub unless you're a total basshead or have some extra money to spend.
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post #7 of 13
Go for the Bx5as if you can afford them. I recommend against the 1080s having owned a pair and returned them.

In a year you can drop $100 on a Dayton 100 sub and add that to the setup, but the bass output on these things is just fine and a lot more natural.

If you're deciding between the Bx5as and the AV40s, I'd opt for the former (I own both). The Bx5as are independently powered/amped (while the AV40s are connected via speaker cable), and each produces a much "bigger" sound. The tweeter on the Bx5as is fantastic, the AV40s sound slightly muddier and hollow. Frankly, the Bx5as would be the more worthwhile step up from the 5500s that you're expecting.
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post #8 of 13
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Sounds good. Thanks a lot for the advice guys, looks like it's gonna be the BX5a's. The only thing I do not like about them is that I will need a power cable for each speaker. I might have to get a bigger power strip haha (I think I only have 1 free spot on my current one).

You think that those manufacturer refurbs on Ebay would be fine? Or should I spring the extra $50 for brand new ones from Amazon (which I can get next day shipping on for an extra $4).

EDIT: I'd also need to get a cable like this for hooking them to my pc right?


Thanks again everyone!
Edited by Techboy10 - 6/16/11 at 6:37am
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Sounds good. Thanks a lot for the advice guys, looks like it's gonna be the BX5a's. The only thing I do not like about them is that I will need a power cable for each speaker. I might have to get a bigger power strip haha (I think I only have 1 free spot on my current one).

You think that those manufacturer refurbs on Ebay would be fine? Or should I spring the extra $50 for brand new ones from Amazon (which I can get next day shipping on for an extra $4).

EDIT: I'd also need to get a cable like this for hooking them to my pc right?Amazon.com: Hosa CMP159 Stereo 1/8In M to Two 1/4 Mono M 10 Ft: Musical Instruments

Thanks again everyone!
I think eBay should be fine if you want to save a few bucks, but it's up to you. And yes, you'll need that cable. Left goes into left speaker, right goes into right speaker, and 3.5mm goes into sound card. Easy.
post #10 of 13
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Thanks Narzon. Just one more question (I promise! lol). Do you think I'll be ok with those speakers and only onboard audio (Realtek ACL892) for now? or should I definitely look into getting a decent sound card?

Thanks again everyone, you guys have been a great help.
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