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Ok, so I have some ancient 5.1 logitechs atm and really would like to get e little more serious about my audio. I listen to a lot of music with heavy bass, some rap, a lot of dubstep. So I really want to stay around a budget of $300 but if there is something a bit beyond that price range that will absolutely obliterate any options within the price range I'll certainly consider it (nothing over $500 absolute max for this). I dont really mind if I lose the 5.1 for a 2.1 as long as the bass and clarity are solid.

So, I apologize is this topic has been made before, but I know you audiophiles are always chomping at the bit to recommend speaker setups!

Thanks
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Contact Soloz. He's more into speaker setups. That said, there's no point running a nice speaker setup from onboard so what's your current sound setup?
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Ah sorry, totally left that part out. Currently running onboard sound, but I've heard good things about the Asus Xonar line so I'd probably try to pick one of those up secondhand on here to stay in budget. Is there a particular Xonar card that is recommended for entry into "audiophilia"?
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post
Contact Soloz. He's more into speaker setups. That said, there's no point running a nice speaker setup from onboard so what's your current sound setup?
Kiwi,

It appears that you have not been reading Cuad's thoughts on the matter. He has taught me that the quality of the Realtek 889 onboard chipset blows away any stupid sound card you have to pay for....... :0
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Kiwi,

It appears that you have not been reading Cuad's thoughts on the matter. He has taught me that the quality of the Realtek 889 onboard chipset blows away any stupid sound card you have to pay for....... :0
I chuckled

OP: You might also want to look into getting a receiver.
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post #6 of 31
forget the xonar and get an older Denon receiver for around $200.
If you go Ctr Channel, Subwoofer, 2 Fr Speakers, 2 Back Speakers... $500 would barely find something decent - but not audiophile.
Better think long run and start stereo with 2 decent front speakers (NHT, for ex) and add later the rest.
Edited by ar3f - 6/20/11 at 8:33pm
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I would like to announce that I've changed my stance. I now believe that my computer is just better than all of yours. Not everyone can be as lucky as me.
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post #8 of 31
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Well I've sort of reevaluated my priorities and budget here and decided that I may have gotten a bit in over my head when I posted my basic outline for speakers. I dont think I'll have the budget for a whole receiver setup and I may have taken the term "audiophile" too loosely.

Are these any good for a "decent" speaker setup paired with a xonar?

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/produ...products_id=89
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post #9 of 31

Denon AVR-391 - $200


NHT Super Zero 2.0 - $100 each
http://www.audiovideologic.com/nht.php

Xonar/Swan isn't bad either, but the Denon/NHT combo at similar price beats it - well, you have to listen and see which you prefer.
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post #10 of 31
if you can reach the 500$ peak
For spekers get the 2.0 audioengine A5 those are around 320$
And get the Xonar STX i think it's some 150$
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