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I'm getting that itch to upgrade my audio system. I know that spare parts for the Z-2300 are in high commodity and if I play my cards right, I can more than make up the $79 I payed for the entire system.

BTW, for reference I am using sigrig with Xonar DG sound card.

I think a nice replacement sounds like it might be the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1. I just have a few questions:

1. Is this my best option with a budget of $150?

2. Is it worth the trouble to try to turn around the Z-2300 into the ProMedias? Is the quality difference very noticeable?

3. Another option would be to try to add some new bookshelf speakers to the 2300. Is this a viable option?

Thanks for your opinions!
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1. Arguably. Another 2.1 set worth considering would be the Swan M10s. For 2.0, the M-Audio AV40s will sound even better not considering the weaker lows (for lack of a sub).
2. Yes. The Klipsch will sound worlds apart from any Logitech speakers. Very much worth it.
3. I wouldn't use the Logitech subs with higher quality bookshelf speakers, though if you opt for the AV40s you could certainly try the pair.
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The Klipsch set is better and worth the extra money spent. However, (like stated above) I would recommend getting the AV40s and a dedicated subwoofer. It might be more expensive but it will sound worlds better. That is, unless your sole use for the speakers are for gaming and movies, then the Logitech Z-2300 would be your best bet. I have owned both the Z-2300, Z-5500, and ProMedia 2.1 and for movies and games the Z-series from Logitech doesn't disappoint. For accurate reproduction of music though, they disappoint. The Klipsch are better for that purpose.
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Thanks for the input. +rep for both of you.

I originally got the 2300 because I got a great deal and the sub excited me. Now I realize that they sound like crap, particularly because I mainly use them for music. If that's the case it sounds like the AV40's are my best bet.

If I get the AV40's is a subwoofer even needed? If so, what are some recommended subs?
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Ok if that is the case, since you are mainly using them for music then I would totally recommend the AV40. No a sub is NOT needed but anything below 85Hz the AV40s cannot reproduce (at all). So if you like bass, or rather if you like your music then I would recommend getting a sub. Any sub will work, but make sure it has its own built in amplifier (unless you want to power it yourself by using a receiver with a sub out, not a pre sub out OR by using your own amplifier). For a decent cheap sub try looking at some Polks, [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-10-Inch-Monitor-Subwoofer/dp/B0002KVQBA"]like this one[/ame].
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Originally Posted by tech210;14322459 
Thanks for the input. +rep for both of you.

I originally got the 2300 because I got a great deal and the sub excited me. Now I realize that they sound like crap, particularly because I mainly use them for music. If that's the case it sounds like the AV40's are my best bet.

If I get the AV40's is a subwoofer even needed? If so, what are some recommended subs?

If you need to "feel" the music, especially in club-techno/hiphop/rap, or if you want exciting gameplay/movies, yes a sub is needed. If you listen to rock, classical, jazz, pop, or whatever else, I would say no. You can still hear most of the lower frequencies.
As for a recommended sub, I'm not sure, but certainly a budget one should be fine. A dayton subwoofer is always a nice thing to consider.

EDIT: yes, as stated by azn you will need to make sure you get a powered subwoofer, and the Polk one would probably be your best option.
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