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I can't wait to get my replacement x-540 5.1 back, only them had them for 2weeks but were messed up from day 1, now they've been gone 15 days, but the store has them back in stock for about a day, so they better have already shipped my replacement
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If you can find a great deal on a receiver used that definitely gives yo a lot of future proofing and allows upgrades as you see fit.
What are some good models/brands of receivers? I'm new to that side of audio so I could use a little help knowing what to look for!
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I love my ProMedias 4.1's. They sound awesome!
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Find a receiver on craigslist, get some bookshelf speakers & a sub.

Bookshelf Speakers - http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-652
Sub - http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-631
Receiver - find one on Craigslist
This right here gets my vote. I have that exact setup minus the sub (saving for a SUB120 myself).

Except instead of a receiver, grab the $100 Dayton DTA-100a mini amp off PE. That way, you've still got "PC" sized speakers, instead of having to find room for a home theater receiver. Plus its also a headphones amp too, which is nice.
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This right here gets my vote. I have that exact setup minus the sub (saving for a SUB120 myself).

Except instead of a receiver, grab the $100 Dayton DTA-100a mini amp off PE. That way, you've still got "PC" sized speakers, instead of having to find room for a home theater receiver. Plus its also a headphones amp too, which is nice.
The sound card I have has a headphones amp. Is that sufficient? What is the purpose of an amp? Sorry, but I'm new to the audio scene!
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The sound card I have has a headphones amp. Is that sufficient? What is the purpose of an amp? Sorry, but I'm new to the audio scene!
Since the Dayton B652 bookshelfs are passive (not powered), they require an amp or receiver (receivers have an amp in them), to power them. A soundcard amp isn't the same thing. You need proper power to drive speakers.

Any "PC Speaker" set already has an amp, usually located in the "subwoofer" module (I always laugh at PC speaker subs...).
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Klipsch - Cheap, 2.1, good sub
M-Audio - Studio monitors, best sound quality of the three, but limited low-end (craps out at 70hz IIRC)
Custom system - The B652 speakers are good for their price, but don't expect a flat response from them/more expensive (Klipsch/M-Audio are ~$140 and custom system would run you about $220)

I'd say you should try out the Pro-Medias and AV-40s and see if you live with the limited bass on the AV-40s.

If you want to go with the custom system, you can shave about $70 from the amplifier by going with a smaller amp: Lepai TA2020
Edited by Eugenester - 7/29/11 at 1:04am
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