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So I came into some money and was wondering what order I should upgrade my audio set up. Right now I have onboard sound, Sennheiser HD 280 pros, and some bose speakers (don't get me started...they were a present...).
I'm thinking I should grab some speakers for now and save the sound card for a little later?
post #2 of 17
depends on how much $$$
post #3 of 17
Not knowing what you have to spend I'd go with an SSD, new video card, and or good headphones. How much of an audiophile are you?
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I was thinking $200-$300 though I could go a little extra if it would be really worth it.
At the moment I'm mostly thinking/asking for help on audio based upgrades as I have some other plans/trepidations about the other upgrades.

Since I live by myself headphones aren't used quite as much as my speakers are.

I was thinking of:
D1080MKII 08
Studiophile AV40s
AV 5s
or Studiophile BX5a Deluxes if they're worth it

As far as how much of an audiophile I am I guess it's hard to say. I used to be a music major, but my ears have certainly gotten out of shape since then.
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Hmm noticed u prefer studio monitors but if amp + bookshelf with sub is not ruled out and space is not a limiting factor perhaps

M30II $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...G-_-82-290-201

PSW10 Sub $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290034

Used Sony AVR $40
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/ele/2536457359.html
http://www.docs.sony.com/release/strde825front.pdf

Speaker Wire $4
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=100-124
Edited by trog - 8/12/11 at 5:58am
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Grab a Xonar DX/D1 or DG for like $50 on ebay and then spend the rest. Getting high quality speakers won't mean much if your using onboard sound.
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by trog View Post
Hmm noticed u prefer studio monitors but if amp + bookshelf with sub is not ruled out and space is not a limiting factor perhaps

M30II $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...G-_-82-290-201

PSW10 Sub $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290034

Used Sony AVR $40
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/ele/2536457359.html
http://www.docs.sony.com/release/strde825front.pdf

Speaker Wire $4
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=100-124
Yeah that's kind of the problem, space is slightly limited.
I live in a one bedroom apartment, and although it is slightly large for a student's place there isn't that much free room. I thought if I went with active speakers that would save me some space and hassle of worrying about amps etc. though I know that method allows more upgrade-ability.

That actually brings up a good point though, I have a glass L shaped desk that's pressed against a corner. Where am I going to fit these giant speakers? Since I'm going 2.1 I'm certainly not going surround. I guess I'm just used to smaller monitors by my...monitor.

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Originally Posted by Wararchon View Post
Grab a Xonar DX/D1 or DG for like $50 on ebay and then spend the rest. Getting high quality speakers won't mean much if your using onboard sound.
So then you're saying my first step in upgrading should be the sound card? I'd rather tackle this one component at a time then getting cheaper components and replacing them, though admittedly that may not be the greatest plan for an increase in quality it seems like the most economically efficient method.
I should also note that although an upgrade may be in my near future, I was under the impression that my board has some decent onboard sound. I think it has Realtec ALC899 8 Channel HD Audio with optical and coaxial outputs. Nothing to write home about, but perhaps a little better than the typical onboard?
Edited by MR_Plow - 8/13/11 at 1:31am
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Yeah that's kind of the problem, space is slightly limited.
I live in a one bedroom apartment, and although it is slightly large for a student's place there isn't that much free room. I thought if I went with active speakers that would save me some space and hassle of worrying about amps etc. though I know that method allows more upgrade-ability.

That actually brings up a good point though, I have a glass L shaped desk that's pressed against a corner. Where am I going to fit these giant speakers? Since I'm going 2.1 I'm certainly not going surround. I guess I'm just used to smaller monitors by my...monitor.
Nah these are bookshelf speakers not particularly large so one could spread them L/R across the LCD monitor and sub is to be placed on the floor (you may need to move and hear for best placement as per room)
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post #9 of 17
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Right awesome thanks
So do you agree with Wararchon that I should grab a sound card first or should I grab the speakers first? So many toys to pick so little cash.
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Dayton DTA-100a mini amp (50w RMS x2) - $99.90
Polk Audio TSi100 Bookshelfs - $199.98
14 awg speaker wire (like $10 at Wal mart)
3.5mm to RCA cable (Radio Shack / Wal Mart for $5, or use the really short included one)

Pick up a sound card....definitely will want a sound card with a setup like this. The Asus Xonar DG / DS should be okay to start off with (roughly $30-40). Anything will beat onboard just about. Add a subwoofer later. I would suggest the Dayton line up for a budget sub. SUB80 = $100, SUB100 = $140, SUB120 = $160 (normal prices).

It's a little over budget, yes. You can afford the sound card, amp, and sub if you knock yourself down to the Dayton B652 bookshelfs ($35 at PE).
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