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Recently my 15$ insignia speakers decided to stop working. So I think its time to upgrade. I've done a little reading up in the home audio section and bought what I thought would fit my needs.

Speakers: Polk Audio Monitor M40s 139.95 Amazon
Amplifier: Dayton Audio DTA-100a Class-T 99.90 Amazon

I mainly listen to house music.... actually that's all I listen to. I'm not a fan of heavy bass that drowns out detail in the beats so I'm not going with a sub. Any suggestions or comments? Does anyone have any experience with this amplifier?

Edit: What is this bi-wiring I keep reading about?
Edited by Together - 10/18/11 at 9:59pm
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What application are you using the speakers in? (computer, home theater, studio, etc)
In regards to bi-wiring - it is, in my opinion, a marketing gimmick.


The top is a normal connection, the bottom is "bi-wired". There's no difference in audio quality.
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You did okay. The Polk Monitor 40's are okay speakers, but they're going to be pretty bright sounding. The BIC Venturi 6.5's are a much more natural sounding speaker, and cheaper at $111. You'll still want a subwoofer regardless. A subwoofer doesn't mean "overpowering", its only MEANT to be there to accent your speakers and fill in low notes that otherwise wouldn't be there.

The amplifier is great, I love mine.

And I hope you plan to use it all with a sound card. Onboard audio will be obvious with that setup.
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Pioneer is loud - I read the thread were you recommended to another User to get the m40's , that helped make my decision. I googled the speaker your talking about, is it a single center speaker? As far as the bass goes that's a no go whether I want one or not. I moved back in with my parents and they would freak if they head the slightest bumping....lol. I figured I would just use my on board sound card, whats the difference between dedicated and on board? Broseidon - I'm using the speakers as my computer/home theater speakers. I'll be about 3-4 meters away from them always.

Edit: Just ordered this - ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card. Its an open box from newegg, only 45.99. You guys have any experience with open box items? Its a 90$ card so I decided to take the gamble.
Edit2: I just realized I have 0 pci slot available....and I already ordered the card. Oh well RMA time. Will a PCI E x1 card work properly in a PCI E 2.0 slot??
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Pioneer is loud - I read the thread were you recommended to another User to get the m40's , that helped make my decision. I googled the speaker your talking about, is it a single center speaker? As far as the bass goes that's a no go whether I want one or not. I moved back in with my parents and they would freak if they head the slightest bumping....lol. I figured I would just use my on board sound card, whats the difference between dedicated and on board? Broseidon - I'm using the speakers as my computer/home theater speakers. I'll be about 3-4 meters away from them always.

Edit: Just ordered this - ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card. Its an open box from newegg, only 45.99. You guys have any experience with open box items? Its a 90$ card so I decided to take the gamble.
Edit2: I just realized I have 0 pci slot available....and I already ordered the card. Oh well RMA time. Will a PCI E x1 card work properly in a PCI E 2.0 slot??
No, the Polk M40's aren't center speakers. They're bookshelf speakers. They'll extend plenty low enough as is for bass response, so they won't do BADLY. But they will still be lacking the lower end of the response (below about 55Hz). You will want a subwoofer later, but being that you're living with your parents for now...its smart to not have one I suppose.

I've heard good things about the Xonar line of sound cards. You bought a PCI, but you've only got PCIe open, so yeah trade it back to newegg for a PCIe card. A PCIe slot is a PCIe slot, it doesn't matter what slot you put your sound card in, as long as its PCIe.
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I was referring to the BIC Venturi 6.5's you were talking about when I asked about it being a center speaker. You sir are a gentleman and a scholar, thanks for the help~! What sound card do you own? I've read a lot of negative things about Creative, have any experience with them?
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I was referring to the BIC Venturi 6.5's you were talking about when I asked about it being a center speaker. You sir are a gentleman and a scholar, thanks for the help~! What sound card do you own? I've read a lot of negative things about Creative, have any experience with them?
I'm only using onboard for now. I don't know much about sound cards, just speakers, subs and amps.
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And I hope you plan to use it all with a sound card. Onboard audio will be obvious with that setup.
So you recommend getting one but don't own one yourself. Why not? Just asking cause it looks like from your sig rig that money isn't an issue when it comes to your comp.. So I am quite curious as to why you don't use one.
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So you recommend getting one but don't own one yourself. Why not? Just asking cause it looks like from your sig rig that money isn't an issue when it comes to your comp.. So I am quite curious as to why you don't use one.
Oh trust me, money is definitely an issue. My rig was pieced together slowly, and I got most of the parts at huge discounts.

Sound card and SSD are my next upgrades though honestly. I'm using optical right now, out to my 7.1 surround sound. So I have no "need" for a sound card using optical. But once I switch back to my mini amp + bookshelfs, I'll need the sound card.

I was looking at the cheaper Asus Xonar's myself, but again...I know nothing about sound cards. I can definitely tell I need one with the mini amp + bookshelfs though, the imperfections and noise are obvious.
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I can give you this for 35$ if you want. I bought it for 45 + shipping. 90$ brand new, it's open box item. I have to return it anyway, that's why I'm asking. Just purchased this one. Thanks for the help.
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