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Good speakers and sound card for $200-300?

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Hey I'm going to be getting about 300$ soon and I'm looking into getting a sound card and a good pair of headphones or speakers I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to this stuff so I'd like some recommendations on sound cards speakers headphones for a total of about 300$
I'm currently using on board audio with a turtle beach px21 and Logitech z313 speakers (or 303 whatever is in my sig)

I'm going to be doing mostly gaming and listening to music
Edited by TheGamefreak - 11/2/11 at 11:24am
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Which is more important to you? The gaming or music?

There are two schools of thought on this one, and that there is Creative X-Fi which have dominated gaming for a while now, and Xonar, which I consider is the best for hi-fi listening. (I know guys, diehard EAX fans, I know...). With both lines, you can get a fairly decent listening experience for under $100, which can leave you with a little over $100 to spend on speakers. (Going off of the $200 price point). But the thing to remember here is that for your price range, its very difficult to max your onboard soundcard. By that I mean that it is very difficult for most people to discern the difference in the quality of the sound through most speakers in your price range. That is just a forewarning before I make my recommendations. Also, for speakers, I'd avoid Bose and Logitech. Logitech changed the membrane material and for some reason sound tinny to me. It makes it so many of their speakers are not worth their price point. (There are some, but I avoid Logitech in general) I'd avoid Bose for two reasons, they aren't worth the cost and they also changed build material, but instead of sounding tinny, they are less durable. If I pay as much as it costs to get a Bose system I want it to last a long time.

Recommendations (I will pair them for you so the total cost is about what you are looking at):
- Asus Xonar DX 7.1 PCIe 1x Interface - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
- Harmon Kardon Soundstick III
Note: This Xonar is one of my favorite sound cards. And for only $59 its a steal right now.
Total: Approx $220 after rebate, before shipping.

- Asus Xonar Essence GTX
- Klipsch ProMedia 2.1
Note: Yes, I know guys, the Klipsch comp speakers are terrible yadda yadda yadda. But unfortunately the sound quality is UNDENIABLE for $100 PC speakers. You can't get much more value than that. Also, the GTX soundcard is probably the best you can buy right now without going over the top or into the professional audio realm. Youll probably be able to keep it until your next major rig replacement.
Total: Approx $280 before shipping and tax.

Thats all I have right now, but I'll add more when I think of more...

Also, you may want to read my post about headphones. You may learn about my taste in audio, and therefore learn where I am coming from.

http://www.overclock.net/15545456-post7.html
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I highly suggest my current setup, I'm not sure your background in audio, but I was blown away by the quality (it sounds better than anything I personally have ever heard) and how loud these things can go. With Pandora on 100% my speakers at 100% (just for giggles) and my PC at 16% it was above average volume levels at 50% I could hardly sit in-front of them. I got a set of BX5a B-Stock over at audioMIDI (I think they are out of stock unfortunately) for $170 which is a good $30-$130 less than anywhere else I looked then just picked up a Xonar DX from Newegg. As for bass they are definitely not terrible by any means (compare to cheap-decent 2.1 systems at minimum), but you can always add a sub down the road and have epic sound quality.
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Klipsch Promedia and w.e soundcard. I use mine with onboard.
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I have a set of Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 for sale..... agruably the best PC speakers for music.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
I have a set of Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 for sale..... agruably the best PC speakers for music.
Yeah, I really don't think so, good thing you're selling them. Klipsch are ok, definitely not the best.
As for good PC speakers in the 200-300 range, the only setup the comes to mind is the Corsair SP2500.(depending on where in the world you are)
Edited by pcfreak - 11/4/11 at 12:07am
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