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Hey guys,

I'm a junior in college and I'm looking to get a set of speakers for my computer. I've gotten by with just using a nice pair of headphones, but its gotten to the point where I need a solid set of speakers whenever I have guests over. That being said, I'm looking into getting a reasonably nice set of speakers with the intention of keeping them for when I get my own place after I graduate. Taking that into consideration, I'm willing to spend a decent amount of money on a either a 2.1 system or a pair of monitor speakers. I'd like to spend somewhere around $175, but I'll spend up to $250 if its really worth it.

I have an external sound card (from when I had a laptop) that supports RCA, optical, and 1/4". I've done some looking around on newegg and some nearby retailers but I always figured I'd ask you guys first. I know alot of you guys have first-hand experience and are much more knowledgeable about this stuff that I am so I appreciate any advice you may have.

Thanks guys!
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What do you plan on listening to?
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Dayton DTA-100a
Dayton B652's OR BIC Venturi dv62si's
Dayton SUB1200 OR BIC Formula F12

Add about 50 feet of 16 ga speaker wire, and a 3.5mm to RCA cable (or just a regular RCA cable if you can use RCA connections), and you're good to go (about $10 in wiring at monoprice). The equipment is all at Parts Express.

It'll be somewhere around the $250-300 or so range total (maybe a little more if you grab the BIC's). Totally well worth it. Especially if you can stretch for the BIC's.
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Sorry I probably should have mentioned this. I do a reasonable amount of gaming, but as far as music goes I listen to a wide variety, although I would say I listen to more techno and pop and rarely listen to any hip-hop or country. I don't favor one genre substantially over any others though.
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Dayton DTA-100a
Dayton B652's OR BIC Venturi dv62si's
Dayton SUB1200 OR BIC Formula F12
Add about 50 feet of 16 ga speaker wire, and a 3.5mm to RCA cable (or just a regular RCA cable if you can use RCA connections), and you're good to go (about $10 in wiring at monoprice). The equipment is all at Parts Express.
It'll be somewhere around the $250-300 or so range total (maybe a little more if you grab the BIC's). Totally well worth it. Especially if you can stretch for the BIC's.

If you can stretch the budget for the BICs I would I recommend them. I'm not a big fan of the Dayton's at the price point they are currently at.

Alternatively. You can get the DTA-100 plus this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117405
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117402

I really like those Pioneer speakers even though they are 4" woofers they still sound great especially for $50.

Now there are also these. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117404

It's a center channel but two of these sound great. I had used them for a few days as my main speakers and for music it was just delightful. Would've kept them if it wasn't for them being ridiculously big for desktop use.
    
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Hey guys I really appreciate all the help. I thought about it for a while and decided to shell out the extra money and go for the BIC's. I've heard plenty of good things so it seemed like the logical choice.

Thanks again!
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I bought the Klipsh ProMedia2.1 when I went to college. They have served me gloriously ever since.

Highly recommend!
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I had the Bose Companion 3 speaker system (2.1) and I hated them. The nob was sweet for control, but they just sounded like very loud tin cans. Horrible range on the frequency response, and had a really small 'sweet spot.' I gave them to my mom, who can't tell the difference.

Interestingly enough, I also switched to the Klipsch Promedia 2.1's as Russian did and was very happy! For the price I don't think they can be beat.
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