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Before I go into details, I'd like to mention a few things:

1.) I'm going to be using this set up on my computer.
2.) I'm looking to make a 2.1 set up, 5.1 isn't needed and won't fit.
3.) I want the system to have more emphasis on lows, followed by highs. Mid's are my least-favored tones.
4.) I will be using them mostly for my computer. (~45% gaming, ~45% music, ~10% movies)
5.) My limit is about $400, but I can spend up to $450 if need be.

So, here's what I've come up with.

Two bookshelf speakers, with tweeters in them. They are Polk Audio Monitor40 bookshelf speakers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290202

And the sub I've chosen is a Polk Audio PSW10.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290034

Those together are $270.

I'm not sure, but I believe I need a receiver.

So, I'd like some recommendations on a good receiver to use with this setup. If the receiver fits into budget, that'd be great. And if the receiver has optical input, that's a plus.
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For simplicity sake, I would just go with something like the Swan H4 or Swan M50W. At $294, the M50W is an excellent setup. I don't think it's worth the hassle to go with the components you have listed.

*EDIT* I didn't realize the H series from Swan was priced individually. The H4 is just a bit over your price range with the current 25% off promotion. I think the M50W would be a better buy.

I have Swan speakers in my home theater and they are excellent. I also have a small 2 channel system in my bedroom with Swan M1 speakers and I must say they are very impressive.
Edited by Greg121986 - 4/24/12 at 3:47pm
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I would get an old used receiver for $50-100, and spend the remainder of the budget on speakers. Get a sub later. That polk is not worth buying.
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I was too late to ketch up on the Swans.

I'm contemplating just getting something simple and that will work "decent", especially for my uses.

Been looking at Logitech Z906, or maybe buying old good condition Logitech Z-2300's or Z-5500's. Probably using optical with it.

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You can't go wrong there for gaming and music. I have a high-end system on my rig, but game on headphones. Gaming is torture on high end speakers.
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I've never found a set of headphine I like for gaming.

But that might be because all of my headphines are high end and for music.
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I was too late to ketch up on the Swans.
I'm contemplating just getting something simple and that will work "decent", especially for my uses.
Been looking at Logitech Z906, or maybe buying old good condition Logitech Z-2300's or Z-5500's. Probably using optical with it.
Thoughts?

I think this is a bad idea and you should go with real speakers or active monitors.
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HOLD ALL YOUR MONEY

haha, but seriously.

I HIGHLY suggest finding a pair of BX5a's VS those polks if you are going 2.1. The M-Audio BX5a's are 70w/speaker active studio monitors and are CRYSTAL clear in my opinion. You should be able to find a used or B-Stock pair for ~$200, I got mine B-Stock for $180 and they are phenomenal. After that you can put the rest of your money into whatever sub you can afford. The Polk PSW10 is an OK sub for a cheap DIY setup, but I don't think it is anywhere near on-par with the BX5a's.

I own a pair of BX5a's as well as a Pioneer AVR 80w pushing x2 Infinity Primus 163's and I would say the BX5a's are as good or better.
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You can't go wrong there for gaming and music. I have a high-end system on my rig, but game on headphones. Gaming is torture on high end speakers.

Doing fine playing Mass Effect 3 on my Revel Ultima Studio 2s biggrin.gif
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The only thing that will torture high-end speakers is shorting your + and - leads together when the amp is powered on. I've seen someone do this to a $25,000 Vivid K1 (my personal favorite loudspeaker). tongue.gif It tore the speaker apart.
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