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I love my polk 30s with a topping tp30 amp. I scored the polks for around 70 billz last year off the egg. If you watch the price you'll see they often drop down to around the 80 dollar mark.
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Looks like the SUB-1200 is the way to go then.
How good exactly are the Polk Audio Monitor 30 AM3025? Would I see a noticeable difference with my FLAC files compared to my Z Cinema?
Also, what sound card should I get? Cheaper the better.

If you will be gaming at all, get the Creative Titanium or the Titanium HD. The extra $50 on the HD is not worth it in my opinion, unless you will be using high end headphones to play games that require precise directional audio, like Battlefield 3. Both cards are phenomenal for music. The Creative SB Recon3D is also a very good card, and is slightly better than the Titanium (non-HD) but slightly more expensive,

If you will not be gaming and you will be only listening to music, check out the ASUS Xonar DX or essence STX. They are phenomenal for music, surpassing the Creative's, but they are not as good for gaming.

If you won't be gaming at all, just get the Xonar DG for $25. The extra $50-60 for the DX isn't worth it in my opinion if you will just be gaming. The Titanium or Recon3D are the best though for a combination of gaming and music.
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If you will be gaming at all, get the Creative Titanium or the Titanium HD. The extra $50 on the HD is not worth it in my opinion, unless you will be using high end headphones to play games that require precise directional audio, like Battlefield 3. Both cards are phenomenal for music. The Creative SB Recon3D is also a very good card, and is slightly better than the Titanium (non-HD) but slightly more expensive,
If you will not be gaming and you will be only listening to music, check out the ASUS Xonar DX or essence STX. They are phenomenal for music, surpassing the Creative's, but they are not as good for gaming.
If you won't be gaming at all, just get the Xonar DG for $25. The extra $50-60 for the DX isn't worth it in my opinion if you will just be gaming. The Titanium or Recon3D are the best though for a combination of gaming and music.

Are you saying a 30 dollar card like the Xonar DG is enough for music? If it means I get to save a good 50-100 bucks, I guess I'll just get the Xonar DG and suffer during gaming if I can't find a super deal on the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium.
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Are you saying a 30 dollar card like the Xonar DG is enough for music? If it means I get to save a good 50-100 bucks, I guess I'll just get the Xonar DG and suffer during gaming if I can't find a super deal on the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium.

I wouldn't spend more than $50 on a used Titanium. Amazon had manufacturer refurbished ones before for $50, but I don't think they have them anymore. Look around on eBay.

If you can't find one under $50, grab the Xonar DG.

One thing I hate about the ASUS Xonar line though is the equalizer. Even after a good 5 hours of tweaking I still can't find a "sweet spot" whereas with the Titanium equalizer it took me around 45 minutes to create a great set-up.
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I was gonna say, The 2.1 Z-Cinema's retailed for $299, asking for a 5.1 that's even better for even less money 4 years later after 14% inflation...seems like an interesting request.
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My random 2 cents ~ I have a set of Audioengine 2 (A2) and A5+ with no sub (top floor of a rather old apartment ). I use the Asus Essence ST as my sound card (though this card is a bit overkill if you don't intend to use headphones). The A2 and A5s are very good speakers for their value imo . Look up some reviews to see if they fit your needs. I originally bought the A2s because I was looking for the smallest 2.0 system that was of high quality.
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I was gonna say, The 2.1 Z-Cinema's retailed for $299, asking for a 5.1 that's even better for even less money 4 years later after 14% inflation...seems like an interesting request.

Didn't know they were that much. I got them for 80.
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If you are after a great 2.1 system why not get the corsair SP2500? That's what i am getting when a bit of cash free's up, they are excellent
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Wait, the Behringer Truth B1030A is self active. If I get those and the SUB-1200 , does that mean I won't need an amp?

How does the Behringer Truth B1030A compare to the Polk Audio Monitor 30 AM3025?
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For $300 I personally would think a pair of these these would be worth a look. Maybe add a sub down the line. They are said to be respectably bassy for their size and the sound on their little brothers/cousins(?) the P4's is just fantastic.

I will offer a disclaimer though that I haven't heard any other $300 solutions, though reviews for these are awesome and I do have those P4's which are wonderful.
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