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I read through the recommended audio products thread and am still pretty confused. I have never dealt with audio before and am looking to put something together for my PC, speakers/sub/amp. Even mix of music/movies/games.

This is what I came up with so far, trying to keep it under $200, though I'll likely get the sub later anyway:

$30 Asus Xonar DG - the next one up adds too much to the budget.
$25 Lepai TA2020 or $40 Dayton DTA-1
$40 Dayton B652 or $80 Pioneer SP BS21

$90-130 Dayton Sub-800/1000/1200 Like I said I'll most likely get this later, maybe even something else when the time comes. I'm more concerned about the items above.

As you can see I simply chose the cheapest one or two items in the thread. Like I said, I've never dealt with anything audio other than hooking up some computer speakers that came with a store bought computer. I'm just checking to see that everything is compatible (the specs really confused me redface.gif ), if theres anything that is missing besides speaker wire (from what I saw most items come with some, but I also have some if needed) or if theres other items that someone would recommend in a similar price range that were not in the thread that might suit my needs.

And last though, I'm getting this as a gift so I couldn't exactly stretch the budget as much as I would like, so would you think it would be worth it to drop the sub and pump some of that money into the other items, and then I can buy the sub later myself? If I get it all at once, I would have to get the cheapest of each item and that would come out right to $200, and again I know nothing about them so I don't know what is worth it or not...

Like I said, I am a complete newbie when it comes to audio (did I mention that?) so thanks for any help thumb.gif

Edit: One last thing (I knew I forgot something). I saw a Lepai TA2020A+ for nearly the same price as the one above. Is there any difference?
    
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Here's what I would do personally....

Xonar DG (that ones obvious) (newegg) - consider the PCIe version, I forget what model it is though.
Dayton DTA-100a amp ($90) (parts express or amazon)
Pioneer SP-BS21-LR ($50) (only if budget absolutely CANNOT stretch further) (newegg)
Pioneer SP-BS41-LR ($85, this is a steal on these) (newegg)
BIC Venturi DV62-si ($110) (parts express or amazon)

Add the sub later. Depending on your exact goals, anything from a Dayton SUB1200 up to the Polk PSW505 would be a good budget fit. And don't forget speaker wire and your 3.5mm to RCA cable (the cable that comes with the amp is really short). Wiring is roughly $10 at monoprice.
Edited by pioneerisloud - 10/6/12 at 2:45pm
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While there is noting wrong with the idea of buying the stuff you are considering but you do at the end of the day get what you pay for. With a $200 budget I would recommend looking into stuff like M-Audio BX5 D2's or similar monitors. Then save up some more and add the Asus Xonar DG, save up again and add a subwoofer (if you feel you need the extra low-end).
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Thank you that was exactly the kind of response I was looking for smile.gif
    
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Well I sprang on the Pioneer SP-BS41-LR speakers as that seems like a killer deal and too good to pass up, even if it takes me a little bit longer to get everything else (promo ends tomorrow 10/8). I can get the amp as a gift and get the sound card myself, and the sub later down the road.
Thanks again for your help thumb.gif
    
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I was looking at the description of the DTA100-a and it said:
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Note: Do not use with speakers that are lower than 8 ohms nominal impedance. This amplifier is not bridgeable.
The speakers are 6 ohm nominal impedence. Is that a problem? I already bought the speakers and am looking at getting the amp.

Edit: well 30 seconds later in the Q&A section of parts-express others have asked that question and it looks like it works with speakers down to 4 ohms and is officially rated at 6 ohms.
Edited by mad0314 - 10/10/12 at 11:16pm
    
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