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I'm in a bit of a dilemma right now with a good audio option.

I listen to music 90% of the time I'm at my laptop and also while I'm on the go with my phone (HTC EVO 4G). I mainly listen to rap/hip-hop, so I'd like a good amount of bass. These will also be used for gaming, though that's not a priority and if they're good for it, that's just a bonus. If they're headphones, I need them to be closed as I'll be on a bus going between campuses every day. Any choice would also have to be below ~$125 and I am fine with used equipment.

Right now, I'm trying to decide between three choices:

1) Audio Technica ATH-M50 (~$80-$100)

2) Logitech X-530 ($30 via Craigslist)

3) Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 ($75 via Craigslist)

I understand that the M50's are headphones while the other two are desktop speakers.

I already have the Brainwavz Beta IEM's and I really enjoy them, especially with how portable they are compared to full headphones. However, I have extra money as it is and I'd like to upgrade. I'm torn between going for desktop speakers and getting full headphones.

I searched for hours trying to find the right ones. For headphones, I was also looking at Ultrasone HFI-580's and 780's, but the M50's are more readily available for me and typically cheaper, especially used. However, if either one is significantly better than the M50's, I'd cross the M50's off my list and go with that one.

For speakers, I just always see the X-530 system really cheap and I just happened to be looking and can get them for $30, so absurdly cheap for me, especially with my budget. They have nice bass and the surround sound is a plus, even if it does have flaws. I also managed to find the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system which I constantly see recommended for a budget 2.1 setup. Only thing I've seen bad about that is that it has poor build quality and is prone to breaking within a couple years. If I ended up going with desktop speakers, I would end up just keeping my Brainwavz Betas and being happy, but I also wouldn't get better sound on-the-go, when I'll be away from home for most of my time.

Is there anyone that can help me out with this decision? I've been through countless Head-Fi threads and review sites and people just seem to throw random opinions around like crazy without actually comparing the sets.

Thanks for the help!
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The Logitechs are out as surround is not a plus for music : even less so with poorly built and cheap/muddy sounding PC/multimedia fare thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

 

The Promedias are better but $75 used is too much and also the QC of these have drastically dropped these few years?

 

In your shoes i would either go with cans or bookies/amp/active sub since used is an option? Also head down to

http://www.avsforum.com/f/88/audio

for advice from peeps really in the know about speakers cheers.gif

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I'd honestly save until boxing day; grab a ASUS card with a headphone amp and a lot better sounding cans. I'm far from impressed from the klipsch and the x530s merely have a medicore midrange and sound "loud" given their dual drivers. Not even worth it for the price IMO.
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Originally Posted by trog View Post

The Logitechs are out as surround is not a plus for music : even less so with poorly built and cheap/muddy sounding PC/multimedia fare thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

The Promedias are better but $75 used is too much and also the QC of these have drastically dropped these few years?

In your shoes i would either go with cans or bookies/amp/active sub since used is an option? Also head down to
http://www.avsforum.com/f/88/audio
for advice from peeps really in the know about speakers cheers.gif

Well, these are the speakers I'm coming from. A cheap 2.1 setup from Walmart. And I loved them. I'm assuming the Logitech speakers would be in the same fashion.

I also don't have a $2000 budget, so unfortunately, that website won't be too helpful.
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I'd honestly save until boxing day; grab a ASUS card with a headphone amp and a lot better sounding cans. I'm far from impressed from the klipsch and the x530s merely have a medicore midrange and sound "loud" given their dual drivers. Not even worth it for the price IMO.

Not everyone is Canadian. wink.gif I'll be using my laptop and phone, not a desktop, so getting a sound card is out of the question. If I got headphones, I would also need portability, so needing a headphone amp really reduces that.

I'm not an audiophile by any means so I don't care for the highest audio quality possible. I just want a cheap setup that'll get the job done and I'm having trouble deciding between them.

Thank you both for the help.
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post #5 of 9
you'll be getting better sound quality out of the ProMedia's then the Logitech but you'll loose the 5.1 if you care about it at all, i also wouldn't worry about the build quality of the ProMedia's unless you're going to be listening at incredibly high volumes and generally don't take care of the speakers, if your happy already with your IEM's go with the speakers and upgrade them (IEM's) in the future if you really feel the need to do so.
think about getting the headphones if you happen to use your laptop more then your desktop, but full size headphones for the most part aren't designed to be very portable (doesn't mean you cant use them that way) you'll probably get looks from people if you take them on the go with your phone or laptop.

[edit]
if i understood correctly the speakers would be setup with the laptop? are you taking the laptop with you on the go often? if you are i suggest the headphones rather then the speakers you'll find more use for them, if you generally have the laptop stationary in one location get the speakers since you say you're already happy with the IEM's you currently have.

again speakers i recommend are the promedia's you'll get better sound quality over the logitech at the same time you'll loose the 5.1 surround and you'll be paying a bit more but in my opinion worth the price, although I'd try to get the person to lower it if possible.
Edited by mrsmiles - 12/6/12 at 3:28pm
post #6 of 9
If you don't mind having a set of cans, the M50's win on audio quality, hands down. If you're mostly listening to music, they are a must have for sure. thumb.gif
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I had the X-530's for years and they weren't exactly impressive. I can tell you that the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1's are substantially better (my brother has these). I'd get the 2.1's if I were in your shoes, but perhaps wait for a sale on a new pair (sometimes around $100), the X-530's aren't worth $20 IMO (I practically gave mine away at a tag sale).

As for headphones, I don't know much about the ATH-M50's beyond everyone recommending them. I can vouch for the HFI-580's though, I've had a pair for slightly over a year and I love them. Plenty of bass, but it doesn't drown out mid's or high's. And they sound good for nearly every genre I throw at them. At times I prefer them over my speaker setup (Pioneer VSX-451 paired with Boston Acoustic A70's) because I find them to be more immersive (granted I'm driving loud speakers in a small room so there isn't enough room for the sound to expand).

Hope this helps thumb.gif
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Well, these are the speakers I'm coming from. A cheap 2.1 setup from Walmart. And I loved them. I'm assuming the Logitech speakers would be in the same fashion.
I also don't have a $2000 budget, so unfortunately, that website won't be too helpful.

Actually AVS were one of the 1st who singled out the Pioneer BS21/41s for their great SQ/$$ and last week them BS21s i saw were $39.99/free ship on Egg cheers.gif

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1278774/pioneers-speaker-genius-hits-low-price-point

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Thanks again for the help everyone!

As it stands, I'm pretty much set on getting speakers over headphones. There's no point in me upgrading headphones right now since I'm satisfied with the Brainwavz.

I'm picking up the X-530 today just because they're too cheap to pass up. I may still get the Klipsch ProMedia system and sell the X-530 if I like them a lot more.

To answer the setup/driving question, I'll be using these with my laptop and not a desktop. The laptop will be taken with me everywhere, but I'll also be at home somewhat often so I'll be able to play with my laptop connected to it then.
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