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I am planning to get a new speakers. My budget is 200$, which isn't much, but I am not asking for much either.
I have a Creative A220 setup and I like it, but I want an improvement. I was thinking at first of a Corsair SP2500, but then I remembered that Corsair isn't a dedicated audio company. So, say I get a AV30 (Or an AV40 if it is worth the 50$) and get a good subwoofer for 100$, will it outperform a SP2500? Or is it a good idea to get a X-540? But I am already getting a GameCom 780, so surround sound isn't needed. I listen to: Techo, new dubstep (Zomboy Skrillex ETC), pop, rock and all of your movies and games. Thanks a BATRILLION!

Edit: Forgot to mention, the SP2500 use a AUX input, I understand it isn't the best? Isn't it better to use digital outputs (The orange and black thingies)? I will be plugging them into This
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Pioneer SP-BS21. $50 at Newegg.

Topping T21 or Fiio A1 amp.

Dayton Sub-800 or Sub-100. If you get the Sub-800, you will be in budget. For the Sub-1000 you're looking at over $220, because you need still need speaker wire.
    
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For speakers, I can't recommend enough the AudioEngine A2. They retail for $200 and are amplified and allow both headphone jack input and RCA. Since you are using optical out, you might want to get Fiio A1 amp like the previous post said, or you could upgrade and get a Fiio e7+9 kit (on the high end of your budget).

Some of what I said may be a little over your budget, but you have some flex and it is just a suggestion. I honestly can't speak high enough of the A2 speakers. It was either those or the AV40s.
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Okay, I will be purchasing off Amazon because I need the international shipping. So can you get me everything I need from there for under 250$? I can stretch it to 300$ if its really worth it. And BTW, it should be "Legible for FREE Super Saving Shipping" because that's the only way it will ship internationally. Thanks!
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AudioEngine A2: http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-Premium-Powered-Desktop-Speakers/dp/B000VKEFN2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355593737&sr=8-1&keywords=audioengine+a2

FiiO e7: http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier-Black/dp/B003N0XDT4/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1355593759&sr=1-5&keywords=Fiio+e9

Those are my 2 suggestions. The FiiO e7 is a USB DAC/AMP and fits within your budget without getting a larger box. I currently own both in that configuration and couldn't be happier with it. Keep in mind, the FiiO runs off a dedicated USB port and will not use your optical out; you shouldn't need it. The speakers are amplified so if you are plugging in from another source (RCA or headphone), it will be sufficient for anything, eg. cellphone, ipod, etc.

Total Price with super saver shipping on both items is going to be $260.

Let me know if you have any other questions. The A2's have enough kick to blast air in your face, plus even knock it off! I wouldn't necessarily do that unless you want to annoy other nearby occupants or damage your hearing tongue.gif
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Go used. You can put together a really good system used for $200. I have a link in my sig to a thread where I talked about the kind of audio equipment you can used and good placed to find it. The third post has all the info about where to look.
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Go used. You can put together a really good system used for $200. I have a link in my sig to a thread where I talked about the kind of audio equipment you can used and good placed to find it. The third post has all the info about where to look.
Yes, but if YOU can do it (Used as I said, Amazon selling) I would appreciate it. Because I have exams now, I can't really give any effort in ANYTHING.
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Those are my 2 suggestions. The FiiO e7 is a USB DAC/AMP and fits within your budget without getting a larger box. I currently own both in that configuration and couldn't be happier with it. Keep in mind, the FiiO runs off a dedicated USB port and will not use your optical out; you shouldn't need it. The speakers are amplified so if you are plugging in from another source (RCA or headphone), it will be sufficient for anything, eg. cellphone, ipod, etc.

Total Price with super saver shipping on both items is going to be $260.

Let me know if you have any other questions. The A2's have enough kick to blast air in your face, plus even knock it off! I wouldn't necessarily do that unless you want to annoy other nearby occupants or damage your hearing tongue.gif

Is it worth it over the SP2500? Because if its a <5% increase it isn't worth 60$ for one, two I am not experienced and three I think it's nice (not needed, but NICE) to have a control pod. Thanks man! Will watch/read reviews and reply! APPRECIATE IT!! <3

And as I said, I am not experienced. How can two speakers alone without a subwoofer beat out two nice speakers and a big boofy subwoofer? I am sorry if I failed to mention this but I LOVE bass. I will use this in my bedroom which is 16x18 of small 12-year old feet. I care about CLEARNESS more than anything. My A220 is turned up to 50%, Windows 100% and all of my songs are playing at 37% in VLC. So you can be SURE that loudness isn't needed. Clearness and sexy bass. Thanks again <3!
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The bass on them isn't like an extra sub, however the best way I can describe them is: it will blast your face off as it just throws the audio at you while giving you blasts of air from the vents. You have to experience them to fully understand what a small package so much sound comes out of. In the future, you can always add a subwoofer to it easily. It is made for adding an extra sub. But, like with any speaker set, it is best to start with some good speakers first and add on.

To get an idea of the kick the speakers have, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTS3BBTfgQY
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So say I get a AudioEngine A2 with a subwoofer (200$ budget, 400$ for both sub and speakers, thinking of a BIC 12), with a FiiO E17 AMP would it sound CLEARER than the SP2500? More bass? Because if not much I am purchasing this with my computer, so If I save some money I could get a 3930k not a 3820! Thanks!! biggrin.gif

Edit: I will be using this for: 60% Music, 20% gaming (PES 2013, other gaming I will use my GameCom 780) and 20% TV (Castle, Naruto, Watch Your Language).
Thanks again!!!
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So say I get a AudioEngine A2 with a subwoofer (300$ budget, 500$ for both sub and speakers), would it sound CLEARER than the SP2500? More bass? Because if not much I am purchasing this with my computer, so If I save some money I could get a 3930k not a 3820! Thanks!! biggrin.gif
Yes on both counts. Better quality sound and more bass which will also be better quality.
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