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Hi Guys.

I'm looking for a pair of decent (mid-end) active desktop speakers. The reason they have to be active is that I don't have my amp nearby my computer, and I can't be arsed with having a big chunky sub/amp under my desk!

A bit of info:

- I've got the ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula motherboard with the SupremeFX IV audio chip. But with an active speaker this shouldn't matter anyways? (have I got that right?)

- I'm looking in the 150-200 GBP price range (230-330 USD)

- I'm looking to use them for game audio, streamed music from Spotify and the odd TV show episode

- Looks does matter, but it's not more important than quality

- Good bass performance is a plus

- Preferably not too many shiny bright LEDs


I have been looking a bit around, but haven't really found anything tbh, so any help is really appreciated!

Chris
post #2 of 15
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1. Heard a lot of good things about them, even for a 2.1!
http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMedia-Certified-Computer-Speaker/dp/B000062VUO

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Klipsch ProMedia 2.1. Heard a lot of good things about them, even for a 2.1!
http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMedia-Certified-Computer-Speaker/dp/B000062VUO

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Cheers SinX7, I was trying to avoid having a sub under the desk though!
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Those M-Audio speakers are probably you're best bet. The ProMedia's have great reviews, too. Subs make great foot rests (as long as you don't kick them in lol)
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Cheers SinX7, I was trying to avoid having a sub under the desk though!

Oh, then you'll like the M-Audio Jester435 suggested. 2 speakers. They are excellent too!

So is the Swan audio!

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I've heard really good things about the Tannoy 501A. Just throwing it out there to add a bit of contrast to the mix. thumb.gif I've been wanting to try a set myself.
post #9 of 15
Would take a look at the audioengine a2 (http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-A2#.UQNdq780V8E) or the swan m10 (http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?products_id=89)
Also, there are more swan speakers for a little more than that, personally I like the a2's best and I think they look a tad nicer and I got the d1 dac with it and it works great.
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I quite like the looks and specs of the M-Audio BX5 D2, but how would you connect them to your pc without a DAC? Via the Jack?

Edit: And if I absolutely need a DAC, which one would you recommend? Theese speakers would bypass my onboard soundcard as they are active, am I right in that assumption?
Edited by foffer - 1/26/13 at 12:42pm
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