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I've owned two pairs of http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Gaming-High-Power-Speaker-CA-SP211NA/dp/B004H0MQYW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359305124&sr=8-1&keywords=corsair+sp2500 (Corsair SP2500) Speakers and at initially they work very well, the sound and bass are great but I keep having problems with my Subwoofer blowing.

I realize these are "gaming" speakers but I haven't ventured onto Hi-Fi audio before so I don't know too much about what it takes to make a good hi-fi system.

I've done research myself and cannot come to a conclusion. I heard great things about the SP2500s. I guess i just need it capable of playing louder.

I do not own a sound car right now, I had been using my on-board Asus card. I'm going to be getting one of those as well. Probably a Fatal1ty brand. biggrin.gif

I want loud bass, loud treble, and clear sound. I'd say Music 70%, Gaming 30% right now.

Can someone help me find either a much better, simple 2.1 speaker setup or help me find a DAC, Amp, Speaker setup for under 600$USD?!

I do have 600$USD to spend! Fire away your best setups for that price if you guys would. I am so indecisive myself.
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http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-383
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-652
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-627

Mabye not these exact items, but just a general idea of a alternative 2.1 setup you can assemble yourself from parts.
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I can't say much for speakers, I have the SP2500's as well and I'm really pleased with them smile.gif

Regarding soundcards however; if it says fatal1ty on it, it is crap. I wouldnt buy anything that says fatal1ty on it for that matter.
I'd recommend you get a soundcard first just to hear the speakers before and after. The difference is like night and day.
Edited by zoid.srg - 1/27/13 at 2:43pm
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HK 1700 $200. You can connect with hdmi or optical. I think with the 4870 you just need a dvi to hdmi with audio adapter.
http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-AVR-1700-Network-Connected/dp/B009HB2USI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Outlaw M8 $250. There's one left on amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Outlaw-Audio-M8-Subwoofer/dp/B005SRS7XC

NTH Super Zero 2.0 $200 but backordered
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049FA1TM/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=
edit: Amazon has some like new used for around $80 each, which would a solid choice

HTD Level two $200
http://www.htd.com/Products/bookshelf-speakers/Level-TWO-Bookshelf-Speakers

Behringer B2030P $190
http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-B2030P-Ultra-Linear-Reference-Monitor/dp/B000N94S7O

Paradigm, Definitive Tech, or Boston Acoustics might be other brands to check out. There are a ton of bookshelf speakers out there.

Dayton Audio B652 $45 to save some money
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RMPHMU/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=
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Cool, thanks a lot. See I haven't even looked into anything Hi-Fi. I'm not sure what brands I should be looking for. I really want loud, deep bass.
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Appreciate all the help man. I'm definitely going to be considering all the above. It's really hard me to choose. lol
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I would just urge you to decide quickly if you want that outlaw sub. They don't make that model anymore, and subs go up in price very quickly for quality. Another thing to note is that speakers called monitors are designed to be used with a good sub, while others have more woofer response built in. Monitors tend to be more accurate, but require a good sub. HSU Research is another excellent sub maker if you can find a used model of theirs. One thing you might want to do is go to a local home theater store (not a big box store), and ask about B-stock or floor models they could sell you. That's one way to pay less for the better brands.

edit: Fry's also has the HK 1700 on sale for 200 btw
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I can't say much for speakers, I have the SP2500's as well and I'm really pleased with them smile.gif

Regarding soundcards however; if it says fatal1ty on it, it is crap. I wouldnt buy anything that says fatal1ty on it for that matter.
I'd recommend you get a soundcard first just to hear the speakers before and after. The difference is like night and day.

What sound card would you recommend? I believe I am going to have to stick with these SP2500s here for a little while, I'm going to exchange them. What would suit those speakers superbly?
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If you can find any, Swans M50w.
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