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$300 is the lowest I will ever spend. it's my entry level point. you can get a decent pair of bookshelf speakers like Wharfedale, Mission, NHT, etc or active monitors KRK, Adam, Fostex, etc.
    
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I have a 2.1 set of Cyber Acoustics speakers that sound really good to me. I won't spend more on speakers until I break down and get a dedicated sound card...
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I have the M-Audio AV-40's, I got them in late 2010 I think... it's kind a funny though, I been recommending them to alot of people and now I see more and more people/topics talking about them. biggrin.gif

The M-Audios are AMAZING. They are very loud, very dynamic speakers. I'm a hobbyist music producer and that's primarily what I got them for but they are my main pc speakers. They are no-nonsense/no BS speakers, they have a very good clear tone with a good baster booster switch if you want them. I've heard much more expensive monitors before and they are honestly the best I've heard and ever owned. They are not your typical computer speakers, they are on the professional sound quality side for music producing. If you want more bass, add a subwoofer but they sound good as they are IMO.

Seriously, get them. I have friends/family come over and are blown away by my speakers. Play shooters/war games? Sounds like actual guns and bombs going off. Like music? These things will give you flawless audio playback. They are prefect for everything. Just one note - they are slightly heavy and big, make sure you have room for them. Also, do yourself a favor, if you're getting studio monitors set them up/position them correctly so the tweeters point towards your upper part of the ear. They should be about 4-6 feet apart angled in. I see alot of people position speakers in stupid ways and the only thing that's going to do is make your sound suck.
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i only use headphones at this point - always on skype,ts3,mumble - no point in speakers.

If it was more practical I would totally get a nice set of monitors tho.
    
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OP you can still use Studio Monitors like the AV-40 you already have with a Sub.

Even a cheap sub like the PSW10 would be more then enough.

Just use the speaker level input from the right speaker and all should be fine.


In my old school we had AV-40's in the MAC music room. My B652's sound better IMO, gets louder while still being cleaner. I also have a dedicated sub as well, as well as a better amp.

You can get a pair of B652's, Sub-800, and a cheap T-Amp for around 150bucks on parts express. Would sound better then the AV-40's thats for sure.
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Well if I end up needing to buy a sub maybe I should get something like the Alesis Elevate 3 monitors for $100 pair and then save up and get a subwoofer since that monitors has a sub out line so I can connect a powered subwoofer directly to it. Or maybe I might have no choice but to eather just ignore that it doesn't have much low end or get the ProMedia 2.1 again. The AV-40 doesn't have a sub out line so I can connect a powered subwoofer to it. I did thought that the AV-40 will sound overall better than the ProMedia 2.1 since one person said so but I do know that the ProMedia 2.1 is THX certified speakers so they sound play like how the recording is done also.
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Well if I end up needing to buy a sub maybe I should get something like the Alesis Elevate 3 monitors for $100 pair and then save up and get a subwoofer since that monitors has a sub out line so I can connect a powered subwoofer directly to it. Or maybe I might have no choice but to eather just ignore that it doesn't have much low end or get the ProMedia 2.1 again. The AV-40 doesn't have a sub out line so I can connect a powered subwoofer to it. I did thought that the AV-40 will sound overall better than the ProMedia 2.1 since one person said so but I do know that the ProMedia 2.1 is THX certified speakers so they sound play like how the recording is done also.


Subwoofers tend to have both speaker level inputs and low level. No one said you can't use the speaker level output coming from the AV-40 that you would end up connecting to the right speaker.

I wouldn't use the ProMedia, I went from a Locitech G51 (sounded better then the ProMedia at the store where I bought it, also had a built in headphone amp) to my Quad B652 + Sub-800 + Yamaha HTR-5640. Nether the AV-40 or Promedia could touch those. If you want a good pair of studio speakers I would avoid the AV-40's to be honest, not the most impressive monitors.
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The AV-40 does not have a subwoofer, the promedia 2.1 does. This is why you feel the AV-40 "doesn't do well with low frequencies" or whatever.

You are comparing a 2.0 system with a 2.1, it's simply an unfair comparison. Remove the sub from the promedia and you will be shocked how terrible it sounds compared to the AV-40.

Now, if your budget is limited, and you like deep lows more than accurate mids and highs, it's fair enough to just pick up a decent 2.1 setup like the promedias, but if you add a real sub to some real monitors (like the AV-40s), it will sound far better.
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i think ur ar corect, the new ones obviously create a more accurite sound system so its like how its done when real life. yo should buy the new one, is reconend by THX so they cant be lying, because theres a sticker on itbiggrin.gif
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Well for $150 does the AV-40 or the ProMedia 2.1 sound the best? I know there are higher priced ones that sound better but for $150 are they the best. I have heard higher priced monitors like the Adam A7 and those sound amazing have deep lows and good smooth highs and no distortion but TOO EXPENSIVE. $1400 pair is wayyy too expensive for me. I wish I had those but I can never get those. I can't really afford even $300 pair speakers. Around $150 is the most I can do with my limited budget. I just wanted to know that will the ProMedia 2.1 or the AV-40 will sound overall the best for $150.

Well I could also get the Alesis Elevate 3 monitors and then buy a subwoofer since that one has a sub out line on back of the right speaker where it's powered. But I will need to save up for the sub if I wanted that. Or I could just get the ProMedia 2.1 or keep the AV-40 I have now.
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The AV-40 does not have a subwoofer, the promedia 2.1 does. This is why you feel the AV-40 "doesn't do well with low frequencies" or whatever.

You are comparing a 2.0 system with a 2.1, it's simply an unfair comparison. Remove the sub from the promedia and you will be shocked how terrible it sounds compared to the AV-40.

Now, if your budget is limited, and you like deep lows more than accurate mids and highs, it's fair enough to just pick up a decent 2.1 setup like the promedias, but if you add a real sub to some real monitors (like the AV-40s), it will sound far better.
I know how the ProMedia 2.1 will sound like without sub since I have tried to turn the bass all the way down and it does sound tinny but that's fine since that's what the subwoofer is for to fill the rest of the sound. I know most 2.1 are like that and need a sub to do the lows.
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