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So I've been using a cheap $50 pair of 2.1 speakers for awhile and would really like to get something nice to replace them. I have about a $1000 budget but can stretch it a bit, maybe go all the way to $1500 if the difference is going to be major.

I don't care if it's a 5.1, 7.1, etc. I'm fine with a good 2.1 setup as long as it sounds good, can have decent bass, and can be decently loud. These will be primarily for gaming so if the explosions can shake the windows a bit that would be nice, but it will also be used for music to entertain so having good sound and loudness needs to fit in as well.



I'm open to just about any options. Predone 2.1/5.1 setup, a 2.0 setup and an alternate sub, passive or active, amp, receiver, etc. Whatever will fit the criteria I'm fine with setting up.
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You might want to look at some real hifi speakers and a receiver as you said

I have a Onkyo TX NR808 receiver and a Harman Kardon HKTS 60 speaker set and it sounds way better then any PC speaker set by miles

What i would go for and now i dont know the price level in the US but a Onkyo TX-NR616 or the new TX-NR626 receiver

For speakers the Harman Kardon HKTS 30 my mother has that speaker set so i can say first hand it very good but its not the newest speaker set in the world anymore
Edited by shilka - 3/18/13 at 6:23am
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with $1,000 you have some major options.

Denon, Harman Kardon, or Onkyo receiver.

What type of room are you in?

do you have preferences on companies for speakers?
Edited by Jester435 - 3/18/13 at 10:38am
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with $1,000 you have some major options.

Denon, Harman Kardon, or Onkyo receiver.

What type of room are you in?

do you have preferences on companies for speakers?

Two walls are adobe and two are glass, room is about 24ft feet by 18ft feet but I have a sectioned off corner for my office that is about 10ft by 8ft that is sectioned off by glass panels and a glass door. Ceiling is 14 feet.

No preferences really. Whatever will provide good sound ranges, decently heavy bass, and can go decently loud without imminent death.
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Well my set up actually comes in at just around $1300 without a single item being on sale. If you know a guy who can get you a discount, or you find a sale (always possible) you can get it for around your budget. I'm currently running a Denon 1712 (should have gotten a 1912 for some additional non-sound related options), Klipsch Quintet speakers and a Klipsch KW-100 sub. You can get a much harder hitting sub for the same price I paid, but mine gets the job more than done. I'd look into the speakers for sure. The only other computer speakers I've used are an old Altec Lansing surround set from over 10 years ago, a set of Bose Companion II's, and now these. I can say that the Bose have more bass in the speakers, at least from an audible standpoint, but not from a feeling standpoint. Adding a sub to regular satellites really lets you hear the bass much harder and crisper.
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I would rather have an awesome 2.1 setup for a PC than a in the box 5.1 setup.

That way if you you can purchase towers, move your fronts to the rear and buy a decent center channel.

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-1613-Channel-Networking-Receiver/dp/B007R8U5QW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363790014&sr=8-1&keywords=denon+receiver

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-TSi200-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B0018QRO9A

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000OY6CVI/ref=sr_1_16?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1363790060&sr=1-16&keywords=polk+subwoofer

this would be killer 2.1 setup.

The HKTS 60 won the European Imaging and Sound Association best 5,1 home theater speaker set award back in 2010

So its not a bad speaker set its good for pretty much anything is it the best speaker set you can buy no not even close but for the money you do get alot
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The HKTS 60 won the European Imaging and Sound Association best 5,1 home theater speaker set award back in 2010

So its not a bad speaker set its good for pretty much anything is it the best speaker set you can buy no not even close but for the money you do get alot

I didn't say it was bad. I have never liked satellite speakers because they just aren't as good as bookshelf speakers and towers. If you go my route he has an upgrade path down the road when he wants to make a 5.1 system.
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I would rather have an awesome 2.1 setup for a PC than a in the box 5.1 setup.

That way if you you can purchase towers, move your fronts to the rear and buy a decent center channel.

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-1613-Channel-Networking-Receiver/dp/B007R8U5QW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363790014&sr=8-1&keywords=denon+receiver

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this would be killer 2.1 setup.

Tried the 10 inch version of that polk at a store here the other day and wasn't all that impressed. Kind of felt like my crappy sub did about as good of a job.

I'm thinking I am going to go the 2.1 route as I really don't care about surround sound or 5.1, it has never really added any depth to me. Probably going to buy things in pieces and up my budget to about $2500 after looking at prices of things. It would be nice to have a sub that can just about bust the glass behind me, but still hear the music.
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