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I've been looking around and reading about speakers but I am still lost. I am going to up my budget to $600 for a 2.1 set. I mostly listen to Alternative music along with watch Hulu and Netflix and on the days off I play a few games. I've looked into speakers and saw and listened to some Polk Audio Ti 100's which sounded better than the Klipsch B-15s that I also listened too.

Sorry if I'm asking for much but in your post can you educate me on a receiver and if using one would cause any loss in sound quality.

I am completely new to creating my own sound system except that I am unhappy with the terrible sound quality of my Z2300s

I've been reading some more, it seems like going with a preamp + amplifier would allow me to use my sound card as DAC which means I would get the best sound instead of a receiver correct?
Edited by WannaBeOCer - 4/2/13 at 8:45pm
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A pre-amp, a stereo amplifier, a subwoofer, and a pair of speakers for under $600? Besides trolling craigslist for deals I don't think its really practical.

Now you could get some low powered integrated amplifier like an Emotiva mini-X a-100 and maybe the SVS SBS-02s on clearance at $150 (they are very inefficient though, 82db), then maybe a cheap subwoofer like BIC V1020 after tax and shipping should come out to 590 ish.
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A pre-amp, a stereo amplifier, a subwoofer, and a pair of speakers for under $600? Besides trolling craigslist for deals I don't think its really practical.

Now you could get some low powered integrated amplifier like an Emotiva mini-X a-100 and maybe the SVS SBS-02s on clearance at $150 (they are very inefficient though, 82db), then maybe a cheap subwoofer like BIC V1020 after tax and shipping should come out to 590 ish.

Oh haha I haven't looked at prices yet at all. Can you recommended an amplifier that can power a passive subwoofer and two bookshelf speakers?

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speaker: Cambridge audio S30

Amp: Jolida FX10 tube amp. (used.....if you are lucky)

Dac.............. I guess use your sound card for now. You can eventually get the jolida fx dac to pair with the amp.

Sub woofer: I have said this before and I will say it again, do NOT waste your money on 2.1. Get a good quality 2 channel setup and you shouldn't need the woofer. The only thing a woofer does is add bass into bass light speakers. If you have good speakers that have plenty of bass, then you don't need to waste your time money or space on the darn thing.

Who ever says otherwise does not know what they are talking about. thumb.gif
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speaker: Cambridge audio S30

Amp: Jolida FX10 tube amp. (used.....if you are lucky)

Dac.............. I guess use your sound card for now. You can eventually get the jolida fx dac to pair with the amp.

Sub woofer: I have said this before and I will say it again, do NOT waste your money on 2.1. Get a good quality 2 channel setup and you shouldn't need the woofer. The only thing a woofer does is add bass into bass light speakers. If you have good speakers that have plenty of bass, then you don't need to waste your time money or space on the darn thing.

Who ever says otherwise does not know what they are talking about. thumb.gif

I agree, you don't NEED a subwoofer unless your amplifier is anemic and you don't have speakers that can extend at least down to the bottom of the audible range...that said...



The S30 is hardly a full-range monitor. It looks ideal for an 80Hz crossover though.
Edited by astrallite - 4/3/13 at 1:46pm
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Well I WAS going to say celestion 3, but since none of them are on ebay....mehh.

Another thing, have you actually heard the S30, or are you just flashing graphs like everyone else on head-fi does? I will make this clear once again because I have a feeling chinese kiwi will descend on this thread soon. Graphs are crap. I have actually heard the S30s on the jolida. They are fine. All you youngins can listen to your beats by dre and your dubwalk all you want. (I am 21.... and that was a joke). But seriously dubstep is not an issue, bass heavy music really isn't an issue.

Obviously there are better choices that the S30, but in his price range? Not unless you want to hunt down vintage speakers.
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Would I be able to run the S30's on something like this? Qinpu A-6000 MKII if I can't find a Jolida FX10 around $450 also would I still need a preamp?

What should I be looking at when picking an amplifier for certain speakers? Thanks

After listening and learning I would rather prefer a tube amplifier over a solid.
Edited by WannaBeOCer - 4/3/13 at 4:15pm
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Would I be able to run the S30's on something like this? Qinpu A-6000 MKII if I can't find a Jolida FX10 around $450 also would I still need a preamp?

Oh god no. Chinese stuff sucks when it comes to audio. Let me brake this down. You have japan which makes good audio stuff. The have stax, audio technica, and they even make decent replica western electric stuff from what I have been told. Then you skip over every other country until russia. Russia makes OK tubes. Probably due to the fact that most of the people who work in the tube factories still think it is 1940 and they have won the cold war : P . China, korrea, taiwan, Indonesia, loas, india, so forth and so on make crap. I had some cheap chinese tubes with my amp to start with and I was planning on upgrading later. Seriously....I got head aches. Even wearing cheapo logitechs with a MP3 player from 2005 doesn't give me headaches.

The nice thing about jolida is the price to performance ratio. Jolida offers high end audio at slightly lower prices than most. Plus, when you change out the tubes, you get a noticeable sound quality increase which provides even more bang for the buck.

If worst comes to worst, then shop for use S30s as well to soften the blow.
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Another thing, have you actually heard the S30, or are you just flashing graphs like everyone else on head-fi does?

I lol'd. It's like asking me if I've driven a car when I flash the whr measurements. Facts are facts.
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I lol'd. It's like asking me if I've driven a car when I flash the whr measurements. Facts are facts.

Lies are lies as well.

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Seriously I am about ready to put all my audio gear in van and drive around to all the people who shove measurements downs peoples throats and try a bit of a pepsi challenge.

If you want to know why all of measurements are total bull crap, go find any high end tube amp and compare it with a high end Solid State amp. I guarantee you that the tubes are going to sound a lot more natural than the SS will. The look at the measurements between the two. THEN bow to me as the ultimate hi-fi king of this website........jk jk.

Seriously though if you look at the audio solutions that are regarded as the worlds best headphones/speaker/amps/dacs and look at their measurements, you will see that stuff like the the Sennheiser HE-09 does NOT test well. Same deal with the stax Sr-009 and western electric horns, qual esl57s, and etc.

NONE of them "test" well. All of them song unbelievably good.
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