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Hello all, as the title states I am looking to move away from my Logitech Z5500 speaker system to a 2.0/1 bookshelf system. My source will be my computer and my main uses are for music, watching anime, and some gaming. The 5.1 system is nice for the latter two aspects (mainly the anime), but I imagine I will adjust assuming I can get better sound quality out of the bookshelves.

My main motivation from moving away from this setup is that I hope to build a new computer sometime in the near future. My current rig uses an HT Omega Striker soundcard and, don't get me wrong, it is nice. Thing is, I often boot between Windows/Linux and getting working audio drivers for the thing has caused many headaches between the two operating systems.

That said, the Dayton B652s have caught my eye. I've read several articles that pair it up with a Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifier for pleasing results on the cheap. That said, do you think the quality will beat my current speakers?

My planned setup would be going from the computer's on-board audio to a USB DAC of some sort (since on-board audio irks me, I am thinking the Schiit Modi) -> to the Lepai -> Dayton B652. If I wanted to add a sub to the system, how would I go about doing that? I only see L/R hook-ups for the mentioned components...

I am thinking this system will be pretty universal across any OS I happen to use -- no driver mess to deal with. My only concern is the sound quality. I am obviously open to suggestions, but let me know what you think.

EDIT: Forgot to mention my budget -- the cheaper the better, though I will consider pretty much anything reasonable. $500 is probably the upper limit, though...

Regards,
fusedpro
Edited by fusedpro - 5/17/13 at 6:50am
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My planned setup would be going from the computer's on-board audio to a USB DAC of some sort (since on-board audio irks me, I am thinking the Schiit Modi) -> to the Lepai -> Dayton B652. If I wanted to add a sub to the system, how would I go about doing that? I only see L/R hook-ups for the mentioned components...

I am thinking this system will be pretty universal across any OS I happen to use -- no driver mess to deal with. My only concern is the sound quality. I am obviously open to suggestions, but let me know what you think.

Uh, a USB DAC takes it input from a USB port, not a sound card (nor on board sound). You will need a driver to get sound out of a USB port by Kernal streaming (= best), or ASIO or Wasapi. I don't know what's available for linux.

Most powered subs can take a signal from a speaker output of an amp (without any effect on the main speakers). They can also use a line level output from a preamp.
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if your budget is 500 you have a wide range of speakers to choose from, but im guessing you looking for something good for the money kind of thing? are you looking for bass, because 2.0 wont do that as z5500 did. bookshelfs like Micca Motion Series MB42, Pioneer SP-BS21-LR, Infinity Primus P153 and Acoustic Research 215PS are cheap and well liked. the daytons have hit a snag that affected their performance. there are more expensive bookshelfs like PSB alpha b1 or PSB image B4 and Paradigm Atom.


if you looking for active speakers, its most likely will be AudioEngine A2, M-Audio BX5 D2, KRK Rockit 5, Emotiva AirMotiv4, Polk Audio New Monitor 35B. Swan M200MKII and Alesis 520. Teac LS-H265 and Music Hall Marimba. also the microlab solo series has a word of mouth kind of popularity. if you have the money for it you could wait for behringer K5 to be released or you could go for Adam Audio F5. id be remiss if i didnt include Wharfedale DP8.2A and Samson MediaOne series to the list. oh and i forgot Cambridge Audio S30 which is a cheaper option. see nothing to worry about.

edit: you might wanna check this out http://www.whathifi.com/awards/2012/stereo-speakers
Edited by dioxholster - 5/17/13 at 11:32pm
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Too be honest, I can't really tell the bass is there with my current setup, which is probably a good thing. I'm not a bass head by any means, so I am glad it blends in somewhat smoothly. As for what I am looking for in sound -- clean and accurate. As for the initial question, yes, I am basically looking for the best bang for my buck. I will more than likely be adding my own sub to cover any low-end deficiencies and I want to rule out active speakers. I appreciate the reply and the link, I'll dig through that when I get some time.
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problem is everyones got their favorite, and you cant audition them all so you will just have to see which is got better reviews. 2.0 will still give you the kick or punch when there is one, you might discover that a sub is not needed. i see a lot of good cheap speakers mentioned in this thread: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1461414/interested-in-cambridge-audio-s30-but-they-seem-kind-of-cheap.
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