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Hi, I'm looking to improve my PC sound. My budget is around 300$. I know that for this price I wont have audiophile quality...but hopefully i should get a decent boost from my current setup (Logitech Z506 + onboard audio from my sabertooth z87). It will be mostly for listening to music and some gaming but normally i will use my gaming headset for that which happens to be USB powered,

So I was thinking in getting Asus Xonar D2X/XDT PCI-e + corsair SP2500

Does this sound good or can i have better bang for my bucks?!
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OCN's Most Recommended Audio Products

Yes, you can get better bang for your bucks.
Personally I recommend to go cheap on the soundcard and put all the money you can on the speakers. Been there done that, you won't hear the difference between Xonar D2X, Xonar D1/DX and Xonar DGX when using sub-300$ speakers.

EDIT: Oh, missed the USB-headset part, nvm about soundcard for them.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 10/1/13 at 6:08am
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Creative Gigaworks T3 Speakers 2.1 Channel + SubWoofer



These and do not look back. The quality of these speakers and the bass you get from the 3 Drivers inside the BOX (thats right 3 Subwoofers) is amazingly superior sound.
The round HUB you see works as a volume control and on/off switch + Headphone in and Mic in. Its heavy and it feels expensive.
The satellite speakers give crystal clear sound and zero pinging screeching sounds.
I have a set and they're working off my X79 Rampage IV formula Supreme FX sound and damn they go loud with zero distort.
You will thank me after giving these a go.

They go for about $150 - $200 depending where u get them from.
Edited by Renairy - 10/1/13 at 6:16am
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Thanks for the reply but I'm not looking for headphones. Just need a 2.1 stereo set and a soundcard.

What other options do i have to the Corsair sp2500 in that price range?

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The sticky has loads of info about active and passive speakers...

And personally I would stay away from logitech/creative/"gamer brands"/etc.
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^ I wouldn't touch Speakers made for computers with a stick. thumb.gif

Get some active monitors or get a amp/receiver and a pair of nice bookshelf speakers and subwoofer.

I spent less then $300 on my PC's audio system, and it blows away anything listed here.
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Ok guys, thanks for your help! I see that i need to do my homework before making a decision.
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u can have pretty much audiophile grade sound for $300 or less (at least around here you can)

I would encourage the op to check out used / vintage stereo hi-fi gear.

at my pc i use Monitor Audio Silver S1 speakers (i got these for a pittance @$11.25 accoustically perfect put they had a horrible rattle can paint job done to to them...) I have cleaned them up a bunch and they look pretty presentable now and sound just amazing

I am driving them with a Pioneer SX-3600 receiver that i paid (possible too much for but I don't care) $70~ and then for now I have a polk sub but I'll be upgrading that soon.


right now in my living room I'm listening to my $40 JBL L1s being driven by my $20 (lol... very good deal on this stuff) Onkyo Integra stack (M5030 / P3030 / T4087 and EQ35) also hooked up to the onkyo is a pair of Bang & Olufsen RL 60.2 speakers I paid $60 for.


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but even if you don't want to mess with used you could still get some good sound for $300~


for example
Topping TP20MKII $71~
http://www.amazon.com/Topping-TP20-MK2-TA2020-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B005F5U86G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1380673106&sr=8-2&keywords=topping


and what I'd be tempted to do is go 2.0 at first with these

Cambridge S30 speakers $219~

http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Audio-Speakers-Dark-Pair/dp/B004NDN9NK/ref=sr_1_67?ie=UTF8&qid=1380673229&sr=8-67&keywords=bookshelf+speakers


and then see how that worked out and add a sub later if needed.



but since you say you'd like 2.1 then let's see.

MORDAUNT SHORT

carnival 1 speakers $99

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/MORDCARN1CAL/MORDAUNT-SHORT-Carnival-1-Bookshelf-Speaker-Cherry-Pair/1.html

and carnival 7 sub

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/MORDCARN7CAL/MORDAUNT-SHORT-Carnival-7-8-Powerered-Subwoofer-Cherry/1.html
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