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Hey all, I was playing some bassy music in my current speakers (Sony MHC-EC70 system, here: http://www.abt.com/product/22851/Sony-MHCEC70.html ) and found out one of my speakers is slightly blown. I want to get a new system now.

Budget is about $250 max, but I just bought three monitors and an R9 290 so the lower the price the better.

I want good, low bass and clear high's and mid's. Nothing crazy loud as I'm in a dorm, but I want my neighbors to hear me loud and clear if they're bothering me.

My current 2.1 is set up with two short towers on top of shelves next to me desk, about 1.5-2 feet away from me.

I'm gonna be using this for gaming as well as music while doing homework. I listen to music like Gorillaz, Atmosphere, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, etc. so I want clear-sounding speakers.

I found these (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA25V0V58876) and they look pretty nice. My current Sony system has sounded great for the past 8 or 9 years so I'd be willing to give Sony another shot.

I have no idea what kind of receiver to get, though. For this price would I be better off getting an all-in-one setup like I have now, or get separate speakers and a receiver? If I could get a good-sounding stereo system for cheap that would be great. What I don't want is something like this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/500w-mini-audio-system/8523061.p?id=1218878109170&skuId=8523061&st=categoryid$abcat0202002&cp=1&lp=3#tab=specifications

My roommate has one, and it's loud as all hell but the mid's and high's are so staticy and fuzzy that it just sounds bad.

My output source is either an ASUS Xonar DX audio card (in my PC- has 3.5mm output for front and another for sub) or my phone via 3.5mm.

I would prefer getting speakers with subs built in the enclosure as space is an issue, but if I can get a better deal with a separate sub I'll do that.

After a bit of looking around, I found these. They look pretty nice. Any thoughts on them? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1J70U22489

I could live with getting some nice-sounding speakers and an amp, then eventually getting a sub.
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I got my buddy a pair of Daytona Audio Speakers (Never heard of them but everyone suggested them on here) and with the 10" sub and a small amp, that thing BUMPS. PERFECT for a dorm room.

http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-b652-6-1-2-2-way-bookshelf-speaker-pair--300-652
http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-1000-10-100-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-628
http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-dta-1-class-t-digital-ac-dc-mini-amplifier-15-wpc--300-380


That's the setup he had for reference. Honestly they sounded amazing IMO.
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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into those.

Edit: A lot of reviews for those speakers tell that they have really loud 2-3kHz range and that audio quality isn't all that good, just loud. I'd rather spend a bit more and get better sound.

I'm leaning towards the Infinity's (Posted in OP, $85 each) with an Infinity PS38 (8" 150w RMS, $200) sub. I just don't know anything about which kind of receiver I need.

Either I'd end up going with the Infinity's or buy this (http://store.sony.com/sony-mhc-ec919ip-music-system-zid27-MHCEC919IP/cat-27-catid-All-Speaker-Docks-and-Shelf-Systems - 700w RMS Sony stereo, $170) for ease. I would imagine the Infinity's would sound better, but the Sony looks to be much easier and cheaper.

Any input on either system?

So much for a budget. rolleyes.gif
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