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The only remaining residue from my old Dell back in 2005 is the Harmon Kardon HK395 Dell 7E840 3-Piece Speakers. Ever since I moved my room do a different room, they seriously sound much worse now. Maybe I didn't plug it in right, but I've tried all of the different ports and played with settings in the Xonar control panel. Maybe the room acoustics are much different. Regardless, It's time for a new system.

-I have a Xonar DX
-I'm in a townhouse, so I don't need anything that can flat out lay down the boom. However if even at 15% volume it's more crisp and clear, then ok.
-I wanted to spend around $100, but if there is something that is worth it for $150, I'm down. If there is something that'll suffice for $50, I'm down.
-I game, but main intent of the audio system is for metal \m/


I saw DonDizzurp's suggestion of the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 in the other thread. I'm interested, also OCN iCrap is recommending a custom set like this:

Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers
or Dayton Audio B652
+ Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier
+ Monoprice 8 Inch 60-Watt Powered Subwoofer
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post #2 of 11
The B652 can't be recommended if the speakers are from the "horrible batch" (they changed factory/OEM which dropped quality).
The MB42 has some flaws (bad tweeter crossover) that the MB42X fixes.

I would recommend the passive speakers+amp+sub. You could also check Dayton sub-800/1000.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 4/16/14 at 11:32am
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afaik the "horrible batch" issue has since been corrected. Or so I've read. People who buy recent sets are no longer reporting those issues.
    
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I ordered the custom set that iCrap helped put together. Considering what I have to what I'm moving to, I think I'll be a happy camper.

- Dayton Audio B652
- Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier
- Monoprice 8 Inch 60-Watt Powered Subwoofer
- 50ft 16AWG Enhanced Loud Oxygen-Free Copper Speaker Wire Cable
- 6ft 3.5mm Stereo Plug/Plug M/M Cable

$166
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B652's are not bad, I have some of the good old ones on my TV in my bedroom. They do a great job for that task.

Used to use them on my PC, decent speakers but the sound reproduction is a little off on some music tracks on lower volumes(Just some notes hit differently). They really do have their own sound signature, and it's not a bad one. When the volume is turned up loud, they sound great. Can't believe I only paid $25 for the pair when I picked them up.
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if newegg or anyplace else has teh Pioneer SP-BS21-LR onsale for $59.99 those basically can't be beat for the money there are worth the $80~ they have them for now even for that matter.


however really the smrt money is on sourcing used speakers (craigslist, garage sales, estate sales ..etc)

ATM I am listening to my Monitor Audio Silver S1's I got for $11.25 ..BEAT THAT I DARE YOU... well probably someone can with a free scroe or $5 something or other but for $11.25 the Monitor Audio speakers are quite amazing indeed.

some other speakers scroe's used various places local (except one)

JBL L1 $40
Klipsch KG2.5 $50
B&W DM302 $20
Mini Advents $5 (+15 refoam kit) these are excellent pc speakers smallish size great SQ)
NHT SuperZero's (Older Made In USA) $50 (bought these off another forum I belong to... I really really love these little speakers very much).
Realistic Minimus 77 $10 (+15 refoam kit) again excellent pc speakers with good sound for the size
B&O RL60.2 $60


pretty much any of these will more or less (imho) own the B652's or MB42's ... however in fairness some of my used speakers are better with a sub in the mix (especially the NHT's by design need a sub really).


Used of course is slightly tricky as you just have to see what you find and then evaluate the asking price / condition / decide if you can live with the used condition / repair if necessary.


my desk:
SAM_0728_zpse2794027.jpg
Edited by atarione - 4/18/14 at 4:45pm
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Speaker madness!! The cans and mic look unruly too.

Nice input, We'll see how the 2 B652's I ordered do. Btw, I see you have coffee on your desk. That is a permanent fixture on mine. Let me recommend you a coffee mug warmer

Candle warmers work fine too
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my desk:
SAM_0728_zpse2794027.jpg

Random question: what mic are you using?
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Random question: what mic are you using?


hi.. so the Mic is a Sterling Audio ST-55 condenser mic... it is hooked up to my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
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Speaker madness!! The cans and mic look unruly too.

Nice input, We'll see how the 2 B652's I ordered do. Btw, I see you have coffee on your desk. That is a permanent fixture on mine. Let me recommend you a coffee mug warmer

Candle warmers work fine too


lol... yes a bit of speaker madness certainly...I also have headphone madness also besides the DT770s in the picture I have about 8~ or so more headphone around here).


good idea on the coffee mug warmer coffee is frequently featured on my desk certainly.
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