Originally Posted by Dry Bonez
Hey OCN team, I am ready to buy a new Audio setup but would like some suggestions and opinions as to if it is worth it or just stay the way i am. Ok, so my current setup is basically my sig rig which you can see paired with a sound blaster ZXR, and for audio i have a Logitech Z906.
I am considering getting a An A/V Receiver with speakers but i am lost. I see they sell the receivers separate from the speakers and some that come pre-equipped in a box ready to go. Would any of these be better than my Logitech Z906? Does anyone use there PC paired with an AV receiver?
Oh and if i do go with the receiver, how in the world do i get speakers for it? I dont understand that,
Many people use amps/dacs/hifi speakers with their computers. You are best off going to the computer audiophile forums (google it) and asking there.
To answer your question, you go to a HIFI shop and you buy an integrated amplifier (don't buy an A/V receiver unless you have to. A stereo amp for $500 will sound much better than a 7.1 A/V receiver for $500) and some speakers. You should also consider a DAC.
Or, if you want to go the easy, and very good sounding route, you can pick up a pair of KEF X300A's. They will murder (viciously) your Logitech speakers, and have internal 24/96 DAC for high res music enjoyment. That'll run you about $900 for a pair. I have the bookshelf version with the same driver. It's impressive.
If you want real big boy sound, you should look into a proper setup. Yamaha makes high power integrated amps at a low price and they really don't sound too bad. Maybe pick up a 75W>8Ohm integrated amp from Yamaha and pick up something like the Totem Kin 2.1 setup (Two Totem Acoustics Kin bookshelf speakers + the Kin subwoofer). That'll run you about $1700 all in. Since you're spending that much, you really ought to get a DAC as well, as the sound quality from even the best internal soundcard can't compete. Look at something like the Schiit Bifrost ($400ish).
Then from there you can grow your system by adding a headphone amp like a Gustard H10 and high(ish) end headphones like Hifiman HE 560s and you'll be all tricked out.
Now that you have a Mid-Fi audio setup you'll want high resolution music. Get your hands on some 24 bit tracks and enjoy. You should get a TIDAL subscription too. Streaming flac. 20 million tracks.
If you want my opinion- in terms of bang for your buck getting into SERIOUS quality audio, just get the KEF X300A's. They're a good deal considering you're getting dual DACs, class A/B amplification, and the equivalent of Q300 speakers for like $900. You can buy them online from KEF's website.
"But Mistersprinkles, I don't want to spend $900"
Ok. Pick up a pair of Presonus Eris E5's for $360 and hook them up to your soundcard ( you will need a stereo TRS 1/8th inch to dual TRS mono 1/4" cable. Get it on Ebay.)
That'll murder your Logitech Speakers just fine and come in on budget. Don't expect anything close to the KEF's from the Presonus. It's an inferior product. That's why it costs half as much.
If you happen to live in Toronto or near Toronto message me privately and I'll tell you some good places to go to buy your stuff.Edited by mistersprinkles - 10/11/15 at 8:28am