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If you can go up to $120, consider these... they work out really well surround if you put them on the very corners of your desk and then the monitors help reflect the sound and you get great separation.

The sub is is the Museum of modern art... And yes it thumps pretty good smile.gif

http://www.harmanaudio.com/harman-kardon/SOUNDSTICKS3AM-A-Z.html

I do like mine... They sound pretty good overall. Here is how they would look with your setup (obviously your phone is a bit more modern):
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I have another computer with Audio-engine A2 speakers but I think those may be more than double your budget.

If you want to go with an amp, then I can definitely recommend these speakers and they won't need a sub:

http://www.amazon.com/Fluance-SX6-Definition-Bookshelf-Loudspeakers/dp/B00067OS0A

I use these with an amp I got from the thrift store, and these speakers are so efficient and loud and awesome you could probably drive them with any amp.

here are some ideas for amps:

http://www.amazon.com/SMSL-50Wx2-TDA7492-Amplifier-Adapter/dp/B00F0H8TOC/
http://www.amazon.com/Lepy-LP-2024A-Amplifier-Stereo-Supply/dp/B00ULRFQ1A/

Thanks for the input. The sound sticks are a little out of my price range new and im not sure how I feel about refurbished. Ive heard the A2's are good but your right they are about 2x my budget. Those SX6's look like they could be good, but it looks like the extra cost of an amp and space needed may detract from them overall, still for the black pair @ $100 and the 2024 amp (which i have seen mentioned elsewhere) thats only ~$130, so it would be doable. How would the SX6's compare to the MIcca MB42X's? Thanks
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im not sure how I feel about refurbished

How would the SX6's compare to the MIcca MB42X's? Thanks

I've bought several things Harmon Kardon factory refurbished and and never had a problem. Anyway, every so often they run a pretty good sale, which you could wait for.

I've never heard the MB42Xs, but i can't possibly imagine them competing with the SX6 which have much larger cabinets. the SX6 sound as good as anything twice their price. that being said, they probably be a little large for your desk.

You may also want to look around at Massdrop to see if there is anything interesting on there...
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I've bought several things Harmon Kardon factory refurbished and and never had a problem. Anyway, every so often they run a pretty good sale, which you could wait for.

I've never heard the MB42Xs, but i can't possibly imagine them competing with the SX6 which have much larger cabinets. the SX6 sound as good as anything twice their price. that being said, they probably be a little large for your desk.

You may also want to look around at Massdrop to see if there is anything interesting on there...

Thanks ill hold the HK's in consideration then. Yea im worried about space too, im sure the SX6's are nice, but I may not have the room for them + amp
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From a technical stand point, those sound sticks look absolutely horrid for anything related to sound quality. Super small drivers can't replace the quality of what a 3-4" driver can do. Might as well just buy any "gaming speaker setup" from Logitech at this point. Harmon Kardon hasn't been relevant in years. There's a reason no one really buys their crap anymore.

While that particular SMSL amp has good reviews, the overall quality of their products are horrid and they have a bad reputation for their stuff shorting out after a few months. You'd be better off looking at Topping who makes the same stuff but high quality.

Also those Lepy amps are not hi-fi. They're everything but. They're weak and sound like crap. They generally also produce distortion into the speakers especially when you need decent volumes.

If we're going to go into the realm of passive bookshelf speakers there's better out there than those Fluance or whatever they're called.

The tried and proven Dayton B652: http://www.amazon.com/Dayton-Audio-B652-Bookshelf-Speaker/dp/B002RMPHMU
And above all else, the Pioneer's designed by Andrew Jones will literally own everthing in this thread and still cheaper than those Fluance linked above: http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS22-LR-Designed-Bookshelf-Loudspeakers/dp/B008NCD2LG

Again those passive speakers require an amp.

There's plenty out there that are good. I've had tons of people buy this one that I personally have owned in the past. Can't really beat it for the price but that also puts you over 100 dollars for your budget you wanted.

http://www.amazon.com/TOPPING-VX1-Tripath-Subwoofer-Amplifier/dp/B00H6XDE4S
Edited by SpykeZ - 5/30/16 at 2:50pm
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And above all else, the Pioneer's designed by Andrew Jones will literally own everthing in this thread and still cheaper than those Fluance linked above: http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS22-LR-Designed-Bookshelf-Loudspeakers/dp/B008NCD2LG

http://youtu.be/heo66YtJO1w

this guy in the youtube video compares them directly to the BS22's and he likes them better, which I know is entirely subjective, but you are correct that they are cheaper....
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http://youtu.be/heo66YtJO1w

this guy in the youtube video compares them directly to the BS22's and he likes them better, which I know is entirely subjective, but you are correct that they are cheaper....

huh....those are a lot bigger than I remembered lol.
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http://youtu.be/heo66YtJO1w

this guy in the youtube video compares them directly to the BS22's and he likes them better, which I know is entirely subjective, but you are correct that they are cheaper....

Yeah The Fluance SX6's are better than the Pioneer BS22's in my book. And the thing to get in that price range. They are awesome speakers that sound great.

I have the Dayton's, I got the Micca's, Got the JBL Loft 40's. Have listened to the Pioneers at the store, but never owned them. And Had my buddy get the Fluance's. For the Price range, The Flaunce is the way to go. They sound just great.


Personally if I was going to get a Andrew Jones Speaker, I would be the Elac B6. Which happens to be the Speakers I'm using on my desktop, and they live up to their name. They are not in your price range though.


Sadly the cost of the SX6 has gone up over the last few months, as it was $130 (now $150).


As for an AMP, I would either get a temporary amp that you are happy to use for a few months. Till you can afford a decent SMSL amp. Or just suck it up and get a SMSL amp Now.


http://www.amazon.com/Nobsound-Bluetooth-Stereo-Receiver-Amplifier/dp/B00W9H9W42/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1464648198&sr=1-1&keywords=nob+sound
Note the Nob Sound does not come with a power supply. If you don't have one, buy one. Though chances of you having a 12v power supply laying around is pretty damn high. I would get this over the lepi. I have one of these, and they are pretty nice to own for a nice little backup amp. I use mine for testing speakers mostly.

http://www.amazon.com/SMSL-SA-60-black-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B00PA3ECGK/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1464648293&sr=1-4&keywords=SMSL

If going SMSL, this would be the thing to get.
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I have mackie CR3 and love them! Definitely would be a good buy. Let me know if there are any that name better deals?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4P02NY0788&cm_re=mackie_cr3-_-9SIA4P02NY0788-_-Product

Crutchfield gave them a 5/5

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-fz16NIubx6o/p_863CR3/Mackie-CR3-Creative-Reference-Multimedia-Monitors.html
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I have mackie CR3 and love them! Definitely would be a good buy. Let me know if there are any that name better deals?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4P02NY0788&cm_re=mackie_cr3-_-9SIA4P02NY0788-_-Product

Crutchfield gave them a 5/5

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-fz16NIubx6o/p_863CR3/Mackie-CR3-Creative-Reference-Multimedia-Monitors.html

yep, I still say with his original budget this would be the best bet. Later down the road get a better DAC or something.
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http://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R1700BT-Bluetooth-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B016PATXSI/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1464651662&sr=1-3&keywords=Edifier

I would get these over the mackie.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DOfp_zRTX8


The woofer IMO has a more enjoyable pitch IMO. The Sound Signature is more pleasing to me.
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