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I have the Genius SW-G2.1 and from what it is they sound great in games and audio.


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Thanks all for the great input. You all made valid points and I am not dismissing any of them. I think however that I am starting to see bookshelf's with an amp are likely going to be too large or too expensive for what I need and to be honest the likely superior sound quality will be lost on me. For all but the most drastic differences in quality I wouldn't notice, I just dont hear sound with that level of nuance. Also my budget is really self imposed, its what I think I can justify to the wifey.

Im leaning towards the CR3's @ $99. Until I realized the MB42X's required an amp I was between the Mackies and them. So lets narrow the parameters down to powered 2.0/2.1 (prefer no sub) at or below $100 vs the Mackie CR3's as I think they currently land within my budget and size constraints and seem to be at least reasonable quality.

Thank you all again.
post #23 of 43
Well, Dzilla is no dummy, he vouches for those Edifer and they make a set for a 100 bucks as well

http://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R1280T-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B016P9HJIA/

I've never heard them but if he thumbs them up I'd say look into them as well.

Looking at your options it seems like it'll be those above vs the Mackies.

So at this point I guess take those two and weigh each other at what seems better. I do like that the Edifer's got the treble and bass controls on them. And they come with a remote so you can set them up at a proper distance and not have to worry about reaching the volume knob.
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Originally Posted by SpykeZ View Post

Well, Dzilla is no dummy, he vouches for those Edifer and they make a set for a 100 bucks as well

http://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R1280T-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B016P9HJIA/

I've never heard them but if he thumbs them up I'd say look into them as well.

Looking at your options it seems like it'll be those above vs the Mackies.

So at this point I guess take those two and weigh each other at what seems better. I do like that the Edifer's got the treble and bass controls on them. And they come with a remote so you can set them up at a proper distance and not have to worry about reaching the volume knob.

O wow excellent point, didnt notice they had a powered version of these. After looking I noticed the volume/bass/treble controls which is cool. The remote is actually a pretty big plus too.

A reviewer actually says they chose them over the CR3's which is interesting and I agree with them partially about the green color scheme. I dont think its bad, just doesnt match my red/black color scheme. The Edifer's wood/black is a better match visually.

From what I can tell they are 4" vs CR3 3", which could mean better sound but they likely also take up more space, albeit likely not a huge difference.

@Dzilla can you speak to the quality of these Edifer's specifically?

Anyone know how they compare against the CR3's?

Right now I think I am leaning towards the Edifers due to the remote and the overall build quality looks as good if not better than the CR3's at the same price. While not really important they also look better imo. I will likely be making the purchase in about 3 weeks after I get back from a business trip. I will likely pick up speakers, triple monitor stand and a GTX 1070 and want to be around when they get delivered to make sure they work as expected in case I need to return/exchange them (not to mention the GTX 1070 isnt out yet). Currently my monitors sit low on the desk compared to eye level so the stand will let me bring them up to eye level and at the same time prevent them from blocking the speakers under/behind the left/right monitor.

Any more input would be great, thanks everyone!
post #25 of 43
I like how the Edifier R1700BT slant upwards. Thats a nice feature. I had to purchase stands to get my A2s to do that.

Sadly the E1280T don't seem to do that as well.

I personally would be to afraid Macky CR3 would have too much deep bass missing. You may end up getting a small sub later.

That is what I ultimately decided about the A2's which is why I ended up adding an A8 sub about a year later. I would have been better off (price wise) getting A5s.

Prior to the sub, I preferred my HK Soundsticks which, as SpykeZ pointed out, are not perfect...
Edited by bbond007 - 5/31/16 at 4:00pm
post #26 of 43
I would spend the extra 50 bucks and get the R1700BT.

It is Powered, and looks good for what it is.

Volume controls are on the side, which is fine I guess.
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That is what I ultimately decided about the A2's which is why I ended up adding an A8 sub about a year later. I would have been better off (price wise) getting A5s.

I've got the Audioengine P4 speakers and the N22 Audioengine speaker amp. I keep looking for something to replace them with but I haven't come across anything yet. May just stick with them forever now lol
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Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post

I would spend the extra 50 bucks and get the R1700BT.

It is Powered, and looks good for what it is.

Volume controls are on the side, which is fine I guess.

Unfortunately they seem to be substantially bigger than the 1280T's, not sure they would fit well and to be honest unless the quality difference is night and day I wouldn't notice.

The CR3's for $85 is compelling too, makes me question if remote on the 1280T's and the other advantages are worth the increased price, however by the time I am able to make the purchase the sale could be off. I think at the same price I am likely to get the 1280T's @ $99.

After thinking about it I think I chose the $100 price point/ceiling as I didn't want junk speakers for $20 but at the same time anything more expensive than $100 is likely to be lost on me. I will rarely crank these up, so really just need something clear and audible. At the same time if I am gonna spend up to $100 I want something thats better quality than some of the common PC speakers in that price range out there from companies not known for audio gear. I am a little underwhelmed at times by my Logitech G430. While its a decent headset and overall quality is good the 7.1 is really more of a hindrance than a benefit (prevent xbox recording in Win 10 from recording audio but I do not really notice 7.1 working anywhere). I also find that the volume, especially via USB is pretty low. I just figured it was time I got decent speakers especially now that summer is coming and wearing headphones is sometimes uncomfortable.

Thanks for all the input. I am leaving this weekend on a 2 week long business trip so I will likely make the purchase a few days before coming back with the hope it arrives in time so it is waiting for me when I get back but not so long I cannot return/exchange if needed. Any additional input would be great but going forward lets tighten up the criteria a bit. $100 or lower and as good or better than the CR3's or 1280T's. Thanks again!
post #30 of 43
IMO, anything over 100 bucks you might as well get a better DAC than what you're probably using (assuming you're using onboard audio) to get the full benefit of better speakers.

You've got your two options that are within your budget and have a good rep, don't complicate your purchase anymore tongue.gif
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