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As the title says, I am looking to upgrade my sound system over time. I would first like to start with an AMP and a set of bookshelf speakers. Eventually, when I have more money, I would also like to add a subwoofer. Right now my budget is around $150 - $200 for the amp and bookshelf speakers. I'm currently looking at this amp and these speakers:

FX Audio D802 2x80W 192KHz Digital Remote Power Amplifier silver: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WU6JU9Y?psc=1&smid=A2Q0JVLI22BSVA

Micca MB42 Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair): https://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42-Bookshelf-Speakers-Tweeter/dp/B009IUIV4A/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1492320465&sr=1-5&keywords=bookshelf+speakers

I am not entirely sure how to connect all of this together except to use an SPDIF cable from my mobo to the amp. How would I connect these (or another pair) of speakers to the amp. Any advice and recommendations would be great! I'm excited to upgrade this aspect for a higher quality sound during gaming!
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The FX Audio D802 is a Class D amplifier, not really a good starting point for an audio system.

The typical advice is to start out with a used amp from the "silver era" - 1978-1984. Brands such as Pioneer, Kenwood, Yamaha, Denon, luxman, Sansui etc. can be had for very reasonable prices and used with the speakers of your choice. Use the DAC on you motherboard's onboard sound chip until you can afford a separate DAC.

The thought is that during the "silver era" people actually went to a store and listened to what they were going to buy - so it had to sound good. Now, no one listens and chooses audio amps based of what "features" they have, never actually listening to how they actually reproduce music.. Feature stuffed class D amps are a good example of that thinking.
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class D is good if the design itself were done right. go try to listen GaNFET based class D amplifier.

what's your current system, OP?
i would seek for a second hand speakers for that budget. you can't buy something like Harbeth but you might be able to get something like B&W DM110.

before i got into the amp, how's your source?

-add-

adding sub could give more headache than the good if not tuned properly. i recommend to go stereo before adding subs
Edited by sakae48 - 4/16/17 at 5:00am
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Thank you for the replies so far, everyone. After doing a little more research and taking into consideration what I think I understand from you all so far, haha, I've changed the products I am interested in to the follow below. My reasoning is that these speakers review well and I can use them in a future audio build down the road when I know better. Thoughts?

(Used, Like New, $90 after tax/shipping) Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008NCD2LG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2L77EE7U53NWQ

with

(New, $ 29.60): Lepy LP-2024A+ Hi-Fi Audio Amplifier Stereo Power Amplifier Car Amplifier with Power Supply, 3A Power: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ULRFQ1A/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AONVBQ27XB0FR

The above seems like a good deal, and reviews say this amp will power these speakers.

Thank you. And sorry if I don't answer a few questions. I honestly do not know what you mean by source, etc.
post #5 of 10
source means where the input comes from.
did you use onboard audio? and what's the current system?

tripath TA2024 based amplifier is good enough for the start. they will gave you 9W/ch @ 4Ohm maximum (it could deliver 15W @ 4Ohm, but the distortion breaks the roof already).
i cant tell how good the speaker as i never tried pioneer speakers before.
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https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-R-14M-Reference-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00MGQAH2M/ref=sr_1_4?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1492353420&sr=1-4&keywords=bookshelf+speakers

I would consider these as well.


along with this

https://www.amazon.com/Lepy-LP-2020A-Stereo-Amplifier-Supply/dp/B00C2P61FO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1492354613&sr=1-1&keywords=lepai

or if you can push the budget

https://www.amazon.com/SMSL-SA-36A-TPA3118D2-Amplifier-Black/dp/B017W13OR0/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1492354672&sr=1-5&keywords=smsl


Along with some decent cables and wire.


For that price range this is what I would look for.

Then add sub later.


Another option is used equipment off craigslist. Might be a good idea if you want to get a sub for cheap. But this is probably the best way to get starter gear. As you will find people getting rid of big receivers for cheap. So for $20-50 will get you something power powerful and better sounding than a small t-amp for sure, but it will be a large unit and not something you can hide under a monitor.
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this Mission LX-2 might be a bit overbudget but should be good too :
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00YAGC80A

TPA3118 mentioned by @DzillaXx also good enough.
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I'd honestly go for a pair of Dayton Audio B652 Airs paired with an SMSL50, then add a Polk Sw10 down the road. It's going to be better than 90% of PC setups for around $250.

Foe even cheaper, you could pair the SMSL with a pair of BIC DV32Bs, which are smaller, but still quite good sounding.
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Just saw these on MassDrop. No idea how good they are, but they're a fair bit cheaper than Amazon just barely past your budget:

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/kanto-yu5-speaker-system




I wish Vanatoo had some B-Stock Transparent Zeros, as $300 is too far past the budget. The bigger T1 doesn't even need a sub, and the Zeros look very similar.
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Good choice on considering the Pioneer Andrew Jones bookshelf speakers. I was going to recommend them after reading your first post. They get rave reviews all around the interwebs and I can vouch that they sound incredible for the money.
     
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