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post #21 of 102
i would definitely consider some sennheiser headphones. i just bought some hd515's for 70 bucks and i love them. but most reviews say they are a significant step below the hd 555's that are about $100. for sennheisers in you price range i would recommend the hd555's, the hd 250's, and the hd 265's.
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How about these Abit speakers?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16836124005R

Are they discontinued or what?
    
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Do NOT get the Klipsch GMX. They areally are not that great, and are a bit gimmicky. The ProMedia 2.0 or ProMedia 2.1 are what you want.

Both are out of stock on Newegg, and the 2.1 is out of stock on Klipsch's site, but you can get the 2.0 from them.

2.0
http://www.klipsch.com/products/deta...ultra-2-0.aspx

You can get the 2.1 for $89 refurbished off Klipsch's site.
http://www.klipsch.com/shop/lists/clearance.aspx
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*I DON'T WANT TO SOUND ARROGANT*

Now that that's cleared up, from a critical point of view, you're basically trading up from computer speaker to computer speaker. Either way, they're both still computer speakers...

Now, for between 300 to 500, you can get some entry level "studio monitors" by M-Audio and Edirol:

http://www.minidisc-canada.com/shopd...9&cat=Speakers

Ultimately, you do have to go listen to stuff and see what you like... don't be surprised if these "golden-ear" types treat you like crap, they're jerks. Many hifi shops *think* they have bigger fish to fry when somebody comes in with a modest budget.

I'm going to be totally honest and say that you'd have a hard time piecing together an integrated amp/stereo combo that makes sense.... as far as I know the best budget amplification offerings are from Rotel and Cambridge Audio, but even then you're looking at 500+ just for the amp. For speakers there are a wealth of choices, none of which are worth discussing because they each have their own distinct sound....

Hope that helps a little... don't want to rain on your parade either ;-)
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I'd go for the following:

A900 Headphones
X-FI XtremeMusic (modded by soloz2 or yourself)

As far as speakers, I don't know.
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post #26 of 102
First off, if you want to make the jump to considering yourself an audiophile, I would stay away from products made by companies that also make keyboards and other computer equipment (i.e. Logitech). For your budget, stick with Klipsch speakers and you will not be disappointed.
As many have said the Promedia 2.0 or 2.1 are great. I would go with the 2.1's as you are getting yourself an extra 170 watts of RMS power and THX certification. (You will learn later that THX certification means almost nothing but for $50 more...it's worth it in this case.)
As for a sound card, I would recommend the AuzenTech Meridian on the egg for $170 here
The one you linked to I'm not familiar with, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't work well for you.
Headphones are a different story and I'm not sure you would be willing to spend the same amount on headphones as you would on speakers but Denon just introduced some a little while ago and even the entry level is very good and I'm sure you could get it for less on Amazon or something.
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post #27 of 102
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I'll probably actually use headphones more than speakers for the time being, and Jimmy's right about my speaker upgrade. I have found some cheap M-Audio monitors on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836127002

Are these pretty good? Also, I'm risking sounding like a n00b here... but do they need an amp, or do they have their own power? Sorry if I'm asking dumb questions, I just want good stuff without spending a crap load of money.
    
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post #28 of 102
Those particular speakers have their own power. They look pretty good to me.
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The M-Audio are nice speakers, but I usually avoid recomending them to non-production users, simply because the are designed to be as accurate as possible. You may love them, but unless you find somewhere to listen to them in person before you buy, you may also find yourself thinking that everything now sounds horrible. Studio monitors are a love/hate affair, and if you want to venture that (perfectly good) route, I strongly suggest some in-person auditions. (Ideally, you should audition everything you might want to buy, but definatly in the case of the studio monitors.)

@ Jimmy, don't worry about sounding arrogant. You have a good point that computer speakers can only be so good, but, as mentioned by someone early on in the thread, for this budget you've got to cut a corner somewhere. For a sound card, headphones, and speakers, seperates just don't factor in well. Heck, if the whole budget was devoted to speaker seperates it'd still be tough! We're just trying to get the guy some nicer-than-average audio equipment that he can enjoy and grow from.
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post #30 of 102
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OK, I found the speakers I want, who wants to help me find them? M-Audio LX4 2.1 speakers. I found the 3 speaker expander set everywhere, but the original 2.1 set is kinda hard to come by. I think this would be an ideal situation, right? I can buy the 2.1s now, have a sweet 5.1 some day, and it won't be an insane amount of money.

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