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So, with a budget of... let's say $350, what sound card, headphones, and speakers would you recommend? And just so you know, if anyone tells me to get an X-Fi XTremeGamer Fatal1ty and some PC-151s I will be very upset...

Thanks Guys,
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I'd suggest saving your money... and getting a good pair or 5.1 set of speakers and a receiver that can take a digital coaxial or optical input... and a decent sound card that can output this (a 30 dollar audigy2 will work fine)
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Am I right when I assume that these pro monitors don't get very loud? Most are about 18W and I am used to my speakers which are more than double that (40W) and a sub at 120W.
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You can totally do it for $350. Just go to all the garage sales you can. People are always selling really nice cabs that they have no idea how much they're worth.

I would not look to newegg or online sources for really cool audio stuff. Instead, go to pawn shops - they rock. Get a decent amplifier and some nice cabinets. For headphones, those ATH-A500's are actually pretty nice, and for a soundcard I would get the Bluegears b-Inspirer.

EDIT: Keep in mind that I suggested pawn shops because I like old audio equipment much better than new equipment. Cabinets from the late 80's were the best anyway though.
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Am I right when I assume that these pro monitors don't get very loud? Most are about 18W and I am used to my speakers which are more than double that (40W) and a sub at 120W.
Wattage isnt really that important, thats just how much electro/thermal capacity the voice coils of the cones can handle
the DB (Decibel) output of the speakers is what to look at, the higher the number, the louder the speakers sound.
db is logarithmic measurement, (If im right ) every 3db increase is twice as loud as before!
My amplifier is only 30Watts a channel, but combined with 90+ db speakers gives you quite some volume!
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Wattage isnt really that important, thats just how much electro/thermal capacity the voice coils of the cones can handle
the DB (Decibel) output of the speakers is what to look at, the higher the number, the louder the speakers sound.
db is logarithmic measurement, (If im right ) every 3db increase is twice as loud as before!
My amplifier is only 30Watts a channel, but combined with 90+ db speakers gives you quite some volume!
100% Correct... Wattage is only important when considering the load (in ohms) and the sensitivity of the speakers (db/m2 or something). Many tube amps don't output a whole lot of Wattage but manage to drive some very power hungry spekaers quite well....

However, when you do get in to low sensitivity/high wattage designs, more power is necessary to drive the speakers to reference levels.
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So Jimmy, what are some affordable self-powered speakers you would suggest that I could plug directly into the sound card?
    
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So Jimmy, what are some affordable self-powered speakers you would suggest that I could plug directly into the sound card?

Truth be told I know very little about active speakers, and even less about "who makes the best". All I can say is that active speakers allow you to save money on an external amp...

What I can say is that you have to try a speaker out before you buy, generally. I'd suggest you look at some reviews here and there.

Be aware of the difference between Near-field and "normal" speakers. Many studio monitors are of the near-field variety, and there are inherent advantages/disadvantages depending on the application.

Wish I could be of more help, I knew active speakers existed, and the basics of home audio apply that it be an active or passive design...

I'll do a little digging though.
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http://www.google.com/product_url?q=...AA&gl=us&hl=en

I picked BH Photo because they were the only store on Froogle that I'd ever heard of that carries the 2.1.

CompUSA carries M-Audio products, so I would call your local store and see if they have the ones you are interested in.
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They're out of stock like everyone else.
    
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Here:

http://www.sweetwater.com/c405--Active_Monitors

This site carries a whole lot of active monitors from different brands. Make sure that the speakers do indeed plug in to your sound card though.

These look sweet:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Reveal8DAd/
http://www.tannoy.com/Reveal8D

Tannoy is a british speaker manufacturer, pretty well known... another great breand (what I will most likely be buying VERY soon) is Dynaudio.
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