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After seeing all the "I need a new xxxxx for my computer, helpz me!!!1!cos(0))," and similar items being recommended, I thought a thread documenting these "standards" would be helpful to computer audio shoppers. Feel free to create separate threads asking for differentiation between certain speakers, this thread is just meant to guide the newbie in the right direction.

I'll try and keep this thread updated, and all suggestions are helpful! Based on what suggestions I get, I'll change the OP and keep a log of edits.

Without further ado...

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Updates
Added Sound card recommendations
Added 2.1 Speaker recommendations
Sound Cards

$150-$200
Auzentech X-Fi Prelude Link

$100-$150
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series Link

$50-$100
Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic (wherever you can find it)
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer Link

< $50
Chaintech AV-710 (wherever you can find it)
Creative Soundblaster Audigy SE Link

Computer Speakers

2.1 Set-Ups
>$200
X-ls Encore Monitor Speakers w/ T-Amp Link

$100-$200
Klipsch Promedia Link
Swan M10 (ANYWHERE you can find them)
Logitech Z-2300 Link
Insignia HT Speakers w/ T-Amp Link

< $50
Logitech X-230 Link

5.1 Set-Ups
> $200
Logitech Z-5500 Link

$100-$200
Logitech Z-5300e Link

< $100
Logitech X-530 Link

Headphones

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post #2 of 9
You might want to put in 7.1 speaker setups as well. Where people actually put all those speakers I'll never know.
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post #3 of 9
We have a Headphone Database that more or less serves as a recommendation thread as well.

I think it might be a bit redundant to list all these headphones again, so maybe just copy/paste or provide a link.

Good idea though rcf .
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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link, I didn't want to try and remember all those great headphones

I don't know a lot about 7.1 speakers. Wanna link me to some good ones?
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post #5 of 9
Good Thread.....You should include the Edifier S750,audioblob2 etc.....Ultra quality self amplified speakers!.....
    
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Another thing to consider is home theater but it would be difficult considering all the possible arrangements and such.
    
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post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kingsnake2 View Post
Another thing to consider is home theater but it would be difficult considering all the possible arrangements and such.
Yeah, home theater set-ups are a whole different ballgame... I considered getting into that, and maybe I still will, but the prices are changing rapidly, and there are tons of different set-ups. Maybe a different guide from someone (soloz2?) who really knows his stuff could explain how to go about picking out components based on how much you want to spend... Just an idea
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post #8 of 9
Soloz2 is who helped me pick mine and helped me out learning a little about audio, he is great.
    
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post #9 of 9
for the $100 plus I would add a pair of the $70 Insignia speakers from BB and a T-amp. Granted the sky is the limit with small speakers, but you get the idea.

For $400
x-ls encore from av123 and your choice of amp. could be t-amp, x-19 or vintage
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