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Their speakers' quality is merely mediocre, and mine is starting to break... I would not purchase again.

I recommend Logitech systems. I can't remember the model, but I remember they had a few 2.1 systems that sounded great. I saw them at Target. Next to the Bose 2.1 system they sounded not as good, but they sounded better than everything else there (Altec Lansing and a few others.)
Logitech X240s, they aren't the best, but for ~$50 they are great! Sound better than my Altec Lansings by a mile.
    
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You should get Boston Acoustics bookshelf speakers like this:

http://www.buy.com/prod/cr57-black-b...205867014.html

and then buy a subwoofer for them

actually I had these and they rule..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836119008

I turned them all the way up in my dorm when I had them and like 3 floors of people came down to my room like what the hell is all that shaking about

here they are for 134.99 w/ free shipping

http://www.buy.com/prod/klipsch-prom...203267359.html

if you buy them through google checkout for the first time its 124.99
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Insignia's not a single company, it's just BB's house brand whose products are made by various companies. In the bookshelves' case, it's a very good company that knows what it's doing.
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Please please please please please do not purchase ANYTHING made by insignia

I worked at bestbuy last year and every single day at least 10 + insignia products were returned.. they are not made well and do not last.

That's a little bit of an exaggeration but still.. the name insignia just makes me queazy
Thats the thing that makes there speakers such a steal - they're not from normal Insignia lines of supply, and are very closely related to the bookshelf's in the Radiient Elara home theater system.

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So I finally picked up a pair of the insignia ns-b2111, and they are sitting in my living room burning in now. I figured I'll also pick up a Dayton 10 inch sub. So now I don't know if I should get the Sonic Impact T amp or a DAC like the E-Mu 0404 usb.

The set up will be

PC -> T amp / DAC -> Sub -> Speaker

Suggestions?
Regardless of whether you choose to use a DAC or not you'll still need something like the T-amp for amplification - the 0404 has line-level outputs which still need to be amplified to drive passive speakers like the Insignias. You would not need an amp for something like studio monitors or computer speakers as they are self-powered.
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Thats the thing that makes there speakers such a steal - they're not from normal Insignia lines of supply, and are very closely related to the bookshelf's in the Radiient Elara home theater system.
Agreed, the NS-B2111 is better at imaging than almost all of the bookshelf speakers available at Best Buy, I can't wait for them to be fully broken in, but that's probably not for another 100 hours of playing.

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Regardless of whether you choose to use a DAC or not you'll still need something like the T-amp for amplification - the 0404 has line-level outputs which still need to be amplified to drive passive speakers like the Insignias. You would not need an amp for something like studio monitors or computer speakers as they are self-powered.
Ah, good call, I completely forgot about the power part. Sorry for the n00bish question, but is a sub able to provide power to the speakers?
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You should get Boston Acoustics bookshelf speakers like this:

http://www.buy.com/prod/cr57-black-b...205867014.html

and then buy a subwoofer for them

actually I had these and they rule..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836119008

I turned them all the way up in my dorm when I had them and like 3 floors of people came down to my room like what the hell is all that shaking about

here they are for 134.99 w/ free shipping

http://www.buy.com/prod/klipsch-prom...203267359.html

if you buy them through google checkout for the first time its 124.99
Thanks for the suggestions, but I would like to use the NS-B2111 since it would be a waste if I don't. Plus I dislike the sound of Klipsch systems, they have good bass impact and extension, but the mids, highs, and detail are just not nearly what I'd expect for the price. I worked at BB in 2005, so I realize how big a rip off Bose and Klipsch are.
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Agreed, the NS-B2111 is better at imaging than almost all of the bookshelf speakers available at Best Buy, I can't wait for them to be fully broken in, but that's probably not for another 100 hours of playing.



Ah, good call, I completely forgot about the power part. Sorry for the n00bish question, but is a sub able to provide power to the speakers?
Generally, yes. The only subs I know of that power satellites are those from cheap home theater in a box systems or self-powered "complete" systems (again, such as computer speakers).
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A decent home receiver works great for speaker amp.
That T amp said 2x15watts?? That seems terribly weak for $75. (Fill me in if I missed something on that)
For $40 more you can get 5x100watts. (Look for deals at stores in your area)
    
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A decent home receiver works great for speaker amp.
That T amp said 2x15watts?? That seems terribly weak for $75. (Fill me in if I missed something on that)
For $40 more you can get 5x100watts. (Look for deals at stores in your area)
Quality over quantity, my friend.
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Quality over quantity, my friend.
30 watts from the T amp is better than 200watts from a home receiver?
I would have to hear it to believe it.
    
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