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Help me decide on a new pair of 2.1s. I'm throwing out my Kilpsch

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Well it seems I've grown tired of the amount of times that I've had to replace the Volume controller on my Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers. My brother had originally boughten them a few years ago and then passed them down to me. Since then we've had to replace the volume controller on them two times and it appears I'll have to once again. I've had the same reoccurring issue for the third time and I figured... Why the heck pay 20 bucks for another volume controller when this would be the third ongoing time. Secondly the speakers only retail $100 USD these days as opposed to $160 when they were originally boughten. Consequently this is a common problem and considering that I've already forked out $40 +Shipping it seems rather illogical when I could completely buy a new pair for $100+ shipping which is usually free >_<!!!! So I'm pretty much now saying flip off klipsch. I couldn't be anymore frustrated by the fact that they continue to produce the same product over the years. This only makes it cheaper for them to reproduce their product then rip off us off with crappy tweeters and solder connections which are almost impossible to fix out of the factory... etc. Unfortunately. If you want a really good pair pc speakers such as Dynaudio you will have to fork out $1,000 or a little less. So I'm thinking I might go with a good pair of either 2.1 or 5.1 logicitechs. Your input would be highly appreciated considering most people own logitech speakers these days. Considering I'm an audio junky I will be looking for the best clarity for the bang of the buck. 5.1 is rather pointless for my gaming experience.
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Look into the Swans M10 or Audioengine 3 or 5 - both should be a nice step up in overall music quality, though neither will shake the house like the Klipsch's.
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the audioengines would be good.

The swans m10 are better than your klipsch, but don't play as loud.

If you're willing to go 2.0 for now that really opens up a whole new door. you've got active monitors like the audioengines, or swan m200 etc. Or you could get regular bookshelf/monitors and a small amp. This is the route I personally went after not being satisfied with either klipsch promedias or logitech's offerings.

I'm currently sporting a pair of Onix Reference .5 speakers and a SI gen2 t-amp. The Onix speakers frequently go for around $200 used (they were $400 new) and the t-amp costs $50-60, although I plan to upgrade this in the near future. For an amp you could use a vintage receiver, integrated amp (sky's the limit here) I plan to upgrade my t-amp to tweak city audio's new gizmo. it's a 25wpc digital amp with sub out, and then I'll either be putting one of my coming Onix Rocket ULW10's or possibly an x-sub or one of TCA's new scamp offerings in my office as well. For a complete 2.1 setup.

Other killer bookshelves to look into that won't break the bank:
av123 x-ls encore
av123 x-ls classic
av123 elt525
onix ref .5
psb alpha b1
paradigm atom
epos entry level speaker

All these speakers can be found for around $300 or less. Add in around $100 for an amp and you've got a very nice setup. if you buy used speakers you can find something nice for around $150-200 and then a nice used or vintage amp for around 75ish and you're set.
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I too have grown tired of my Klipsh Promedia 4.1 system. My volume knob is really "staticy" whenever I adjust it... (and the sound coming out of my surrounds is horrible when it does that...)

So I just jumped in on that $199 deal for the Logitech Z-5500s from Amazon (through TigerDirect). Can't wait to get them hooked up.
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