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Which one is better ? for gaming, music and overall ?
Is it worth it to get good speakers when i have good headphones
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Both are of great quality. I would choose the pro-media not only because that is the one I have but because it has a sub-woofer. You are comparing a 2.0 set vs. a 2.1.
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well i thought the reason the m audio av40 was sub less is because the sub is built into the speakers
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post #4 of 37
AV40 hands down. They don't actually have subwoofers, but the bass is pretty strong.
    
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I love my Promedias but I've never heard the AV40s so I really can't tell you which one is better. I can, however, recommend Klipsch.
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post #6 of 37
My experience with speakers that use anything less than a 5" woofer are typically very thin sounding. I know guys on Hardforum were complaining about lack of bass from the AV40s.

I would probably give a narrow victory to the Promedia 2.1s.
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yea seems the promedia wins, especially the size of the av40, hell i don't think i'll have space for the klipsch
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post #8 of 37
As far as music when you already have good headphones...

Neither of them (PM2.1 or AV40s) are gonna come close. You really need to go into the >$200 bookshelf market before you start going into high-end headphone quality sound, and possibly a sub and a av receiver. Even with a pretty pedestrian setup ($230 Tweakcity Audio WAF-1 bookshelves, $250 Hsu STF-1 subwoofer, a $250 5.1 receiver), you are already looking at $750, and I think this would be acoustically equal to probably a Sennheiser HD600 or 650, which runs maybe $300-400.

The sound from headphones are completely different from the sound from typically loudspeakers, due to the proximity to the ear, the higher frequencies are intentionally rolled off to reduce fatigue. Also, with speakers you are listening to true stereo (a projected sound-stage), whereas headphones are essentially dual mono.

That said, I don't like headphones very much. They are extremely close to your ears and can accelerate hearing deterioration. Even if I have to listen to lower quality sound, I'd rather listen to speakers than headphones. For me headphones are more of a utility compromise due to external constraints like loudness limits; can't bother roommate/neighbor, late-night gaming, etc. I would never willfully listen to headphones if I also had the option of listening to speakers--and I have HD580s which I think are decent headphones, so it's not like I am listening to garbage cans. With headphones you have less room interaction which improves clarity, but you lose stereo imaging, true subsonic bass (assuming you have a good subwoofer), and higher frequency extension.
Edited by astrallite - 4/17/10 at 2:17am
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post #9 of 37
I have the AV40 and yes the bass is lacking even with bass boost on. I just had to buy a separate sub and it was golden.
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I actually have the M-Audio AV40's sitting here on my desk. I've been using them for a little over a year now. I did a ton of research before buying them, as I do a bit of music production on the side. Don't hesitate if you're considering buying them. I've had about 15 different sets of mid to high end 2 channel speaker setups and these are by far the best I've ever had.

I originally bought them for music production, but they're also great for gaming and general music listening. You will not be disappointed my friend.

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I have the AV40 and yes the bass is lacking even with bass boost on. I just had to buy a separate sub and it was golden.
Bass is lacking? Are you kidding me? These things have some of the deepest and clearest bass I've ever heard on a 2 channel speaker set.
Edited by Pillz Here - 4/17/10 at 2:23am
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