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Hey, what do you guys think? I'm looking at someday buying a new pair of speakers that I'm going to mainly use for listening to music, it's something I love, and have finally decided these crappy logitech speakers just don't cut it for music. I want to be able to hear the artist.

Anyway, I was wondering what you guys thought, I'm looking at using my x-fi forte, so I want the speakers to be amped. I'm looking at either of these (other suggestions are of course welcome. My budget is about $200, but I could probably go to $300 if it made a big difference):

AV123 ELT525 (I'll just have to get it used since they're out of business)
Swan D1080MkII08

Anyway, what do you guys think would be the best for listening to music?

Guess I've decided to get the CBM-170SE Speakers.
Edited by MrTolkinghorn - 5/16/11 at 1:52pm
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post #2 of 19
I had a pair of M-Audio AV40's a few months ago, one of the best sounding speakers i've ever heard.

have a look
post #3 of 19
the ELTs are great speakers, but are unamped so you'll have to get an amp to drive them. I would normally recommend a T-amp, but the ELTs like power so you may want to look for a good used integrated amp or reciever.
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post #4 of 19
Here's some choices:

CBM-170 SE Special Black Friday Deal $298 + Shipping Not the prettiest looking speakers imo but a steal at that price. Really great speakers just check the reviews.

WAF-1 (Formerly Tweak city Audio) $149 + shipping

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The m-audio av40s. I bought them three weeks ago for 150. They are 120 shipped on Amazon right now. Best pair of computer speakers I have ever owned.
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post #6 of 19
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Sounds like I should go with either the av40's or the cbm-170 se. Obviously the av40's are half the price of the 170's, what would you guys suggest? But then again, I really like the WAF-1's. They look really nice, so, on a sound quality basis, the cbm's would probably be the best? After that, would the WAF or the AV40's be better sound quality?

Then again, I'm leaning towards the av-40's cause I won't have to get an amp to run them and they're relatively cheap! .

Choosing speakers is soooo hard. .
Edited by MrTolkinghorn - 11/29/10 at 2:54pm
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post #7 of 19
The CBM-170SE has the most accurate frequency response, the WAF-1s are a Danny Ritchie design and have a boost in the upper bass range but pretty accurate for the rest of the FR range, although he tends to favor a tiny dip in the midrange.

The AV40 will be a distant third based on my listening experience.
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AudioEngine A5's get my vote. $50 over your budget, but well worth it
    
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post #9 of 19
the av40 is a medium grade speaker / mid-high multimedia speakers.

the WAF-1 is good, has a good amount of more lows than the rest of the response range.

and the CBM SE is great.

in your price range you might also want to look at:
Maudio bx5a - has a more smile frequency response
Yamaha HS50 - more balanced than the bx5s

or for $58 shipped:
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...6&SID=FW9dqs5u

it come with a T-amp
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post #10 of 19
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I wouldn't mind the audioengine A5's. I want a very balanced pair of speakers, although I could also consider getting some mid - high speakers and adding a sub. What would be better, I don't need a huge sub for listening to music, just decent bass is all I need, and I'll probably just use my 5.1 logitech speakers for gaming.

So, what about the CBM-170SE because of their accurate response? I like accurate response, because that means my speakers aren't embellishing the highs or lows of the music. I really like the reviews on them too, look like they'll produce astounding sound.

Edit:
The more I read about the CBM-170SE The more I want a pair . I think that's what I'll get unless you guys think otherwise.
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