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Originally Posted by koven;11843833 
imo, speakers are much more enjoyable than headphones

for $300 i'd get a pair of active speakers like the KRK RP5g2 or Mackie MR5

a sound card/DAC can wait til later, it'll improve the sound but the sound should already be a night/day difference from your logitech speakers

Interesting, not buying the sound card definitely gives me a wider range of products I can buy. The thing is I'm a student so I don't really have an income, lol. I'm thinking I can sell my old my monitor (Samsung 223BW) and my iPod nano + Apple in-ear headphones though (yes, go ahead and hate on me for buying that overpriced crap. I deserve it. redface.gif), so I'm guessing that will give me enough money to buy a good sound card, hopefully. rolleyes.gif

Thanks for the suggestions. +1 smile.gif
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post #23 of 36
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Originally Posted by Trull;11844134 
So you think a cheap 5.1 is worth it over a decent 2.0 or 2.1?

nope, quality > quantity
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Interesting, not buying the sound card definitely gives me a wider range of products I can buy. The thing is I'm a student so I don't really have an income, lol. I'm thinking I can sell my old my monitor (Samsung 223BW) and my iPod nano + Apple in-ear headphones though (yes, go ahead and hate on me for buying that overpriced crap. I deserve it. redface.gif), so I'm guessing that will give me enough money to buy a good sound card, hopefully. rolleyes.gif

Thanks for the suggestions. +1 smile.gif

i wouldn't worry about the sound card as much as the actual speakers you get, that's where you want to spend the most money
post #24 of 36
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Hey guys, I know it's been a while, I've been busy, hehe.

I still haven't bought anything, but today I found a deal for 2 new Mackie MR5 for 280€ ($360), which is the cheapest I could find.

Should I go ahead and buy them? Do you think it's worth it or perharps there are better alternatives? I've decided I'm looking for a 2.0, no subwoofer, no headphones...
Edited by Trull - 1/9/11 at 11:44am
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By the way, I know they are $300 in the US (which is 230€), but American brands are always more expensive in Europe, so maybe I'm better off buying a European brand for that price?
Edited by Trull - 1/9/11 at 10:08am
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Stay away from the HD555s unless you can grab them for around 50 bucks. By far overpriced for the sound quality that you get. Horrible lows and open back (too much sound leakage) design makes them undesirable for gaming unless you are in a complete isolated area with no background sound. But even then the bass is lacking, ruining its claim of a good sound stage.
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Originally Posted by Domino;11949890 
Stay away from the HD555s unless you can grab them for around 50 bucks. By far overpriced for the sound quality that you get. Horrible lows and open back (too much sound leakage) design makes them undesirable for gaming unless you are in a complete isolated area with no background sound. But even then the bass is lacking, ruining its claim of a good sound stage.
What does bass has to do with sound stage?
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post #28 of 36
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Originally Posted by Domino;11949890 
Stay away from the HD555s unless you can grab them for around 50 bucks. By far overpriced for the sound quality that you get. Horrible lows and open back (too much sound leakage) design makes them undesirable for gaming unless you are in a complete isolated area with no background sound. But even then the bass is lacking, ruining its claim of a good sound stage.

lol I just wrote I'm not looking for headphones... but thanks for the info, I guess...

I'm looking for 2.0 speakers.
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Originally Posted by Royraiden;11950171 
What does bass has to do with sound stage?

Bass refers to the lower frequencies in the sound stage.
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Soundstage also refers to the depth and richness of an audio recording (usually referring to the playback process). According to audiophiles, the quality of the playback is very much dependent on how one is able to pick out different instruments, voices, vocal parts, etc. exactly where they are located on an imaginary 2D or 3D field. This can enhance not only the listener's involvement in the recording but also their overall perception of the stage.

If you have poor bass quality, then you are going to have problems with hearing instrumentation in the lower frequency ranges.
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lol I just wrote I'm not looking for headphones... but thanks for the info, I guess...

I'm looking for 2.0 speakers.

Haha, didn't see that. Are you able to go with 2.1? Klipsche makes some pretty good desktop speakers. Could also look at some studio speakers?
Edited by Domino - 1/9/11 at 12:03pm
post #30 of 36
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I just found some amazing deals for Polk Audio at this store: http://www.phonehouse.es/app/f/sc-22-267/imagen-y-sonido/altavoces.html

I was surprised at the prices. I don't think it gets cheaper than that. And I've read good reviews about Polk Audio.

So for 300€ looks like the RTi A3 are the ones to go for.
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Haha, didn't see that. Are you able to go with 2.1? Klipsche makes some pretty good desktop speakers. Could also look at some studio speakers?

Nah, I like 2.0 better than 2.1, I don't really need that extra boom (in fact I'd rather not have it, lol) and I can get better 2.0's for the money. wink.gif
Edited by Trull - 1/9/11 at 12:25pm
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