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Hi everyone,

So I am possibly looking to dive into some higher quality audio for my bedroom where my laptop is. Currently using some Antec Lansing (ack!!!), and need some help with finding a setup that fits my budget.

I am not experienced at ALL in home audio, and really don't have a clue what pieces I would even need to make it all work. Also, I live in Canada, so if you could give brand recommendations that are easy to get in Canada, I would really appreciate that.

Budget: MAX $250 CND

If you need clarification, I can provide it. Thanks everyone!

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I would suggest something like M-Audio AV40 + Polk PSW10 Subwoofer. You dont need to buy another amp for this setup and it is the best for a 2.1 laptop setup.

AV40 @ DirectCanada $156.60
I just check for psw10 it isn't on sale now, but Futureshop often have it on sale for under $150, and newegg.ca has it for $130 but it is deativated right now. You can just stick with the AV40 for now, they are excellent monitor speakers and has plenty of bass already. Once the sub is on sale then go for that

You can also go for the AV30 for around $100 if you want to save some money. They arn't as good as AV40 but very similar. So if you really want under $250 budget then go with AV30 with polk sub

Another setup I'd recommend is buy used equipments. Get a cheap receiver/amp for under $50, get a pair of bookshelf speakers ($100) and a sub ($100). This would be the best setup for that budget. All the Polk line from newegg.ca are pretty good so look out for thoses. Newegg often has coupon codes for them.
Edited by Captain Han - 12/31/10 at 5:13pm
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Space wise, receiver are pretty big. If it meant better sound, I would do it though.

http://guelph.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-se...AdIdZ250871603

Something like this work? Just get a 1/8" to RCA cable and some bookshelf speakers + sub.
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Space wise, receiver are pretty big. If it meant better sound, I would do it though.

http://guelph.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-se...AdIdZ250871603

Something like this work? Just get a 1/8" to RCA cable and some bookshelf speakers + sub.
Yes something like that would work, that is a good price, i bet someone snatched it already
if not go buy it!

so again for that budget I would recommend Polk Audio from newegg or Energy from Futureshop, when they go on sale, that is.

however I just checked best they got this on on sale:
Precision Acoustics HD S10 Sub - $99
Precision Acoustics HD4 Bookshelf Pair - $89

The dont know about this brand. But the sub's specs looks good, bookshelf pair not the greatest but for the same price you should be able to get polk speakers, which are much better in specs.
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Thanks for the links. I think I am going to go with the M-Audio AV40's for simplicity/budget and possibly add a sub later. In the future, I may choose to take the receiver route though. Thanks for the help!
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It's update time!

Well, I bought a used receiver. I got a Pioneer SX-2300 off kijiji. Catch was, he sold it as working, but the left channel did not work. Tried to get my money back, but the idiot wouldn't reply.

So my dad and I took it into our own hands to fix it. Found the problem (some resistors were broken) using a multimeter and schematics. We had never done any work on electronics like this before, so it was a very interesting experience.

We did fix it, and we had a pair of bookshelf speakers from the early 90's sitting around, and they sound pretty good!

It still needs a good cleaning for some scratchy-ness at times. That is my next little mini project.
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I don't get why you didn't open a claim lol, if he didn't respond he would have to pay you back.
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I don't get why you didn't open a claim lol, if he didn't respond he would have to pay you back.
We tried dealing with just him, but that didn't work out. Contacted local police and they told us that small claims court was really the only option. For the amount of money I payed, it wasn't worth doing that so we just fixed it.
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