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I'll be putting together a 2.1 set-up for my PC, with expansion capabilities to 5.1 or so. My knowledge in the area is very limited, even after looking through a couple of posts in this forum.

I listen to all kinds of music, from alternative rock to house and trance to metal to hip hop, and also use my PC for movies and what not.

I'm looking for a pair of decent speakers, that would work well with the variety of music I listen to, and that would be complimented by a nice subwoofer. From the things I've read, it doesn't matter if the speakers are powered or unpowered as I can just not plug them in and use them with a sub.

I've got a budget of roughly $400-$500, can exceed it by a bit.

I apologize in advance for the vagueness of my request and my obvious lack of knowledge, but I appreciate any insight or suggestions.
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Logitech Z623 for $150. It competes with 2.1 systems costing about $1400. Little incoherent but you won't notice it until you've listen to a really coherent system.

Logi-*******-tech... Lol who would've thought. those cheap russian mice peddlers.

Anyway yeah z623 is the best budget 2.1.
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If you want the possibility to expand to 5.1 you're going to need a home theater receiver and those aren't exactly cheap. Are you willing to shop around for used stuff?

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Logitech Z623 for $150. It competes with 2.1 systems costing about $1400.
Lol what? It can't even compete in the $150 price bracket.
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If you want the possibility to expand to 5.1 you're going to need a home theater receiver and those aren't exactly cheap. Are you willing to shop around for used stuff?
I'd be willing to shop around or entertain going only a 2.1 route.
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I'll be putting together a 2.1 set-up for my PC, with expansion capabilities to 5.1 or so. My knowledge in the area is very limited, even after looking through a couple of posts in this forum.

I listen to all kinds of music, from alternative rock to house and trance to metal to hip hop, and also use my PC for movies and what not.

I'm looking for a pair of decent speakers, that would work well with the variety of music I listen to, and that would be complimented by a nice subwoofer. From the things I've read, it doesn't matter if the speakers are powered or unpowered as I can just not plug them in and use them with a sub.

I've got a budget of roughly $400-$500, can exceed it by a bit.

I apologize in advance for the vagueness of my request and my obvious lack of knowledge, but I appreciate any insight or suggestions.
Do you have an used receiver/amp that you can use?

I really like the WAF-1 pair from CHT; it's perhaps one of the best speakers for the price. and comes to around 180 dollars shipped.

Another really good alternative would be the
and NHT's Superzero 2.0

I own a pair of all three and I would say that the Superzero's can hit the highs the best.

As far as subwoofer goes, HSF makes damn fine subs, as well as Energy, Epik, Emotiva.

The STF-2 from HSF should be a sub you should seriously consider.

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It competes with 2.1 systems costing about $1400. Little incoherent but you won't notice it until you've listen to a really coherent system.
I'm sorry... I have to comment: If it really can compete with a 1400 dollar system, then it shouldn't sound fuzzy or incoherent. Sounds like you are confusing yourself.
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Do you have an used receiver/amp that you can use?
I do not. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Lol what? It can't even compete in the $150 price bracket.
Are you kidding me? Those Logitechs rival the stuff in George Lucas' living room!
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Are you kidding me? Those Logitechs rival the stuff in George Lucas' living room!
Someone like George Lucas would spend tens of thousands on hyper-high end stuff that... I mean I can't even think of a good metaphor for comparing setups. You get into the realm of brands like Atlantic Technologies, PSB, Revel, Mirage, Definitive, Snell, B&W, Paradigm... Logitech literally seems like a joke at that point.
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Stay away from Logitech and "super budget" 5.1+ systems. From the considerable amount of reading I've done in the past few weeks, do yourself a favor and get a good 2.1 setup that you can keep upgrading.

I purchased the WAF-1s yesterday, they'll be in probably this coming Monday. I also ordered the TCA Gizmo (discontinued, but I found someone who was selling one) and I'm super excited. I'm also getting a USB DAC for better input quality.

I know someone looking to sell a pair of WAF-1s and someone else selling AV123 ELT525s, if you're interested.
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Someone like George Lucas would spend tens of thousands on hyper-high end stuff that... I mean I can't even think of a good metaphor for comparing setups. You get into the realm of brands like Atlantic Technologies, PSB, Revel, Mirage, Definitive, Snell, B&W, Paradigm... Logitech literally seems like a joke at that point.
I'm being facetious. I own the Revel Ultimas, of course I'm not serious.

I should have said "the Logitechs are THX certified" for additional exaggeration
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