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hey guys, i'm thinking of ordering a set of Polk Audio Monitor40 Series 2 to hook up to my PC for music and casual gaming/movies (read: replacing my Logitech X-530's ... joining the real world) and i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for an amp or receiver to power these things.

and of course if you have any speaker suggestions other than these, i'm all ears.

trying to keep the budget around $400 USD for everything. the Monitor40's are everywhere between $130 and $150.

i'm new to the Hi-Fi side of things and and am also on a tight budget, been reading around these forums for the last few days and it really can be overwhelming at times.

thanks for any info guys :-)

also. i've been trying out my old Aiwa NSX-V8000 instead of the X-530's, the unit sounds great with my (be nice to me) iPod touch connected to it and with my PC it sounds like everything is out of whack (treble/mids are funny and base feels like it's being over powered even at low volume)
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What you need here is a simple 2 channel amp that can take a stereo RCA input from your PC.

A long time ago, there was a mythical amp, and pretty much unknown class, called a T-class amp. It was considered to be the holy grail of little, even portable, amps. Supposedly with the price of a lower D but you get like B to A quality (in the ear of the beholder?) I have heard some of the orignal ones, and they did sound pretty good for a little box. For a PC, I think some monitor speakers and one of those is a decent set up, pretty cheap, and will take up less space. Only place that i know of, besides Ebay, is think geek which has the gen 2 of these amps:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics...ent/9c60/#tabs

Your other option would to be to find a used 2 channel amp, or an older theatre receiver, to plug it all in.

Also realize, your entering a new realm with Hi-Fi PC audio. This really depends on what your sound card can or can't crank out. A lot will now have to do with the audio output of it, which might be more noticeable than on your head phones or USB speakers (eck).

With your iPod, it's actually a very decent sound driver. Get a small headphone amp for that, and some Sennheiser 555's and you got a decent set up if you ask me

Anyway... another topic there... but you get the point.
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Forgot to mention, if you want multi channel goodness, just stack the amps. Sometimes its cheaper if you just want to run 2 channels, or 3.1 for instance.

If you want to throw a sub into the mix, there are subs with RCA plugs and they have their own amps built in. It *should* be just a plug and play situation there. I haven't done this though...
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post #4 of 10
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the speakers are rated at 100w, is that little amp going to be enough to power two of these things? i'm all for saving space

as for my sound card, it's a creative Audigy 2 ZS (not the best thing on the planet i know but so far it's held it's own)

thinking of moving up to a Asus Xonar ST at some point (down the road a little)

i really have nothing to compare either, i haven't had the opportunity to play with higher quality audio equipment. budget has always been tight. had these x-530's for 5 years or so, it's time for an upgrade.

it's just sad that my old Aiwa shelf unit still holds up 15 years later..lol

for headphones, i don't spend a lot of time using them, my iPod sits on a dock all day at work and when i'm home it's usually connected to a small set of speakers in my room to listen to while i'm sleeping, only time i use headphones is when i'm outside walking or whatever, the cheap iPod earbuds do just fine for that (i'm good at droping/losing things :-P )
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Yeah that little amp won't power it that much, wasn't sure what you were aiming for.

That sound card should hold up fine, might need to look into the settings on the PC to make sure its good. I know on my XtremeGamer it took some tweaking, but it sounds great now. Some of the newer Asus cards like you mentioned are supposedly the best you can get right now, but yeah no cash haha

As for the receiver, thats the cool thing about audio equipment, they really hold their own over the years. Only major change recently is the digital age. Used to be able to judge something by if it threw your back out or not, now a days its not quite that way.

I have read great things, and a few bad things, about the Pyle amps. I almost bought one myself truthfully. I was looking about a month ago for exactly what you are doing. Sadly, smaller simple 2 channel amps are few and far. I even thought about running it through my Denon receiver on the Zone 2, but didn't feel like running the wires

I'd say go for the Pyle, it seems like your best bet. If anything, update us here how it turns out, I am interested in some first hand knowledge!
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post #7 of 10
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i'm not looking to shake the house, i just want a nice clean sound at all ranges on a budget (i know i know the more you spend the better :-P ) but i do enjoy cranking it up once in a while and am just concerned that the smaller amps won't do the work, esp if the speakers are capable of more.

i'm just trying to gather some info right now, should be getting a little extra cash (a couple hundred bucks) from work, so i may be able to start ordering in a week or so. this is just something that's been on my mind, and once i get an idea in my head i start reading and researching the hell out of it :-D

just glad this place is around to help out, lots of information and great people like yourself willing to share your ideas
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My Vote is for the

for $254 plus S&H at amazon.

Really it's an absolute steal at that price. I own myself an love it. Really simplistic to use, loads of power, and has optical in.
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that is really tempting, considering it looks like it'll last quite a while too (long term upgrades? )

little more than i was willing to spend but now you've got me thinking.....

this is getting dangerous lol
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what do you guys think of these instead of the Monitor 40's?

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107TL2B...ck.html?tp=186

eh never mind, they have small woofers, not much bass out of them.
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