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If you want to connect it to your laptop, get a DAC and Amp. Get the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 ($199) and some Amp (Maverick Audio has an A1 amp that's $199) of some sort an the NHT SuperZero 2.0 ($99). If you choose the 3 items I listed above, it'll be around $500. I think a DAC with a pair of AudioEngines would be good too since the A2 and A5 are powered speakers. M-Audio has some great speakers too.
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Eh... If you ask me, this is sort of a waste of money if you're just running it off of a laptop.
Don't listen to this. FLAC files played from your Macbook, even through an analog connection, are going to sound waaay better than with a pair of crappy PC speakers.

Other than that all the setups you are considering look fine. Have you considered going used though? My receiver cost me $0, I bought a package of my two mains, CSW Tower II's, Centerstage center channel, and TheSourround 5.1's(which I want to sell actually) and 10" downfiring BaseCube10 all for $350 on ebay.

I bought a pair of awesome sounding CSW M-80 speakers at Goodwill for $30, although I ended up having to have them repaired. Ended up costing around $120 or so but still worth it as they are great sounding speakers.

Edit: Don't mess about with things like Dolby Virtual Speaker, they basically screw with the sound to make it sound like you have a surround setup but the results are invariably inferior to the real thing. I don't run a 5.1 setup even though I certainly have more than enough speakers too because even most movies sound fine in stereo. Of course I consume my media all on my computer, if it was a home theater I was using maybe I would reconsider.

If you don't want to go used then I would start out with a good amp and pair of stereo speakers. Spend what you are willing to spend there and just use that for awhile. After you sound it out, so to speak, you can think about adding a sub, and then surrounds. Some mains won't need a sub. My Tower II's are tower speakers, in fact I think I have a pic:

They have large 10" woofers that reproduce the low tones many would use a sub for. I still use a sub but it only really kicks in to any degree with some movies and dubstep type stuff. My sub:

Edited by Mygaffer - 3/10/11 at 4:58am
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post #13 of 19
Don't be afraid of second hand, yesterdays technology is cheap in mid-fi(compared to brand new). Listen to MyGaffer and check the Goodwill. I got a Rotel Power amp for chump change 6 months ago. My mb also has coax|optic out and I connect directly to my receiver to play my flac collection. Sounds outstanding to say the least.
Edited by Tiger S. - 3/10/11 at 5:06am
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Don't be afraid of second hand, yesterdays technology is cheap in mid-fi(compared to brand new). Listen to MyGaffer and check the Goodwill. I got a Rotel Power amp for chump change 6 months ago. My mb also has coax|optic out and I connect directly to my receiver to play my flac collection. Sounds outstanding to say the least.
Good find.
I am always amazed at the stuff that turns up at my local Goodwill and Salvation Army. I work just down the block from both of those stores so I go almost every work day. I have to stop myself from buying stuff because I end up with all kinds of audio equipment and have no room for it. Just the other day they had a Marantz stereo receiver for $30. I wanted to buy it but I would have had to buy the remote and I already have a good receiver. They had a good Klipsch sub, a pretty decent Sony receiver that I also thought about buying but stopped myself.
It too was around $30, of course you would need to buy a replacement remote, which tend to cost around $70 for most receivers.

Anyway, tons of great stuff if you keep your eye's peeled.
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Find the Goodwill in the nicest neighborhood around. Plain and simple.
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Find the Goodwill in the nicest neighborhood around. Plain and simple.
Yup, my neighborhood is one of the nicer in the area and our thrift stores tend to have some good stuff. I've gone to others and its been real hit and miss, with some shops seeming to stock pure junk.
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How about a pair of Mackie HR824 MKII's, the are powered so don't need an amp and you can add a sub later if they don't have enough bass for you.
I haven't personally heard them but I have been doing a lot of research on studio monitors lately as I am planning on picking up a pair soon and I have heard a lot of good about these speakers.
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post #18 of 19
If you like Polk Audio, go with a pair of TSi200s and a PSW110 sub. Cerwin Vegas are great full range speakers also, and you wont need a sub, which will give you more options. For a receiver, the older Yamaha HTR 5550 is nice and produces great sound while giving you plenty of options. Or you could get a DAC/Amp combo, but you are talking a bit more for your budget unless you find something used. Vintage speakers are great too, but do your homework and thoroughly check them out before buying them.
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I still haven't hear Audioengine A5's but they are reviewed a little better than the P4's I'm listening to right now. Going by how Frickin' Sweet these things sound (on a 25 year old receiver btw) I would think a pair of A5's with a sub would be pretty amazing and be right around $700.
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