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So I've been using a Creative I-Trigue 3400 for about 7 years now, great workhorses, after temporarily hooking up a pair of Yamaha studio monitors with a receiver...I think it's time for an upgrade. Now I don't exactly have the budget to get the same configuration that my friend allowed me to test, but I have been doing some research and here's the list of speakers I'm interested in:

*Note: I currently have a $200 price limit, but given time, my eventual actual limit will be $300*

If I buy now, these are the options:

- Audioengine A2's ($200)
- Swan D1080MkII08 ($180)
- M-Audio BX5a ($235 (would I even need to buy a sub for this?))

If I wait, my options expand to:
- Swan M50W ($280)
- Audioengine A5 ($325...)

Other constraints include:
- My space is rather limited, so a downward firing sub would probably be necessary and it can't be huge either
- I have a ASUS Xonar DX as my current sound card
- My general usage would be gaming 40%, music listening 50%, movie watching 10%
post #2 of 8
Klipsch - ProMedia 2.1 or the swans for me :/
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What music genre? You'll likely need a sub for the BX5a and everything you listed except for the M50. I heard the A5 have decent bass for 2.0 speakers so that could be a good option for you if you dont care about bass.
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post #4 of 8
NHT Superzero 2.0. I think the DX has an amp. These speakers aren't powered but are only $99. Get a nice amp if the DX is weak. I would say the Hivi Swan m10, M-audio BX8a or BX5a, the M-Audio AV40, Audioengine a5, and the audioengine a2.
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post #5 of 8
I use klipsch pro media 2.1, but looks like you want something more powerful.

I vote for the swans.
My friend has the Swan M200MkII and they are beast.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Shatterist View Post
Other constraints include:
- My space is rather limited, so a downward firing sub would probably be necessary and it can't be huge either
- I have a ASUS Xonar DX as my current sound card
- My general usage would be gaming 40%, music listening 50%, movie watching 10%
If your space is limited, what's the difference between a downward firing sub and a forward firing? Both take up the same space. Do you meant you want a 2.0 system because your space is limited?
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post #7 of 8
I would pick the Swans. If you want a cheaper alternative there are the Swan M10's.
     
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For the sub, I'm probably confusing directional fire with actual placement...as I'm lacking places to actually place a sub, and figured that since the distance between any sub I would get and another object is small, I might have problems orienting the sub correctly if it's forward firing. Perhaps it doesn't matter for near-field listening. Of course, the optimal solution would be a 2.0 solution that could fulfill all my needs, however less of a possibility that may be after what everyone has said here

Also thank you every for providing your input, since the plurality of the people who have responded have said the swans...which one? Should I pull the trigger on the D1080's or patiently wait to get M50W (or maybe even go for M200MkII/III).

I feel like I may be cutting myself a little short if I get M10's, hence why I'm not considering them

Finally, why the heck is there a $110 price premium between the M200MkII and MkIII, because I'd pick up the M200MkII over the M50W except I don't know if the M200MkII would provide enough low end punch I'd want and if the MkIII answers that question
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