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I have a Jamo E 5Sub.2 that I could incorporate into a decent sound system. I am looking for advice as to whether it is worth it to invest some cash into a decent receiver and a pair of speakers to salvage the sub or whether to just drop $250 on a higher-end set of PC gaming speakers and make do. Since I have very little knowledge of Audio components I am completely open to suggestions as to what path to take. I have a budget of ~$450 to work with and if I go over, it wont kill me. The sub seems to be in great condition, but I have no concept if this model was even any good in the first place. I am hoping someone here has some experience or knowledge of this brand. I'll have another $200 after the first of next month if there is a solution that I can purchase in sections

The only thing I use my PC for is work and gaming. I am not involved in any form of the audio industry but I can appreciate the finer points of quality audio. I have an ASUS Xonar DX as my sound card in this build. My basic need is at least a 2.1 setup for now but could accommodate a 5.1 if the configuration/price work out. I have no preconceptions here, so any advice offered will be considered. This is not a "Please help me support my already chosen solution" thread. Thanks!
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No no no. Do not start dropping serious money into pc speakers when you have the beginnings of a proper setup.

Get a Denon or Yamaha or similarly good quality receiver for cheap (I find Fry's frequently puts them on sale), and a set of bookshelf monitors or something.

The Swan M10's have a good reputation around here and can be had for like $110 (but I think they come with a sub). You may be able to find a deal without the sub.

Or you can just buy an uber-cheap pair of bookshelf speakers like the Sony budget models that go on sale on their site for cheap sometimes (maybe refurb) and stick better drivers in them if you want.

If you want to go sub-less, I've seen plenty of people driving bookshelf speakers with tiny little 2 channel headphone type amps. You might even find one to drive your sub (but at that point, you may as well get a proper receiver).
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you tell him to not get computer speakers and then you tell him to get the m10s? lol

anyway i don't know anything about that jamo sub and i'm too lazy to look it up. jamo is a decent brand though, so it's probably a decent enough product.

i would definitely recommend buying a used receiver and a pair of real speakers though...for $200/pr I'd probably buy these while they're on sale:
http://svsound.com/products-spks-sbs01.cfm
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No no no. Do not start dropping serious money into pc speakers when you have the beginnings of a proper setup.
That was what lead me to post here. I figured with the right advice and a little research I could put together a decent system. Any suggestions on what receiver specifically though? Even if only a few pointers on what to look for and what to steer clear of.



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i would definitely recommend buying a used receiver and a pair of real speakers though...for $200/pr I'd probably buy these while they're on sale
Thanks for the info and the link, Gorb. Reading up on the different configurations now.
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