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So I'm currently looking for a quality 2.1 setup! The less wires, the better! The smaller the better! But I really am looking for an amazing set for my PC. For gaming, for movies, for music. At low and loud volumes, I want it to sound flawless. The bass doesn't have to be overwhelming. Balanced is always good. I currently have this Klipsch setup. The sounds a low contain a lot of static, only when it's passed the low volumes it will sound crisp, and it's too loud at night. So I'm looking for something a bit more clear. Also, would it be a big difference with a sound card? I have a 7.1 sound card in use with my current setup. But I'm not so positive it makes a noticeable difference.
    
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Which sound card do you have? I don't see one mentioned in your sig rig.

I think that a good sound card will bring the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1s to life in a very big way.

For example: I have Altec Lansing's VS4121's (I linked to the "BLK" variant, but they're identical except for the color). When I bought them, I still had the Audigy 2 ZS which is basically an OK sound card by today's standards.

Then I upgraded to the X-Fi XtremeGamer and everything changed. It sounded like I went out and bought superior speakers along with the sound card. The low end was finally perfect sounding: it was much lower, much more thunderous (the opposite of that ugly "boomy" sound), and much cleaner - it no longer distorted. The mids and highs were significantly better as well.

I also noticed that I had much more power in general (for everything from the volume to the bass to the treble). I love it! I finally have more headroom for everything than I'll ever need. I first used the XtremeGamer on 3/12/08, and it still continues to impress me today - especially when I hear really deep lows.

Now, the ProMedia 2.1s absolutely crush my speakers, so I am confident that with a decent sound card, yours will open up like mine did but in a better way.
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post #3 of 24
Swan M10s are a pretty popular choice for 2.1 setups and won't break the bank.

Not sure what your budget is - depending on that suggestions could vary big-time (audio is spensive )
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My budget is like $200. I have a Creative 7.1 sound card. I noticed not too long ago, when I crank up the speakers to maximum, and then bring it back down, the static isn't there anymore at low volumes. Interesting. I saw the Swan M10s before. I hate the color to be honest, but looks aren't everything I guess. There is an Altec set I was looking at, also huge as hell. But I don't know still. Haven't seen too many reviews on them, and they're shaped funky but look nice. Altec lansing expressionist ultra 2.1. Maybe I should just get a new sound card and see.
    
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My budget is like $200. I have a Creative 7.1 sound card. I noticed not too long ago, when I crank up the speakers to maximum, and then bring it back down, the static isn't there anymore at low volumes. Interesting. I saw the Swan M10s before. I hate the color to be honest, but looks aren't everything I guess. There is an Altec set I was looking at, also huge as hell. But I don't know still. Haven't seen too many reviews on them, and they're shaped funky but look nice. Altec lansing expressionist ultra 2.1. Maybe I should just get a new sound card and see.
Which Creative sound card is it? I mean, "Creative 7.1 sound card" doesn't narrow it down much.

Also, that static may be the result of dust or something. Do you hear any noise while turning the volume knob?
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post #6 of 24
Xonar DX mated to the Klipsch ProMedias. (I think the Klipsch is on sale for $139 at bbuy...and you can score a refurbed DX for around $60.)

The Swans are really nice...can't really be beat at that price.
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He already has the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1s.
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Which Creative sound card is it? I mean, "Creative 7.1 sound card" doesn't narrow it down much.

Also, that static may be the result of dust or something. Do you hear any noise while turning the volume knob?
The higher the volume goes, the more static I can hear, but I would assume that's to be expected?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfi...;skuId=9180414

Offbrand, yes. But same specs as the Creative. In fact, it uses the Creative desktop software. Drivers installed and all.
    
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The higher the volume goes, the more static I can hear, but I would assume that's to be expected?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfi...;skuId=9180414

Offbrand, yes. But same specs as the Creative. In fact, it uses the Creative desktop software. Drivers installed and all.
Oh, do you mean like a "hiss" sound?

I think that it's the sound card. What you have there is a cheap version of the Xtreme Audio (which is not even a real X-Fi card).
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So get a new sound card, lol. Also when the volume is very low, the left speaker doesn't make sound.
    
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