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Best 2 or 2.1 Desktop sub $250? (+$100 Sound Card?)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've had my eye on the Klipsch pro media 2.1 speaker system for a while as I used to work at Best Buy and stocked them every week.

I went to purchase one at my local Best Buy today to discover that the Pro Media 2.1 has been discontinued?

It's probable that someone here has a better suggestion anyway.

 

Uses: Music, Gaming. Music quality is important because I use Music Therapy (The music just has to sound beautiful basically). They don't need to be overpowering just sound good.

Music Genres: Mostly EDM, but acoustic, speed metal, classical, house, this and that... you know.

Space to be used in: Not really relevant because I move a lot but right now a dorm. Probably moving to a house soon.

It will be connected to the PC in my signature. I've been noticing some static coming from devices plugged into the 3.5mm jacks though and I may need a sound board upgrade which I'm open to. I need a new rig in general but we are doing sound right now. I need music!

 

Thank you so much for reading this much and for your suggestions. Have a good day!


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My personal favorite: Creative A250 2.1

They're ridiculously cheap but sound good "enough" - obviously not studio monitors but they blow all other $30-$50 speaker systems out of the water. They aren't the loudest but are loud enough with good response that can be great with slight software tuning.

Here's PCGamer's list of best speakers: https://www.pcgamer.com/best-computer-speakers/


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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 minutes ago, ShadowChaser said:

My personal favorite: Creative A250 2.1

They're "ridiculously cheap"

You weren't kidding lol! Thanks for the suggestion I'll definitely keep those in mind. I mean Sound is really subjective and I have been punishing my ears with this old logitech 7.1 of which I have been using 3.1 for a long time. When I hear good speakers though I wanna cry lol It kinda makes me think you get what you pay for.


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9 minutes ago, Puma911 said:

You weren't kidding lol! Thanks for the suggestion I'll definitely keep those in mind. I mean Sound is really subjective and I have been punishing my ears with this old logitech 7.1 of which I have been using 3.1 for a long time. When I hear good speakers though I wanna cry lol It kinda makes me think you get what you pay for.

Oh man, yeah, I had to luck of visiting our local radio station and they let me try on their studio headphones and monitors and they sounded awesome. Still, I love my A250s as I've used them for years and nothing better has come along in this price range. I'm not the kind of person that'll drop $100+ on speakers :P but if you are, these are still great as backups.


Daily Driver: Xiao Mi Notebook Air 13.3" - i5-8250U, MX150, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB NVME SSD+500GB SATA SSD

Gaming Laptop: Gigabyte Aero 15X - i7-8750H, GTX 1070MQ, 16GB 2666, 500GB Toshiba NVMe SSD + 1TB EX 920 NVMe SSD

Workstation: Core i7-8700K @ 5.0 GHz (w/ Corsair H75), MSI Aero GTX 1070 Ti, 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666, 500 GB Samsung 970 Evo, 2x500GB Samsung 850/860 Evos in RAID 1; Built in a Fractal Design Node 202.

Other PCs I own:

Apple PowerMac G4 Quick Silver

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On 2/22/2019 at 10:21 PM, Puma911 said:

I've had my eye on the Klipsch pro media 2.1 speaker system for a while as I used to work at Best Buy and stocked them every week.

I went to purchase one at my local Best Buy today to discover that the Pro Media 2.1 has been discontinued?

It's probable that someone here has a better suggestion anyway.

 

Uses: Music, Gaming. Music quality is important because I use Music Therapy (The music just has to sound beautiful basically). They don't need to be overpowering just sound good.

Music Genres: Mostly EDM, but acoustic, speed metal, classical, house, this and that... you know.

Space to be used in: Not really relevant because I move a lot but right now a dorm. Probably moving to a house soon.

It will be connected to the PC in my signature. I've been noticing some static coming from devices plugged into the 3.5mm jacks though and I may need a sound board upgrade which I'm open to. I need a new rig in general but we are doing sound right now. I need music!

 

Thank you so much for reading this much and for your suggestions. Have a good day!

I assume your budget is around 150 USD due to you mentioning the klipsch pro media, so i would take a look at these, they are powered so just run dual RCA's to them - https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R1700BT-Bluetooth-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B016PATXSI/ref=pd_rhf_dp_s_crs_dp_rhf_k2p_0_3/137-1256805-5751720?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B016PATXSI&pd_rd_r=0963c95e-47c3-46ee-aafa-81a62dd244ab&pd_rd_w=XLh7e&pd_rd_wg=fHWPK&pf_rd_p=4c8f1f8c-f261-4b8e-b40f-0f88309b757e&pf_rd_r=TRMFTVDFY5A7D8WTYJ6A&psc=1&refRID=TRMFTVDFY5A7D8WTYJ6A

regarding the sound card, have a look at the link below :) just plug into a rear IO usb port, then use a Y splitter (3.5mm to dual rca - which is included with the speakers) and plug it into the "headphone out" on the USB DAC dongle, this just basically removes the audio processing from the internal's of your pc, which is "noisy" due to data being transferred etc. https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-70SB173000000-Sound-Blaster/dp/B06XBZ38ZJ/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=usb+dac&qid=1551025689&s=electronics&sr=1-6


If you have any questions about ultra high end audio (Or any speakers or speaker gear!), don't be afraid to shoot me a message, or mention me.

 

Yes my audio stuff is 800,000 USD, I'm a dedicated audiophile/mastering engineer

 

(If you want to see my audio stuff, check my profile, it's too much to list here.)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 2/24/2019 at 9:31 AM, Derkoli said:

 

regarding the sound card, have a look at the link below :) just plug into a rear IO usb port, then use a Y splitter (3.5mm to dual rca - which is included with the speakers) and plug it into the "headphone out" on the USB DAC dongle, this just basically removes the audio processing from the internal's of your pc, which is "noisy" due to data being transferred etc. https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-70SB173000000-Sound-Blaster/dp/B06XBZ38ZJ/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=usb+dac&qid=1551025689&s=electronics&sr=1-6

Derkoli thanks for the suggestions! I'm actually looking into grabbing a really good dac because I wanna spend about $150 on some new cans for music as well. No Idea which headphones I'm going with yet but they've gotta be over the ear and be great at bass so probably closed back but not a requirement. Have any suggestions based upon this change of plans?

Edit: I just saw the Audio board's suggestion section *facepalm* lol I'll do some readin there


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I really like my Logitec Z623 and the pricing has come down quite a bit, easy to find for 99 usd now.


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On 3/9/2019 at 2:45 AM, Puma911 said:

Derkoli thanks for the suggestions! I'm actually looking into grabbing a really good dac because I wanna spend about $150 on some new cans for music as well. No Idea which headphones I'm going with yet but they've gotta be over the ear and be great at bass so probably closed back but not a requirement. Have any suggestions based upon this change of plans?

Edit: I just saw the Audio board's suggestion section *facepalm* lol I'll do some readin there

Lol, go have a look at that. also have a look at Audio Technica m50x's, also z reviews basically beat off over the creative aurvana live's on camera. Also the beyerdynamic DT 770 pro's are supposed to be really good.


If you have any questions about ultra high end audio (Or any speakers or speaker gear!), don't be afraid to shoot me a message, or mention me.

 

Yes my audio stuff is 800,000 USD, I'm a dedicated audiophile/mastering engineer

 

(If you want to see my audio stuff, check my profile, it's too much to list here.)

 

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