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$500 Budget What to get? Audio Related

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Hey guys i have some money finally to upgrade my speakers from these pos 2.1 solomon ones. Now i already have a pair of sennheiser HD 595's for Headphones specifically gaming so don't make posts related to headphones unless your suggesting i upgrade them. I was thinking of getting a good 2.1 Setup and a new sound card or getting a lesser quality 5.1 setup EG Z-5500's and using onboard sound. I looked at the razer Mako speakers but there price tag just doesn't justify the speakers so what else should i look at the New Edifer Range from PCCG?

 

bcurko

 

PS It will probably be used for music and movies rather then Gaming as my sennheiser HD 595's can pick up footsteps better in CS:S :P

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Hmm...with $500 and being for music, you could consider and Audgy2 card for about $50 - $60 and grab a second hand hifi amp and speakers.

 

If you do your research on the amps/speakers you can potentially pick up a combo that will be sure to satisfy :)

 

An amp like the NAD 3020 20w rms (one on ebay now for $155 buy it now also a 7020E 40w rms for $145) and a pair of book shelf speakers for $250 or less of a respected brand.

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$500 is a difficult price point depending how picky you are with your audio. Enough to get the flashest of pc speakers, but scraping the bottom of proper hifi.

 

Depending how much of a hurry you were in, I would definitely recommend a good quality sound card. I've got an Auzentech Prelude myself, if you want to really hear everything your HD595's have to offer then a top quality sound card would be a good starting point.

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Thanks for the replies guys i think i am going to get these speakers below or one of them! After i trial them and the Auzentech Prelude if possible

 

http://www.digitalhome.com.au/Tvs_And_Home...e_Package/23481

 

Yamaha's are $482

 

or the Sony's which i am leaning towards after reading the reviews on it

 

http://www.digitalhome.com.au/Tvs_And_Home...re_System/18125

 

Sony's are $378 + $253

 

Total of $653 i may lower sound card depending on whether it's worth getting or getting the Cinema version

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Surround sound is overrated....except for movies and probably games.

 

Thanks for the info.

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I can't listen to those sort of systems for long.

Surround sound is overrated....except for movies and probably games.

I have to agree regarding those ones (entry level of those brands), can easily do better for music listening with an amp and pair of speakers from the secondhand market if you do some research first...

 

Meh...

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I went over to my mates house who does dj mixing when he's bored and he has these speakers below

 

http://www.djcity.com.au/product_view.asp?ItemIMAGE=PK-150

 

There not too big and they sound good i can't be bothered with 5.1 because the wire's around the room would just piss me off so i am getting the package above once i determine the sound card :S and the input to connect them to my rig

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Mate, that 96 efficiency looks dodgy.

Probably from using a piezo tweeter.

Not the best for nearfield monitoring.

 

You can do a lot better than that.

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Well help me out mate,

 

I'm trying to get advice from Atomic OCAU and WP and I'm getting conflicting comments from all sites on what to get. The main problem is most of the stuff people are recommending i can't test myself and see if i like the way i sound. I'm not going to just buy speakers judging off forum advice that would be stupid and newbie of me to do so. So i am stuck with this dilemma which seems to be never ending as for the moment....

 

Thanks so far I'm just trying to workout who to trust and the such...

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Well help me out mate,

 

Thanks so far I'm just trying to workout who to trust and the such...

You can trust Logicprobe in this, he will steer you through the storm and help you avoid the BS hype and marketing spew...

 

He really does know his stuff :)

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OK.

Grab your favourite CD that you really know/like the sound of, especially through headphones, and take it with you to try out some speakers.

(get some decent speakers first, then worry about a sound card later)

 

The important thing here is to buy speakers that YOU like the sound of, not me or the salesman.

If they try to confuse you, tell them you'll think about it and you'll come back later.

 

http://www.guitarfactory.com.au/guitarfact...ite/studio.html

Limited range but there's a few to try out there.

 

http://www.sounddevices.com.au/categories/...dio-Monitors/p1

 

Lots to try out here.

They have a good setup there to try the speakers out.

 

I'd really have a listen to these.

Amps are built in and right in your price range.

 

http://www.sounddevices.com.au/products/716-BX5a%20Deluxe/

 

Try Allans as well.

 

http://www.allansmusic.com.au/productlist....48-31BC8646934A

 

A good set of monitors you can keep forever, even if you upgrade later, you can use them for something else.

 

I'd go for active (amps inside) just to save space.

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Also, with the smaller 2.0 speakers, it's easy enough to add a sub in later if you find the bass doesn't go low enough for your liking.

It also takes a bit of a strain off the main two as well, but you have to get the balance right.

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