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post #1 of 7 Old 06-03-2012, 09:52 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm currently looking for new speakers for use on my pc. I plan on seating them close to me, about 3-4 feet from my ears. First I searched around and decided to go with bookshelf speakers + T amp setup but then found out about power monitor speakers (ones like Behringer MS16).

My budget is around $150 for speakers; I'll find money for T amp if it ends up being that way. Room size is 12x12 feet. I have cheap 2.1 pc speakers right now and I use them for gaming and music (rock/rap/classical/pop, pretty much all types of music here and there. I do like at least some bass though). I don't have the volume on loud so the speakers should be find for low-medium volume listening.

some power speakers I see people suggesting
M-Audio Studiophile AV30/AV40
KRK RP5G2 Rokit G2
Behringer MS16

bookshelf speakers
Yamaha NS-6490
Dayton B652
Polk Audio TSi100, polk monitor 30, polk r150, polk r15
Infinity Primus
klipsch b-10
Cambridge Audio S30

The list of speakers isn't what I have my mind set on, just some I see people talking about. Feel free to suggest anything. I don't mind which type of speakers as long as it fits the situation. Thanks!
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Swan M10

www.lockwaresystems.com/swanm10b-179.html

 

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Thanks for the suggestion but I would rather get bookshelfs or power monitors.
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The Polk TSi series are a minor upgrade over the Polk Monitor series which most people feel is not worth the price difference. Subscribe to Newegg.com's mailing list; they put different Polk Monitor series speakers on special almost every week. You should be able to pick up the Monitor40s within your budget range if you are patient.

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Swan offers some pretty amazing active monitors as well.

I had, and would most certainly recommend the M200MKII's.

http://www.lockwaresystems.com/swanm200mkii-60.html



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http://www.soundadviceblog.com/sound...peaker-system/

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I was expecting something good, but they exceeded my expectations. Midrange detail was extraordinary.

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Bass response is tight and surprisingly deep. You won’t need a subwoofer with the M200 MKII.

MKIII (Most people opted for the MKIII as it has the same components but potentially twice the power. The reviews should reflect the MKII as well.):

http://www.head-fi.org/t/563723/a-bu...ans-m200-mkiii

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/swans2/1.html

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Conclusion: The Swans M200 Mk III are a class act.

I had the M200MKII's and they were really a pleasure to listen to. Great build quality and a clean, crystal clear sound. Search around for customers who have posted about it. I'm yet to see anyone say anything bad.

If $269 is too much, then I'd recommend the D1080 IV: http://www.theaudioinsider.com/produ...oducts_id=200&

I haven't heard them but they should sound great. Not as good (or flat) as the MKII's, but they should have a unique sound that is equally enticing. You will definitely lose some bass with the 1080's though.

I bought the M200MKII's before buying the T200b's (and later the T900F's). Swan scaled up quite nicely with pricing (on top of the fact that their speakers tend to outperform anything in their respective price ranges.)

Again, search around. I bought my MKII's because I heard they were better than the Audioengine A5's. Paul (lockware) had them setup side by side before I went through with the purchase and it was clear to me that the MKII's bested the A5's at everything they had to offer.

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Here is one $150 option

Dayton Audio T-Amp and B652 Speaker Bundle
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-650
$58

Dayton Audio SUB-800 8" 80 Watt Powered Subwoofer
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-627
$89

Computer -> t-amp -> sub -> bookshelves

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I'm just looking for ~$150 speakers, other required component will be bought through another budget. Thanks for the suggestion though. The Swans M200 Mk III seems nice
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