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Hello everyone! First time poster, long time lurker.

I've been around audio all my life, Used to work for audio-visual companies in Australia like Novatech, Osmans etc, studied Audio engineering at SAE and used to set up the equipment at the local pubs.

Until recently I've never been able to afford my own good system (I was a bit of a gypsy, travelling place to place, living in hostels, caravan parks etc. But I've moved into a steady job as a metallurgical R&D laser operator, basically I use a giant laser as a welder, to weld/clad/glaze superhard materials to surfaces that get a lot of wear.

But that's enough about my history, I'm here today, after doing a lot of research, to get some opinions from a lot of people who have vastly more experience with consumer and home audio than I.

My budget is around $3,000 Australian, for a good 2.1 system for my computer room.
I'll mainly be using it for music/gaming first off, then when i buy more pieces bit by bit, i'll transfer it all to the family room for a good 5.1 setup (use these bookshelf speakers as rears and get some bigger floor-standings).

i've built my own monitors out of some JL audio car speakers that don't sound half bad, I got the enclosures made from Edward at Ascension Speakers, but i'd only value them at about the $400-500 per pair price point, sound quality wise. I also made a sub out of an old JL 12", O-Audio 500w amp and a garage sale ported enclosure, but again, would only value at about $400 sound quality wise (needs some tuning, heavy air movement sounds from the ports when turned up high)

After listening to a few speaker, sub and amp combos over the last week, this is the list I've put together of what I'm after

Dyn Audio Emit M10 monitors - $1k
SVS SB (or) PB 2000 sub - &900-1100
Cambridge Audio A-150 powered amp - $1k


I did have a listen to an Emotiva DAC/AMP combo that sounded a little bit more defined, but it's just bout of my price range.

I haven't listened to the SVS subs as none of my local dealers have them, I have listened to the REL T5/T7 and the Sunfire HRS-10, however every review i'm seeing has said the SVS's perform equal or better than competition at the same price point (also would rather a 12" for the better low end reproduction in movies)

Please let me know what you think of these options, and if you've got any suggestions that you think I might prefer, or that you have experience with. My rough budget is $1k for each component.

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EDIT: Sorry, the amp I'm looking at is the Cambridge Audio CXA60
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You'll get a million suggestions, but I have a general comment/suggestion.
I would look to buy a "computer" setup without the objective of transferring to a "home theater" setup. First of all, you can probably spend much less than your budget on a decent 2.1 computer setup (just checkout your local big box computer store--like Fry's here)...which is much different that what would make a good movie (or music) setup with an AVR, etc. (see sig).
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You'll get a million suggestions, but I have a general comment/suggestion.
I would look to buy a "computer" setup without the objective of transferring to a "home theater" setup. First of all, you can probably spend much less than your budget on a decent 2.1 computer setup (just checkout your local big box computer store--like Fry's here)...which is much different that what would make a good movie (or music) setup with an AVR, etc. (see sig).
Congrats on the (new) job and good luck!
Thanks stanton i've listened to a bunch of dedicated PC speaker systems, Bose, Audioengine, Logitech etc. I've currently got the z5500 5.1 setup too. Unfortunately none of them have that room filling sound or low end bass that I'm after. My comp/study room is ~360sq ft, 6x4m so it's not on the small side, and my living room is pretty much the entire top floor of the house, which is one giant room, 12x6m. That's my reasoning for going for some pretty punchy components in the beginning, and then migrating what I can to the living room later on. I plan to spend some decent money on a good AVR, floorstandings and center speaker when i migrate it all too.
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Not sure what you need the amp for at this point, as the monitors and subwoofer are powered. In any case, I would look at receivers over an amp, as they generally offer much more value for money. If Emotiva has BasX subwoofers in Australia, you might want to give them a look as they have been quite well reviewed over here, and are relatively inexpensive.

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Not sure what you need the amp for at this point, as the monitors and subwoofer are powered.
The Dyn Audio Emit M10's are passive, not active. (I had to double check that lol)
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The Dyn Audio Emit M10's are passive, not active. (I had to double check that lol)
Ugh. Weird. Google put up different ones that were powered, and I didn't notice they weren't the speakers I googled. The proper speakers were like the 3rd or 4th entry.

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