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post #1 of 7 Old 09-08-2007, 01:59 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys,
Recently I have gotten sick of using headphones when I listen to music/play games on my computer. I was using some of the $35 insignias but those went to my ht in the other room.
I was wondering if there were some other good options in this price range or slightly more that I should consider. Towers (as long as they fit the bill) aren't out of the question either.
I recently heard some Paradigm mini monitors at my uncle's house, and even though they are way out of my price range, still sounded awesome.

These will be driven by a pioneer stereo reciever (SX-303R) or a T-amp.
Any suggestions? or should I just stick with headphones.

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The cheapest pair of QUALITY speakers that I know of are the Paradign Atom Speakers which retail for 259. Rather than buy something that is of low quality, wait until you are in a position to make a quality purchase. Remember you can update one component at a time--you don't have to buy everything at once. ( The Atom Speakers were Absolute Sound's Editors' Choice Award--also the dealer may be willing to discount the purchase if you pay in cash.)
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If you really are strapped to that $100 mark for your PC then look at the Cambridge Soundworks sets. They are close to that price and made for PC use I believe. They aren't audiophile quality but they are probably the best of the bunch in that price range. I used them for ages on my PC...if you can get a couple with the bass unit they sometimes package with them...you'll have plenty of sound for games and even Itunes on a PC at around that $100 mark.

If you can save a bit more though look at the SVS or HSU sets...lots of options if you can go up a few hundred.
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get a pair of the nicest Maudio speakers you can afford.
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If they aren't computer speakers, make sure they're shielded since they'll (presumably) be close to your hard drives. I mention this because you mentioned Paradigm.

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Polk just discontiued thier RTI line. Their revamping it slightly. You can snag a pair of RTI4's or 6's dirt cheap. I like the 4's. They can be had for about $70.00 a piece. Check any local authorized Polk dealer for a disco deal.

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If you really are strapped to that $100 mark for your PC then look at the Cambridge Soundworks sets. They are close to that price and made for PC use I believe. They aren't audiophile quality but they are probably the best of the bunch in that price range. I used them for ages on my PC...if you can get a couple with the bass unit they sometimes package with them...you'll have plenty of sound for games and even Itunes on a PC at around that $100 mark.

If you can save a bit more though look at the SVS or HSU sets...lots of options if you can go up a few hundred.

I agree, take a look at the Cambridge Soundworks stuff if you have to stay that cheap. I bought a pair of CS Model 17's (a cheaper speaker than what they sell currently) for my brother a few years ago and he was really happy with them. He then got the Model 6's (about $150 new) more recently and says he likes them even more. I took a quick listen and thought they sounded terrific for the $50 price tag he got them for on Craigslist.

I highly recommend though that if you are looking for decent speakers on a budget that you look on craigslist. You can generally find high quality speakers at 1/2 to 1/3 of their original price!
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