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post #1 of 18 Old 09-05-2012, 04:11 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys, over the past two days I have been doing a TON of research on what speakers to get for my laptop. These will mainly be used for playing music (trance, house, dubstep, rap, alternative). I would like to keep these for a while as I will not be living in the dorms next year. The level of volume is not an issue here. Everyone on my floor including my RA are really cool wink.gif

I am not looking for a 2.1 PC speaker setup. I have been looking at getting some decent monitors or bookshelves that can later be turned into or upgraded into a REAL 2.1 system.

I have been looking around for about a day now after reading countless threads on PC speaker setups but I can't seem to make up my mind as to whether or not to go with the passive or active route.

If I were to go with the active route can I still run those through a receiver and hook up a sub later on? Or can you only do that with passive speakers?

My budget is around $130. I know this is tight but I am just getting into the speaker game and want something entry level to start out with. Eventually I plan to add a decent sub to this system but not right now. I am just looking for speakers at the moment.


If you guys could give me some suggestions as where to look or what speakers would be a good idea that would be very appreciated. Thanks guys!! biggrin.gif
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A receiver with appropriate channel pre-outs can work with active speakers, don't think active speakers generally will be able to handle speaker-level inputs from the receiver's amp. Many receivers will have the subwoofer pre-out in any case. Only speaker pair I've seen recommended near your price point that I can think of is the Pioneer BS41.
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Thanks for the response. So what kind of amp would you recommend to go with those?
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Thanks for the response. So what kind of amp would you recommend to go with those?

Depends, what else might you expect the amp to do (assuming you mean an integrated amp rather than an amp or receiver) and your budget...

If you really want to take advantage of your pc and use active speakers I'd look at Audioengine offerings, they're pretty well regarded. I always have had amplification, in the form of avrs as well as separate preamp/amp combos, so don't really know much about the active stuff (other than some day I'd love to have some Seaton active speakers but they're kinda pricey).
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Just buy a cheap receiver from the 90's off of craigslist. You'll probably spend $50 max - should be less.

Check out the Pioneer speakers here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?SID=wUJ2MPfoEeGViE68g8g6dAngk2_gJ7A3_0_0_0&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Submit=ENE&N=100008225%2050001167&IsNodeId=1&name=Pioneer

The floorstanding ones are even in your pricerange, if you can fit them!
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And if you want to wait until you can afford a new receiver or can't find one on Craigslist right now, there are also the Lepai t-amp. They don't get super loud, but put out a surprising amount of volume for their price and size, probably as much or more than a $100 pair or powered multimedia speakers. That would also leave more of your budget for speakers, which I think is the way to go for building a system for the future.

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I think that for your budget you're going down the wrong path. You'll probably always want a separate receiver/speakers combo AND computer speakers.

The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 set-up produces great sound for around $150, I think you'll be very pleased now; and you can start building a decent receiver set-up later. (And as a bonus, the Kilpsch doesn't take up nearly as much room.)
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Wow! Those Pioneer SP 41s are a great deal thanks for the link smile.gif now besides the speakers and the amp/receiver... what else do i need to run these things? Sorry if I'm asking dumb questions I am totally in the dark when it comes to non-PC speakers haha

I was reading that you need to connect RCA wires to the speakers to make them run? Is that sort of thing difficult to do or when you have it in front of you is it a piece of cake

I also saw something about Pyle speaker cables but I am unsure as to whether or not they would be compatible with these pioneers.

As far as the amp goes... that Lepai amp that Cel mentioned... would it be able to power these speakers just fine? or do I need something with higher watts per channel
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Nope. Don't need RCA cables to connect passive speakers. Just plain old speaker wire. But you will need a cable to connect your receiver/amp to your computer.

The Lepai is not going to get really loud, but it does reasonable well for good listening volume. As I mentioned earlier, as good or better than most multimedia speakers that run $100. But if you want more volume, see if you can find a used receiver on Craigslist.

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Okay thanks, I'll search around for a receiver on Craigslist. Should I be looking for any specifics? or will any receiver do just fine?

For the speaker wire does it matter what kind I get? or are these http://www.amazon.com/RCA-AH16100SN-16-Gauge-Speaker-Wire/dp/B0029HHIDY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346946212&sr=8-1&keywords=speaker+cable ok?

Lastly, will these be okay on a desk for now? I eventually plan to get some stands for them but my space is limited.

once again sorry for all the questions
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On which receiver depends what features you want. You could use a two channel receiver but down the line may want 5 or 7 channels...do you want HDMI connectivity? Etc. Right now you could probably pickup an older 5 channel possibly even with HDMI for reasonable, might also depend where you are in terms of Craigslist (or even the classified here, but usually Craigslist is better for lower end gear).

Speakers optimally are placed at ear height, so if your desk is the best place then use it, maybe you want to put something under them to raise them up when you're working...

Read all about wire/cable for your gear here http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm#wiretable but that roll will work for now and will last you a while for appropriate length runs....
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Would HDMI connectivity improve the quality of the sound?
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Would HDMI connectivity improve the quality of the sound?

Depending on the source, yes, it is more capable (kinda like dial up vs cable internet, both can work but depends how much information you want to be able to handle). For two channel or even up to 5 channels, the coax/optical connections can yield very good quality but HDMI can handle lossless.
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so my dad used to be into audio back in the day and has a Pioneer VSX-9500s, Its from the 90s i think or very late 80s.... I was just wondering if this old of a receiver could support an analog connection
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Sure. Even in the dark ages of the 1980s they were using RCA connections for analog audio. wink.gif

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Sure. Even in the dark ages of the 1980s they were using RCA connections for analog audio. wink.gif

Coming of age in the 60's, I never realized the 80's were thought of as the Dark Ages. tongue.gif
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so my dad used to be into audio back in the day and has a Pioneer VSX-9500s, Its from the 90s i think or very late 80s.... I was just wondering if this old of a receiver could support an analog connection

You are young! I doubt it has anything but analog connections...think that was their top of the line surround sound receiver at the time. If it's still in working condition and your dad doesn't want much for it, that would work very nicely...
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I doubt it has anything but analog connections...think that was their top of the line surround sound receiver at the time.

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Digital, what's that?
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