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cschang,
like i said im pretty new to this stuff so i dont really know whats best for me. i think the idea of a T-Amp seems pretty cool but then that leaves me about $250 to spend on speakers and i have absolutely no idea whats a good value @ that price point. basically i want whatevers going to give me the most bang for my buck,
audioengine 5+

or Topping T30 & $200-$250 speakers to go with
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guys i have a question. like i said i dont know a lo about this stuff so please bar with me.

im comparing a few of the T-Amps

Topping T30 built in DAC $100
Audioengine N22 no built in DAC $200

& the Lepai are so cheap

what would make the audioengine cost 2x as much?

why are these tiny amps so expensive, i bought a Onkyo TX-NR414 for $210 new in the box??
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The Audioengine does have some different features, more power, and I am sure there is a markup involved.

You can more powerful t-amps cheaper than the T30 without the DAC. I really wouldn't be so hung up on the DAC.

If I could fit the Onkyo on my desk like a t-amp, I would go that route instead. The t-amps and N22 have size/convenience going for them.

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cschang,
thanks again for all of your input. i did see a audioengine N22 for $160 do you recommend that one or a cheaper t-amp?
the one thing i do like about the t-amp over the powered monitors is that if the powered monitor beaks you're screwed!!

so shoot me a few T-Amp & speaker combos total price $330
please!!
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cschang,
thanks again for all of your input. i did see a audioengine N22 for $160 do you recommend that one or a cheaper t-amp?
the one thing i do like about the t-amp over the powered monitors is that if the powered monitor beaks you're screwed!!

so shoot me a few T-Amp & speaker combos total price $330
please!!
I have only owned the t-amp for a week, so I am hardly the expert, and I have never played around with a N22. So I can't really judge other than to say you have options.

Here's a good thread with some options:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1425385/front-speakers-in-the-250-range

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why are these tiny amps so expensive, i bought a Onkyo TX-NR414 for $210 new in the box??

Economies of scale, most likely. Onkyo, Yamaha, Pioneer, Denon--they all make and sell thousands of receivers each year. Their cost is probably lower because of how much they produce.

Cschang probably won't suggest it himself (AVS forbids selling in the forums), but the Wave Crest Audio HVL-1 could be a good choice in your budget. Dave F. of Ascend Acoustics designed them and Cschang is the proprietor of Wave Crest Audio. They are a very good fit for your budget.

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cel,
you always seem to have good input.

would you go audioengine A5+

or a T-Amp & which ones are good for around $100 or so

any other speakers to checkout besides the Wave Crest (i actually looked at those earlier)

thanks again
im just learning about all this stuff!
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How about a third option?

Get the t-amp.

Get one pair of the speakers you want to get for your HT 5.1 setup (HSU, Ascend, or Arx). Use them in desktop configuration a little bit. Then you might decide to (a) keep them there, (b) move them to your HT setup and get something different for your desktop, (c) get the same speakers for both your HT and desktop setup, or (d) you hate them all together and return them.

Once you have a chance to demo one pair of all these speakers everyone has been discussing regarding your HT setup, you'll be better able to tell people what you want for your desktop and/or HT setup.

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cel,
i actually thought about that earlier. just think the 6" speakers would be to big for my desktop.
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cel,
the A5+ speakers have a variable line out, does that mean you can use that to connect a sub??
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Yes. Variable line out means that the output level to the sub will change along with the volume control on the speakers.

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The Topping TP23 has USB input, and 25wpc, could be a good alternative that gives you a little more power and still has a DAC. I think the HLV-1 would be a good choice for you.

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do any of these t-amps or powered monitors (on the front of speaker or a wired remote would be best) offer bass & treble controls??
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Use the graphical EQ or PEQ in your music player to adjust the treble and bass. Gives you much better control.

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yes but if im streaming a movie from netflix or music from pandora i dont think i have that option??
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You might just skip the built in USB DAC for right now. Then later on, upgrade your computer with an internal sound card. For instance, Asus Xonar cards have a graphical EQ that can be applied to the sound out for the computer.

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What about something totally different ?
I know its above your budget but worth considering .
Sounds great , has all connections you need incl. a DAC + USB + integrated Amp + tone controls + optical in + Analog in . Small in size , but big in sound .
You don't need an extra amp and can test it for 30 days .
I'm not affilliated with Vanatoo , just a satisfied customer
http://www.vanatoo.com/
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i ended up pulling the trigger on a pair of the Audioengine 5+ for $329 including the shipping!
it seemed like a quality product and has a lot of wiring options for the future.

now im gonna need a inexpensive sub to complete my setup!
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^^ Hehe, it never ends smile.gif Congrats, fine choice.

You're going to need at least two LV12R subs. biggrin.gif

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Hey! You stayed in your budget! Congrats....that takes a lot of willpower!

Enjoy!

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cschang,
i originally only wanted to spend $150!
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