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post #1 of 8 Old 08-07-2014, 07:35 PM - Thread Starter
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Finishing a 2.1 setup for a desk

I've a a pretty big room (over 14x14) and a desk in the corner where I want to set up the speakers. They are powered by the 3.5 mm jack on my laptop. I've currently got 2 JBL 125 SAT's from the late 90's and I'm soon getting my parent's old Sony STRDE825 AVR to power them since they aren't that loud with just the laptop input. I do not have that much experience with audio systems to really know how good these are and my question is with a budget of $100-$150 would it make more sense to keep my system and buy a subwoofer such as the Polk Audio PSW10 or to just junk the old stuff and get a dedicated 2.1 system such as the klipsch promedia 2.1?
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Right. JBL 125s are passive speakers. Not meant to be run without an amp.

I'd recommend trying them with the Sony and see what you think. If they good to you, get a sub. But skip the Polk and look at the Dayton SUB 1000 or SUB 1200.

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http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1...rds=dayton+sub

I also found this BIC F12 for 184 on Amazon. I don't think I can put that much money into a subwoofer but just out of curiosity is that a good enough deal that I should try to stretch for it?

Also, I live in an apartment so I also don't want such a powerful sub that it will shake the neighbors apartment.
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Can you share a link to some specification text for your speakers on the web? Or perhaps images? I'm only finding the JBL JRX125, which are huge PA speakers.

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Can you share a link to some specification text for your speakers on the web? Or perhaps images? I'm only finding the JBL JRX125, which are huge PA speakers.
http://www.jbl.com/resources/Brands/...20SAT%20ts.pdf

That's the technical manual

https://www.google.com/search?q=jbl+...iw=865&bih=679

That's a google search that shows what they look like.

Thanks a lot for the advice
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http://www.jbl.com/resources/Brands/...20SAT%20ts.pdf

That's the technical manual

https://www.google.com/search?q=jbl+...iw=865&bih=679

That's a google search that shows what they look like.

Thanks a lot for the advice
I would fire your twinkle twinkle little star-like sats.

And go with the JBL Studio 130 speakers - bass will go to 60 hz - and that is a good start
for your desk top system - with that Sony receiver.
http://www.amazon.com/JBL-Studio-130.../dp/B00413OWO2

Then save up for a subwoofer.

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I would fire your twinkle twinkle little star-like sats.

And go with the JBL Studio 130 speakers - bass will go to 60 hz - and that is a good start
for your desk top system - with that Sony receiver.
http://www.amazon.com/JBL-Studio-130.../dp/B00413OWO2

Then save up for a subwoofer.

Your call
Agreed.

Those speakers have little tiny 2.5" drivers. You could go with a sub first, and then upgrade the speakers. But definitely better to have better speakers more than those speakers and a sub.

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Take a look at these Focal Sib speakers, I think they would make a great desktop speaker and am tempted to order a pair myself. They have a built in stand as well so you can get them angled at your ears easily, and won't take up a lot of space on your desk. Add in a sub at a later time and it should make for a nice 2.1 nearfield system.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...k/1.html#!more

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