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Better than the Swan M200MkIII? 600$ budget.

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I am looking to get a set of powered monitors for my PC. I have a 600$ budget for the monitors and the sound card. Thinking of spending 200$ on the sound board and 400$ on the monitors.

For my budget is there anything better than the Swan M200MkIII's? I can stretch it maybe to 450$ for the monitors.

Can you guys rec anything to me? Thanks a bunch. smile.gif
post #2 of 9
Mackie HR624mk2. Its adjustable output (EQ) is a handy feature. More than your budget but if you don't mind used, it may fit your budget. If not, Behringer Truth B2031A (also with adjustable output) is a good contender that's well within your budget.

As for sound card, M-Audio Fast Track is more than adequate.
Edited by diomania - 8/10/12 at 11:11pm
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Originally Posted by jarablue View Post

I am looking to get a set of powered monitors for my PC. I have a 600$ budget for the monitors and the sound card. Thinking of spending 200$ on the sound board and 400$ on the monitors.
For my budget is there anything better than the Swan M200MkIII's? I can stretch it maybe to 450$ for the monitors.
Can you guys rec anything to me? Thanks a bunch. smile.gif

They might be larger than you like, but the Behringer Truth B2031a monitors give you performance in the same league as the very fine but pricey HR624s but for a price that is in your range,

I would not give up on the converters in your laptop without first listening to them, unless they have some clearly audible fault like hissing, clicking or popping that you know about right now.
post #4 of 9
I would suggest the Audioengine 2 powered speakers plus about $250 for a subwoofer.

Those speakers are hard to beat for good sound quality. Check out the review Stereophile did on them.


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Originally Posted by jarablue View Post

I am looking to get a set of powered monitors for my PC. I have a 600$ budget for the monitors and the sound card. Thinking of spending 200$ on the sound board and 400$ on the monitors.
For my budget is there anything better than the Swan M200MkIII's? I can stretch it maybe to 450$ for the monitors.
Can you guys rec anything to me? Thanks a bunch. smile.gif
post #5 of 9
fwiw,might be a little more than you wanted to spend but take a look at the paradigm powered a2 speakers $560 no need for a sub if they can hit low freq.extension of 30hz as they say they can.looks like a great speaker for its price. i'm concidering a pair for myself( and if your computer has a sound card it should be alright until you save for something better) just a suggestion
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fwiw,might be a little more than you wanted to spend but take a look at the paradigm powered a2 speakers $560 no need for a sub if they can hit low freq.extension of 30hz as they say they can.looks like a great speaker for its price. i'm concidering a pair for myself( and if your computer has a sound card it should be alright until you save for something better) just a suggestion

I was unaware that Paradigm was back into the powered speaker business, but seeing as they are, I applaud it.

On paper these look a little pricey but not really so bad considering the completion. They look like they have a lot of potential. If I had the money and the need, I might buy them unheard and unseen.

However, the idea that they don't need a subwoofer? Really! ;-)
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I was unaware that Paradigm was back into the powered speaker business, but seeing as they are, I applaud it.
On paper these look a little pricey but not really so bad considering the completion. They look like they have a lot of potential. If I had the money and the need, I might buy them unheard and unseen.
However, the idea that they don't need a subwoofer? Really! ;-)
i know i should of been more realistic on my thoughts without hearing them for myself. but on paper for their size and for someone that does not have room for a sub these might give that little extra in the bottom end. they are a bit pricey but very enticing
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i know i should of been more realistic on my thoughts without hearing them for myself. but on paper for their size and for someone that does not have room for a sub these might give that little extra in the bottom end. they are a bit pricey but very enticing

Both the Behringer and the larger (than HR624) Mackie HR824 no doubt respond to subwoofer-like frequencies (in this context) because of their 8" and larger woofers of high quality and in larger enclosures.
post #9 of 9
If you don't mind an external soundcard, the ODAC is pretty fantastic. The Essence STX is pretty well-regarded in the headphone community, but I'm not sure how it compares to the one listed above.
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