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Replacing bose computer speakers, 500$ budget, any suggestions?

post #1 of 31
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Not impressed with my bose companions, any suggestions what I can get for 500$ and is worth it?
post #2 of 31
I would check out some KRK Rockit.
post #3 of 31
So...why did you buy the Bose? Did you not like them when you bought them? Or were they just a gift or something? I only ask because I have the little Companion 2's and I prefer them to my Klipsch Pro Medias.
post #4 of 31
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Well when I first bought them, I thought they were top of the line, best possible speakers for 500$. After doing extensive reading, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't my best option, so I'm giving my bose companions to my parents, and I plan on getting a better pair of speakers at around the same proce range.
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I've used a pair of Acoustic Research Powered Partners ( AV570 ) since the late 1980's for strictly 2.0 PC audio. I bought a new pair in 1994 and sold my original pair for the SAME price I paid for them. I've tried lots of other speakers, including Altec Lansing, Logitech, and Creative top 2.0 sets, and keep going back to the AR speakers. They are no longer being made but there might still be some on eBay. I just haven't found any better computer speakers that are similar in size.

The Airmotiv are nice but they are too big for a typical 26" x 48" PC desk, especially if the PC is on the desk along with a 24" to 30" panel. It is going to come down to how much desk real estate one has.
post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by deanisTEN View Post

Well when I first bought them, I thought they were top of the line, best possible speakers for 500$. After doing extensive reading, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't my best option, so I'm giving my bose companions to my parents, and I plan on getting a better pair of speakers at around the same proce range.

I think you're doing too much reading and not enough listening! smile.gif Seriously, did you not compare before you bought them? If not that's always a mistake. But if you did and you liked them then and still do, I wouldn't worry about what you read. All that matters is the sound and if you're happy with that.
post #8 of 31
fwiw, audioengine a5+ $400

paradigm a2 $560 both have great low end bass
post #9 of 31
I ahve the companion system...in a box in my closet. After a couple months, and many hours of listen, I determined that were sub par and fatiguing. I brought out a 100 dollars Altec Lansing system that I was using before and that did the trick. Currently, I have a AV-R and Def Tech SM450, which is a huge step up from either system!
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by deanisTEN View Post

Not impressed with my bose companions, any suggestions what I can get for 500$ and is worth it?

Hi deanisTEN, what receiver do you have?
post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by deanisTEN View Post

Not impressed with my bose companions, any suggestions what I can get for 500$ and is worth it?

If you're willing to buy a receiver then several bookshelf speakers would work well in your setup.

If not look at some of these active speakers.

Swan M200 MKII
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?loudspeakers=swan-active-desktop-sound&p=swan-m200mkii-active-desktop-loudspeaker-system&cPath=21_24&products_id=184&osCsid=3cb5b44e0f8bd24ccfb4f2b21033fb4e

Swan M200 MKIII
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?loudspeakers=swan-active-desktop-sound&p=swan-m200mkiii-active-desktop-loudspeaker-system&cPath=21_24&products_id=121&osCsid=3cb5b44e0f8bd24ccfb4f2b21033fb4e

Audioengine A5
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_772A5PLUSB/Audioengine-A5-Black.html?tp=252
post #12 of 31
I like the receiver and passive speaker option myself.

If a full-sized receiver is a little big, consider the Emotiva mini-X a-100. Then spend the rest on speakers.
post #13 of 31
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No, I'm done alot of listening, I have audio technica headphones that I recently bought, and the bose don't even compare, i'd liek speakers that sound like audio technica headphones.
post #14 of 31
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If this helps at all, I'd like great all around speakers, I listen to jazz, electronic music, metal and rock, can someone suggest an entire set including a receiver and speakers? I'm quite clueless on what I need to get a great all around sounding speakers system. Also is it hard to set up a good sound system? It wasn't very hard to set up my bose companions since they're USB. Does the receiver plug into my computer? Should I get a better soundcard on my comp? Any replies would be appreciated
post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by deanisTEN View Post

No, I'm done alot of listening, I have audio technica headphones that I recently bought, and the bose don't even compare, i'd liek speakers that sound like audio technica headphones.

Which headphones do you have? I have the M50s and the A900X, and I really like how much my Energy V5.1 bookshelves sound in my desktop audio setup. They remind me somewhat of my headphones, although they don't have the sub bass by themselves of the M50s (I have a sub). You'd probably have to find them used, though.
post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by deanisTEN View Post

If this helps at all, I'd like great all around speakers, I listen to jazz, electronic music, metal and rock, can someone suggest an entire set including a receiver and speakers? I'm quite clueless on what I need to get a great all around sounding speakers system. Also is it hard to set up a good sound system? It wasn't very hard to set up my bose companions since they're USB. Does the receiver plug into my computer? Should I get a better soundcard on my comp? Any replies would be appreciated

If you have optical out or HDMI out that carries audio on your computer (a lot of computer HDMI does now), then get an entry level AV multichannel receiver by Denon, Onkyo, Yamaha, or Pioneer. It will have inputs for optical and HDMI. Now if you don't have that, some receivers do have wireless streaming capability, but it's probably cheaper just to buy a sound card that has optical out.

If you watch specials on Newegg, Amazon, and Crutchfield, you can probably find one for around $200. Or you can get a factory refurbished/factory refreshed Onkyo or Denon from accessorie4less.com. Once you have picked out your receiver and know how much of your budget you have left, people can easily recommend speakers.
post #17 of 31
I was in the same boat three weeks ago. I was between the Audioengine A5+ and a Micro System with optical input, then I found the New Denon DM39S (Replacement for the Denon DM38S). So I got the Denon and I'm still impressed with its performance. 100% recommended!!!

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Denon DM39S, DirecTV HR22 HD DVR, Apple TV y Panasonic 32" LCD TV

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Denon DM39S

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Denon DM39S

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-D-M39S-192kHz-Component-Quality/dp/B008PQAB3C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349139520&sr=8-1&keywords=dm39s
post #18 of 31
What about aktimate speakers?
theyre well reviewed and offer excellent performance without the massive cost.
They will literally blow bose out of the water!
theyre great speakers and active thus no need for an amplifier
post #19 of 31
Thread Starter 
I have the m50s
post #20 of 31
You won't get the very low bass like the M50s have without a sub. However, if you have room for speakers with 6.5" drivers, something like the Kef Q30s or the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SE's should give you OK bass down into the 50hz range. But those two would push you over budget a little.
post #21 of 31
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Ah I wish you would all agree on something lol
Edited by deanisTEN - 10/1/12 at 10:15pm
post #22 of 31
Thread Starter 
Ok here are all of the options so far:

Paradigm a2
audioengine a5+
Energy V5.1 bookshelves
Denon DM39S
aktimate speakers
Kef Q30s
Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SE

which would you agree are the best (out of this list) speakers for all genres of music? what subwoofer should I get to accompany them? Should I get a receiver?
post #23 of 31
The Energy V5.1s are not available new at a reasonable price. You'd have to get them used in excellent condition for around $300 to make them a good value.

The Audioengine, Paradigm, and Aktimate are all powered monitors. Everything else requires some kind of receiver. So you have to decide which route you would like to go as far as powered monitors vs receiver and passive speakers.
post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

The Energy V5.1s are not available new at a reasonable price. You'd have to get them used in excellent condition for around $300 to make them a good value.
The Audioengine, Paradigm, and Aktimate are all powered monitors. Everything else requires some kind of receiver. So you have to decide which route you would like to go as far as powered monitors vs receiver and passive speakers.

What is your opinion on this setup

Audioengine a5+ with an STF-2 subwoofer

Would this setup easily connect to a pc?
post #25 of 31
These are excellent sounding monitors for the price, and are powered as well, saving you from having to buy a seperate amp. You'd be very luck to find anything better for the price:

http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?136821-Layoff-Sale-pt.-1-Alesis-M1-Active-520-bi-amped-Studio-Monitors
post #26 of 31
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These are excellent sounding monitors for the price, and are powered as well, saving you from having to buy a seperate amp. You'd be very luck to find anything better for the price:
http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?136821-Layoff-Sale-pt.-1-Alesis-M1-Active-520-bi-amped-Studio-Monitors

I don't mind buying a sub, the alessis 520's have bad reviews aswell
post #27 of 31
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I don't mind buying a sub, the alessis 520's have bad reviews aswell

I didn't mention anything about a sub, just an amp to power a set of non-powered speakers if you went that route. I don't know where you saw all the bad reviews on the Alesis monitors, I read mostly positive ones before I purchased them, and they sound excellent. Oh well, to each his own. Good luck to you...
post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by deanisTEN View Post

What is your opinion on this setup
Audioengine a5+ with an STF-2 subwoofer
Would this setup easily connect to a pc?

No.

You'd need a sub with both left and right RCA inputs to pair up with the A5+. The STF-2 only has one sub line input. However, the HSU VTF-1 MK2 would work. It has both left/right. Better sub, but it is more expensive. If this is mainly for just using while sitting at your computer and is in a small room, the Outlaw Audio M8 would work. But as an 8" sub, it won't have the output to fill big spaces.
post #29 of 31
You could look into the cabasse cin eole speakers.
2.1 without the need for an amplifier as the sub powers the speakers
post #30 of 31
If you have an amp, I got a pair of Boston E60s in excellent condition available. They are very good speakers. I liked them much better then the typical bookshelf recommended here. $1,200 retail. I am asking $400. PM me if interested.

Check out their review/measurements here: http://www.hometheater.com/content/boston-acoustics-reference-e-series-e70-speaker-system-ht-labs-measures
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