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Hey all,
So I currently have the following computer speaker system, http://store.cambridgesoundworks.com/dp/B004GV0C16, and I've been playing around with the idea of upgrading them (also the damn power cord in the sub keeps falling out which is so annoying). I currently play alot of rock/hardcore/punk/trance music and recently I've been getting into dubstep (electronic music) but I am by no means a basshead but would love a system that would also accommodate some dubstep (which might require a sub later or something). Anyway just some background info on my me I've been an aspiring audiophile (or more appropriately a headphile) for around 10 years. I'm looking for a pair of speakers with clarity and neutrality which is what I look for in my headphones. I say aspiring as I have yet to fully dive into it, I play music from my computer or and haven't fully transferred over my mp3 collection into FLAC files. Currently I just play computer games, listen to music, watch anime, watch Amazon Instant Videos/Blu Ray movies on my computer. I currently use the following external sound card on my rig, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102032, and would prefer not to get a new amp unless it's very necessary. I hear the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD (the sound card I currently have) is pretty solid for the price and as an entry level sound card. My big daddy headphone purchase as of the last couple years was a pair of Sennheiser HD-650s. I love the HD-650s, I drive them from that Creative card and it seems to work just as well as the headphone amp I had previously. The run my Cambridge 2.1 speaker system from that Creative sound card I posted above via the RCAs in the back. I'm a pretty big nerd when it comes to headphones and I would like to have a solid computer speaker setup to match when I don't feel like putting the cans on. I was originally thinking about getting another pair of headphones but then i was listening to the Home Theater Geek podcast and came to the conclusion that 6 pairs of high end headphones is probably enough (check signature if you're curious) so why not upgrade my speakers biggrin.gif. I'm currently eyeballing the Audioengine A5s and maybe add their S8 sub later on. I'd say my budget is $500 max and i don't care if the system you suggest is 2.0 or 2.1 or w/e, as sound quality is my main goal here. Any suggestions would be wonderful and thank you in advance for your time on this.
Edited by Byrnie - 4/12/13 at 7:07am
post #2 of 7
You will need a subwoofer for that music.

I use a pair of Audioengine A2 speakers with a subwoofer, and that works fine for my PC.

I think the A2 speakers actually sound a bit better than the A5.

The Polk PSW505 is a subwoofer that is decent if your room is not too big; otherwise you may need a more expensive one with more power.
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

You will need a subwoofer for that music.

I use a pair of Audioengine A2 speakers with a subwoofer, and that works fine for my PC.

I think the A2 speakers actually sound a bit better than the A5.

The Polk PSW505 is a subwoofer that is decent if your room is not too big; otherwise you may need a more expensive one with more power.

Man a 12inch subwoofer lol, isn't that overkill? Also how do you hook that up to your pc (i'm more asking about your setup and not "how to do it")? I would think the best way is to plug the satellites into the sub and hook the sub to the receiver/pc sound card? Sorry for the novice question but I'm curious what's the best way to hook that up.

Hmmm I do have a 10inch cambridge soundworks sub laying around from an old 5.1 system that isn't being used
post #4 of 7
In my case, the Audioengine A2 speakers have a 3.5mm stereo input jack and that connects to the PC sound output jack via the supplied cable which has 3.5mm plugs.

There is also a pair of RCA jacks on the left speaker which are just wired directly in parallel with the 3.5mm input, so I ran an RCA cable from there to the subwoofer input.

Unless the room is pretty large or you are going to play very loud, the subwoofer you have may be adequate.

I would just use it and see how it works.

If you need a more powerful one you can deal with that later.

To stop the cord from falling out you might just take a small piece of paper or thin cardboard and insert it alongside the connector to make it fit tighter.
Edited by commsysman - 4/12/13 at 7:54am
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

In my case, the Audioengine A2 speakers have a 3.5mm stereo input jack and that connects to the PC sound output jack via the supplied cable which has 3.5mm plugs.

There is also a pair of RCA jacks on the left speaker which are just wired directly in parallel with the 3.5mm input, so I ran an RCA cable from there to the subwoofer input.

But the 2 RCA jacks, on the outside of the A2's, are inputs so how did you connect the input on the A2s to the input on the subwoofer or am I missing something?
Edited by Byrnie - 4/12/13 at 8:15am
post #6 of 7
The RCA jacks are just directly soldered together to the 3.5 mm input jack, so the signal is available there on the RCA jacks once you connect the 3.5mm cable.

Either RCA (or both) effectively becomes an signal output jack.

Running the cable from the RCA jack to the subwoofer delivers the signal there also.
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

The RCA jacks are just directly soldered together to the 3.5 mm input jack, so the signal is available there on the RCA jacks once you connect the 3.5mm cable.

Either RCA (or both) effectively becomes an signal output jack.

Running the cable from the RCA jack to the subwoofer delivers the signal there also.

Wow that's interesting and that's great to know. I think I'll follow in your footsteps on those A2s and maybe use the extra $300 for another pair of headphones biggrin.gif.
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