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Help newbie choosing PC speakers - budget $1000 - $1500 - what's the best bang for buck?

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Hi guys, I've been reading forums and with all the information I've begun to get a bit overwhealmed and confused (e.g. active monitors / bookshelf speakers / seperate dac / amp) so have decided to seek specific advice.  Will try to be as detailed and concise as possible.

 

 

Situation: Seeking speaker upgrade for desktop in large bedroom . Best I can get for the money.

Budget: $1000 - but will go higher if need be (I am in Australia).

Usage: 50% movies, 40% music, 10% games.

Computer specs: ASRock Extreme 6 motherboard, Asus Xonar DX soundcard; plenty of RAM, plenty of desk space.

 

Your help and advice is greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 6
I'd probably go with a set of active speakers and just " audio out " from the Xonar. Probably no need for a processor or DAC since that sound card already has a decent DAC. Brands to look at are KRK ( Rokit ), Behringer ( Truth ), Adam Audio ( A5x, A7x, A8x ), and Genelec. Speakers with drivers under 7" will probably need a sub-woofer for movies with the usual brands being SVS, HSU, and PSA. I highly recommend the Emotiva Airmotiv or Stealth line of active monitors, but they are hard to come by for folks in Oz.

My 2-channel PC-only setup consists of Airmotiv 5 with SVS SB-1000 sub and a DC-1 DAC because my only other option is on-board RealTek audio.

KRK or Behringer plus SVS SB-1000 is certainly doable under $1000 but Adam and Genelec will cost you more.
post #3 of 6
Welome to AVS mate!

I reckon these are great bang for buck and well worth checking out:




Currently $500 each (shipped) here: http://www.soundcorp.com.au/krk-rokit-10-3-studio-monitor-each-free-shipping.html
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Thanks so much for the help guys. You helped to clear things up for me. Giegar, I was just about to pull the trigger on the Rokits you linked to above but at the last minute I found a set of JBL LSR4328P 8" Active Monitors on sale for $1200 and went for them.

 

For the time being I'll be running them off my Xonar DG soundcard.

 

Good or bad decision? I don't know. It was more than I budgeted for and perhaps the Rokits would have been a better choice but atleast I've made a choice. And I want to thank both of you for helping me make a choice.

 

PS. Great avatar Giegar. 8 str8 m8!

post #5 of 6
Nothing wrong with those JBL speakers. They can be networked and EQed using your computer and a microphone, which is perfect for a PC-based studio setup.

The Xonar DG is fine. Only reason I'm running a DAC is because I can't fit an audio card in my little system.
Edited by jevans64 - 11/27/13 at 5:15pm
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Originally Posted by speaktome View Post

Thanks so much for the help guys. You helped to clear things up for me. Giegar, I was just about to pull the trigger on the Rokits you linked to above but at the last minute I found a set of JBL LSR4328P 8" Active Monitors on sale for $1200 and went for them.

For the time being I'll be running them off my Xonar DG soundcard.

Good or bad decision? I don't know. It was more than I budgeted for and perhaps the Rokits would have been a better choice but atleast I've made a choice. And I want to thank both of you for helping me make a choice.

PS. Great avatar Giegar. 8 str8 m8!

No worries. As they say: "You have done very well Grasshopper!" biggrin.gif

Funny, I actually saw the JBL's here when looking for an Oz e-tailer who stocked Rokits. I thought they looked outstanding - the direct digital inputs particularly caught my eye for your application. But I passed on them because of the $2000 ask. Good decision and a great price. Perhaps the matching sub further down the track? This looks very impressive: http://www.jblpro.com/BackOffice/ProductAttachments/LSR4300brochurelow.pdf

From your comment on my avatar, I take it you're a Queenslander too? I like that tagline! biggrin.gif
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