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Was given two free bookshelf speakers speakers, how do they compare to anything else?

Acoustic Research "The Edge" -- Here is a link I could find with specs.

https://www.cnet.com/products/acoust...he-edge-black/

I dont know what the specs really mean or what these things are like when compared to a lot of the recommendations people make for new purchases. I am looking to see what kind of speaker they would compare to and if they are worth upgrading. I have no baseline as to what they are like so not sure if a $20 set would be better or if I need a $100 pair to get some upgraded quality.

They are hooked up to my PC via a small desktop amp. Used for PC gaming, music, video watching and such. They sit on a desk next to my montior. They are a huge step up from the generic plug in style PC speakers I was using before.
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Really depends on how you like the sound. I doubt you can get something better for $20 new. On the used market you might be able to find something better for under $100.

That being said, I have never heard of these speakers and online searches don't show much.

Something like this might be a good upgrade.

https://www.amazon.com/Jamo-Studio-B...MEDNNRYDDMFEE7

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Eh. Certainly better than you can get in a $20 speaker, new. Depending on your needs and the ability of your amplifier, it might be competitive at $100 or not. If you like it, don't ask for more.

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Acoustic Research "The Edge" -- Here is a link I could find with specs.

https://www.cnet.com/products/acoust...he-edge-black/

I dont know what the specs really mean or what these things are like when compared to a lot of the recommendations people make for new purchases. I am looking to see what kind of speaker they would compare to and if they are worth upgrading. I have no baseline as to what they are like so not sure if a $20 set would be better or if I need a $100 pair to get some upgraded quality.

They are hooked up to my PC via a small desktop amp. Used for PC gaming, music, video watching and such. They sit on a desk next to my montior. They are a huge step up from the generic plug in style PC speakers I was using before.
AR makes decent stuff. $100/pr speakers won't be any big improvement, but a $200-300 pair would be. You'd probably be better off with small sub though. The $100-150 Dayton subs have speaker level inputs/outputs so they would be easily hooked up to your mini-amp.

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Eh. Certainly better than you can get in a $20 speaker, new. Depending on your needs and the ability of your amplifier, it might be competitive at $100 or not. If you like it, don't ask for more.
I'd give them a shot for that price... if you like them, go with it. No harm in trying them out. Your ears will tell you what you need to know. Trust them.

Of course, this is all IMO, and YMMV.

Joseph

ps... only reason I quoted Kal, is for the last sentence.... if you like it... log out and don't come back... ever.

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