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Pc Speaker Recomendations?
« on: August 02, 2022, 08:36:43 PM »
Looking for PC speakers.
I do most of my listening while working or playing on my pc.  (desktop)
I dont have a fancy soundcard  or any external DAC or similar devices. 
Looking maybe in $400 dollar range (at the top end)

any suggestions ?
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Re: Pc Speaker Recomendations?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2022, 08:42:12 AM »
These are super budget, I like them. Klipsch ProMedia 2.1.
https://www.klipsch.com/products/klipsch-promedia-2-1-thx-certified-computer-speaker
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Re: Pc Speaker Recomendations?
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2022, 10:27:54 AM »

A friend of mine has these hooked up directly to his PC and really likes them. I think they need a subwoofer but I like lots of bass. https://edifier-online.com/us/en/speakers/r1280dbs. He lives in a kinda small apartment so if he wants to crank up low end he uses his headphones.

I recently got a small system for my GF's glass studio. I got her a used pair of these https://www.energy-speakers.com/products/connoisseur-series/?sku=CB-5 and one of these to drive them https://www.nobsound.co.uk/220-2/. I bought the speakers on auction at shopgoodwill.com and the amp new from Amazon. All in about $110. Sounds surprisingly good. I wouldn't use it for mastering a show but for casual listening it's great. The speakers are rear ported so you can tune how much bass they reproduce by how you have them oriented closest to the wall behind them.

If you want less wires and plugs and whatnot I'd look for a used pair of powered speakers. There's shitloads of choices - Rokit, Avantone, Yamaha, Presonus, M Audio - they all make desktop monitors with shielding that sound fine for casual listening. Need a sub if you want low frequencies. I use a Polk 10 inch powered sub and it's just fine. Too much for my apartment really. https://www.polkaudio.com/en-us/product/subwoofers/psw-10.
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Re: Pc Speaker Recomendations?
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2022, 10:55:34 AM »
Dayton Audio B652. Set up with stands or whatever you have available such that the tweeters are level with your ears and pointed inward such that the tweeters converge just behind your head in an equilateral triangle. Tweak from there to your tastes.
Dayton Audio SUB-1200
Craigslist or thrift store surround sound receiver (Denons have been reliable for me, but I've been told that Yamahas are also great). You can pick these up for peanuts and they can be set up as stereo only. They all have proper bass management & subwoofer DSP. Generally speaking, screw-type speaker terminals are a sign of better quality vs springs. If you can't test it before taking it home, pass on it and keep looking.

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Re: Pc Speaker Recomendations?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2022, 07:50:31 PM »
you could get a grace / drop usb dac > and go in to anything as an alt suggestion. 16$ tube amp just need an amp and some speakers

grace will run about $100 depending on which flavor you might prefer (balanced vs unbalanced)

edit to add: you could go dedicated with a raspberry pi > usb dac or add a dac to the raspberry pi. i currently run the pi as a media head controlled via web gui. it pumps my tunes in to a stereo receiver i had kicking around. just a thought if freeing your machine is of any value
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Re: Pc Speaker Recomendations?
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2022, 11:38:17 AM »
I have a pair of these (JBL 306P MK II) and have been generally happy with them. Unsure of accuracy and such (they have good reviews on B+H). I just wanted a set of semi-loud pretty good sounding desktop speakers for my computer, and they are that.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1446189-REG/jbl_2_pk_306p_mkii.html

They also make an 8" version (JBL 308P MK II) in your budget.
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Re: Pc Speaker Recomendations?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2022, 01:33:23 PM »
I think the powered monitors recommendation is the way to go, coupled with an external USB DAC. There's a lot out there to look into, not the least of which is the size of the speakers, so take your time. One combo that comes to mind within your $400 is the JBL 305P MkII, which is the 5" woofer veriosn of the the JBL mentioned above @ $270.00 

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1653146-REG/jbl_305p_mkii_powered.html

Along with a Schitt Audio Modi 3E USB DAC @ $129.00 

https://www.schiit.com/products/modi-1

The only issue with the JBL's is they have balanced inputs (XLR & TRS), so connecting to a DAC like the Modi that has RCA (unbalanced) output, is that you'll need adapter cables. 


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Re: Pc Speaker Recomendations?
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2022, 06:05:26 PM »
Not Nearfield monitors, but really decent sound:

https://www.swanspeakers.com/product/view?id=916
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Re: Pc Speaker Recomendations?
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2022, 07:01:07 PM »
Thanks Everyone for your recommendations , Ill see if any B&M  stores carry some of these for a in person trial  but otherwise internet + the recs & reviews will be my guide. 

I'll post back with what I get. 
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