New setup for my PC audio

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by WhatDoIKnow, Nov 25, 2021 at 4:56 PM.

  1. WhatDoIKnow

    WhatDoIKnow I never got over it, I got used to it Thread Starter

    Location:
    Italy
    Hi all, I am currently thinking about moving my 5.1 Edifier system in the garage - because of the room I have my PC in, I can't use the two surround speakers and I wouldn't mind losing the huge subwoofer.

    I bought an Asus Xonar D2X many years ago and would love to keep it, although I am reading that the whole "PC audio card" is just a cash grab. It has RCA, optical and coaxial connections, and so far I've been using the RCA connections and nothing else.

    I'm thinking of buying a couple of small speakers, so a 2.0, possibly with Bluetooth to try and get rid of the cables altogether, but Bluetooth isn't a priority. The speakers would sit on my desk, so front firing bass?

    As I'm sure you've gathered, I have few and very confused ideas, so any help would be appreciated.

    Oh, I would play only digital files, mostly hires.

    Budget... 200 to 300 dollars/euros, but I wouldn't object to spending more if that gives me more (if that makes sense).

    Thank you in advance for your suggestions!
     
  2. kamchatka

    kamchatka Forum Resident

    Location:
    north america
    These JBL 305P monitors are excellent for the price: JBL 305P MkII | Powered 5" (10.16 cm) Two-Way Studio Monitor

    Note that they are sold indiviudally, so you would need two. Still under $300 in the U.S., but I don't know about the price or availability in Italy. Anyway, a friend of mine uses them with her computer, and they sound terrific. They seem to be widely regarded as one of the great audio bargains. No bluetooth, but honestly I think bluetooth is no good for music.

    Also note that you would need rca-to-xlr cables to hook them up.
     
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  3. DigMyGroove

    DigMyGroove Forum Resident

    I’ve had this set up as a desktop system, but am currently using it in my hotel room while on a lengthy work project, it’s very satisfying:

    PSB Alpha PS 1 Speakers along with their matching desktop SubSeries 100.
    I bought my set here in the classifieds used for $300 which was a bargain. Retail is double that, but it might be worth searching for a deal on a used set.

    The sub photo below is out of scale, it’s height is about 3/4 of the speaker height.
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  4. WhatDoIKnow

    WhatDoIKnow I never got over it, I got used to it Thread Starter

    Location:
    Italy
    Thank you @kamchatka, I've read really good things about those online!
     
  5. WhatDoIKnow

    WhatDoIKnow I never got over it, I got used to it Thread Starter

    Location:
    Italy
    Thank you @DigMyGroove, boy do they look gorgeous!
    Expensive, but gorgeous. And new models are even prettier. Thank you for introducing me to this brand!
     
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  6. WhatDoIKnow

    WhatDoIKnow I never got over it, I got used to it Thread Starter

    Location:
    Italy
    The JBLs are priced about the same in the EU, so that's good. And I think you're right, Bluetooth is probably not necessary since it's only the two speakers - a 5.1 is a lot of cable, but not two speakers.
    Powered speakers and/or monitors is the way to go, as I understand it. Don't know the difference but I'll do some studying during the weekend.
     

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