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u/polypeptide147 · 1 pointr/audiophile

> I bought the Razer Nommo Pro (2.1) at $500


Alright, let's break this down more.

> The sound is very good, the bass is very good,

Probably not. 3" drivers aren't generally large enough to even make male vocals really. And wow they really have no information on the website about them. Generally, with stuff like this, there's a gap between the speakers and the sub. It's really common with Logitech, where the speakers only go down to like 150hz and the subwoofer only goes up to 100, so you're missing a big portion. And also they roll off, so it's probably more like 175hz to 80hz is missing.

> it looks super good too (very important).

I'll agree there. They look like cannons blasting music at you haha.

> I have been told that people on this subreddit could find me cheaper alternative that are as good.


> must cover 20Hz to 18kHz

This one really gets me. Must go down to 20hz? Any particular reason why? The setup you have now doesn't even do that. Music doesn't get that low. And if you want something to do that, you're spending a good chunk of money on a sub. We're going to skip that part.

Let's start with the basics.

Micca amplifier. This has plenty of power, multiple inputs, a DAC, and a sub out. (A DAC is a Digital to Analog Converter. Your computer has one, but it probably sounds awful since there is a lot of electrical noise inside of a computer. Getting a separate one will sound better since it separates it from everything in the computer. If you want an even better one you can get a pretty one from Schiit).

Speaker wire.

You'll also need whatever you'll be using to connect the amp to your computer. Amazon Basics should be fine.

With that out of the way, let's talk speakers. One of your criteria is that it looks good. I'll try my best.

Micca RB42. You could use these without a subwoofer if you feel so inclined. They make bass and they sound great. They look great, but they probably don't match your setup.

Micca MB42X. These are very similar, but just don't go as low. They will probably match much better though.

My goodness you're in luck. Fluance Signature Series. These are on sale, and my goodness they're pretty. They're front ported so you can put them against a wall if you need to. And, in my opinion, they're the prettiest of the bunch.

Finally, the Wavecrest HVL-1. Get them on sale at Ascend. Once again, they look great and have a front port.

So, once you've decided that you're getting the wavecrests, you'll need a subwoofer.

Dayton SUB1200.

This setup will sound so much better than those Razor speakers. A completely different league.

Edit: the sub gets to 25hz. That should make you happy.

u/laydros · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I'm not experienced enough to offer a full end to end answer, but I'll try to fill in some gaps.

  • the components in the audio setup with computer files are basically:
    • source: mp3/flac (if this is poor quality the whole thing will go poorly)
    • digital to analog converter: DAC is the thing that will convert the digital file into analog. This could be the soundcard, a standalone DAC, or one built into your amplifier.
    • preamp (optional): might be nice if you want to switch between multiple inputs
    • amplifier: for amplifying :)
    • speakers: take the amplified analog signal and push on the air to create sound.

      The first thing to consider is the DAC side. You computer's soundcard has a DAC, but depending on the model it may be pretty poor, and a much better DAC can be had for fairly cheap. For example my Dell XPS 13 is a very nice laptop, but the headphone jack has TONS of noise. I personally use a Fiio E10 which is a big improvement for $70, and has a very good headphone amplifier built in. That might not be a good option for you, but is an example.

      The next step is amplifying the sound. You have to general options.
  • Amplifier to passive speakers
  • Active speakers, meaning they have an amplifier built in

    The general thought is for a given amount of money active speakers will often sound better because the speaker and built in amp are designed together, but discrete amplifier and passive speakers have more flexibility and room to upgrade piece by piece down the road.

    An amp might have a good DAC built in, saving you from that step, and even a small number of active speakers do.

    An example off the top of my head is Audioengine. They are know for having very good components in your price range and make for a more apples to apples comparison:

    Passive with amp
  • N22 desktop amplifier $200
  • P4 Passive Speakers $250

    Active speakers
  • A5+ Speakers $400

    I've never heard any of this stuff before myself, so these are examples, not recommendations! but reviews have said the N22+P4 sounds a little better. However the A5+ is all in one, and a little cheaper.

    I'm still trying to wrap my head around what is better for near field or not. It seems like many of the powered speakers you see are "near field studio monitors" meant for mixing and mastering, meaning they have flat response and sound good on a desk, where many of the passive setups are designed for enjoying music at a distance.

u/Shike · 1 pointr/audiophile

Going to toss a lot of info at you and some recs, if you have specific questions let me know:

The problem is that unlike graphics cards, audio gear is rarely objectively reviewed. Take for example the graphics cards. You can measure the FPS or time to render pretty simply in a benchmark. Only a handful of really good publications test speakers in a real objective manner.

From speakers there's lots to design aspects that aren't advertised and vary in quality. Just giving a generic frequency response doesn't really tell you how linear it will be in it for example. It doesn't tell you the distortion of the system. It doesn't tell you the max SPL prior to xmech limitations on the woofer. They don't tell you the polar response or on/off axis FR typically.

In amplifier land different manufactures and try and cheat to make distortion look better, or that they have more power than they really do.

Subwoofers sometimes don't tell you their real roll-off, some have port chuffing, and some won't advertise their max SPL (and if they do, not necessarily honestly).

Speaker requirements also vary based on use. What works on a desktop system will not necessarily work in a larger HT, and what works in a larger HT won't necessarily work on the other. The goal is to maximize benefits and minimize the compromises to ones you can work around.

When looking at a desktop system, you can use smaller bookshelves which may be a bit cheaper as you're not fighting for headroom. Reaching a desired SPL at 40hz and at 3' vs 10' is a big difference. For a subwoofer, I'd say the minimum price new is going to be $250 for something decent. This pricepoint has some that can reach into 25-35hz typically at roll-off, and while not true 20hz (or below) performance can get you readily close. You'll need an AVR to add bass management, so a decent refurb runs about $200 or new at ~$200-500 based on features. You don't need a lot of power on a desktop system, and if only running two channels some will do a solid 80W FTC (FTC means full bandwidth measurement for power at a fixed distortion level). This also means you could upgrade later to a 5.1. For the speakers, you'll want to reach a minimum of 80hz and be linear. The frequency response above 80hz on and off-axis is extremely important, but many don't publish this data. I know Chane (under response) and Ascend (under measurements) do. If it retains a good match of linearity on and off axis it means the drivers and crossovers are well matched. With the Ascend on sale they are likely a little bit cheaper shipped, but they also don't have the extension much past 80hz. They do seem slightly more linear though not both are acceptable. They are larger footprint wise, which if desk space is at a premium the Chane might be better for.

What if you took them into a higher distance setting like HT? Well the sensitivity on the Chane is lower so it requires more power to reach the same loudness. Assuming that they aren't mechanically limited by the smaller driver and that distortion isn't a major concern, the next concern is general headroom under duress. Due to the lower sensitivity of the Chane, it requires more power to make up the difference. This means you'd need a larger amplifier, and you need to pump more power to make up the difference. At first this doesn't sound like a big deal, but there's power compression as well. This means that as the voicecoil gets hotter the resistance increases and with it, the sensitivity gets reduced further, which requires more power to make-up. You'll get additional losses, but not as much as the initial compression. The problem is whether the voicecoil will accept the additional power without burning up and if you have enough power.

Considering this, the one with the best sensitivity is the best for larger rooms/further distance listening positions.

An advantage of the Chane though, especially on the desktop system, is the additional extension reaches to 50hz solidly. Given, being at a desk setup the max SPL you'll likely get before motor constraints at 50hz is ~91-95dB which should be enough. If you go this route you can get a cheaper integrated amplifier without bass management, say the TX-8020 for $150.

See the balancing act even when looking at a relatively simple system? As the budget goes up, even more options open. Typically the advantages come down to more headroom, lower distortion, more extension, better polar response, tighter FR tolerance to linearity - assuming objective performance was the goal. That's for the speaker side which has the most variance. Some invest more in their engineering and generally objective standards than others. You can spend thousands on really bad speakers too.

I haven't addressed concerns like distortion as I think both are perfectly fine on that front (competent designers), but that could be another concern with different speaker.

So, if going brand new the general price range is:

~$350 speakers + $250 sub + $200-500 AVR = $800-1100

With Refurb AVR instead:

~$350 speakers + $250 sub + $100-200 AVR = $700-800

Benefits of above options:

True bass management, possibly room to expand into larger rooms for HT with Ascend's - maybe Chanes as well depending on distance/size of room. Also get a DAC built in, able to use most digital connections like toslink, coax, HDMI.

Cons: Cost, possibly larger size.

Strict desktop setup without sub:

~$350 Chane + $150 stereo receiver = $500

Benefits of above:

Smaller footprint, simplicity, cheaper.

Cons: No bass management, no digital inputs.

Strict desktop without sub alt. suggestion:

~$350 Chane + $200 Refurb or new AVR = $550


Bass Management for future upgrades, digital input

Cons: slightly more expensive.

Now, you might be freaking out about a stereo speaker pair recommendation for ~$500 without even offering a sub. Remember the specs I linked you to earlier on the Chane? Pull those up. Now, this isn't your exact logitech setup but is indicative of the performance. See Strategic Deceivers break-down of a logitech setup here. They reach to about 50hz at their best, and are no-where near linear doing it. They consisted of boom and sizzle. So even a stereo Chane bookshelf system is likely a solid advantage in sound quality. I don't want you to think you must get a subwoofer as even this is a good upgrade.

I haven't even got into room acoustics yet, but at this point the speakers and associated equipment should be the primary concern - and it all depends on how deep you want to go down the rabbit hole.

Links to recommended gear:

AVR: Integra DTR-20.4 for refurb rec or Onkyo TX-SR373 for new.

Subwoofer: BIC F12

Speakers: Chane A1.4 or Ascend CBM170

Stereo Receiver: Onkyo TX-8020

u/ZeosPantera · 3 pointsr/audiophile

I have suggested similar setups to a few friends working at deli's and pizzaria's, but no takers yet.

Grab a decent home theater receiver. Something with a good AM/FM tuner and capable of multiple channels running in 7 channel mono or split stereo (IE 5 and 7 channel stereo). THIS DENON should work perfectly. It has three preset keys on the face so you can setup three specific modes it remembers with Master Volume, channel volume, source and sound mode all remembered. In a restaurant situation it helps if things can stay simple. Having just three buttons on the face of the unit to set everything back to a predefined scene helps greatly in this. One can do the radio in mono very quiet. The other an ipod with party music in stereo a bit louder and the last you could have do anything, broadcast TV audio if you want.

Since this is a 7.1 receiver you can use up to seven speakers. You mentioned four but for better balance let's say you use SIX for now, all playing stereo (or mono depending on what sounds best when testing). You would wire the speakers to Front left/right, Surround left/right and Surround Back left/right. Placing the receiver into 7 channel stereo will have three of them play left and three right. And with the ability to adjust speaker gains you will be able to quiet or raise each speaker's individual volume to better level the sound throughout the restaurant.

As for speakers I would simply recommend my favorite budget speaker. The Dayton B652. An amazing speaker for the price and since you will be buying three pairs (six speakers total) it helps that the price is low.

My biggest concern however when I hear the word SPEAKER and RESTAURANT is "Whoops! That speaker fell on that child's head and now we are sued" To avoid this I must recommend the only speaker mounts I consider overkill. These HTD HD-brackets are rated for MUCH bigger speakers but help keep many minds at ease.

So just some Jacketed speaker wire (if you need to run it) and you are set.

u/1369ic · 1 pointr/audiophile

The only good monitor/sub setup I'm aware of for that price is probably a Swan system. I haven't heard the one I'm linking to, but I do have a set of M200s that I really like and Swans get good reviews online.

Usually good active monitors are going to cost you most, all of or more than your budget. So getting good monitors and a sub is a trick. Personally, I'd give the Swans a try or consider dropping the sub requirement and getting good monitors and living with them until you can save up for a sub, if you still want one by then. I can live without one using the M200s, and I'm pretty sure I could with the Audioengine A5s, too, given my experience with the A2s.

You could always try something like the Audioengine A2s (they're excellent, but not big in the bass dept.) matched with one of the cheap subs out there. Say, this Polk, or one of the Daytona subs. Personally, I've found matching a sub to monitors is too much of a dark art for me to mess with it across brands like that, but it might be perfectly fine if a competent person dials it in.

u/emperorlarsob · 1 pointr/audiophile

So, I'm new here. I do have a few questions that I'd like answered from this community as opposed to the more vinyl-based friends with whom I normally chat.

Right now, I have a slightly sad setup: AT-LP120 outputting through the on-board preamp > RCA into a pair of Bose Companion Series 2 multimedia speakers.

Ideally, for now at least, I'd like my setup to run like this: TT phono out > receiver (with two speaker lines if possible for future expansion) > new decent bookshelf speakers. I'll just leave these Bose ones through my DAC and leave it with my computer setup.

So, I have a few questions:

  1. What is your opinion of these Dayton bookshelf speakers? They're pretty heavily recommended as a budget option in a lot of places. I only live in a small apartment, so I don't need a whole lot of sound, but evenly-dispersed frequency range is what I'm going for. I'm not looking to spend more than $50-60 on speakers. Space is also an issue.

  2. I saw this Numark MA-4000 on /r/vinyl and I didn't know such things existed. It looks like it's gonna be a little hard to source, and, while I want it badly, I'm wondering if there are any more recently produced options that have a EQ like this but also have a phono in and act as a receiver. This unit is beautiful, but I don't really know if I want to pay 20 dollars shipping on it. $120 is the highest I'd be willing to go on a receiver. My vinyl collection contains indie rock, jazz, metal, and classic rock, but I may soon start collecting more classical and world music, so an equalizer like this would be great to adjust for each different type of music that I play. Is this worth it? Something better for the money?

  3. However, if that's not an option, I'd just like a unit with a decent phono stage. I'd like something that's not huge, though I wouldn't be adverse to that. Is there something that looks like a DAC but actually has a phono stage on it? If not, is stalking Craigslist the best option for finding a decently priced, quality receiver?

    tl;dr Turntable setup: need new speakers and receiver for >$200.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
u/Hashebrowns · 1 pointr/audiophile

You're gonna need a receiver. Even if your TV does have speaker outputs the receiver is just gonna make everything easier, it'll sound better too! I live in the US so I need to convert...

Your budget is $1145

If you're completely new to this stuff, I can help lay down the basics.

A receiver is a device that 'receives' signals from audio sources, amplifies them, and sends the signal out to speakers. There are two channel receivers, which push audio to two speakers. Five channel receivers are for surround sound, and push sound to five speakers. Seven channel receivers allow for two extra surround speakers to a five channel setup. Right now, you're just looking for a stereo setup, so a two channel receiver will do the job.

This is how you set up a receiver.

On the back of a receiver, there should be a series of terminals or 'plugs', either HDMI, white and red rca jacks, or optical plugs. Next to them should be a term, something like 'DVD', 'CD', 'TV', or 'AUX'. This is to help distinguish the audio sources you are putting into the receiver. Plug your source into any one of the plugs, then turn the receiver on. On the front, there should be a dial or a button labeled "Source". This is used to select the audio source you plugged into the back. For example, if you plugged your source into 'CD', you would then find CD on the receiver display using the source button or dial. This is the jist of it. There are settings to adjust the bass, treble, balance, and other stuff on basically any receiver, so you can tune it to your liking.

Next up is setting up the speakers.

This next step requires some wire cutting, but it isn't difficult at all. I've done it with scissors. If you have ever seen stereo speakers before, you'll notice they don't have wires attached. They will have some red and black clips or screws on the back (Call them terminals). The receiver has these same things as well. Inside the terminals is bear metal, and this is where the signal is transferred. You will need to get some speaker wire and cut the tips off of each end, then attach one end to the receiver's terminals, and the other to the speaker's terminals. Speaker wire consists of two wires sealed together. One wire should have a mark along it or be colored differently, so you can make sure you match up the terminals correctly. (Black to black- Red to red) Do this for both the left and right speakers.

Most receivers can drive two pairs of speakers. (An A system and a B system.) So you will see two sets of black and red terminals. It doesn't matter which one you use, just make sure the speakers are connected to the same system, then select the system you want on the receiver.

If you're only wiring two speakers, it shouldn't be that much work at all. Ten minutes tops to get everything wired.

Now the fun part!

Choosing the system! I'm jealous as I didn't have this big a budget for my setup, you'll be in for quite the treat.

The Receiver

If I were you, I would buy a vintage receiver from the 70s. If you're into ease of access and all that I can understand, but vintage sound is really something else. It has a warm sound to it, and you usually have to pay maybe four times as much for a new receiver to get something similar. (They also look awesome.) Almost all of them have turntable amps too, so if you want to get into vinyl in the future you're basically set.

You can find them on Ebay. If you can, buy one locally off of Craigslist. Look for something by Sansui, Kenwood, Marantz, or Pioneer. Expect to pay $200-$500 for a good one.

You could also get a new one if you want bluetooth and a remote. Bear in mind it probably won't sound as good as the older stuff. Onkyo, Yamaha, Pioneer, and Sony are generally the cheaper of the bunch. Denon and Marantz tend to be higher quality.

I would strongly recommend buying vintage if you're not doing a home theater. You'll get diminishing returns paying the same amount for a modern receiver. You'll probably just get more channels and surround decoders which you aren't going to use anyways.

The Speakers

In this price range, I would look at these companies for speakers: PSB, KEF, Bowers and Wilkins, and Martin Logan to name a few. They make excellent products and I think their field fits snugly into your budget.

My recommendations:

PSB Imagine Bs. $880 pr (Ebay)

KEF q350 $650 pr

Martin Logan Motion 15 ~$350 ea

What I think you should do is let the speakers drive your budget. Choose a pair then use whatever you have left on the receiver.


If I were to suggest a full setup for you, I would get the PSB Imagine Bs and a Kenwood KR-6030 with some Amazon Basics wire. (I literally just slapped this together.)


Happy hunting!

u/Hi__135 · 1 pointr/audiophile

1. Budget

I don't have a budget since I'll be saving for each individual necessity for the long run, though I would not spend more than $1,000 for speakers. That being said, you can make a decision on what are price points for each respective item.

2. What are you looking for?

I'm essentially looking for a living room audiophile set up. I would not mind recommendations other than floor standing speakers, but that is what I have now and I'm very pleased with the way it looks. I do not know what I'm looking for since I'm not sure what should be upgraded and what is missing.

3. How will you typically be using the gear?


4. What gear do you own?

Specifics, I have a Yamaha RX-V381BL Receiver with a pair of Andrew Jones's ELAC B6 speakers. For headphones, I only use an Audio Technica's ATH-M40X.

5. What do you intend on using for a source?

I'll be using a laptop connected via HDMI to the receiver (unless someone thinks I should opt for a different source if I get a dedicated stereo receiver.)

6. What material will you be using your gear for?

Dedicated for music. I would like it to connect this system with HDMI ports i/o, but if a dedicated stereo is necessary, i'll be glad to go through that route.

7. Are you willing to buy used?

Yes, I am willing to buy used, though craigslist, etc. is not preferred. Something like Amazon would be nice. Local: Los Angeles.


I do not know anything about amplifiers, DACs, tubes, etc. so if you could inform me, that would be appreciated.


This was re-uploaded with updated information for further suggestions and aid. I'm not too new to audiophile but I never have owned my own full set up. Any information would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advanced.

u/Zerasad · 1 pointr/audiophile

So I'm looking to buy some speakers for home use, with a budget of around 100-170$. I'm kind of a speaker noob, so I can't really say anything that I'd actually wanna go for, but the Micca MB42X looked pretty attractive both money and performance wise (atlest with the little knowledge I have).

I want a mid-field speaker for my room, it doesn't need to be too loud cause I live in a flat with pretty thin walls, but every once in a while it would be nice to turn up the volume and blare loud music for a party or something.

I wanna play music from my computer mostly, so I guess I'll need an amp or a DAC, not sure.

I wanna use the speaker pretty much solely for playing music. I listen to electronic msuic, mainly trap and house, so bass is pretty important. I have smaller crappy speakers for normal usage, so I want these for the premium listening experience.

Well that's all, hope you guys can help me out! :)

u/fgoncalves97 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You have many many options! I would lurk around the sub for a while to get some ideas. The suggestions that come to mind:

For speakers, going from lowest to highest price, I'd check out the Micca MB42x's, the Fluance SX6's, and the ELAC B5's.

The SMSL SA50 is a nice budget amp but (if you have the space for it) a used receiver is the best bang for your buck and will likely be more powerful.

I have the MB42x's. They're quite capable and will do just fine for me for some time. Just remember that there are so many options out there. Do your best to find the right setup for you.

Just to get started, I'd check out Zoes' 2.0 Desktop Suggestions list from his suggestions sub. His influence as a youtuber is a bit of a controversial topic on this sub but I'd say he has some good suggestions. Good luck and have fun!

Edit: I should also mention that it's always useful to demo equipment if you can. Hit up a local audio shops and demo some gear if you have the time.

u/mikeTRON250LM · 1 pointr/audiophile

Long story short, my front left tower has a damaged tweeter and my google skills cannot find the replacement available for sale.

1. What is your budget?

I am open to spending up to $1500.

2. What are you looking for?

I want a new LCR and I think I am leaning towards floor speakers sa I have kids and bookshelves on stands seem WAY more likely to get knocked over. I COULD mount some speakers on the wall, but again... they might be likely to hang on to them. (Kids. Not Even Once.) Also I am NOT interested in ATMOS at this time.

All in I think I prefer the ease of use with the towers but I dont know if they are the best bang for the buck for me as my subwoofer handles the bottom end pretty well.

3. How will you typically be using the gear?

I use it for home theater (Movies and Games) 50% and music the other 50%.

4. What gear do you own?

  • Denon AVR‑X2100W
  • Pioneer SP-FS52 Andrew Jones x2
  • Pioneer SP-C22 Andrew Jones
  • Pioneer (AJs) SP-BS52 Andrew Jones x2 (as rear surrounds)
  • HSU VTF-15H Subwoofer

    5. What do you intend on using for a source?

    I stream Spotify Premium or use my PS4 for BlueRay, Games, Netflix and Youtube (mostly kids).

    6. What material will you be using your gear for?

    In order of importance I think I want movies, music and gaming. Lately I have been listening to a lot of

    7. Are you willing to buy used?

    Yes. My problem with used research is there are SOOOO many brands and models for me to lookup on a price/sound ratio that I quickly get inundated.

    All in I have been thinking about updating my setup for a while, and this tweeter issue is a perfect excuse.
    I have a buddy using the HSU 5.1 and it sounds great. Otherwise I don't have much exposure to a lot of other brands (and there seem to be a LOT of them).

    As of right now the following combinations have caught my attention:

  • HSU CCB-8 x 3 (so matching center on its side) (also these are not out yet... so minimal reviews)
  • ELAC B6 pair with C5 Center
  • ELAC UB5 pair with UC5 Center
  • ELAC F6 with C5 Center
  • ELAC UF5 pair with UC5 Center

    What other speakers should I consider? Or is there a clear winner?
u/the_blue_wizard · 3 pointsr/audiophile

These are powered speakers with USB inputs - $350/Pr Retail -

How important is USB to you? That's a nice feature, but only if you need it.

I think these might be the latest version (R-51PM - $500/pr) -

If there is a replacement model that means there are probably very good deals on the Older Version.

These are 5" speaker, and to make a determination, you have to consider what else you can get for a similar price.

Edifier S2000-Pro, DAC, Remote Control, Bluetooth 4.0, etc... - £399/pr -

There is nothing wrong with the Edifier, assuming they do what you need done.

The one advantage the Klipsch do have is that they have a USB input for direct connect to a computer. That is probably the feature that is the deciding factor. However, if you computer has an Optical or Coaxial Output, then something like the Edifiers 2000 might be a good choice.

Or, if you are not connecting to a computer, then USB becomes less valuable. In the case, the Edifier with Optical/Coaxial/AUX and Bluetooth is a better choice, simply because it has a Remote Control.

The various Mackie and JBL in 5", 6.5", and 8" could be a good choice as they are highly rated and are less money, but they would require you to buy a USB DAC. Though these can be had in the range of $100.

Some of these are USB DACs and Headphone Amps.

The JBL 306 and the Mackie MR624 are both 6.5" speakers, which are TWICE as big as a 5" bass driver. They are about $200 each, which with a DAC would run in the neighborhood of $500/set.

You can check reviews on line and you will find nothing but positive for both the JBL and the Mackie MR Series.

All that said, nothing wrong with the Klipsch, just make sure they do what you want, suit your application, and fit your budget.

Just a range of possibilities

u/Neelpos · 1 pointr/audiophile

Asked in the last thread but a bit late, hopefully more luck now.

Budget: Hoping to stay under $300 if I can

I have the ever popular JBL LSR305's and they're beautiful, but I'm looking to round out my setup past simply having the speakers directly plugged in. I know I'll need a DAC or something in order to get rid of the hiss the speakers get when I have them over 4, but it's an entirely new field for me and I'm getting a bit lost. As long as I have solid quality, I can get the volume up without worrying about white noise, and maybe a volume knob then that'd fit my requirements for the DAC/preamp/whatnot (I know the 305's are powered so don't need a preamp at least), doesn't have to be expensive (I've seen some very pricey systems come up), just solid for my purposes and able to block out the noise my computer might be generating in the input.

Where I'd prefer the majority of the money to go though is towards a sub, the 305's have a lovely low end but I'm big into bass heavy music, especially dub so having a dedicated subwoofer will be needed to get the boom I'm looking for. My first instinct was to look for the paired sub (The LSR 310s) But while I'm sure it sounds amazing it seems like I might be able to get more than enough for less, $400 is a hefty price point, though I remain tempted. I've searched through this subreddit and seen this sub suggested, but I'd like to know if anyone with 305's has a system they might vouch for, maybe have 2 or 3 options, of which I'm having difficulty finding as most of the posts I can find tend to be 2.0 setups.

u/jefesteeze · 1 pointr/audiophile

Get a basic 5.0 system, then add a sub. This should be good value for music and movies. I'm partial to Denon/Marantz for their musical audio quality, but some other folks on this sub may know a cheaper receiver that still sounds good. The speakers are definitely the best bang for your buck, but you could get higher quality speakers for music if you did a 2.1 instead of surround sound. Based on the 4K TV, I'm assuming you're going to be watching movies/tv more than you listen to music.

u/jackdriper · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Sorry this doesn't (directly) answer your question, but at your budget, I think you're better off starting off with a 2.0 system than 2.1. A decent pair of speakers will have better bass extension (goes lower frequency with better clarity) than a cheap subwoofer. It's kind of only worth getting a sub if you can spend more than ~$100 on it, which would put too much strain on your budget. Wait until you save up a little more and expand a 2.0 system to include a sub.

For equipment recommendations, I'll start with the amp, since that has the least amount of flexibility. The cheapest component worth recommending is the Muse M50, but it's not great and doesn't give you a lot of room to expand. The Audiosource AMP-100 is a very capable amp at around $100. A receiver would give you A/V control, but will cost significantly more. Fortunately, there are tons of decent receivers on Craiglist for ~$50 if you're interested in going the used route.

My recommendation to those on a budget is to buy a used receiver for the amplifier. A nice balance of Good Enough quality and low cost.

For speakers, you have a ton more options that really depends on how much budget you have left after the amp. Two suggestions to get started: Pioneer and BIC. The BIC's are more home theater speakers, rather than something for a desk. They get loud, but at a higher cost.

You could also go used again. I love older B&W stuff, and you can probably find some of their speakers used in your budget.

u/T7S · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys,

The DAC and amp guide here seems a bit old and I'm a bit of a newbie so I figured I'd ask here.

Here is my current equipment at my work desk:

  • Dell E1505 laptop - crappy, giant, old school enterprise laptop. Only audio output is 1/8th headphone jack and the sound card is awful
  • M-Audio Studiophile AV-40 Active Studio speakers with built in amp

    These are currently connected using a simple 1/8th to 1/8th audio cable, but the end result sounds awful and looks ugly as well since the 1/8th cable has to be plugged in to the front.

    I would like to hook up the laptop to send audio to the speakers, I don't usually use headphones. The speakers use RCA and 1/8th as input, but I'd like to use RCA because those inputs are behind the speaker and won't clutter my desk. In an effort to accomplish this AND improve the sound quality a bit, should I get a DAC? And should I consider switching speakers or do you guys think these are ok?

  • Audio source: laptop.
  • Audio type: music, mostly metal, some IDM, some hip-hop.
  • Willing to buy used: yes.
  • Budget: ideally <$150, the lower the better.

    Ideally, I'm looking for the DAC to run off of AC/USB power since I intend to leave it plugged in 95% of the time. A rotary volume dial would be ideal but isn't strictly necessary. Do I need something like these? And if yes, which one would you recommend?

  • Syba USB DAC
  • Nuforce Icon UDAC-3
  • Modi USB
  • Fiio E10
  • Audioengine D1
  • DAC destroyer

    PS - Could something like this Fiio D3 work maybe? Not sure what kind of adapter would be needed, but it seems unlikely.
u/versusversus · 1 pointr/audiophile

>What are you feeding into the JBL's? Computer, phone, etc.

I'm using this cable to connect them to my PC's stereo output jack:

>How are the speakers placed? On a shelf, on stands, etc.

At the front edges of my computer desk about 4-5 feet apart and hanging over the front edge an inch or two. The speakers are about level with my ears when sitting on my sofa listening to music, and are pointed slightly inward as per the card that came with the speakers.

>That said, speakers loved by "audiophiles" (especially in this price range and form factor) don't necessarily "wow" - they aim for accuracy and to get out of the way of the music more than anything else.

To clarify what I meant by "wow" - basically I was expecting to be blown out of the water as to the amazing quality of the sound coming out of the speakers. Not necessarily "wow that's some amazing bass", etc. (Even though the LSR305's bass is very impressive to my ears.) It's not that the speakers don't sound good, it's just I was expecting to hear the best quality sound I've ever heard in my life by far, and perfection, or close to it.

It's hard for me to put into words how I feel about the sound that the LSR305's produce and what I'm not sure whether I like about it or not. I hear the term "warmth" being thrown around a lot in general, and I'm wondering if that's what describes what I might feel the LSR305's possibly lack. Almost slightly digital and cold? I don't know. I also noticed that it's harder to hear vocals on some songs vs. when listening on headphones or my OEM car speakers, like they're turned down in the mix a bit. I noticed the bass level drops off with minor listening distance changes too but that's probably got nothing to do with these speakers and more to do with me never having speakers that produced decent bass before, meaning less level change to notice...

>In contrast, the Pioneer BS22s (while still very accurate for their price) are designed for slightly more of a recreational listening experience - a slight hump in the bass, with rolled off treble. A lot of people find that more enjoyable. There's a tradeoff, of course. It's like wearing tinted glasses. Things might look "better" but they'll definitely be less accurate.

Thanks. Maybe I would enjoy them better then. Before I do anything with the LSR305's (I've still got a month to return them), maybe I'll buy some BS22's and a cheap used receiver (hopefully most older receivers produce decent audio quality) and do a comparison, I guess that's the only way to really find out.

u/Sigmund--Fraud · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Budget 200-500 €.

I am looking for a stereo for my HTPC. I listen to all my music, watch all my tv and play all my games via it. So I'm anywhere between 2 meters in the couch to 8 meters away from it. This means I've only got one analouge audio source to bother with - the two RCA connectors on the sound card, which is an Asus Xonar Essence STX if that matters. I never play loud music 'cause of neighbours so I'm not looking for a powerful system capable of drowning out the vaccum cleaner or running water in the sink.

I'm willing to buy used but since I live in Sweden, used market is a bit smaller than the one in the US.

Bonus points if the system is aesthetically pleasing and not too intrusive. There's a regular sized slot in the TV bench that measures 30h x 60w x 60d (cm) and would take a regular sized reciever/amp. I would love to have an amp with old-school VU meters but I would guess that would be out of my price range :) ) There is space both on the tv bench for speakers and next to it for free standing speakers.

Should I go with active or passive speakers? Should I get floor standing speakers or not?

Edit/update: Would this work for me?

Klipsch RB-61 II
SMSL SA50 amp

u/ThatsRightWeBad · 2 pointsr/audiophile

If you get him bookshelf speakers like the Q Acoustics suggestion, you'll probably need something to put them on, i.e. speaker stands, unless you've got an unusual amount of room on the stand next to that enormous TV. These can range from pretty affordable to unjustifiably expensive. Just find something that seems stable that you like the looks of. Speaker stands are something you can save a ton of money buying second hand without really having to worry about them being broken or abused, but you might not like gifting something used.

Oh, and if your house is entirely new to this speakers-and-amps thing, make sure you've got some speaker wire. Don't let anyone tell you you need to spend a lot on it. Stuff like this is just fine.

One other question you had was about wall mounting and sound quality--generally speaking nice bookshelves on stands will sound better than something you'd wall mount. In part because you'll have more control over how you place them in the room, and they'll be at ear-level like they should be. And in the case of the Q Acoustics (and many other speakers), there's a port on the back of the speaker that you definitely don't want pressed up against a wall. Basically they need a little room to "breathe".

Now, if he wanted actual IN-wall speakers (where you only see the grill), that's kind a specific and very different thing than what we tend to do around here.

What a great gift idea!

u/CharlieTango92 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello. I hope this is the appropriate place to post - a bit of an audio noob, so i'm hoping someone(s) will be kind enough to point me in the right direction.

I recently got a pair of JBL LSR305s, however, when plugged into my PC (i use this cable) i hear pretty noticable static and popping (mostly at rest, a little faint when playing something at lower volumes.) I have this motherboard which apparently has a built-in amp on it's onboard DAC, which made me wonder if that's what was causing the noise. More than likely however, I think it is signal noise, because i tried my 305s with the same cable at a friends house, both with his PC which had a built-in amp, as well as into his USB DAC/Amp combo. Both times the noise went virtually away on the LSR05s.

Because of this, i'm guessing i need a DAC or audio interface. Could you all be so kind as to direct me on a few points:

  1. Will i actually need a DAC or interface?
  2. I was looking at the Modi 2 Uber as well as a Scarlette, maybe like the 2i4? Would one of these be better than another? I kinda gathered that maybe the Scarlett wasn't actually a DAC, but an interface, although either might eliminate noise? I also have a Sennheiser HD598 and a MIDI keyboard (though i can plug that straight in USB) if that makes a difference on which one would be more ideal. Just trying to figure out which would be best for my needs, seeing as the LSR305s are already amplified.
  3. If i do get a DAC/Interface, which cable would be best for the LSR305s?

    Thank you so much to anyone who can point me in the right direction.
u/el_tacocat · 1 pointr/audiophile

In that budget, go second hand. If you don't want that;
Don't bother buying a budget pro-ject or Rega. They're not really value for money. Really good record players only start close to 1000 euros.
You can just as well buy a cheap Denon, Pioneer or even the ATLP60 in this price range. If you want something more fancy looking, consider the U-turn Orbit (if you're in the US or Canada).

That amp seems decent, not much wrong with that. Generally speaking though, if you want to go super cheap, Onkyo is your friend.
Pioneer also has some really cool speakers with the SP-BS22
They are definitely worth the money.

If you only want to hook up one record player to your speakers you could also consider a littl Topping T-amp and a phono preamp they are really nice for the money. Or get a pair of active speakers and a phono preamp. Though not brilliant, the Analogis Easy Phono makes a nice preamp for the money.

u/z0d14c · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hi all. I bought these things and I think I realized I want to go a bit bigger/I kinda bought the wrong things:

Micca PB42x Speakers

Nobsound NS-15G Amp (im dumb and got powered speakers on accident, another reason to return them)

I think instead I'd like to do a set up with KEF Q150s, but am unsure what else I need. Apparently they sound better with bass (I'm in an apartment but it's a highrise with good thick walls so I think I'll be ok?) and I was thinking about going with this. I was hoping that amp up there would be good enough, but I want to be able to switch between computer/turntable/tv/maybe stream audio from a phone so I think I need a receiver.

So I guess I'm mainly looking for suggestions on accessories for receiver/amp/wires. I already have some rca to rca cables and rca to 3.5mm cables, but I assume I will also need a subwoofer cable (?) and some speaker wire + banana plugs (??!!) so I would really appreciate some help here. Help is much appreciated, cheers :)

u/x152 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

They are just ok but adequate for most people...

You'll find that buying what i have listed below would sound much better but obviously wouldn't have the same form factor...

Fronts (2x):

Rears (Sold as pair):



Total around $600. If you wanted, you could invest a bit more into the front L/R channel speakers (or the subwoofer)

If you are looking for minimal trouble and just want a home theatre as easy as possible, you obviously would be giving up sound quality for something easier to work with. so the bose would work. Just go off your instinct :D Like the other mentions if you are happy with how the bose system sounds, then it would be a great deal.

u/Semisonic · 1 pointr/audiophile

I didn't get much input in /r/hometheater, so I am going to cross-post this here:

> I want to upgrade my home theater setup. I'd like to pick up some higher-end towers, and have been on the wait-list for the Chane A5RX-C's for 6+ months now.
> I'm curious if that is still a good upgrade path, or if I should be looking at other options? And if so, what?
> Current setup:
> L/R - BIC America FH6
Center - BIC FH6 LCR
> Rears - BIC PL-66
Sub - (1) BIC F12
> * Receiver - Denon E400 - 7.1
> Planned upgrade path:
> 1. Replace left and right speakers with tower variants and a matching center.
> 2. Figure out NAS vs HTPC and the universal remote situation.
> 3. Upgrade receiver to 7.2 and pull in another sub.
> Speaker upgrade options:
> 1. Upmarket BIC Americas -
> BIC PL-980 and PL-28II
> 2. Chane's top end tower and matching center -
> Chane A5RX-C and A2RX-C
> 3. Wildcard. Suggestions welcome! Accessories4less is local to me, so something like KEF Q700 or Q900 open boxes are on the table.
> Room is 18x26. Use is 60% music, 40% TV/gaming.
> I've been happy with the efficiency and clarity of the BICs. Definitely enjoyed the volume. I'm just looking to upgrade and in a better place financially than I was two years ago. Curious what I could get for a few dollars more.

u/Kromey · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys, I have a few questions about purchasing some high end cans. I'm using two solutions for amplification so I'll kind of start there.

I'm currently using a Harman/Kardon AVR 320 to power my HD 650's and this is my preferred output. I don't know if using a receiver is frowned upon but it was my dad's old one and he let me have it for free. The other option I have is the FiiO E10k DAC/Amp but I feel like it has a bit of a different sound. It's mostly for the office given it's small size.

The reason that I bring up the device powering it is that I'm looking at the HD 800 S since its the best that they have to offer and the cost isn't a concern necessarily. First of all, how much of a difference is there between the regular HD 800 and the 800 S? is it worth the substantial price difference if the cost isn't a concern? Some reviews say that given how much you'd spend on the 800 you might as well get the 800 S. I've also read some negativity about the HD 700 so I feel skeptical about them but is it just people poking fun at the frequency response? And what should I use to power it? Sennheiser makes their own amp for them, what's the general option on them?

Thanks in advance guys :)

u/Skitch_n_Sketch · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey I got the same TV, 55" though. Surround channels can also be 90 degrees from you like this.

Do you have any 4k content? Older / cheaper receivers might not support it. I don't personally have much experience with any other receiver than my own (Marantz NR1504), but I'd suggest something from A4S around $300. Marantz, Denon, and Yamaha are generally solid choices. If you're unsure about anyone feel free to ask.

With about ~$400 left for speakers, you can go about this a couple of ways. First is a 2.0 with the best LR speakers you can get. This is the best option if you're willing to spend more money in the future to buy the center / sub. SVS Prime / Elac UniFi UB5 are both $500 retail, but you can likely find them for cheaper used on amazon, or direct from SVS Outlet. Both speakers have matching centers that can be bought afterwards.

If you'd like a more complete system, I'll recommend a 3.0 and a 2.1 system soley because I don't think it's worth trying to squeeze a full 3.1 in at the moment. Do you plan on mostly watching movies or listening to music? Center vs Sub is going to be dependent on your use case.

For a 3.0, I'd recommend the Elac Debut Line. For main speakers, Elac B5 or B6. B6 costs more but is going to have more bass, which makes up for not having a sub. This is the matching center.

For a 2.1 system, I'd still recommend going with either the B5 or B6, but instead of the center grab this sub.

You'll still need to buy speaker wire, but that's dirt cheap.

u/murfman713 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

So I bought myself a teac tn-300 during a sale recently and I've been truly loving it along with the vinyl I have been collecting since. However it naturally makes me want to keep improving my system and I'm looking for a good starting point.

I have been using A bose dock by directly plugging into the rear input of the device. Works fine for the time being but it would definitely be nice to start thinking of getting some actual speakers and an amp.

Could anyone recommend a good starting point to look? How much money am I really looking at spending? I'd love to hear the recommendations for my situation.

Specs: The speakers would be mainly used to sound a 20x15 room.

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u/Pvt-Area · 1 pointr/audiophile

I just ordered a pair of these tonight, but I'm lost on what amp to get. I am completely new to any sort of advanced audio like this and have only owned gaming headsets and meh-tier earbuds all my life. With that in mind, I don't think I have the most discerning of ears yet and it would probably be a waste to spend 200 on a Schiit stack or 02+ODAC combo, especially considering that's over double the price of my headphones! I would prefer to keep amp/DAC totals to be in the $100 ballpark.


My first question - is a DAC even necessary for these? I'm still not entirely sure what it does, since all of the explanations I've seen have been in audiophile jargon that is gibberish to me. Can I get away with running only an amp or a amp/DAC combo?


A cheap option I've seen while shopping around is a amp/DAC combo as mentioned previously. I've heard SUPER mixed reviews of pairing these 250-Ohm headphones with a Fiio e10k, some saying it works great, but others saying the complete opposite. I've also heard good and bad things about SMSL products like the SMSL SD793-II, one mention highly recommending the iBasso D-Zero Mk2, and another few people recommending the CMOY.


What are my best options here? I would appreciate any help I can get. Sorry for the long post and thank you!

u/XiCynx · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm going to be receiving my pair of Philharmonic AA+'s monitors and realized I didn't have any stands to put them on. So I went scouring online and found a couple that peaked my interest, but wanted to come here for some possible last minute advise. Now I'm not sure if your expertise is limited to headphones, and IEM's directly or if it expended to Monitors and home theater setups as well. I'm currently using a Sprout100 as my integrated amp which are powering my Meze 99 Classic's which I have some to really like. I can wear them for hours and they just do not get fatiguing both to my ear or my head. In the back I have a BIC America F12 12-Inch 475-Watt Front Firing Powered Subwoofer, and will also have these Affordable Accuracy Plus Monitors.

Now that you know what I am working with. I am looking for some stands to hold those monitors. But IDEALLY I'd like to have stands that I can adjust for both close and far range listening. Raising the stands up while I'm sitting closer at my computer, and then lowering them to be ear level while sitting farther back on my couch. I love the sturdiness of the following stands, but they are not adjustable: Atlantic 77335799 Speaker Stands & Sanus NF36B 36" Natural Foundations Speaker Stand. One the opposite side of the spectrum, I'm not too fond of the construction of these stands but the adjust-ability of them seems very very nice: VideoSecu 2 Heavy duty PA DJ Club Adjustable Height Satellite Speaker Stand

Do you know if there is something out there that has the best of both worlds?

u/motodoto · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I'm the thrifty kinda guy.

Refurbished Denon receiver, 2 Micca bookshelves, a Micca center channel, and a Bic America subwoofer. About 700 bucks total. Sounds good enough for me. I know much better is out there but it's hard to justify the costs.

My Sennheiser HD598SE's are great ($150), and I have a FiiO E10K ($75) that they plug into at work, and at home I just plug them in directly since the onboard soundcard isn't too bad surprisingly on my motherboard. I have a Sony SRS-X5 bluetooth speaker plugged into the back of it as well. I have those cheap-ass sony ANC headphones (20 bucks at the time I bought them) and they get the job done at a cheap price for planes and for the AC unit blasting in my office (I know... killing me, 80db of white noise all day long).

I have a friend from work that spent 50,000 bucks on his setup. It sounds great, and it's worth it, but I couldn't spend that much on it.

I'm more of a headphone kinda guy. My next upgrade would probably be going all out on headphones. A pair of Sennheiser HD800's probably. That's in the far future, I got stuff I want to do around the house first.

These are my workout earbuds

They are a great value.

u/DieselWang · 3 pointsr/audiophile

Amazon Basics ( and Monoprice ( make good, cheap speaker wire.

Good choice on the speaker. Those Chanes are amazing values: The tower version also won a shootout among $1000 speakers with some formidable opposition.

The next step down for subwoofers is the NXG BAS 500 (IMO the best subwoofer under $300): review here:

However, they sell like hot cakes and they're out of stock everywhere (Radioshack and Amazon are out of them). No idea when they'll come back into stock.

A good option for less than $200 is the BIC F12 and will save you some money:

u/ZGriswold · 1 pointr/audiophile

I am looking at powered speakers. I will be using these mainly for listening to music in my office. Source will be my PC, and hopefully, eventually a vinyl setup. I have max $150 to spend. I am looking at a powered setup for simplicity. I could probably be swayed into an amp/non powered combo, but I think it's a stretch at $150. I need something good for all genres of music, good bass, I understand a 2.0 bookshelf setup won't be like have a separate subwoofer. I have been going back and forth among about 10 pair of speakers and I just can't make a decision.

Here's the list:

Thonet and Vander Kurbis BT Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers, Hi-Fi Wooden Bluetooth Stereo Speakers with Enhanced Bass, 300 Watt Peak Power, Integrated Amplifier and RCA Input, 1 Pair, Black

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS

PreSonus Eris E4.5 2-Way Powered Studio Monitors (Pair)

Mackie CR4 (Pair) Creative Reference Multimedia Monitor - Set of 2

Edifier R1010BT - 4" Bluetooth Wireless Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker (Pair) 24 Watts RMS - Black

Plugable 4" Subwoofer Bluetooth 2-Channel Powered Bookshelf Studio Monitor Speakers - Optical & RCA Aux Inputs, 55W Output Power

Presonus Ceres C3.5BT 2-Way Powered Speakers with Bluetooth

Pair Rockville APM5B 5.25" 2-Way 250W Powered USB Studio Monitor Speakers+Pads

Please help me stop going in circles. I know some of these are more than $150...just hoping to catch a sale.

u/il_popier · 1 pointr/audiophile
  • Looking to purchase: a pair of bookshelf speakers
  • Budget: $200 total
  • Location: USA
  • Context: My dad gave me his old AIWA A30 amplifier and I'm looking to start a new set up from scratch. Eventually, I'll connect a turntable to it, but at the moment I'll probably just stream music through an audio chromecast.
  • Also, aside from wires - anything else you all could recommend with any leftover from the $200?

    I know you (collective r/audiophile hivemind) suggests the Micca PB42X speakers

    But I've also come across the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR that have had pretty good reviews.

    Then there are always the super budget Dayton 652's

    Any thoughts or comments are always appreciated, thanks!
u/rhinoscopy_killer · 1 pointr/audiophile

Here's a fairly easy-to-read guide on speaker placement for home theater.

And here's an exhaustive resource on acoustic treatment from Ethan Winer. He is (I believe) one of the more serious experts in the audio community.

I love the look of the room and setup, but I agree with other people on swapping the lava lamp (as cool as it is), and the TV to help center the display between your speakers. Something about the low vaulted ceiling and basic but neat appearance of your system is pretty bitchin'. Nice stuff.

Also, about your cables... I say sell them for whatever somebody will pay and do yourself a favor.

Happy listening!

u/spin_the_baby · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello everyone! I have been trying to upgrade my home theater over the past few months. I started with a pair of BIC F-12 subwoofers, and now I'm looking to upgrade my front speakers. This system is used for movies, games and music, but music is really what I care about when it comes to the performance of the speakers.

I was looking to get a pair of floor standing speakers, but I'm open to suggestions on that front. I would prefer if the speakers had a matching center speaker available in case I want to switch from a phantom center. I would prefer to only spend around $1,000 - $1,200 for the pair, but I could probably go up to $2,000 or more for the pair if it was worth it.

I mostly listen to hip-hop and electronic music, but I play a good mix of most everything. I have seen a lot of people recommend Bowers & Wilkins, Paradigm, and BIC Acoustech in this price range, but I'm not sure what you guys think of them. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks!

u/Bach77 · 1 pointr/audiophile
  • Thanks Tom, that is helpful.
  • I am based in Spain, but I'll probably buy online from or (because local stores carry little stock and have no listening room or anything like that while background noise is generally too loud). If I buy online, I can try them out at home (and return them if I am not satisfied). I can even order multiple sets and only keep the winner). The problem is, of course, that I do not even know what candidate system(s) I should order...
  • When you say 'with an integrated amplifier', do you mean so-called 'active speakers', with an amplifier in every speaker? So, no separate amplifier needed? Does that also imply that they are wireless? How would I connect the iPod (old clickwheel type, without wifi or Bluetooth) to such speakers? Should I get a more modern iPod/iPhone?
  • It should not be bass-heavy of course, but I would appreciate sufficient bass (for contrabasses and so on to really kick in when they do). So floorstanding or bookshelf+woofer seems to be the route to go.
  • Could you recommend any types/brands/models? (I would rather opt for 'proven success' than 'latest'.)
  • How about the JBL LSR 305 that is 'recommended' in the purchase thread (without amplifier, suggesting they are active?)? On Amazon, I get two hits, both saying it concerns a studio monitor, but one is just the speaker cab, and the other seems to be some kind of bundle with an EON? See the links:
  • Not saying this should be it, but if this is good, really good, it seems a bargain.
  • Kind regards,
  • Ruud
u/_jackeane · 1 pointr/audiophile

So I don't really know too much about setting up a system. Right now, I'm mainly planning on using it for music and some gaming/tv from my pc. Have a small room and not a big budget (college student), so following the recommended speakers above I'm planning on getting the Micca MB42X speakers (

Following this 2.1 setup (, it looks like I'm gonna get this DAC (

The recommended amp from above, the SMSL SA 60W, is unavailable from most places. Out of these two options which one is the best for their value?

Pyle (

Dayton (

Feel free to recommend me any other amp you think would work for ~$75 or less, it just has to have a 3.5mm input as well as an RCA input. Thanks for the help in advance friends, means a lot.

u/Konstantine_13 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Soundbars are typically meant to be used with a TV. Normally you would connect everything to the TV via HDMI or whatever and then just run the audio output (usually optical) into the soundbar.

Because you are using a monitor which does not have the receiver capabilities like a TV does, you are going to have to get creative. It sound like that soundbar only has digital inputs. So you need to always use digital outputs. There's no such thing as a 3.5mm to HDMI cable. 3.5mm is an analog output and HDMI is digital. There's need to be a conversion that happens but usually it happens the other way. Digital > Analog.

I would recommend staying away from soundbars. Unless you are willing to drop about $1000 on one, it's going to sound like above average TV speakers. And like i mentioned about, they are designed to be used with an actual TV.

Get yourself a pair of powered speakers. Even computer speakers would probably work better for you. Anything with multiple inputs. Something like the Audioengine A2+ would work great. Just plug your computer into the USB and get a small DAC like the Fiio D03K to convert the optical on the PS4 to analog so you can connect it directly to the other input.

u/Dr_Gardner · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Hey Audiophiles!

Im brand new to the this world and I'm looking for my first setup. I have a broke and starving college budget, so it will need to be the best bang for my buck.

What I'm planning on purchasing as far as speakers go will be the Micca's. Buddy of mine has them and I am quite impressed.

Im also looking into getting a Lepai amp to push them. However, I am willing to change my mind.

As far as a DAC goes I am clueless. I've looked into a Schiit, but those are a tad pricey. Any and all recommendations welcome.

The actual setup I will be using revolves around my dorm room. Desktop placement pulling my music from my Mac. However, eventually, I would love to move them to my TV and be able to use them as all around media speakers (For movies, games, music streamed from airport). I realize that these speakers probably aren't designed with that plan in mind, but I gotta do with what I have.

Any help would be great! Thanks everyone.

u/vkgfx · 1 pointr/audiophile

Some people on here will tell you the HD598 improves with better gear. I don't think it does, but whatever makes you enjoy it more I guess.

A few people aren't paying any attention to what you actually linked to. The SA-160 has a headphone out. It's not super powerful (130mW into 32ohm vs. 1.5W into 32ohm from a Magni 2Uber) but the HD598s don't really need a whole lot of power.

So basically you need RCA audio cables to connect the amp to your source. If your computer doesn't have RCA line out then you'll want an external DAC for that. Examples include the ever popular Behringer UCA202 for a cheap $30 "Amazon prime to my door ASAP" solution, or $100-150 for a Schiit Modi 2 for a "really fucking good measurements for consumer gear" solution.

Once you hook the amp to your source, just plug your headphones into the headphone jack on the amp.

IMPORTANT: The advice you got that was "just use a 3.5mm to RCA splitter and plug that into your headphone output on your PC" was bad. You're double amplifying the signal, once in the computer and once in the SMSL amp.

If you need more advice, just post to /r/headphones .

Honestly, at some point you should get some unpowered speakers to hook up to this thing. That's where the bang for your buck will happen with this amp, as a specialized headphone amp would be better for just headphones. It's kind of a sunken cost fallacy, but it is what it is. This subreddit tends to recommend Micca MB42X with a similar model from SMSL to amplify, so just look at it as: you may have bought the wrong type of amp for just headphones, but at least now you're halfway to a functioning setup that will power both headphones and unpowered speakers.

u/tonetonitony · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey! I'd like to purchase a receiver, new or used, for under $200. There are two highly rated models on Amazon:

Yamaha Natural Sound Stereo Receiver R-S201

Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver

So far I just have a set of Pioneer Andrew Jones bookshelf speakers. I'd like to purchase this receiver in order to play FLAC files from my laptop. In the future I'd like to add a turntable to the setup. I'm okay with not having surround sound.

Also, I'd be comfortable buying vintage if you feel that's a better option. Here's my local Craigslist:

Thanks for your help!

u/mrtimeywimey · 1 pointr/audiophile

This is the setup I am saving for. I don't have near the amount to spend on it, but it's a goal of mine to save enough. I want to set up a Turntable>Integrated Amp>Speaker station. Here it is:

U-Turn Orbit Plus ($309.00 USD) Or even a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon.

Mies i100 Integrated Amplifier ($312.18 USD) OR Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier ($499.00 USD)

JBL LSR305 ($290.72 USD)

I'm thinking about spending $1,000-$1,500 which would be ideal for me. I really don't want powered speakers though, so can anyone recommend some passive speakers for around the same price? Any other suggestions would be nice.


u/Armsc · 2 pointsr/audiophile

The AVR is good...nice score as long as it works.

The speakers will need to be upgraded to either the larger Yamaha's or something different. You will need the adapter that other users spoke of. What Yamaha's do you have? My concern with the sony speakers are they are probably just some full range speakers from a SS set. They will not give you the range that you're going to need to get good sound. If you're not doing a full 5.1 and not hooking up the TV then don't even worry about the center.

I would just go for a 2.0 or 2.1 at this point if I were you. You might could use the Sony's with a sub but I think I would just get different speakers. Amazon has pioneer speakers on sale right now. I would invest in those and enjoy.

  • Pioneer BS-22 great all around bookshelf at an amazing price right now. Just $60 a can't go wrong unless you want the towers.

  • Pioneer FS-22 nice towers for $70 each! You wouldn't need a sub unless you wanted one for really low end stuff.

u/JayLeeCH · 0 pointsr/audiophile

Looking for AMP (DAC too? I'm not sure.)

First time trying to get a pair of decent cans. I'm completely ignorant in what I should be looking for based on the specs of the K7xx. Is a DAC completely necessary? I heard an AMP is good for the K7xx but heard nothing about a DAC.

I can spend up to $100 give or take $25, but I already have a DAC/AMP combo in mind that seems good based on the reviews, but I'm not sure if that what I need. So I'm posting here to make sure.

Will the FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier be enough to power the K7xx to it's fullest?

I'll pretty much be using the headphones for gaming, movies and music on both PC and laptop for when I'm studying not at home.

I'm open to other suggestions, but a portable DAC/AMP is preferable. Although, I'm willing to sacrifice portability if it means significantly better sound quality.

Also, if it helps this is my motherboard. Could the built in soundcard be good enough?

u/Zeriepam · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Hi, want to ditch out my crackling 30 bucks PC speakers and want to buy really budget-stuff for music listening and sometimes plugging to TV. My budget is around 150 USD. ( I know i can't get anything outstanding for this, so at least decent. )

JBL 305P MkII are great, everyone says, but.. they are expensive for me + overpriced in my country as hell, ordering them from Amazon is no help, cus VAT.

Micca PB42X can't be shipped to my country, maybe different website is a solution.


I can get Q Acoustics 2020i for 120 USD in my country

or PreSonus Eris E3.5 for 115 USD.


I want consumer speakers for listening to music, enjoyable, not monitors ( if they are not boring, then yes.)

Should i get one of these i mentioned ? Or try to ship Micca PB42X from another website, it's still gonna be pricey, because of the VAT, they are not sold in my country.


I am poor, but i love music.

( Should i save up more and buy the JBL 305P ?, is it worth ? like long-term investment ? )



u/Mungbunger · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I am planning on buying some ELAC B6s but I need an amplifier. I will mostly be listening to music through streaming services like Spotify in my room. I had this SMSL SA50 amplifier recommended to me. I was told it'd be fine for my purposes and if so I'll buy it but if you've got other recommendations, I'd love to hear them. I'm willing to buy used. I live in the Salt Lake City, UT area. I'd like to not spend much more than $100 for one though. I'm planning on using Chromecast Audio to make it a wireless setup. I'd love to hear any thoughts and suggestions or advice.

u/applevinegar · 1 pointr/audiophile

Yamaha R-S300 or, if you're ok buying refurbished, the R-S500 is just $50 more


Emotiva T1s. I know these are $700 but they are worth it. If you must absolutely spend less, Elac F5s are around $550 but even if you prefer ELACs, I would recommend the larger F6s. I strongly recommend against polk or klipsch.

If you can't stretch the budget for more expensive speakers, get the less expensive but still great Onkyo 8020 receiver. Money spent on speakers is money well spent. Always skew your budget for speakers at the cost of a slightly less powerful amp, you don't have to turn your home in a club and 50W are more than enough for 90% of rooms.

u/Colonel_of_Wisdom · 2 pointsr/audiophile

The system gets plenty loud to feel the walls vibrate and fill up the house if I so desire, but I rarely push it. It's great for movies. Edit: forgot to mention that everything comes from my Laptop -> receiver via HDMI.

Fronts: $40

Center: $30

Sub: $80

Rears: $50


Total: $240.

My main fronts are Bose Model 31's from the mid 90's. They are front ported with 8" drivers and 3" tweeters. They were absolutely falling apart when my uncle gave em to me so I replaced the woofers with some newer rubber surround ones. They sound surprisingly good for what they are, but the crossover doesn't match the woofer exactly. I've had these things for a long time. $40 for replacement speakers.

The center is this Sony model I picked up from a cousin of mine for $30 when he upgraded. It matches the fronts better than I thought it would, much better than my old center.

I picked up a Cheap Polk Sub last year and it's the only purchase I regret, looking for a replacement. $80.

My rears are Micca MB42's I picked up from Amazon, pretty solid little bookshelf speakers. I spent about $50 on them.

The Receiver is a Denon Avr-791 I got from the same cousin for $40. He was going to just give it to me but he needed the money. One of the HDMI inputs went bad on him and he replaced it with a newer model, this one was collecting dust and now it works perfect for me (minus one input).

I do most of my serious music listening with my Philips shp9500 or Logitech UE6000 headphones.

u/mooselover801 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey everyone!

I'm hoping to find some help in picking out some new studio monitors for my home studio that will also double as a stereo system. So I'm basically looking for a wide and flat frequency response as well as a pretty large sweet spot.

I'm trying to stay near the $300/pair price range,if possible, and I've narrowed it down to these possibilities:

M-Audio BX5 Carbon,
Behringer Truth B1030a,

I haven't personally heard any of these, so I'm curious to see if anyone has an opinion on what would be best for my use case. Thanks!

u/explosivo563 · -2 pointsr/audiophile

Correct me if I'm wrong but your phone is outperforming your computer, not the speakers. The soundcard on your phone is probably better than on the computer. When I connect my speakers directly to my computer, it doesn't sound as good as when I use my phone.

An easy upgrade is the Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface. Much better (at least for me) than going directly from my laptop. There is a bit of a volume boost as well and it provides an extra RCA input if you need it. Great $30 upgrade to use with your computer.

u/hanbearpig · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I just got a set of Kef LS50s for a desktop setup. I got a good deal so I picked them up without thinking how I'll be powering them. Then without much thinking I thought the PS Audio Sprout looked good so I ordered it off Amazon, as I'm looking for a clean/simple setup. It turns out it's a bit of a no-no and isn't a great product the more I look into it.
So what's the recommendation around the $500 mark for a desktop unit that I can use to power the speakers to play music off my laptop while I'm working? I'm willing to buy used.
Any help or advice is appreciated.

EDIT: I also have a Schiit Magni/Modi 2 Uber. Could I just use the preamp and hook it up to something like this SMSL SA50 or does the LS50 deserve a better setup?

u/heytherecutiemcbooty · 4 pointsr/audiophile

I'm a noobie. The only speaker system I've had before is a [Logitech z623 Computer speakers] ( which was satisfactory until the subwoofer started rattling at high volumes and one of the speakers stopped working. I want to get a full set-up so I've been learning everything I can. I want a good set up for house parties, generally playing rap and electronic music. My budget is $250-500.
Willing to buy used, just always paranoid I'll buy something in bad shape.

These are the parts that I am currently contemplating buying:

Speakers -- I can't decide between tower or bookshelf. I have read that bookshelf speakers can be a better bang for your buck, so I would love some suggestions. Speakers are suppose to be the most important part of the set up so I've tried to pick out decent options, but very willing to go cheap if there are any good deals.

Bookshelf option:

u/Killobyte · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking for speakers at or around $250 to hook up to my Technics SU-Z980. I know you've got the JBLs in the header, but those are powered so I'm wondering if I can get more bang for my buck with passive speakers since I have an amp. I'll be using the speakers for listening to vinyl on my Technics SL235 (I don't have a particular tie to Technics, that's just what I've ended up with). I've been looking at the ELAC B6s but they're a little steep at $280. The B5s are in the same line at a lower price, but I feel like it's a waste to get those and not stretch for the B6 since they're supposed to have noticeably better quality. My only concern is that my amp recommends 8 ohm speakers and those are 6 ohm, and I've heard they can take a bit of power to drive, so I don't know how loud or long I'll be able to play them without overheating my amp. As an added bonus I happen to have a $75 Best Buy gift card - I don't know if they sell anything decent, but if they do I can use that to up my budget a bit. Thanks!

Edit: Who the hell downvotes a question in a question thread?

u/Skinny_Santa · 1 pointr/audiophile

Is this worth buying? I've been casually browsing amps for awhile now to go with some bookshelf speakers I inherited. Main question is, would this work if I ever upgraded to a bigger system? Would this run a turntable? Is Best Buy over charging for the features it has?

  1. What is your budget? $100-200
  2. What are you looking for? An Amplifier that I could run wired and wireless music through. Willing to buy a separate adapter if it means the amp is better overall.
  3. How will you typically be using the gear? Room sound for a decent sized but not massive living room. Also would be good if I could hear it in the kitchen which is around the corner.
  4. What gear do you own? Pioneer SP-BS22 bookshelf speakers
  5. What do you intend on using for a source? Wireless receiver of some type, also a record player possibly.
  6. What material will you be using your gear for? Music only
  7. Are you willing to buy used? Yes

    Thanks for any help.
u/jiffy_park · 1 pointr/audiophile

which of these three speakers would you recommend? I plan on getting a turntable and receiver to hook them up to, and they'd for now be used just in my bedroom and eventually possibly in a smaller apartment living room or such. this will be my first setup, so I want to make sure I get something that will give me good sound and last for awhile before I can upgrade down the road. the options that I've found to seem like the best are:

pioneer bs-22.

pioneer bs-41.

klipsch kb-15.

if you think there is a better option besides these three let me know, and id there is a better place to ask this question please direct me there!

u/youreoutofthemovie · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey /r/audiophile! Three questions for you today.

I have seen the Behringer UCA202 recommended on here a few times for a DAC, but I am considering the UFO202 instead because I want to also be able to record vinyl to my computer. Is this the right choice? Will I still be able to use the UFO202 as a DAC for playback?

Also, if I plug a 3.5mm to RCA cable from the headphone jack of my computer to the AUX input of a receiver (Yamaha CR-450), will I get any additional benefit from adding a DAC, or does the receiver serve as a DAC?

3rd question: If I were to use that same 3.5mm to RCA cable to go from the headphone jack of the UCA/UFO202 to the receiver, would that be just as good as getting an RCA-RCA cable, or would that throw away some or all of the benefit of the DAC in the first place?


u/TheEchoFilter · 1 pointr/audiophile

Getting ready to purchase the JBL LSR305's as recommended. I like to have higher quality systems at work, but I wanted some decent sound for the house computer.

Aside from these Breakout Cables, is there anything else I need / can do to improve the sound (that's worth the effort?) I just plug this straight into my Mobo's audio jack right? Would a dedicated soundcard make a significant difference? Would a USB to DAC to Breakout cables be worth it? If so any recommended DACs for these speaks? I'm mostly only familiar with headphone setups

Fyi I already have a lot of high quality source music so I'm mainly just talking about the hardware

u/VOldis · 1 pointr/audiophile

Should use google man.

Sound Dynamics was a decent Canadian company in the 80s.

Klipsch synergy is their lowest line, I wouldn't bother.

The KG 1.5s are good for the money.

The JBL setup only has one speaker. I dunno how good they are. JBL's newest line of LSRs is super well regarded. The wave guide on the tweeter is the same as their super flat $10,000 m2s.
You wouldn't need an amp either.

The Bowers and Wilkins are great for the money. I would get these. At that price they would be gone in less than an hour in boston.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I think you could do better for a grand.

For a receiver I would recommend the Denon 1612, which can be had for around the same price as the Onkyo you are looking at, but comes with Audyssey MutlEq, which can make a big difference in an untreated room.

For a sub I can't recommend anything under $200. If you can't at least spend that I would recommend going without and just making sure to get mains with decent extension. At $200 the Bic F12 is probably the best option.

For speakers I am going to highly recommend that you go with bookshelf speakers. You've got the sub to cover the low end and you will be able to get higher quality sound by going with a bookshelf. Consider the Monitor BX2, B&W 686, Usher S-520, PSB Image B5, or Quad 11L Classic. For the bookshelves figure about $50 for some stands as well.

u/TheMuffinsPie · 3 pointsr/audiophile

If your current audio DAC is fine, there may not be a reason to buy a seperate DAC, but that purchase will completely depend on your current setup.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Amazon says the impedance of your headphones is 50 Ohms. This is an impedance spec that definitely will work fine without an AMP. However, should you decide to purchase an AMP (like the budget-oriented ones I'll post here), such as the 02 from Mayflower, the FiiO E10k or one of the Schiit AMPs like the Magni, you would find that the audio quality of your headphones would increase, since their full potential will be unlocked.

The Schiit combo is very high quality for the money, and I believe you'd be pretty happy with it.

u/Linuturk · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking for a simple active speaker that accepts aux input and has a powered USB port. Bonus points for the PlayStation style power cord.

I plan on pairing each speaker with a Chromecast for a full house audio system.

I'm hoping I can get better quality speakers than the typical portable Bluetooth types. I don't want to pay for batteries and waterproofing if I don't need them. I also am trying to avoid the Sonos and Bose types. They seem expensive and come with their own wireless connectivity and smarts that the Chromecast will provide.

Here are some suggestions and/or speaker sets I've found in my searches. Let me know which one you would prefer:

u/trying2grow · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Shit I was going to come here and say something assholeish about his post but man you kind of delivered. That's a great buy. I'd personally go separates but if he can score a free avr more power to him. He would proabbyl be better off getting a different sub though. BIC makes a nice one right around $200 on amazon right now.

u/whistleface · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Depends on if you want AVR capabilities as well. There are a ton of stereo receivers out there that will do just fine. Sony, Yamaha, Denon, etc. all make economy models that should last forever and have decent power. Maybe not feature packed or super sexy, but will do the job for years and years.

This guy has bluetooth which is HUGE for a lazy listener like me.

If you want something you can use as a surround receiver, just make sure you get one with 5.1 capabilities - they can play both stereo/two channel as well as surround sound.

u/Draazith · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hi guys,

I just moved to a new studio flat and I'd like to update my current very basic setup: a Yamaha NX-U02 plugged into my laptop (Alienware R15 R3).

  • I'm looking for compact 2.0 speakers that will be sitting on my desk and used for music, gaming and movies; either from my desk or the couch which is 2 meters away. I might want to use headphones once in a while. The room is about 15 square meters so I don't need much power (I rarely use the Yamaha at full volume).

  • The budget I have in mind is roughly 200 EUR (pretty much the same in USD I suppose), but the lower the better.

  • I don't mind second hand but considering I don't know much about audio gear and I'm in France I'm planning to buy new.

    My first Idea was to get Audioengine A2+ but they're a bit pricey.

    What I have in mind now is a FiiO E10k with Roth Audio OLIRA1 speakers. I like the idea of having a separate DAC/Amp and the upgradability is a nice bonus, but I'm not sure it's actually ideal for my needs.

    I'm also looking at the cheaper EDIFIER Studio R1280T.

    Any thoughts?
u/basics · 5 pointsr/audiophile

The same company makes an 8" or 10" powered sub that is usually recommended with these speakers. The sub itself is around $80-$90 iirc, so it would be difficult to get something under $100 total.

Also note that these speakers require an amplifier.... which will drive your total cost up a bit.
If you need an amp, you could look at

You could always add in a cheap USB DAC (digital to analog converter) such as
To bypass your sound card (your sound card has a DAC built in, but its probably shit).

As far as needing the sub, it really depends on what kind of sound you want. I would recommend getting the 2.0 (just speakers) first, and adding a sub (bringing you to a 2.1 system) if you feel like the bass is lacking.

I have those two speakers, without a sub, and I am very pleased with them.

These speakers are frequently recommended for people looking for the best sound at a low budget.

u/yannimou · 1 pointr/audiophile


I am looking for a subwoofer (and eventually speakers) for a 2.1 system. I’m looking to spend under $1000 for everything.

Right now I’m using some KEFs from the late 70s and a Polk 10 inch subwoofer. The KEFs still sound OK, but are old. The sub is not good.

I’m driving the speakers with my vintage Sansui G-6000 rated at 65wpc RMS.

I only use my system for music. I listen to a lot of hip-hop, rock, metal, jazz, and electronic music. I only like to add extra bass when I’m listening to newer trap style hip-hop, otherwise I like a “normal” frequency response.

For sub’s I’m considering:

JBL Sealed 10 inch

Dayton 10 inch


I am also very much open to hearing other subwoofer options…

For speakers I’m considering:

Polk Audio RTI A7s

Klipsch R-28Fs

I am also very much open to hearing other speaker options…

I am pretty new to all of this, so please try to be understanding. I appreciate any advice.


u/www-ListenUp-com · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You'll probably want to look into speakers then an amp in that order. Speakers tend to be the most subjective and personal piece of the setup, so get those squared away, then figure out what to drive them with.

For speakers, check out:

u/riley212 · 1 pointr/audiophile

you dont need something specifically for a PC to work the way you want. actually "PC" speakers are usually gonna be pretty bad to mediocre

the rest really depends on your budget, things generally get better as you spend more money.

those JBL LSR305 are small active monitors/speakers. they are advertised as "studio monitors" but really a studio monitor is just a really well engineered speaker and can be used in any sound application. you could put them on your desk and run directly from your soundcard to them with no other equipment needed for stereo listening.

buying a separate amp lets you upgrade speakers later or upgrade amps later if you really like your speakers.

getting a AV receiver would let you run the toslink out to get 5.1.

the 3.5mm jack will be stereo only and could run out to a small amp like this paired with speakers like these would make an equally good setup and still be small enough to sit on a desk

u/alish2001 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking to buy a nice pair of speakers, preferably audio monitors and I'm looking for a nice sound throughout.
These are some I found and I was wondering on people's opinion:
Been eyeing this for a while
A better version of the same(?)
Doesn't look too bad?
I think my friend had these

Sorry for the weird titles lol but I really want to buy some nice monitors for my somewhat low budget XD

u/Watermellon53 · 1 pointr/audiophile

My dad just gave me his old Technics SL-7 turntable and I'm super excited to start using it. What else do I need to use with a pair of Micca PB42X Bookshelf Speakers that I already own? Both a phono preamp and an amp? I'm in college, so whatever's most frugal while still doing justice to the turntable would be great. Thanks!

u/Sebasguerrero · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'v heard those monoprice active speakers are the best value at that price point.

For a DAC, I have the schiit audio modi. I think it is amazing, and is built buy a very serious company. However, at $100, it might be a bit too expensive considering the price of your other components.

If that is the case, then something like


might be reasonably as good as the modi at a much more reasonable price.

u/Rebelpride1 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Can't say I know much about audio equipment, honestly.

My roommate has a pioneer VSX-830 that is really cool. Wifi capabilities with Pandora and Spotify, HDMI connections, and Bluetooth. It's super nice and he got it on sale for about $180? I'd have to ask. I know pioneer is a trusted budget brand here.

For speakers I have these, which I really like (recommended from this sub), along with some older Bose bookshelf speakers my dad bought in college.

u/rcashel · 1 pointr/audiophile

I've got a SMSL SA50 I've been happily using with a pair of Micca MB42x bookshelf speakers as a 2.0 setup for my desktop for a little over a year now. I find myself using the speakers to listen to music about 60-70% of the time on my desktop, the other 30-40% being gaming/Youtube/whatever.

I've bought a Chromecast Audio that I'd like to use with the speakers so I don't have to be in front of the computer to control the music. The SMSL amp only has one input though. What is the best/cheapest way of adding Chromecast Audio support while still being able to use the speakers with my desktop and not having to manually swap inputs via cable swapping? Buying a new amp? Buying an additional piece of equipment? In a perfect world I'd have something about the size of my SMSL with a remote (so I can switch inputs from bed :D) that I can use for both desktop and Chromecast Audio purposes. I'd like to keep it to just one unit, but if I need an additional unit, I'd like it to be the same size as the SMSL as I've got limited desk space.

Regardless of whether I need to purchase another amp or an additional piece of equipment, I'd like to keep the cost under $100.


u/AsbestosOwl · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I just recently ordered the Fluance SX6 speakers. I haven't heard them yet but they seem to be a great set of budget speakers. They are passive but you can get an amplifier that will drive them for very cheap. The speakers cost $130.00 USD.

These are supposed to be quite good as well!

u/Flaxto · 1 pointr/audiophile

Yes. I won't compare it between my laptop speakers and IEM headphones. It's just very big difference between those.

It seems that I don't hear any hiss around when I plug my IEM but noticeably lower sound quality. Hence I'll like to buy a DAC to upgrade it. An example of DAC that I'm talking about is this and this.

I don't mind w/ the sound quality that my laptop speakers provide. Since I'm watching movies at a dorm which have very thin wall and I'm afraid that my movie annoys other people between my room, I'm thinking of using IEM to enjoy the movie instead.

I appreciate with all of your help. I might use EQ or something like Viper4Android for Windows to settle it around.

About the speakers you recommend, is it an old product ? It seems I can't find it anywhere on my local e-shop websites.

u/Iraydren · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello all,

So I'm currently running this receiver:

With no DAC. A friend of mine said the best upgrade for me would be to buy a better receiver with an integrated DAC, "better quality sound". How true/necessary is this? I was considering upgrading my bookshelves before my receiver.

I normally run music from my desktop or through Bluetooth. I have a great processor, so from what I understand a sound card wouldn't change much. Should I consider buying a separate DAC?

u/burninrock24 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

If you are talking about the Pioneer bookshelves or the Daytons then these will still outperform them. For the money, those speakers are great, but these will still sound better IMO.

The RB51s also don't go on sale often so anything below MSRP is a good deal really. The Reference Series hold their value really well.

u/sodope89 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

So your sennhesier gsx 1200 is currently what is giving you the virtual surround sound. So if you get rid of that amp youll need another amp that offers virtual surround sound, which is pretty limited.


In other words if you just switched amps you may not have the ability to do that. unless you changed your headphones as well.


Arctis pro headset DTS virtual surround 32ohms


Audio Engine headphone amp/dac This unit sounds really good and fits perfectly on a desktop. With a 32ohm load it should go plenty loud for you.


This unit I've never used before but I've always read good reviews and im sure it could power a 32ohm load no problem. Great price point.


The Audio Engine D1 and the Arctis Pro should be a solid pairing.




u/mpelleg459 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I've always used the more old school route of passive speakers and receivers or separate amp/preamps, so I'm not expert on this, but I think a cable with 2 male 1/4" TS or XLR to a 3.5mm TRS would do it. like this though it appears out of stock right now. If the sound card in your computer isn't great, there are lots of recommendations on here about pretty reasonable DACs to get that could help in that regard.

These are active speakers, meaning they are each powered by an amp in the speaker cabinet. Traditionally, most speakers are passive, so you need an external amp to get any sound out of them. A receiver is just an amp with other features added, to put it in the most simple terms possible.

u/omgwtfishsticks · 1 pointr/audiophile

Amp: Start off with a entry-level class D amplifier:

DAC: Get something cheap and clean for your desktop's optical out: FiiO D30k:

Speakers: I recommend Monitor Audio Bronze 2s:

I think you'll be pretty happy with that combo, and that's a great budget setup for less than $500 overall

u/TheGhostOfBobStoops · 1 pointr/audiophile

ISO: Desktop Speakers (2.1 setup)

Budget - $100, flexible

Looks - Don't care that much, but good looks can sway me

Use case - With my computer in a smallish room. Not gonna be blasting music really loud, will game with them. I plan to have these placed on shelves with 11 inches of clearance.

Type - I'm not looking for pure studio monitors or something really flat. I value an airier, wider soundstage over an entirely accurate sound. I do like a sharper lowend to my sound, but I may upgrade with a subwoofer in the future so it's not my focus. Plus for the next few years I will be living with family so I'm not trying to shake my house to pieces.

Features - Expandability (in the future if I add extra speakers to make this a home a


What I'm currently looking at:

  • Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers

  • Infinity Primus 150, someone local is selling them for $85

  • Dayton Audio B652, someone local is selling them for $35

  • Harman Kardon Soundsticks II/III, can find them from $100 - $140


    I am very uninformed about speakers, so please help me out! Thanks a ton
u/Andy_Legend · 1 pointr/audiophile

Ah yes, they are! Thanks for the suggestion. Seems like a lot of people are making great comments how the lsr305 are. Amazon has them at 132.23 a speaker for those interested!

Have you personally compared the two?

u/totallywontstabyou · 1 pointr/audiophile

Okay, it can be difficult to get anything good (by audiophile standards) for that price without building it yourself or buying used. You could get a bangin' two channel setup, but 5.1 setups cost a ton more than a 2 channel setup (because tons of speakers).

However, it may be worth looking into the Pioneer BS22 series, they're cheap, well regarded (the older BS21's impressed me a lot, and the 22's are supposed to be even better), and were designed by Andrew Jones, who normally designs speakers well into the multi tens of thousands of dollars range (per speaker). Check out the TAD Reference One to see one of his more recent speakers.

Here's a link to the series, they have floorstanders, bookshelves, a center, and a sub, though it may be worth looking into the BIC F12 instead of the sub in this series. After getting all of that, you should have enough for an entry level receiver. I'm not sure if Best Buy sells this series, but it's still cheap enough on Amazon to fit your budget.

One quick note, never mix speakers with different tweeters (meaning, never mix speakers from different brands/series).

Have you made that /r/hometheater thread? Link me to it when you do.

u/weazalbee · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello everyone. I just wanted to get a cheap subwoofer (maybe around 100-150, but it's flexible) to round out my sound system (Micca MB42X, EMPtek towers, B&W CC-6 center, Marantz NR1506 receiver) which I use for vinyl/music, games, and movies. I was hoping someone may be able to help point me in the right direction.

I found these two online and were wondering if they were worth my investment: JBL S10 and Polk PSW10

If anyone has any other suggestions I'd be more than happy to consider them, I just need a sub and can't believe I've gone so long without one.

u/Arve · 4 pointsr/audiophile

> Personally, I would like to see more aggressive moderation of the purchase advice thread to weed out users who clearly (i) have no interest in good sound quality, (ii) haven't read the thread's introductory comments or posting advice, and/or (iii) haven't done any preliminary research on Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, review websites, etc.

We can't police (i) for good reason. ToIP (Telepathy over IP) doesn't exist. I can't read the mind or intent of someone posting. Most of the time when people seemingly ask for the wrong thing, it's because of a lack of knowledge that leaves them completely stranded, even with a ton of web sites on their hands.

> Amazon [ … ] review websites

This thing here has an average rating of 4.3 stars, and so does this. A buyer without the required knowledge would think that these are equal in quality, just that the wooden thing costs more (especially after they've had to buy an amplifier as well). Both you and I know that one of these sucks way less than the other.

Yes, ideally, people should do their own research, but reviews and user reviews are a minefield laced with shit, and in that regard, we're probably much better suited to help. So, when someone asks for a $100 bluetooth speaker for home use, or wondering if they should buy the Z313, we can quickly tell them why they should avoid it.

(The best thing we could do here, is probably do a write up of what we will and won't recommend, and link it at the top of the purchase help thread)

u/DIYHIFI · 1 pointr/audiophile

That's pretty low for something new, man. But this $200 Onkyo should fit the bill, assuming you don't have any unique needs.

Other than that you're looking for something used - I'd suggest a used AV receiver. Just note that not all have phono pres. Vintage stereo equipment looks good, but ensuring that you get one that'll work with little maintenance may be more trouble than it's worth.

In the alternative, you could get one that doesn't have a phono pre like the SMSL listed in the OP, and add a $23 outboard one like this Behringer.

Some might say that this outboard box might be worth upgrading, but I think you'd probably be better off putting any future $ towards other system upgrades; of course this depends on what you already have.

u/apolter · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hi all!

My current set up is a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with a Ortofon 2M Red. Preamp is Pro-Ject brand ( and my speakers are Edifier 1280T (

I have been pretty happy with this....BUT, what would be the best way to upgrade my sound? Hypothetically, let's say I have between $500-600USD to spend on some way to upgrade.

Thanks for your suggestions!

u/NihilisticPigeons · 1 pointr/audiophile

So atm, I have these speakers:

with this DAC:

So my audio setup is currently about £160. I've recently come into some money from a relative's will, and I'm not using much money at the moment, so I was looking to see if I could upgrade my system by more than just a tier. My friend who likes to consider himself something of an audiophile (although to what extent that's true I have little clue) recommended that if I'm going to be upgrading something, I should probably wait until I have enough money to upgrade it by more than one tier, which sounds like intuitively sensible advice to me. If my budget is, say, around £2000, what sort of advice could you give me? Apologies if more detail is require, I can always edit more in later as required!


u/benjimonsterous · 1 pointr/audiophile

After further research I was looking at the Edifier R1700BT speakers and they look pretty great, decent price, bluetooth is cool, and the reviews look good. I was also thinking about adding a subwoofer because ya know bass lol. Any thoughts??

u/PlasmaSheep · 2 pointsr/audiophile

How much money are you willing to spend?

If you're only looking for a headphone amp, a solid (and probably one of the cheapest) options is an O2. If you have the tools and know-how, it's easy (and cheaper) to DIY.

If you're also willing to buy a DAC, the UCA-202 is a popular recommendation, and it's pretty cheap. If you're willing to spend a bit more money (or in the future) you can upgrade to the ODAC, which does measure better. I do not think you'd need a DAC that measures better than the ODAC, at least not with your current setup.

u/aclem226 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Two part question. (This setup will be for a computer in a medium sized bedroom.)

  1. I am looking at getting a pair of JBL LSR305s. I was wondering if this sub would pair well with them? And yes I know that's a lot of bass.

  2. Whats the best way to hook these up to my computer with minimal noise? I have this motherboard: and no other sound card. I would like to not have to use anything expensive, ideally just some cables.

    Thanks so much!
u/PacMac2432 · 1 pointr/audiophile

These are my very first "serious" pair of speakers and they sound great! They are very good for watching movies and also for listening to music especially for near field use.

Of course you have other options as well. Like for example:

But I would also recommend that you look at passive speakers with a separate amp if you want to upgrade in the future

u/Friendofmusic · 1 pointr/audiophile

Craigslist is your best bet. You can get new but the subwoofer form factor and technology has not changed a ton and your sub doesn't need to match your other speakers. LIve and breath Craigslist. Look up what they are selling by reviews and then buy the best one that you can. I am sure there are a few newer subs out there like this one that are cheap..

u/egamble · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Uturn orbit with phono preamp - 249 ( Be sure to press the built in button for the preamp

SMSL AD18 - 145

Micca MB42x - 90

Total 485

Is a baseline respectable system. There may be black Friday specials to bring the cost down a bit. The speakers are the weakest link here (though not bad), if you can pony up an extra ~200 you can get a much better pair (Emotiva B5, Kef Q100/150, Elac B5/B6, Chane A1.4, Klipsch RP-150m, etc.) EDIT: I also just noticed the Elac UB5 for $350 on amazon, they are definitely worth the extra cash if you can scrounge it. Also from a post below: is a fantastic deal and a better deck.

u/tenletterz · 1 pointr/audiophile

Well I cancelled my order because it didn't send. So I ended up purchasing BIC America F12 12-Inch. Super excited to use it. I will use it mostly for music, and I read reviews that it's great for music and surprisingly a lot better than the psw505. I'll let you know how it sounds after everything is setup.

u/Pinguwin007 · 1 pointr/audiophile

i wouldn't spend more than half your speaker price on an amp early on. Better to save some money and invest in better speakers. Your amp is fine in your current chain. what are you using as a source at the moment? if you don't plan on upgrading your speaker system any time soon maybe go for a headphone amp (which will probably drive the headphones better than a new amp for your speakers with separate headphone out) like this one.

u/4diab · 1 pointr/audiophile

Does this look better?


DAC - FiiO D03K

Would you recommend any of the following (not super interested in the ones in the original post bc they low key look like ass) (I know these are below the price you recommended, but I heard they were very good for their price)

And thanks for pointing out potential bottlenecking. That was one of my biggest concerns, and what I had originally posted in r/budgetaudiophile for.

u/GusIsBoosted · 1 pointr/audiophile

New to speakers.
Long time headphone guy.

Want something cheap but good for my lab.

Have my eye on:
Since a few friends have them...

But have been looking at:

I want to spend around $300-$500 when all is said and done.
I am guessing we need to also factor in the sub and dac/amp?

much appreciated!

u/ZKSteffel · 3 pointsr/audiophile

This USB DAC will give you the best bang for your buck until you want to drop big money on stuff. I've been using mine for about 6 months now, and really dig the quality. It's also great for using headphones (if they don't need a dedicated amp), since it's a much higher quality than your typical pc headphone jack. Soundcard's aren't really worth the money, IMO, unless you're gonna try setting up a 7.1 system or something. But with your current setup, the USB DAC -> RCA output -> receiver -> speakers should be solid.

Also, check into building some monitor stands, or stacking some books up to set them on. Getting the tweeters around ear level makes a big difference in the sound at your listening position.

Placement makes a big difference. /u/zeospantera has some nice guides on setup, often referring to this diagram he's drawn up of the suggested placement for a 2.0 system. You can also play around here with different recommendations from around the web with a good visual.

u/beyonddevnull · 1 pointr/audiophile

That makes sense, thanks for breaking it down. Would there be a way to handle control of the volume with that? For example, would there be a device I could put between the PC and the sub that would control the overall volume? Or is it the case where each speaker/sub has their own volume control that I present on the device, then I use the software volume on the computer to control it?


So It would be:

  • PC (3.5mm->RCA) -> Sub -> RCA to 1/4" TRS -> LSR305's

    so is it possible somewhere is there to put a volume knob to control everything or is it best to regulate that from the PC?

    That build takes the price to around $600 ish probably after the cables.

    I have heard of a build that used something like the Polk Audio PSW10 + Micca's. Is that a viable build I could do for less, or would the price of what connects the two bring the total cost of the system into a similar price bracket?

    Also do the JBL's have both a sub and tweeter in them each already? Is a separate sub just needed for very specific use cases? If that is the case, I may just be fine with that already. Thanks again?
u/happy-cig · 1 pointr/audiophile

Starting to jump down this rabbit hole of audiophilism (is that even a word?) Looking to replace my AIWA CX-NA202 from the 90s.

Was going to just settle for an edifier r1850db but with many hours of research it seems that a passive set up may be the way to go?

The first passive setup I was going to attempt to try was the -

Nobsound Mini TPA3116

Micca MB42X

Which puts me under ~$150

But I have been hearing people just recommending an AVR, which I have landed on the Denon x1400 or x2400 which I may be able to pick up used for ~$200. Should I pair this with a Micca MB42X? Or are their other speakers that would work better with this?

Budget and currency - Under $300, USD
In which country are you located - USA
Where can you buy from -
What you want to use it for (music, movies, games, all of the above, etc) - All of the above, this will be a setup for my computer.
On a desk or in a room (or both) - On a desk in my room
How big of a space and how loud - Approximately a 12 feet x 12 feet room, not too loud and don't need much bass for now (still want the path to add a sub thou).

Thanks all in advance!

u/megamanJ · 1 pointr/audiophile

Set up help!

Hi everyone,

I don't know much about sound but I'm always about having a good bang for your buck.
I'm moving places and I'm buying a Sony X900E tv for general watching as well as for a ps4. I've read that it doesn't produce good sound and it would be better getting Bookshelf Speakers with a receiver as opposed to buying a soundbar.

Any advice on this product and how to set this up? I'm terrible with setting these things up and I'm not even sure if it's compatible/optimal. Any advice would be appreciated!

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers, 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - 4" Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watt RMS

u/JonLuca · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hi /r/audiophile!

I'm in San Francisco. Budget is flexible. Totally willing to buy used from craigslist/letgo.

I have a pair of NHT ST4s that I've had for a few years. I love their sound, but unfortunately have them paired with a pretty cheap/tin-y receiver, a Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver.

The receiver has done fine so far, but I'm revamping my set up and think it would be nice to upgrade them. Any recommendations?

The ST4 specs can be found here.


System Type: 3-way system, upper chamber-acoustic suspension, subwoofer chamber vented

Drivers: 1' Fluid cooled neodymium magnet structure tweeter with NHT's proprietary aluminum heat sink. Mid-Woofer 6.5" polypropylene, high excursion. Woofer 8" polypropylene, long throw.

Magnetically Shielded: Yes, except 8" woofer.

Frequency Response: 31Hz- 22kHz +/- 3dB

Crossover Frequency: 2.6kHz, 135Hz

Sensitivity: 86dB (2.83V at 1M)

Impedance: 8 ohms nominal

Inputs: 5-way binding posts

Recommended Amplifier Power: Minimum 15 watts/ch Maximum 200 watts/ch

u/mattSER · 1 pointr/audiophile

Maybe a pair of powered speakers + a decent CD player?


Teac CD Player:

The Klipsch and JBL will excel with rock music. The Klipsch are the most expensive but have lots of features(remote, bluetooth, subwoofer preout, phono input, etc).

The JBL are the best value, but you'll need RCA>TRS cable and some sort of preamp to easily control volume.

u/suburban_robot · 1 pointr/audiophile

To start you need an integrated amplifier. Here's the one recommended in the purchase help thread. This unit will provide power to the speakers so they can play back audio.

Next you need a cable that runs from your phone's headphone jack (assuming it has one) to the amp. Here you go.

Now you need to connect the amp to the speakers. Since you have a sub, you will run speaker cable from the amp to the sub, and then from the sub to each of the speakers. Here's 50 ft of speaker cable which should be more than enough to get the job done. You'll also need a wire stripper tool to remove the casing at each of the cabling, here you go. Would also recommend some banana plugs to make things easier but they aren't required.

This gets you live audio to your speakers. Had you done some research ahead of time you probably would have landed on buying active speakers instead, which would have saved you the need for all of this equipment except the $7 audio cable.

u/nvuyg · 1 pointr/audiophile

Would it be wise to mix both opinions, that being, getting the V-Moda and an amp (didn't have one), and investing pretty much the same amount?
Would I get better results this way, instead of plugging the HD600 straight onto the mobo (like I was doing with the Pioneer)?


Would this amp be good enough?
FiiO E10 K →


This is more curiosity now: I noticed that the frequency response of this amp ranges between 20Hz-20kHz, and the Crossfade's 5Hz-40kHz. How much of an impact will it have (if any)?

u/the_hamsterman · 9 pointsr/audiophile

I've always found that those systems with the subwoofer rely too much on the sub, which makes everything boomy. Others might have different experience, but i'd suggest going with something that is just 2.0. In that budget, i think you could find the m-audio av30 or something similar.

Another idea is to get a Dayton DTA-1 and a set of Dayton B652 speakers. I have this in my bedroom right now and it is perfect for music. Very well balanced..

If you do want that subwoofer, people on here have said good things about the klipsch promedia 2.1 set, which is a little over your budget, but you might be able to find used/refurb deals online.

u/TheMunyx · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello, I am not really sure what type of amplifier I should purchase for beginner setup. I recently purchased a Micca MB42X for $50. I plan on purchasing another speaker as well. I need help on what type of amplifier I need to buy, along with, what wires I should purchase as well. I have allotted roughly $80 towards the budget of the amplifier. I plan on using Chromecast audio to stream music. is this what I need to purchase to make the Chromecast compatible with an amplifier?

From my research, the SMSL SA-60 appears to be a good amplifier to purchase with these speakers.

Also, what speaker wire should I purchase?

Any advice or tips are appreciated, thanks.

u/biggy_d1 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm 16 and have a fairly small room, I don't know much about this kind of stuff, I was wondering if I could hook up [these Pioneer SP BS22 speakers] ( along with this [Logitech Bluetooth adapter] ( to stream music from my iPhone. Would I absolutely need anything else for a bare minimum setup, like an amp or receiver - I'm not really clear what they do or how necessary they are.

Additionally are there other speakers that would be better for me? (cheap is a plus) I listen to a huge variety of music, so I feel like clarity is above all rather than focus on just bass or something like that. Thanks in advance!

u/TK503 · 1 pointr/audiophile

2 weeks ago I asked for recommendations for a passive 2.1 setup for my PC for under $300.

I would like a recommendation for a swap on the sub for something that's Amazon prime-able rather than purchased through a 3rd party website for shipping reasons, and would also like a second opinion on the speaker setup if you think there are better speakers for the same budget and available through Amazon prime

I was recommended

[Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers] (

Dayton Audio Sub 1000 10" powered sub

(That sub is what I want replaced)

SMSL SA-36A Pro 20WPC TPA3118D2 Digital Amplifier AMP 12V Power Supply

(for that AMP, it doesn't allow headphones to pass through it. I wanted to ask if I needed a seperate DAC amp thing the /r/headphones guys are always talking about or if I could just use an AMP for my speakers that allows the headphones to be plugged in

u/ashittyname · 1 pointr/audiophile

What I want

Does anyone have a suggestion for a desktop DAC/AMP system under $200? I live in Toronto, Canada and am willing to buy used.

What I'm using it with/for

I will be using my PC which has a free USB port as well as an optical out. I currently use the AT-M50x, but upgrading to speakers are a slight possibility. I listen to electronic music (mostly lounge), jazz, and play games.

What I'm looking for

Something that looks nice on my desk (so black is the preferable color, but thats flexable), is conducive to possible upgrades down the road, and sounds really nice.

What I've already found

What do you guys think of the Audioengine D1, the Fiio E10K (though it doesn't have optical in), or a used Musiland Monitor 02 US Dragon. This is in order of my preferences.