M-Audio AV40 or Klipsch Promedia 2.1

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I've had the Studiophile 4's and although they did sound better in the high/mid range, they lacked low end thump. They were also very directional and I move a lot. :D

Went back to my trusty Klipsch 4.1's.
 

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I have the 4.1s and was using it in a 2.1 setup, and I have the AV-40s now, I have to say over all, the AV-40s are a bit more balanced, the Klipsch has (imo) better high and low.

Tough choice, I think I might prefer the AV-40s now because they seem to fit better with my setup, most of my music listening goes through my headphones anyway.
 

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Promedia 2.1.

The av40s are not made for listening to music. They are made for people who want to start making mixes but aren't very serious about it and don't want to spend a lot of money to get started.

The promedias ARE for listening to music.

Your post fails so hard im not even going to correct you lol
 

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i was an owner of the promedia 2.1's and would say stay away just because of the quality control issues with them. I had to toss my set after about 2 years use because of a blown amp, an it's not worth fixing. I bought the BX5A delux from M-Audio and never looked back. After about a week break in period - they sound way too tight at first, now they sound deliciously superb.
 

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Your post fails so hard im not even going to correct you lol
Actually I agree with them regarding this issue. The maudios were very directional I'm such a way that I couldn't move my head when listening to them. And there's not enough thump for listening to rap, hip-hop, or trance. Not too mention how much space they took up. But that's very subjective and doesn't relate to their sound quality, which definitely was better than the klipsch for mid/highs.
 

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Actually I agree with them regarding this issue. The maudios were very directional I'm such a way that I couldn't move my head when listening to them. And there's not enough thump for listening to rap, hip-hop, or trance. Not too mention how much space they took up. But that's very subjective and doesn't relate to their sound quality, which definitely was better than the klipsch for mid/highs.

That's why you add a sub to the M-audios. The poster said that it is for people who dont want to spend money on a real system, yet the promedias are? what a joke

For music:
AV40 + sub > Promedia
 

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Have a look at the Swan M10s if you generally going to use them to listen to music.

They are top-notch 2.1 speakers for their price range
 

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That's why you add a sub to the M-audios...
That's still not going to take care of the tiny sweet spot in which your head must reside at all times in order to get the most out of them. Also, adding a good sub will nearly double the cost from a Promedia 2.1 setup.

Have a look at the Swan M10s if you generally going to use them to listen to music.

They are top-notch 2.1 speakers for their price range
These are also monitors? Or do they have a little more range than the AV40's? They look smaller too.
 

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That's still not going to take care of the tiny sweet spot in which your head must reside at all times in order to get the most out of them. Also, adding a good sub will nearly double the cost from a Promedia 2.1 setup.

I face the directional problem you stated in every speaker ive had unless I am sitting in the sweet spot. A 5.1/7.1 setup does help with the directional problem but really this problem is given on any speaker. I dont feel that the AV40s are more directional than any other 2.0 setup. Speakers are supposed to function this way and that's why you must sit in the "sweet spot" for the best experience. The size, shape of your room, angle of speakers also comes in effect to such things. Does the promedia really sound less directional? Certain speakers are made for different types of room that will allow them to sound better. It's all about the setup and tons of things factor into this. And the directional problem you are stating has nothing to do with the fact that the poster said "AV40s are not good for music." It's like saying a PSP is not good for playing video games compared to an iphone.

And you are right about the price, but that's not the point im trying to make really. The AV40 + sub > Promedias but will cost you more.
 

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Well, all I can say's that the main reason I sold my Studiophile 4's was due to the noticeably tighter sweet spot when compared to the Klipsch 2.1's.

How about the KRK RP5G2 Rokit G2's? Some of the market speak talks of a wider directional area. If I could get a touch more low end + similar sweet spot as the Klipsch, I'd jump.
 

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I've tested my promedias with a lot of music - happy with it all.

Trance, Hip hop, Alternative, Jazz, Rock, Death Metal, House, Drum and Bass, Epic Movie tRACKS!, BSG ost! korean music, japanese music, chinese music, Ms. Norah Roberts! etc Loving it all ;p I keep my subwoofer usually down to 25% after sunset so I don't have any issues with neighbors or the police ;p


Music really does fill the room and it sounds great from far away as well :O
 

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I vote for the Promedia. Got both of my sets for $100 total a couple of years back and have been absolutely spoiled by the 4.2 setup :)
 

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Real bookshelf speakers + small T-amp = WIN
Of course. But it depends on your application - comp speakers are generally designed to provide decent imaging with very short separations and not everyone may want the sizeable setup of bookshelves + amp.

For me, 2x Promedia 2.1s upstairs and a Marantz 2270 w/Polk M30s downstairs.
 

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I'm loving my Energy CB-5's + t-amp. I had the Insignia B2111's, they were awesome, but a bit too big for a desk. The CB-5's are about half the size, and sound great. E-Expo had them for $100 shipped, good deal.
 

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Wow, those energy's aren't much bigger than the promedias! Do they deliver enough bass for music? What's a t-amp? I have an Onkyo HTIB in the front room and that sucker dumps out the heat. Last thing I'd want's another one of those.

The Gizmo site doesn't have pictures that I could see...or they weren't working.
 

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What's a t-amp?

The t-amp is a small stereo amplifier thats great for a desktop setup. They were originally made by Sonic Impact but I guess they got bought by Dayton?

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-380 <-- This version delivers 15 or 10 watts per channel

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/pshowdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=300-383 <-- This version delivers 50 watts per channel

My first audiophile setup was a t-amp (15wpc version) and a pair of Polk Monitor 30s. It sounded excellent, especially since I had upgraded from a pair of craptastic Klipsch Promedia Ultra 2.0s, which stopped working after a few months (a well documented problem at the time). I had no complaints about bass, but then my needs are probably different from yours (and frankly, if you're serious about bass you'll be investing in a powered subwoofer). I still use the Monitor 30s for my TV, and the bass they give out for DVDs and Blu-rays is definitely good enough for me. My only real gripe was that the Monitor 30s were kind of big when I used them with my PC, but those Energy speakers look just the right size.

Right now I use headphones and a pair of M-Audio BX5a Deluxes (powered monitors). One of these days I'd like to go back to passives, just because I feel I enjoyed the sound from them more than I do powered monitors. That, and the selection of good passive speakers vastly outnumbers the selection of good powered speakers.
 

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I have never owned the Promedia's so I can't offer an opinion on them however I enjoy my AV-40's very much. I added a cheap Energy ESW-8 Sub and it makes for a nice 2.1 setup. At this price point you can't expect the world but the AV-40's provide solid, clean sound.
 

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Thanks for all the info King of Heroes. That seems a lot better than a bigass receiver on my desk. :/
 

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I've been running mine for 6 years. That's what I know based on personal experience.
 

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I picked up some AV-40s recently, and they're great. No static at hi volume, but a bit bassy.

STAY AWAY from klipsch 2.1's. I had a set die 2 months after purchase. Returned to bestbuy and got another set, which died within a month. The amp in the subwoofer would blow out, and not just a fuse. It seems to be a common problem. Beware.
 
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I picked up some AV-40s recently, and they're great. No static at hi volume, but a bit bassy.

STAY AWAY from klipsch 2.1's. I had a set die 2 months after purchase. Returned to bestbuy and got another set, which died within a month. The amp in the subwoofer would blow out, and not just a fuse. It seems to be a common problem. Beware.

Im surprised you think it's bassy considering there's no sub. You know you can turn off the bass booster in the back right?
 

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...common problem...
Provided you read only the users w/ complaints and pay no attention to those that have enjoyed them for years and never made a peep about it. Critics are loudest. Just look over my mobile phone post history. ;)
 

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I've had mine for 10 years
And they still work :p just replaced the control pod for the upgraded one later on.
 

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i had klipsch 2.1s for 2 years until they developed issues and i gave them away. I replaced them with some klipsch 2.0s which sounded ok but were absolute garbage build-quality wise and didnt even last a year. I replaced them with M-Audio AV30s and have been going strong for 2 years now. These are still pc speakers (so quality is never going to be amazing) but they sound good enough and the build quality is fantastic.
 

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<3 my AV40s.

I use them firstly for Monitors on my DAW setup.

But i do game with them occasionally too and i have a 8" sony sub wired into them and they sound pretty damn good for gaming, especially at loud levels. Very clear and crisp.
Worth a grab if you can find them on sale.
 
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