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eggyhustles

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yes..in the future 5.1 is a definite..but for now since my budget is limited 2.1 will have to do..but i would like to keep whichever reciever i buy(if i end up buying one) for the future
 

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Then probably go with XR57 + Dayton + whatever's left on the best sats you can find, then come back later and upgrade 'em.
 

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how does this sound..

XR57
dayton 10
behringer ms20

comes out to 481...i'll most likely just have to add an extra 50-60 for shipping
 

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The bonus to the Behringers is the integrated DAC, which is redundant if you have the XR57. So are powered speakers - the amp in the XR57 will do a better job anyway.
 

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Even at the current price, the Insignias might be worth getting. 6 1/2" woofers are tricky to find on cheap bookshelf speakers.

Maybe they'll have better ideas for ~$100/pair passive bookshelf monitors tomorrow? Dunno. Polk and Insignia were an almost automatic response to that question a while ago, but the Polks are dependent on when Outpost (Fry's) has stock and the Insignias got a price hike.
 

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I'd go with one set plus a sub, but I prioritize music which is stereo. Much better bass, or surround - that's the sort of decision that's entirely up to preference. Either way...another $100 upgrade later is pretty minor. I might go with the sub first just because its pricing is sale-dependent - even if they have that sale very often.
 

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I was at Best Buy last weekend and the insignias were on sale for ~$65 I almost picked up a pair just to see how they sound. I don't know if that was a weekend only sale or if it still might be going on in store.
 

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Hey I own a pair of the Logitech 5500 series they sound wonderful i need a great sound instead of the onboard one on my Asus I have a Creative soundblaster live 5.1 live but does not sound good on my Vista os.:)
 

eggyhustles

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That will be solid.

thanks..where do you think i should put the insignias? desk is quite small :(
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get another desk. they will fit in the same spot as you current speakers but NO WAY will that be a good spot. If nothing else, put the insignias behind you so that they are more at ear level and further away. otherwise, gets some headphones man.
 

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i'm running into dilemma..after dilemma lol..i will buy another desk though..when i get the next desk..i should put the speakers on each side of the monitor correct?
 

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You want to get some decent separation between the channels. I think something around 60 degrees apart and at least a few feet from your head?
 

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Sounds good..i would like to thank everyone for their advice on a setup..esp ashmedai...
 

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lol

cool. remember, it only gets better but what you are getting should last a looong time.
 

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I could wait it out a couple of weeks and have an extra 200 to play with..but i could just use that 200 on another set of bookshelfs correct? or would be smarter to save?
 

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save

you want $300 for some bad ass speakers or $200 and $100 for a new desk lol.
 

ashmedai

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$300/pair monitors will sound better than the Insignias...it depends on your priority. Better SQ now, or surround now?
 

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OR

Get a pair of USHER S-520s, BI-Wire them to the XR-57 and get a better subwoofer. I had the same setup and was grinning a lot when listening to it.
 

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Can't believe i came in here with a 250 dollar budget..now its 700 lol..those are nice..but what are the chances of finding a used pair? and i still need a reciever...and a sub..
 

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when you say bi wire..do you mean bridge?

no. bi-wire is powering the highs and lows separate. the USher s-520s and the Xr-57 is the cheapest way of achieving this. Result is negotiable but I found it LIVELY as all get out.

You can certainly find the Ushers used for $300 on audiogon, the XR-57 you might have to buy new at $250 or so. That only leaves $150 for a sub but a 10 or 12 inch dayton is still a sweet kicker.
 

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How does that work with connecting up the amplification stage? Hook 'em both up to the same source and let the crossover circuits sort it out?
 

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I see a bunch of listings in the 300-330 area..how are the lower end ascend acoustics? specifically the CBM-170 SE

and this is how you bi-wire correct?
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Seems pretty easy..which brings my next question and something i forgot to add in..speaker wire..does it really make a difference what kind i buy?
 

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Yes and yes the ascends are right decent speakers. I just REALLY dug the S-520 plus xr-57 sound. REALLY dug it.
 

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anti cable is bitching but too much $$ for you maybe.anti cable is what I will use with my big rig though.
 

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18 gauge is nice. Thicker (lower number) gauge if you have particularly long runs. Other than that, not really.

I used a stripped extension cord for a while. No real difference in the result (note that not all extension cords come in a respectable gauge).
 
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