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    new here, need help putting together a system

    hey guys, new member here, don't really know a whole lot about audio. but i love my music and i've decided i might as well spend some money and put together a decent quality system. i'm looking for a system to hook up to my laptop. right now i have a $50 set of logitech speakers + sub that came with my computer. its not terrible, but its not all that loud and the sub is quite embarrassing. i'm not sure quite which direction to go right now. i'm currently at college and at home my dad has some older polk audio speakers cabinets which are missing the speakers. I'm not sure on which model, he'll get back to me on that. He says they have crossovers and the tweeters should still be fine, they're just missing the speakers. so one option would be to buy new speakers for those and then buy a subwoofer to go along with them. I found a sony saw2500 while searching online and that seems to be decent quality in a price range that i'm looking for. Now, will that sub power the speakers, or will i need another amp to power the speakers?
    another option would obviously be to just buy a better set of computer speakers. which option would be best for me? realistically i'm not looking to spend over $200. being at college, space is a bit of a concern, but really i shouldn't have any problems fitting speakers somewhere. i just don't have room for a huge subwoofer.

    thanks for any/all help.

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    Buy a good sound card for your computer with an optical or coax digital out along with a multichannel receiver and a pair of decent speakers and a sub. Or you could get a usb DAC which connect to your computer and then the analog inputs of your receiver.
    http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MFVDAC

    Without knowing your budget, here are some broad recommendations for a smaller budget under $1000.

    Any one of these receivers should do. http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ca...ter-receivers/

    here are some subs to check out http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ca...ofer-speakers/

    here are some speakers http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ENC100

    http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ENC200

    http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ATLS50
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
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    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
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    I'd suggest looking at the Audio Engine amplified speakers. They have a set at $199.00. These do decent bass, the sound quality is excellent. However, it's a small 2-way speaker with a hefty 10 watt amp and probably not going to do well playing Rap at a high level. The step up version that last check was about $349.00 offers a 6 1/2 woofer, a 45 watt amp and a USB input for charging mp3 or power while play. This may be over your budget but they will take you from computer speakers that may sound as good as a boom box to real high fidelity sound. The power rating is true watts to conservative. They also will need several hours of break in before sounding right. I bought the little ones for my daughter and out of the box they didn't impress. After about 20 hours or so of constant play I walked in and my jaw dropped. And, as far as space, all you have is two speakers, the controls are on the back and the amp is built in, you never see it.

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    blackraven, i mentioned my budget was about $200 or so.

    mr peabody, i checked out the audio engine site. if they had a full system (speakers and sub) for $350, i'd consider that. but unless i missed something, all i saw was a set of speakers for $200, and then the bass was sold separate at $350, which is much too far over my budget. i'm not looking for something incredible, i'd just like an upgrade. to be honest, i'm fairly happy with how my $50 speakers perform. I'd imagine i could get something good enough for $200.

    oh, and if it makes a difference, i don't need insane bass as i don't listen to rap music. i listen to metal/rock. i don't need huge booming bass but i would like quality bass.

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    For $200, I'd get M-audio Studiophile AV 40 Powered Monitors (and forget about the sub - you don't need it).

    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...phileAV40.html

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    If you are a really poor student, you could have somethiing respectable to get going that will slaughter your current set up.

    You will need a decent USB dac to run from your laptop.

    Find a super solid vintage amp for under $100

    Find a decent set of bookshelf speakers used/new

    OK, now make sure your digital music files are up to snuff at 320kbps minimum and you're ready to rock. This set up will cost you 300 - 400, maybe less if you're really savvy. From there you can add a CD player too.

    This would be a minimal arrangement but will blow your current set up out of the water. I'm also assuming you have little to no cash as you are a student. If you are able to rebuild the Polks yourself, you would be looking at about $150 -200 for woofers and foam. Not worth it at this point, just put them aside for a time when you have some more cash.

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    I you just want to head bang and want something immediately, and space is an issue, then this is my suggestion:
    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Z-230.../dp/B0002SQ2P2

    They're under your budget and should sound better than what you have, and play a lot louder.
    (side note, i've never seen so many reviews for a product)

    However, Poppachubby's suggestion is even better, that is, going used and getting some older gear. But that requires a little knowledge and is time consuming.

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    If you can spend a little more money you can get a decent little system for under $300.
    http://www.google.com/products/catal...wBQ#ps-sellers

    Pair this with these athena speakers and you should have pretty good sound with the ability to upgrade to 5.1 later or get better speakers.
    http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ATLS50

    Otherwise go with this logitech 2.1 system http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121122

    These sound pretty good for computer speakers. The limitation will be the sound card in your laptop. Most laptop sound cards are pretty bad. But you could buy a decent external sound card and markedly improve the sound quality.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
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    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
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    ok, well that's a **** load of info. so let me try to sort things out.

    1) the info i got on the polks are that they are series 4-5020. i googled and didn't find anything. but i also got the info on the speakers and tweeters, they are 6.5" woofers. http://www.parts-express.com/wizards...AT&srchCat=488 on this page there are a whole lot of options for replacements speakers with a wide range of prices and lots of good reviews. it seems like i can get a decent set of replacement speakers for around $100. additionally, i found out one tweeter is bad. but those are additionally fairly cheap. so unless i'm mistaken i can rebuild these speakers from anywhere from about $70 and up. but i also need an amp. can that sony sub i linked to power the speakers? if not, i have a sony receiver i can get my hands on. i'm not sure if this is useful or not, but i'd imagine i could use the receiver to power the speakers and then i could run my laptop output to the receivers input. so unless i'm mistaken again, i could rebuild these speakers for $200 with quality speakers, i've got the receiver to power everything. i'd imagine the polks would put out decent sound without a sub, and then if/when i want to upgrade i can add a sub.

    so i'm not trying to ignore all of your advice, i'm just curious if this is an ok option or if not why it isn't.

    2) what is a DAC and why do i need it?

    3) i'm kind of hesitant to go for a regular computer speaker system. they seem to be fairly limited in upgradeability and if they break you're kinda out of luck.

    4) those audio engine speakers look good, i don't need an amp (correct?) and i can always add the sub later. but for around the same price i can rebuild my polks. will the polks be better quality or is it just a better idea to get the audio engines?

    as far as money and space, its more of a limit i'm putting on myself. i've get much more than my $200 budget, but i'd rather start with something that will be better than i have with the option of upgradeability. space is a minor concern for now, but next year i'll have my own room in a house, and either way i doubt i'll be getting a sub so big i can't fit it in my dorm anyway.

    and again i'm not trying to disregard all of your opinions. that was just a ****load of info and i'm just trying to understand everything and make sure i'm making the right choice.

    also, i'm typically an ebay/craigslist scavenger so i have no problem going used, i just don't know where to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgibsong002

    2) what is a DAC and why do i need it?

    Digital to Analog Convertor, does just what it says. Will take your computers digital signal and convert it to something your stereo can understand.

    3) i'm kind of hesitant to go for a regular computer speaker system. they seem to be fairly limited in upgradeability and if they break you're kinda out of luck.

    Yep, I think a computer speaker system is a horrible idea.

    4) those audio engine speakers look good, i don't need an amp (correct?) and i can always add the sub later. but for around the same price i can rebuild my polks. will the polks be better quality or is it just a better idea to get the audio engines?

    Listen, are you experienced at re-building speakers? To make them sound good it'll take some work. They need to be refoamed as well. I bet for $100 you could get a serious pair of used bookshelfs that could easily contend with the Polks.

    as far as money and space, its more of a limit i'm putting on myself. i've get much more than my $200 budget, but i'd rather start with something that will be better than i have with the option of upgradeability. space is a minor concern for now, but next year i'll have my own room in a house, and either way i doubt i'll be getting a sub so big i can't fit it in my dorm anyway.

    Right, space shouldn't be an issue. It can be done for cheap.

    and again i'm not trying to disregard all of your opinions. that was just a ****load of info and i'm just trying to understand everything and make sure i'm making the right choice.
    also, i'm typically an ebay/craigslist scavenger so i have no problem going used, i just don't know where to start.

    Start with one source/component and have the good people of Audio review help you. You will learn as you go and be better off for it. If it's an amp you want to start with, go to the amp section and post away.
    Don't stress man, you have lots of help here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppachubby
    Don't stress man, you have lots of help here!

    ok, thanks a lot for the help man. so your advice sounds reasonable, start off with a decent pair of used bookshelves. what brand should i look for? if i'm going used i obviously want a brand that is known for its reliability as well as something that can be had for a decent used price.

    next, what else do i need? an amp? do they make subs similar to my logitech system where the amp is housed in the sub? basically, once i find a pair of bookshelves, what else do i need to get everything working? or should i go with something like the audio engines and get powered bookshelves?

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    Hello cgibsong002

    Is the source of your music always going to be via the PC or will you be using an IPOD or MP3?

    I am not trying to divert you away from the PC but simply trying to meet your budget expectations for decent music playback and this may or may not be an option for you.

    Dayton DTA-1 Class T Digital Amplifier 15 WPC
    List Price: $59.99 EA
    http://www.parts-express.com/

    CAMBRIDGE AUDIO S30
    $199.99
    http://www.digitalcraze.com/

    or

    MORDAUNT SHORT Avant 902i Bookshelf Speakers
    $225.00
    http://www.accessories4less.com/

    Good luck with your research and selections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeRoy
    Is the source of your music always going to be via the PC or will you be using an IPOD or MP3?

    I am not trying to divert you away from the PC but simply trying to meet your budget expectations for decent music playback and this may or may not be an option for you.

    Dayton DTA-1 Class T Digital Amplifier 15 WPC
    List Price: $59.99 EA
    http://www.parts-express.com/

    CAMBRIDGE AUDIO S30
    $199.99
    http://www.digitalcraze.com/

    or

    MORDAUNT SHORT Avant 902i Bookshelf Speakers
    $225.00
    http://www.accessories4less.com/

    Good luck with your research and selections.
    unless i can figure something else out, yes i'd prefer to play the music from my PC. i have a cheap mp3 player but its only 4gb and my pc puts out superior sound quality from what i can tell. and i'm not quite sure i understand your comment, do i need something besides an amp and speakers if i want to use my pc? or were you saying an ipod would be better quality?

    and that amp paired with one of those bookshelf speakers is certainly a possible option. though i've still got some questions. i figure i'd be best off looking for at least something used. would i be better off getting a used amp or used speakers, or both?

    and i've now seen countless amounts of bookshelf speakers all in the $200 category. what separates them for each other? is it all really brand name, or do different speakers have different specs/qualities in them? as i said, i'm into metal. so i'd like these speakers to be able to deliver some heavy, but tight and defined bass. with metal comes the double bass, so i guess that also falls into the category of needing very tight and defined bass. midrange is also key.

    and lastly, with that amp that you linked, if i wanted to later add a subwoofer, how would i do that? there are only speaker outputs on the amp. would i buy a powered subwoofer and split my audio output to 1. the sub. and 2. the amp ?

    thanks again guys, i think i'm getting somewhere.

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    All speakers sound different regardless of specs. Speakers are very subjective, we can make recommendations for a place to start. But ultimately it will be up to you to decide if you like them. I recommended those Energy speakers. They are a lot of bang for the buck and have good sound at that price point,

    As far as adding a sub to a receiver, all you need is a receiver with a sub out like the Sony DH-500 I recommended. Some 2 ch receivers also have sub out. In addition, some subs can be hooked up directly to the speaker out terminals of the receiver. But you have more control of the sub if it has some type of bass management like a hometheater receiver-5.1ch or greater.
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    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven
    All speakers sound different regardless of specs. Speakers are very subjective, we can make recommendations for a place to start. But ultimately it will be up to you to decide if you like them. I recommended those Energy speakers. They are a lot of bang for the buck and have good sound at that price point,

    As far as adding a sub to a receiver, all you need is a receiver with a sub out like the Sony DH-500 I recommended. Some 2 ch receivers also have sub out. In addition, some subs can be hooked up directly to the speaker out terminals of the receiver. But you have more control of the sub if it has some type of bass management like a hometheater receiver-5.1ch or greater.
    ok, so i think what you're saying is that the Dayton amp that was linked does not have the option of adding a sub, correct?

    what are the general differences between an amp and receiver? a receiver is an amp, correct? basically i'm wondering why i need a full receiver rather than just a simple amp.

    and ok, those energy speakers do look good. $150 seems like the best price i've seen so far on decent bookshelves, and from the research i've done so far Energy seems to be a quality brand.

    ok, so lets say i'll go with these Energy speakers. that's $150. with decent woofers, i'm going to assume i can get decent sound without a sub for now, correct? now, it sounds like i'll be better off getting a receiver rather than an amp? going that route, would i simply plug my computer's output into a line in on the receiver? and then the speakers connect right to the receiver?

    also, worth mentioning i suppose. before i came to college my grandfather gave me a huge vintage speaker. its an electro-voice aristocrat corner speakers. i can't really find much info on it, but he said they were near top of the line speakers long ago. its in perfect condition and hasn't been used in years. anyone heard of these?


    thanks again, i know i'm asking a lot of questions. i appreciate all the help.

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    Those Energy speakers will give you good mid bass. The Enegy 200's will give you better bass than the 100's, but with either one you can get by with out a sub till you can add one later.

    A Receiver is an amplifier, tuner or radio, preamplifier that does the processing of the input signal from your CD player, computer or other source of music.

    Then there are integrated amps which consists of an amplifier and preamplifier but no tuner.

    Then the are separates where you buy a separate amplifier, preamplifier and tuner if you like radio. It gives you more flexibility and better and higher quality components and sound, But it is the most expensive way to go. For your budget, stick with a receiver and put more money into the speakers.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgibsong002
    also, worth mentioning i suppose. before i came to college my grandfather gave me a huge vintage speaker. its an electro-voice aristocrat corner speakers. i can't really find much info on it, but he said they were near top of the line speakers long ago. its in perfect condition and hasn't been used in years. anyone heard of these?


    thanks again, i know i'm asking a lot of questions. i appreciate all the help.
    What's vintage in your system?

    Check that link and scroll down a bit. Are those what yours look like? PM badtothebone and ask him about them, he would be happy to help you if he has knowledge.

    Asking questions is why this forum exists. It's evident you appreciate the help. Don't sweat it, everyone on here needs help from time to time.

    Unless your into hip/hop and electronica. a decent pair of speakers should handle most of your bass needs. At least enough to get you going.

    What you need to do is this, pick a budget amount for each purchase, take some of the names you've learned here and start looking. Look at comparable items in terms of price/performance. You can come back to the thread to ask about them. Research my man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppachubby
    What's vintage in your system?

    Check that link and scroll down a bit. Are those what yours look like? PM badtothebone and ask him about them, he would be happy to help you if he has knowledge.

    Asking questions is why this forum exists. It's evident you appreciate the help. Don't sweat it, everyone on here needs help from time to time.

    Unless your into hip/hop and electronica. a decent pair of speakers should handle most of your bass needs. At least enough to get you going.

    What you need to do is this, pick a budget amount for each purchase, take some of the names you've learned here and start looking. Look at comparable items in terms of price/performance. You can come back to the thread to ask about them. Research my man...
    this is the speaker: http://www.hifilit.com/hifilit/Electro-Voice/117-6.jpg although it was a DIY so there were various options. i even have all the original paperwork so i can find out the specs if i need to.

    and no i'm not into hip/hop or electronica so for now i'm not worried about a sub for now, i just want to make sure i have the option of adding one later on.

    ok, so i'm fairly set on the Energy 200 speakers. so now i just need a receiver. i'd like to do my own research and find a good used one on ebay or craigslist. but before i do that, would you guys just give me some insight as to exactly what to look for in a receiver? all i really need is the ability to hook my computer up to it, hook up 2 speakers, and eventually add on a sub. from everything i've seen all receivers have more than enough power so i suppose that shouldn't be a concern.

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    As far as connecting your computer to the receiver goes, you will need to check what audio output you have on your laptop. Your probably have a mini rca out put, if so, you will need one of these cables- BJC MSA-1 to connect to the analog inputs of the receiver. http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/audio/index.htm

    It would be better if you have a coax digital or optical digital out to connect to the digital input or your Mutichannel receiver so that it can do the processing of the signal instead of the sound card.

    If you use the analog outs then all you need is a 2.1 receiver like this one which is a great buy at this price.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Receiver.html

    But if your on that tight of a budget, get that Sony I mentioned earlier.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    The Audio Engine are very good quality and a sub wouldn't be needed especially if you got the set with the 6 1/2" woofer and 45 watt amp. Since you are only into Rock the $199.00 pair would get you by. Don't let the size fool you they are very good. The $199.00 pair will play lower, cleaner and louder than any computer speaker with a sub I know of. You might also look at speaker from M Audio which may be cheaper, not sure how they sound.

    That Electro-Voice speaker would Rock. It also would sound good. Electro-Voice makes Pro sound speakers. In the 80's brochures bands like Def Leppard and Aerosmith were shown as using them. I wanted to buy a 15" 2-way for my home system way back when but the wife just didn't seem to think road carpet went with the living room decor If you will have room in the dorm for that speaker you are set. It will be very efficient which means it will play loud with not much input power. You could pick up something like the Trends digital amp and have a killer system. The Trends was selling for around $150.00. If you see any used who knows what you could get it for.

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    ok, well what do you guys think of this idea for now?

    i think i'll get those Energy 200 speakers. For now i'm going to get the receiver from my grandfather. i found a bit more info on it from my dad. its a pioneer (i think) and was (again i think) 30 watts per channel. i did an ebay search on vintage pioneer receivers and almost all of them were up at good prices, so it appears they made quality receivers. i figure this is a good place to start rather than spend money on another receiver that i may not need.

    now all i need for now is a cable to hook them up, which i probably have at home anyway. and then this setup should leave me with the options of hooking up a subwoofer later as well as possibly that aristocrat and more speakers. and for better sound quality i can also upgrade my sound card later.

    does this sound like a decent start at least? anything i'm missing?

    thanks guys.

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    Also, I don't know where my friend bought this from but he picked up new a Chinese tube amp for $150.00 rated at 25 watts per channel. I laughed and thought, "this will sound like hell". He used some Wharfdale speakers and surprisingly the amp wasn't bad. So if you have the speaker a cheap amp could be found. Take a look at an Audio Source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven
    As far as connecting your computer to the receiver goes, you will need to check what audio output you have on your laptop. Your probably have a mini rca out put, if so, you will need one of these cables- BJC MSA-1 to connect to the analog inputs of the receiver. http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/audio/index.htm

    It would be better if you have a coax digital or optical digital out to connect to the digital input or your Mutichannel receiver so that it can do the processing of the signal instead of the sound card.

    If you use the analog outs then all you need is a 2.1 receiver like this one which is a great buy at this price.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Receiver.html

    But if your on that tight of a budget, get that Sony I mentioned earlier.
    yeah my grandfather just kept telling me how great the aristocrat speaker was. i've got it at home so i'll certainly test it out once i can. for now though it can't come to college with me, that thing is huge! i'll use it in my room at home until next year when i have a house at college.

    also, additionally i just talked to my dad and he said besides the pioneer receiver my grandpa has, he has another pioneer receiver not being used. so with having two (most likely) good quality receivers to choose from, i'm definitely going with the receiver/bookshelf speaker combo for now. i'm just going to do a bit more research and make sure i'm picking the right speakers, although i'm pretty set on those Energy 200's.

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    Keep that EV, you'll like what you hear when you try it out. And, if the Pioneer is from grandpa it may be a vintage, you'll be the man with a retro Pioneer. Big dog with the lit up analog FM dial across the front, no IC chips all discrete circuits. You'll have to buy gramps his favorite beer or something for hooking you up like that

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    Just remember, your sound will be only as good as the sound card in your computer with a vintage receiver. If its not a very good card as most laptops, you may need to buy a good external usb card.

    Good luck and good choice on a very good budget speaker.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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