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Appreciate the input! Thanks. I'm leaning towards pulling the trigger on this bundle and upgrading to these bookshelf speakers for the L&R within 3 months.
I looked into the X1400H, but didn't think I would need a 7.2 versus a 5.1.
That amp will Be fine for your current TT. You won't be able to crank it without distortion, but it's probably the best you will do without browsing goodwill or Craigslist.
For speakers under 100 I recommend the Micca MB42X.
I think it looks better with black speakers. A white desk with white speakers wouldn't look good in my mind. They're <strong>Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers</strong> though. Really great speakers for the price.
They're <strong>Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers</strong>. Great sound for the price, I recommend them. Keep in mind these aren't powered speakers...You'll need an AMP and speaker wire at the very least to use them. If you look at the "Frequently Bought Together" section on that amazon page you'll see what you need. (Though you could go with a different AMP and different speaker wire, up to you.)
This is a little outside the normal realm of buildapc, but I figured I would ask since so many people here seem to have these speakers. I am looking at buying the Micca MB42x bookshelf speakers and k was wondering, do I need banana plugs for these speakers with speaker cable, or does the cable plug directly into it like the old speaker ports that were tension clip things.
A lot of the things you want to do are not what AVRs are supposed to do. That's what HTPCs are for.
If you want to play movies from your NAS, you don't need an AVR, you need a specialized device, like a Chromecast, FireTV, etc.
And pushing audio OUT over bluetooth isn't something I think is available. You're going the wrong direction. The AVR is there to decode signals and pass them through to your speakers and TV.
As for using your existing speakers, you can, but you shouldn't. Go to /r/zeos for some advice on inexpensive speakers that still sound great. Or just buy these.
I'm sorry, I did come off as brash but that is the correct solution to your problem.
Soundbars are terrible. They sound bad, the all-in-one nature makes troubleshooting difficult and they're just not worth the money you pay for them.
You say you have a receiver, does it have an amplifier built in? If so, you could sell your soundbar on craigslist or ebay and buy a pair of these, which are unbelievably good value (and they're on sale right now!)
Ah, I messed up. It's 42x. Been awhile since I was shopping haha.
I've heard that M audio isn't complete crap, but they are the very entry level for speakers. There's always those purchases that you regret after a few years once you realize what is actually good.
Thank you so much for this, it really helps.
I'm planning on getting 6 more of these, but since they are Bookshelf Speakers would they work well?
Or is there another set you recommend?
Oh man, no worries! Most of everything on my desk is either used or a thrift store find. As dumb as it sounds, it feels more rewarding when I get to add/upgrade and not break the bank.
I was just wondering about the mounts you're using though. I'm using a pair of these Micca's, and I really don't want to drill a mount into them, or pay more for the side clamping shelf kind.
Correct - so the G wall is where the TV and receiver will be. It's unfortunate that the speaker panels are in the top left corner but I can run that through the floors under the basement and back up to the G wall.
So what I think you're saying is that I leverage the existing 4.0 set up and added a sub and an additional speaker (is this what you mean by a center?) for a 5.1 set up?
I've looked at your guide and it's unfortunate that most bookshelf speakers and rear channel speakers are quite big, like this Mica MB42x I need to find out how much weight the wall mounts can hold but it sounds like I'll need to find a sweet spot between size and performance.
Also - you've been incredibly helpful. What can we do to provide additional support for you?
Okay thanks for the explaination! Any idea would it be worth purchasing the Micca MB42Xs? Im not sure what to expect and if they would be worth it. Im looking at Lepai $20 amp since I cant afford a much stronger one currently.
Personally, I think that's a terrible suggestion to not worry about your speakers. There are some really bad speakers out there. And some great deals to be had on used tables...
Some speakers can be really bad. Also, I'm assuming your record player won't be your only source of music? Your other sources will suffer from the lack of spending on speakers. You can get some really nice stuff speaker-wise for 100-200 bucks if you look around on craigslist and ebay. And your turntable doesn't have to be brand new.
If you're cool with used look for name brands that are known for good speakers. B&W, Boston Acoustic, Polk, Advent, JBL to name a few. Google the model number of whatever you find, see what people on the interbutts think about the speakers. If you have to have new speakers, these are OK for 89 bucks, but there's better stuff out there... That's pretty much the minimum of what I could recommend; you can spend more to get better, but those are OK to start.
So I'm looking to buy some speakers for home use, with a budget of around 100-170$. 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! :)
I just checked by adding a German address to my Amazon address list and it definitely ships. It has to say Shipped and Sold by Amazon.
The Micca MB42X are good budget bookshelf speakers. I own a pair myself and have been happy with them, though they are a little lacking in bass.
Hey guys, I'm looking at upgrading my speakers. I currently have a 600w Sony STR-K840P, with all six(5.1) stock speakers. All the stock speakers are 100w, so I believe I should look at speakers around that range. My budget is $100. I'm looking to replace the front two speakers, and possibly the center. I have my eyes on the Micca MB42X, but I'm not entirely sure what the difference between the MB42X and the MB42 is. Anyone have advice on what to buy?
I've used headphones my whole life and want to buy an audio system for my room. I will be using either my phone or my laptop as the source of the music and I was thinking I could connect with an aux cable. Are the 2 things I need an amplifier + speakers? I would like to spend $200 canadian, but I'm open to spend more on other options if it makes a big difference in build quality/ product life span.
I was thinking of getting these speakers. Now all I need is an amp. Recommendations/any info I should know is appreciated.
Thank you for the feedback.
According to the newegg link I sent, the Frequency Response is 42Hz - 20KHz. I assumed that was becuase it is a 2.1 system, which inspired by question in the first place. The Micca response cure starts at 60Hz.
I have a bit higher budget and I guess in short, I wanted to know what the next lowest system is you would recommend. I already bought the SMSL Q5. I like the variety of inputs and it allows for 2.1. Is there a speaker buying guide for the next level beyond the Miccas?
I am saving up to upgrade my current home system and I feel bad asking such open ended questions...
So, I have a solid receiver, a decent sub that I bought a year or so ago, and apparently I never got around to upgrading the speakers to my system.
Now, what brought this up is that I meant to get a projector and screen in a home theater room and I never got around to it - which is why it is half assed put together. So, the speakers came from some crappy set speakers I have had forever for a cheap home theater system that I just changed the wires on and plugged into the new receiver.
Now that I have some cash laying around, I figured it was time to go ahead and splurge and finish off this project.
So, I have a good idea on the projector and screen....now I just want better speakers.
It will be 90% home theater, occasional football, but mainly movies/netflix/etc.
I am on a budget of $500ish for the 2 main speakers, center, and the two rear speakers. For the rear speakers, I am thinking of getting the Micca MB42X
What are people's rec's on a solid entry level pair of mains/center that will not kill my budget?
I personally would but I've not heard the Air's to be honest. The Micca's are probably my favorite budget speaker. They are small, sound decent, have a good low end for their size and have a affordable center. They cross low so when adding a sub you don't have to get a sub that sounds good going up very high. Overall they are a very versatile speaker.
used Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers for $75 is your best bet, otherwise just get a decent Logitech set for less than $50
My Micca speakers are not powered - I have these:
That's why I was using the SMSL amp
re: the connections, I have the sound blaster sound card in the desktop, from which I have a 3.5mm to RCA wire coming out, which connects to the amp. The amp then has speaker wire i'm running to both of the Micca speakers.
I understand from another thread that the SMSL component I bought is in fact an amp, not a DAC, so that's what must be powering the speakers.
I did a ton of research earlier this year when I upgraded our home system. I got these, and the matching center, and have been really pleased with them. I will get another set for replacing my rear surrounds too.
Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair)
Sorry about the formatting, on the phone.
I bought these from amazon: Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter. As a complete noob, I did not know that it is not a standard speaker that comes with an audio port that connects to your PC and it does not have a power cable (like the cheap speakers I bought before). I am not sure what to buy and how to use this speakers now. Can someone point me to the right direction?
Thanks so much.
Both are hot garbage.
> Sidebar Wisdom:
99.9% of the time Soundbars or HTiB (Home Theater in a Box) systems are not a good investment of your time and money. It is the general consensus of r/hometheater not to recommend these things and instead simply steer a user toward a 2.0 or 2.1 system made of quality, Audio-Centric name brand components easy to assemble and cheap enough for low budget or space conscious buyers. Most can be expanded to 5.1 if you buy items in the correct order.
For $200 you should be looking at used receivers & speakers (non HTIB's) or get a set of these [link] & a used receiver on craigslist or at goodwill to power them until you can afford a better receiver then start adding a center, subwoofer, & surrounds as you replenish budget.
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.
Thanks for the reply!
You're the first person I've seen recommend that all speakers should match. Even /u/ZeosPantera didn't say anything of the sort in his reviews, as far as I recall. Is really a prevalent opinion?
Should I stick with my Micca center and get Micca fronts to match?
Micca MB42X are pretty much the most popular entry level speakers, at $90 a pair.
If you want surrounds to be wireless, then you would need a wireless system like Bose or SONOS. HDMI does allow for higher bitrate audio, but you won't even come close to hearing the difference on either Bose or SONOS. SONOS is much better than BOSE, but still are not that great audio wise.
For their respective subwoofers, the SONOS only gets to 34Hz at -3dB and the Bose I can't find anything on (what a surprise). A <$150 regular subwoofer would kick their asses without even trying.
I personally would have a good 3.1 over a poor 5.1.
>Receiver: Get the S720 factory refurb for the same price
Any particular reason I should upgrade to the S720? I don't care about 7.1
>The Micca center is on backorder, FYI. I bought a 3.0 for $75, and would blow away the Micca's.
I know they're on backorder. I'm not doing this in the very near future, within a couple months perhaps. What do you mean when you say you bought a 3.0?
Should I stick with my Micca center and get Micca fronts to match?
Edit: I realize now that 3.0 means two fronts and a center with no Sub.
Micca PB42X, in my bedroom (which also double as my pc speakers). Ended up with those after doing a lot of looking around and the general consensus was that, for that price, you can't really get any better small bookshelf speakers.
$180 is a pretty tough price point though. A quality amp starts around $50-$60, and decent speakers like the Micca's in the post above are $80 a pair. The LSR305's are still the king for price/performance and can be found for $200 a pair.
I'm not trying to be a jerk but the Polk signatures are the same price as the ELAC B5's.
I certainly understand being cost sensitive I'm just trying to get you decent speakers. If you have to go budget and you're importing them I would look at the Micca MB42X as they are the best cheap speakers around.
FYI - Amazon.ca is showing one more Micca mb42x left in stock via Prime right now.
I linked the Canadian link, they're a lot cheaper than the price, I got mine for like $150 CAD. You need something to power them (a dac/pre amp), or you can buy powered ones if you don't want to worry about that.
I had a pair of these several years ago and I gave them away. They don't do great on the low end or the high end. I think for slightly more money I would get the Micca MB42x $80. I found them to have better highs, slightly hot, and much better bass. All in a smaller package. If you're going for a 2.0 they are much better for the bass alone.
Buy a used AV receiver, you can get an older unit without HDMI for not much money. You can connect your PC via RCA and your PS4 via S/PDIF. Then you can power any standard set of speakers, I would recommend the Micca MB42X speakers on a budget. All you need is some speaker wire, and ideally foam pads to isolate them from the desk and point them at your ears.
If you want cheaper speakers, you can get these:
Micca MB42X - $80
Check out the Micca MB42X (and the MB42X-C if you also need a center channel). Obviously, you'll need to save some more money, but they're a good bang for the buck under $100/pair.