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Good to hear - a hearing aid will be a better place to put money than better speakers, particularly if you can convince him to consistently wear the thing and keep its calibration updated. FWIW if you're a member, Costco has decent rates for this sort of thing.
However, built-in computer monitor speakers are...typically pretty bad, and for at least one of /u/transam617's recs not present. You might want to consider something like a Micca PB42X or a similar $100~ powered pair of bookshelf monitors - they'll get louder and sound better than the monitor speakers. I wouldn't necessarily put them before a hearing aid, though, if it's a tossup between the two :P
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PB42x by far.
Going to be way better than tiny computer speakers with 2inch full-range drivers and a crappy sub.
I'd point you to separate speakers and amplifier but this is the easiest solution and fits your budget.
The Fiio has an headphone amp, not suited for speakers. But you can use its line out to connect an amp (or actives speakers).
Micca also has an active version of those for $20 more
No, those speakers are passive, and therefore need some kind of amplification to get sound. You can hook them up to an amp; receivers have amps in them. Alternative, Micca makes powered speakers as well. If the connections are compatible, you should, generally, be able to hook up a source (phone, etc.) to powered speakers.
I currently do not have any audio equipment and want to get a setup for my computer. Do you guys recommend any existing wireless speaker in the market that I could also use for other purposes?
If you do not recommend any wireless speaker, would you recommend the PB42X instead of the MB42X?
So I've think I've settled on the Micca PB42X as an entry speaker system, but just wanted to ask a quick question as a complete newbie to this sort of stuff.
First of all, is this a good option? Eschewing the separate amp recommended here is an extra $46 saved, but is doing that fine? And if I ever decided to buy an amp, would I be able to integrate it with these speakers?
[Edit] Additionally, it seems pretty important to get these speakers at ear level height. Is there any recommended speaker stands for these that aren't too terribly expensive? I'm planning to use these as my desktop speakers, if that matters.
You might want to read around there and find something you like.
I'm using the unpowered version of these, but if I was brand new to the whole speaker scene, I might end up getting those powered Miccas..
There are no "good" sounding pc speakers.
These aren't great, but they'll get the job done better than any "PC speaker."
I think these are pretty great for the price. I don't have a ton of experience with extremely high-end audio, but these sound great. I have no regrets about purchasing them. They are the same speakers that /u/Duryn suggested, but with a built in amp.
I'm guessing you'd like to keep things simple. You can keep the amount of extra equipment you need down by getting powered speakers. Something like this would be a good start. [link]
I'm currently building my first setup and think i've finally decided to bypass a receiver and just use a pre-amp to powered speakers. I'm looking at these on amazon. My decision is based mostly on space restrictions. I need to keep the components to a minimum . . . but i know the majority of redditors here favor a proper receiver with a phono in.
Pretty good for the price. If you need something for a compact space these would get the job done. They would be much better than soundsticks or a set of computer speakers from Logitech.
The Micca PB42x provides a much fuller sound for $50 more if you have some extra room in your budget.
So if I were to buy a pair of speakers like the Micca PB42X, I would be able to hook them up to the Magni 2 Uber along with my headphones?
I recently bought these and they're pretty good. I don't know much about audio but they sound great.
These are adequate for a very cheap system, but if I may suggest a slightly more costly but much better alternative. These are pretty much plug and play, you can use the regular aux cable or use the L/R RCA, right now these are actually $20 more than where they are usually priced, but since your buying from Amazon just watch the price and return those cyber acoustics within 30 days and trade up for these.
I actually had the cyber acoustic and upgraded to the Miccas MB42X with a Lepai amp, about the same price as the pb42x, and its a tremendous sound difference.
Check out /r/audiophile and head to the daily purchase thread for similar options. Or just search for cheap setups, with $100 you can get a fairly decent setup that will be much better than the cyber acoustic. Even though its $60 more its so worth it especially if its your primary audio.
In that case I would suggest these, [link]
There not going to shake the apartment, but they should be quite satisfying for background music over drinks or joints, & should bump for nearfield(desktop) use.
Since the LP120 already has a built in pre-amp, you do not need to buy another.
You can buy a pair of powered speakers and plug the turntable directly in to them for a super simple setup. These powered speakers are one of the better choices on a budget.
Not just me. RCA is very common in audio, and apparently I am the only on that has a decent pair of headphones that I want to wear. Also things like things like the Micca PB42X take only analog inputs, so it sucks if you want some of those without getting more cable clutter, because you have to use that adapter instead of a 3.5mm.
Does the tv provide RCA ouput? If you want the least hassle possible then you can go for the Micca PB-42x since it is self powered. That is assuming you aren't forced to place the speakers against a wall since they are rear-ported. With wall placement the Daytons and Lepai you mentioned would do fine.
EDIT: Wow, those Miccas have climbed in price. I purchased them a while back for $100 as a gift for my brother.
EDIT 2: You can also try posting this on r/BudgetAudiophile if you want some more suggestions.
I agree. That's a decent first setup, except for the speakers. Honestly, what kind of sound quality do you think you're going to get out of $29 speakers?
If it were me, I'd just go LP120 --> Micca PB42X and be done with it. Those Micca speakers will be loads better than the Dayton Audio speakers. If you want to upgrade your turntable later down the road you can, but don't chince out on (arguably) the most important component of your hi-fi setup.
Not really, but for a bit more you can get the Micca PB42X which are the recommended budget speaker set here.
EDIT: I also remember reading somehwere that the M-Audio AV32 were a step down from the previous AV30.
If your're looking to upgrade from the built in speakers get a pair of Micca PB42X powered speakers to connect to the RCA output of the TV. It's a bit more than your budget but you'll be much happier with them than the sound bar.
BTW: Your post is against the second item on guidelines.
I would recommend the powered Micca PB42x speakers,
They are a step up from the ones you posted and come with an amp in them so they are easy to use. Well worth the extra money if you can. Sound amazing.
Under 150, I could go into a couple of options, or I could cut to the chase after doing this research the past couple weeks being in the same exact position as you needing speakers in that same budget. For powered, to be honest, I would go with the Micca PB42x. Same as the highly regarded MB42x, but powered. I had these ordered but decided to go the passive route.
The powered speakers market is small as it is, specifically low-budget. Not to mention a lot of it is monitors, which aren't as optimal for vinyl systems (from the very little I've read, unless it's preference).
Save your $50 and put it toward these: [link]
They'll sound much better than many computer speakers and they're quality enough that they'll last you until you can upgrade in a few years.
These are powered, so you don't need an amp. But like other powered speakers, you will need to plug it into a wall power outlet.
Yes you can connect your laptop to these using a 3.5mm cable.
This came from the sidebar and is well recommended.
Those speakers would be a better option than the computer speakers for a few reasons. However, you would need some kind of amplifier to power them. You can search for micro stereo amps on amazon and find a bunch of different asian made models for $50 or less.
They do, however, make a powered version of those same speakers:
If you really can't swing any more than $100 for speakers you probably would be better off to just buy the cheap computer speakers and use them until you can afford to spend a bit more on something better or get out to a place that sells used gear. Here are a few decent options for under $100. They won't be amazing or give you audiophile sound quality or anything but they will be better than a portable speaker and probably better than logitech computer speakers.... (you can find these all on amazon)
M-Audio AV32 10-Watt Professional Studio Monitor $79
Behringer MS16 Compact Stereo Speaker $79
Samson Studio GT Active Studio Monitors $99
Hercules DJ 4769226 Hercules XPS 2.0 60 DJ SET $76 (i've actually heard these and they are pretty good for small speakers)
Alesis M1 Active 320 USB Studio Monitor Speakers $79
Personally, if you can't go out and look for used stuff, want to stick with amazon and can't afford more than $100, i'd buy one of the sets listed above to tide me over until I could save enough for a proper amp and speaker setup.
The JBLs might not fit but how about the Miccas? They're 9.5" x 5.8"x 6.5", considerably smaller then 12.3" x 10.4" x 14.3" JBLs. You should be able to fit them on your desk quit comfortably.
Micca PB42X might also be an option, they're basically the MB42Xs with a build in amplifier.
Micca PB42X fit your budget (they're powered speakers so you won't need a separate amp) and should outperform any pc speakers at this price point.
I wouldn't even consider a bluetooth speaker for a new permanent setup in a home. Sonos or Chromecast Audio with some bookshelf speakers.
Play 1 is $199, while a CCA and some speakers will save you about $50.
Sonos is great and setup is easy (I have 3). But if you want to save a bit of money, it's possible without sacrificing quality.
Getting into vinyl is the last thing you wanna do on a tight budget, I know from experience haha. Be prepared for all your disposable income to be dropped into it. :p
As far as speakers may I suggest these? My buddy got some and they sound pretty damn decent.
Don't get me wrong, games will look better, but many people make it sound like you can only be good at games with a 144hz monitor.
Check out /r/zeos from some really great guides on all things speakers, amps, DACs, and headphones. These self-powered studio monitors are really great and you can buy a decent sub to go with them. They're not particularly cheap, but even crappy logitech 2.1 systems are weirdly expensive.
Hey so I went ahead and bought the Micca PB42x Powered Bookshelf Speakers recommended since they fit my price range. Now I'm just wondering what would be the right sub woofer to buy along with it?
edit: Also apparently the speakers come without a power supply or wires, I assume the power supply should reflect the subwoofer I choose to pair the speakers with?
> Micca MB42
Those are standard speakers.
Powered speakers require AC power and will either come with an adapter or have PSU built-in. They will also come with line audio inputs rather than speaker inputs.
The example you show has regular speaker inputs (and nothing else) and thus are unpowered, regular speakers.
Compare the back of the speakers you found with these: [link]
Or just these which are the new active version. I just got them and they're great.
These are some great self-powered monitors. They are built on the MB42X platform but are a bit less expensive in the end, unless you already have a DAC and an amp.
For speakers look at the Miccas.
You will need RCA between turntable and phono stage and RCA between phono stage and active speakers.
/r/audiophile recommends these speakers at a similar price point, $120.
Any recommendations between the 2 for PC gaming? The Micca's don't have a subwoofer, but its possible the sound quality may be better.
These are the recommended speakers from up top of this stickied note. They're in your budget and good for a 2.0 setup. You could also get the passive versions and a small amp, up to you.
The Micca PB42X listed above is about the price I'm looking for. But it's out of stock now, will it be coming back? If not or "who the fuck knows", is there another good choice in the price range?
Edit: I'm not sure if this matters, but I need to get a headphone amp at some point too.
I'm looking to buy a cheaper pair of speakers, I have never really dabbled in this sort of thing so I do not know much to look for. I just want a nice balance of base so its not super grainy and difficult to make out, but not unnoticeable.
Budget range is around $200 AUD with some room to move.
I did see these but really I have no clue what any of the description means. Heck, even an explanation of terms or what to look for could help.
Depends on what kind of multi-room system you are looking for.
It's not a bad idea, but it may not be the cheapest or straightforward solution.
Any powered speaker will do. Take a look at the Micca PB42X
You might be better served by just using a Chromecast Audio instead though.
OR, you could get the Micca PB42X which are those Micca speakers with an amp built in which are right on budget at $100. If you're just going to stick with a 2.0 those are perfect. The MB42X is arguably the best value budget speaker you can get.
The simplest way to get the setup working would be buying some active speakers, such as these. I would not bother with an external pre-amp. Do not use your electric guitar speakers it will sound terrible.
So would these recommended ones be a good companion for a Chromecast audio? Would probably get 3 pairs for the house. They have aux in, so no amp needed? It seems the recommended cheap amp is out of stock.
all speakers need a cord to go to the PC, a power cord and one between the speakers, some a vol knob which adds complexity. I prefer a seperate dac / headphone amp combo running to a big speaker amp and speakers but for super simplicity then a I'd get a pair of powered monitors. [link]
Micca has this set, I think they sound OK but I don't think they have "decent bass". I think they sound like computer speakers.
Audioengine A2+ are respected and people like them, I can't speak from experience.
Cool, thanks so much for the info! I know next to nothing about turntables. If I want to try and use the SL-7 with a pair of Micca PB42X speakers I already own what would I need? They look like they have phono input, but I'm not sure if I need a phono preamp and an amp or not.
Thanks so much for all the info! This was such a pleasant surprise. I'm trying to figure out if I can use the SL-7 with a pair of Micca PB42X speakers I already own what would I need? They look like they have phono input, but I'm not sure if I need a phono preamp and an amp or not.
Yeah I'm super excited about it! Quick question, if I want to try and use the SL-7 with a pair of Micca PB42X speakers I already own what would I need? They look like they have phono input, but I'm not sure if I need a phono preamp and an amp or not.
Honestly, if you're willing to drop the extra $20, these are probably the best bang for your buck. Unless you save up for the Audioengine A2+'s :)
Active speakers are totally fine to pair with an LP-120. Since the turntable has a built in phono preamp, if you add active speakers that's an complete setup right there. I don't own them, but the Micca PB42X tend to get recommended here a lot.
Type "powered speakers" into Amazon and you'll get a bunch of options. Something like THESE tend to be popular around here.
I recently purchased my AT-LP 120 and it'll be coming in on Tuesday. I just was wondering what speakers would you reccomend me to buy to go with it? I would prefer to get active speakers and I'm honestly thinking of getting these [link] but I would like more opinions/options from all of you. I wanna make sure it sounds good with a decent pair of speakers.
And of course if she doesn't want to deal with an amp she could get the Micca PB42x powered speakers for around $110. Depending on the TV outputs her husband should be able to plug them directly into the TV.
>Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Pair) [link]
Those are passive, so yes, you'd need a receiver. Looks like they make a powered version, though:
I realy want to go for the Micca PB42X set up as pc speakers cuz its around the budget i want to spend but i can't find a way to get these in belgium :c any help wil be very much apreciated!
Each RGB brand has their own software. It's not a big deal if they're different brands. If they're the same brand, it's kinda cool to be able to control it all through one program. But these are probably the best gaming speakers with RGB. It's a good choice.
So the other thing is, do you think he would care that these are made for gaming? Is he really into music? He might like speakers like these instead if so:
> For the Micca setups, you'll need this to connect directly to a computer:
3.5mm TRS to RCA - use this for connecting (either of) the Micca alternatives directly to a computer.
I'm not sure this is totally correct, it appears the PB42X's have a 3.5mm input jack also, based on the images on the Amazon ad.