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Old June 22nd, 2014, 07:08 PM   #1
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I have a set of the Logitech X-240 2.1 speakers, they suck, constant humm and pick up a local AM Christian radio station. I am looking at setting up a smallish footprint system (think 2 bookshelf speakers) with decent output but a bigger emphasis on sound quality. These will be used off of my PC that has an optical digital output as well as the standard 1/8th" plug and HDMI. The room is approx 15x17x7. I have Narrowed my selection down to the 2 sets of Studio Monitor setups but I am not by any means locked into just these two so if you have any recommendations please chime in, budget is $160 max.

my first choice is the Behringer MS40

I like the front controls, Bass and Treble adjustability, Optical input and separate volume control for digital and analog inputs so I can switch from my PC to Ipod/Phone easily plus mix in my own soundtrack to games. I don't care for the coaxial output to the left speaker and I feel 20wx2 might be slightly insufficient.

My 2nd choice is the Alesis Elevate 5

With these I like the added power (40wx2 vs 20wx2), a cleaner front face and the 1/4" audio cable output for left speaker. I don't like the on/off bass boost and the rear power switch.

I have yet to audition any of these but plan to go listen to the Alesis later this week, the Behringer model isn't accessible to audition, just thought I'd ask around to see what else is out there or if anyone has experience with one of these and what they thought.

Almost forgot, these will be for 80% music 20% gaming.
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If your open to the idea of a separate amp, may want to look at parts express. They have some small lepai amps and several sets of speakers in that size range. I picked up some of their small Dayton two way book shelf speakers for rear channels and ended up ordering another set for a small bookshelf system.
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I did look into the lepai amps but they concern me that they boast better specs than Pyle for less monies, and I've never heard anything good about Pyle so I decided to ditch that idea. Also I like the semi portability of an active speaker set incase I want to take them into the garage or patio.
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For what it's worth I auditioned the Alesis Elevate 5 and they were So-so, I had the salesman do an A-B switch to the Alesis m1 active 520 and they were so damn nice I ordered a pair. I now have to wait untill next week and order a Rolls mb15b promatch di box to go from the consumer - 10db to pro audio +4db balanced xlr connection, considering how "noisy" pc audio tends to be it's a 2 birds 1 stone scenario in the proper direction.
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