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#268338 - 08/05/09 05:11 PM What would be a good cheap amp for M2/M3+EP125?
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This is my first post here. I was looking for speakers at Best Buy, and the best they had to offer in the computer dept was some Bose Companion 5's. Almost bought them before I noticed the Axiom speakers. I was going for the Audiobytes with EPZero, then decided to upgrade subwoofer to EP125. Now thinking about also upgrading the satelites to M2 or M3, but need a 2.1 amplifer to go from computer to satelites with an unamplified subwoofer conection. With this, I'm already at $705 USD, and don't want to spend a whole lot more. Anybody out there know of a good little amp for this purpose?

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#268339 - 08/05/09 05:25 PM Re: What would be a good cheap amp for M2/M3+EP125? [Re: CatBrat]
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#268347 - 08/05/09 06:59 PM Re: What would be a good cheap amp for M2/M3+EP125? [Re: CatBrat]
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If you have the space, you could pick up a used 5.1 receiver for less than $100. With HDMI connectors and the new audio formats, lots of people are selling resonably recent stuff for cheap.
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#268366 - 08/05/09 10:04 PM Re: What would be a good cheap amp for M2/M3+EP125? [Re: CatBrat]
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CB, welcome. Your post isn't entirely clear to me. Do you have the speakers and sub(unamplified sub??)or are you just considering getting them? As Fred pointed out, you can get a modest HT receiver for around $100, which will work well now with two speakers and also allow for possibly adding surround sound in the future.
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#268397 - 08/06/09 10:50 AM Re: What would be a good cheap amp for M2/M3+EP125? [Re: JohnK]
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I think he meant a receiver with an unamplified sub output (i.e. one which can do the crossover processing).
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#268736 - 08/09/09 01:57 PM Re: What would be a good cheap amp for M2/M3+EP125? [Re: ClubNeon]
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Sorry I wasn't too clear. Thanks for the input. I think the subwoofers have the amp built in, so the 2.1 is amplifier for 2 satalites and 1 feed line(?) for the powered subwoofer.

I originally was only going to spend up to $400 to upgrade my computer speakers, but this got out of hand with $1100 upgrade + amp by the time I got done. Instead, I'm going to use that money for home theater speakers instead, after I purchase a better TV.

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#268782 - 08/09/09 11:17 PM Re: What would be a good cheap amp for M2/M3+EP125? [Re: CatBrat]
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I know how that upgrade thing goes. If you still want to upgrade your computer on a budged, go entirely used. Look for older PSB, Axiom or similar speakers used locally or on Audiogone. I picked up a refurb Sherwood 5.1 receiver for $75 CDN. I missed out on a used Yamaha high end receiver for $40 a few days before that. You should be able to keep it to less than $400 and get yourself really good sound on the computer.

Another option is to pick up a pair of Behringer B2030P active monitors. They are about $150 a pair in the US. The measure VERY flat on and off axis and have built in amps. They did very well in a recent Audioholics bookself speaker shootout.
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#268788 - 08/10/09 12:35 AM Re: What would be a good cheap amp for M2/M3+EP125? [Re: fredk]
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Oops. Johnk pointed out to me that the B2030P is the passive monitor so you would still need an amp/receiver. That would still work out very well.
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#268790 - 08/10/09 12:59 AM Re: What would be a good cheap amp for M2/M3+EP125? [Re: fredk]
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