$800 for soundcard and speakers

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  1. tripOne

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    Im allowing about $800 to get a nice soundcard and some speakers, ive been looking at the M-Audio and E-MU s/cards but im not sure what i should get, so please give me your reccomendation.

    My requirements:

    -i have a few short films that im about to start editing, one film will need a fair bit of voice recording from a mic, but other than that i dont really need a multi line-in card.

    -my main concern is the speakers, i would like to get some fairly accurate speakers, im thinking maybe some bookshelfs and a sub, but im not sure. I'd be willing to spend a bit more if i could get a 5.1 setup, but at the moment i dont think surround sound is that important.

    -i will also be doing some electronic music creation, mainly using reason

    my budget is a little flexible if you think its worth it, also if i need an amp etc, or do you think id be better off getting some good headphones?

    thanks for your time
     
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    tripOne

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    im also interested what you guys think of M-Audios studio speakers?
     
  3. Kush

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    To my ears the E-MU definatly has better sound quality than the M-Audio cards. However I'm not too sure how 5.1 works with the E-MU so if thats more important to you you might want to get the M-Audio Revolution. Personally I think you would be best off getting the E-MU and decent headphones with amp rather than speakers. The E-MU isn't cheap so this may limit things a bit (it cost me ~$430 from the US if my memory serves me right). Have a look at Snufkin's shop at http://www.headphones.com.au/product.html , the Beyer DT440 would probably be a good choice or maybe the Senn HD-555 if your too limited by budget. Amp-wise do a search on some DIY options.
     
  4. SquarkyD

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    if you want accurate speakers on a budget get some behringer TRUTHS, self powered (bi-amped) and under $600 if u know where to look.
     
  5. vatofale

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    my idea of the best setup is to use the spdif out from your mobo or soundcard and plug it into a decent dac, whether in an a/v receiver or a discrete dac. ive got an m-audo 24/96 and an onkyo usb digital sound processor, but i dont think you can really compare computer audio to real hifi.

    btw, hi-end soundcards are generally pretty poor with games, which is why i ended up with the two. if your planning on production though, you need one of the studio cards.

    if your into 5.1, you can pick up a rotel digital processor second hand for about $200. the dacs in that are pretty good. ead do some really good stuff too, but a bit pricy now. a second had music fidelity dac for about $600 would do you really well for hifi, if you cant afford much more :) dont know if youre at all interested in all that though.

    for speakers, i bought a set of acoustic energy aego 2 from
    here for $350 reduced from $1000, and theyre suprisingly good. they were supposed to be used for computer speakers, but theyve ended up serving as my room speakers. they might still have the special on - go in and listen for yourself, they compare well with decent floorstanding speakers at $1-2k.
     

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