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Balanced woven carbon fiber woofer for enhanced transient and impactful bassHigh performance silk dome tweeter for smooth treble and accurate imagingHighly optimized 18dB crossover with Zobel network and baffle step compensationPorted enclosure delivers extended bass response with low distortionDramatically transformed sound signature that is incredibly open, balanced, and dynamic
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352 Reddit comments about Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair):

u/duckne55 · 93 pointsr/buildapc

I like Hornloaded's guide. In this case, it would be these Micca MB42Xs with the LP-2020A+ Lepai amp. These are also recommended by a fellow redditor.

Lastly, a general guide by that same redditor.

u/gurueuey · 65 pointsr/hometheater

For the same money as the sound bar plus the HDMI cable, you could go with this setup which would be miles ahead of that, and also easily upgradeable.

Start with this $150 Pioneer receiver. I have one, it's perfect for a basic receiver.

Then add these $90 Micca L/R front speakers.

Use this $150 Dayton subwoofer, or one of the other sizes depending on your room. I have the smaller SUB-800, it's an excellent small sub, i'd've gone bigger, but my wife put the kibosh on that.

Finally, if you decide to space the bookshelves out the way you should, instead of sitting on the edges of the TV stand, add this $70 Micca center channel speaker for a full 3.1 setup. Actually, even if you don't space them out, get the center. It really helps with dialog, especially if you sit off center.

Total: $460, not including shipping. Buy some inexpensive speaker wire similar to the HDMI cable you ordered, just be sure it's solid copper.

You'll have a full 3.1 setup that would handily beat all but the absolute highest end sound bars for audio quality, and is easily upgradeable. You can move the MB42x front speakers to the rear and upgrade the fronts and center, or simply add another pair for 5.1. You can also easily upgrade the subwoofer or receiver.

In addition, if you have any gaming consoles, plus a blu-ray player, a cable box, and possibly an HTPC, or might add one, the receiver has more HDMI inputs than most tvs, making it the logical choice for the command center of your system.

Edited for clarity, additional info.

u/wongsta · 24 pointsr/audiophile
  • Parallel Computer Architecture $140.91
  • Data Structures And Algorithms $119.95
  • Introduction to Algorithms $80
  • Box of CDs $???

    > Micca MB42X speakers on sale at amazon: $80
u/Syradil · 23 pointsr/Android

Micca MB42x + SMSL SA50 + Chromecast = about $194. You'd also need some speaker cable, and a 3.5mm to RCA cable.

Fluance SX6 if you want to bump up the speakers.

u/DZCreeper · 21 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I suggest that 3 part combo. The amp lacks a sub out so run the outputs into the subwoofer, set the crossover to 80Hz, and connect the speakers to the outputs on the sub.

u/jaba1337 · 20 pointsr/hometheater

See this video by Zeos

SMSL Q5 Amp + Micca MB42X speakers.


Nice little amp with a remote, and the Micca's are awesome speakers for the money. You could easily add a small, powered sub into this setup someday if you wanted, too.

u/polypeptide147 · 20 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I'll make a list of stuff you need. For the best "bang for your buck" in the $200ish price range.


Speaker wire. Amazon Basics makes great stuff. If you want, you can get 100 feet of it for an extra $2 I think. You can get those monoprice banana plugs if you want. They just help if you're going to be switching speakers around a lot.

Simple wire stripper. Should work just fine.

Cable to plug it in. That'll just plug the amp into a computer. And that cable is amazing quality. For real. I don't know what it is about it, but the moment I touched that cable I knew it was special. This isn't a joke either. You'll understand when you get one. Trust me.

50 watt per channel amp. This thing will be more than enough. I just like it because it is open box, so cheap. The same one new on amazon is $65. If you want to order from amazon, you can just get the smsl sa-36a. Same amp, just 20 watts per channel. Which, again, is plenty.

[Here's that cheaper smsl amp] I've got a few of them. They're great. This is what I'd go for if the other one is sold out.

Cheap but good little amp. I don't have one of these because I'm not a fan of the looks, but they get great reviews and a lot of people really like them.



Miccas. These things are nice for that price. In this price range, you really won't be getting anything better unless you go DIY.

Fluance SX6. These guys are big, but they throw a good amount of sound and some pretty deep bass for a pair of bookshelf speakers. Careful, they're pretty big.

Pioneer. These things are decent, but I think the Fluances would be better for this price. The SX6s throw more bass, which is good if you're not getting a sub. However, these are smaller.

Fluance signature series. I know, you said your budget is only $200, but you said if you need to spend more, then you will. These will sound better than all of the other speakers linked, however, that's not why they're here. I put them here for two reasons. The first is that they're front ported. Most people that are new to speakers might put them up against a wall or close to it, not understanding that the port needs some room to breathe. These have front ports so that's not a problem. The second reason, just look at them. If you really care about looks, these ones are the ones. They're beautiful. (My opinion obviously).

Oof almost forgot. Pleaae don't place the speakers directly on your desk.


That's a lot. I'll sum it up with my opinion and why.

Amp: smsl sa36a. For close range, you don't need anything with more power. This thing will do whatever you need for bookshelf speakers.

Speakers: micca mb42x. Why? Here's why: for this price range, you won't notice a huge difference in any speakers, unless you get some bad ones. So, get the cheapest ones you can. Later on, if you can afford to upgrade them, you'll probably want to do that. Then you'll have a pair of $80 speakers that you don't need rather than a pair of 130 speakers that you don't need. Another reason I would pick the miccas is because they punch above their price range. Most people say they sound more like a pair of $125 speakers rather than a pair of $80 speakers. So, for real, they're good. Also, they're the smallest of the bunch.

Or, build a pair of C Notes and get something way better than any of these.

Hope this helps!

u/KoreaKoreaKoreaKorea · 16 pointsr/buildapc

$30 DAC - Link - Please know these aren't game changers, it's only offering better quality sound than your motherboard. If your headphones or speakers aren't that great, it's not doing to do much. Weakest link type of thing. If your headphones suck, these wont help. But if you have a decent set of phones, many people have sworn by these.

$75 DAC - Link - More expensive, better sound output. Again, should be paired with even higher quality sound gear. $100+ speakers/headphones.

$115 DAC - My Dac - Link - I needed a dac with a little power. I use speakers with my setup instead of headphones. This one is 2x25. It's honestly the most anyone should need for a 2.0 system.

$80 Speakers - Link - These are mine. I love them. Best combined $200 I've spent. Instead of a CPU that will need to be replaced in two years, these will out last many builds if I take care of them. The reviews are through the roof compared to the price. And I'd have to agree.

There are a million reviews about the topping DAC + Micca speakers. Things feel more immersive. I think that's the simplest way to put it.

u/GbMaxSE · 16 pointsr/hometheater
u/scottymoze · 13 pointsr/hometheater

$250 AV Receiver Denon 720 (refurb w/ltd warranty, has HDCP 2.2 Dolby Atmos)

$90 Micca MB42X Bookshelves PAIR for Front

$90 Micca MB42X Bookshelves PAIR for Surround

$70 Micca MB42X-C Center Channel

$42 Micca M8C In-ceiling speakers EACH (for x.x.2 atmos)

$42 Micca M8C In-ceiling speakers EACH (for x.x.2 atmos)

$200 BIC America F12 12" Sub

$550 Projector Optoma 142X ( "Best Picture for the Money" 2018)

$205 Elite Manual 120" Projector Screen

TOTAL: $1550

You will also want a universal remote (Logitech Harmony recommended), speaker wire / banana plugs, stands / mounts, HDMI + subwoofer cable. So with this stuff as well you're over budget, but you could grab everything except the sub and add that later, for example.

EDIT: found the projector recommendation here, with more research you might be able to find better (same for the screen):

u/aladd04 · 13 pointsr/hometheater
u/Clever_Online_Name · 12 pointsr/hometheater

If I had a $1500 budget, I would recommend the following:


Epson Home Cinema 2150 - $699.00


Micca MB42X - $79.95


Micca MB42X Center - $69.95


Fluance AVBP2 - $119.99


Denon AVR S530BT - $229.00


Silver Ticket 120" Screen - $249.98


This would give you a decent entry level setup. You'll have about 50$ left over for speaker wire. I am be no means an expert but I lurk a lot and I think this would be decent.




u/ShinyTile · 10 pointsr/hometheater

I've sat here a minute trying to think of a nice way to say this, and I can't, so here's what I've got, and it's not meant to be impolite:

$150 cad isn't enough for anything good, new. A soundbar may or may not be marginally better than your TV speakers. If you buy one with a sub, it'll add bass. It won't be clear, it won't be 'good,' it'll just be there. If that's all you want, well okay then. Regarding surround sound and music: More of the same. Music is generally just 2.1, and none of the soundbars will be anything even remotely interesting. For surround sound.... Similar to the bass: You will physically have sound coming from speakers around you, but it won't be good sounding.

I'm not trying to be high and mighty, I'm on a very low end setup compared to most people here (Denon X series and Elacs.) Honestly, for $150, you can buy something, and it'll sound 'different' than the tv speakers, but not 'good.' You'll either be adding bass or you'll be adding speakers around you, and that's all I can say about it.

I know you said you don't have the space for surround sound: What does that mean? How much room do you have? If you can, I'd vote to buy this receiver and preferably these or these if your budget forced. Those are small speakers, only about 8 inches. For very similar money, that's better and will eventually let you get a better sub and center / surround speakers. The "4.1" soundbar isn't real 4.1, it's just reflecting sound around your room. I'm sure it'll sound different, but just... meh.

You might want to check out /r/BudgetAudiophile Broadly though, they're all going to be similarly loud and similar in sound quality. I'd vote the LG or Samsung over Sony. I would encourage you not to get a soundbar.

EDIT: By the way, the LG does have a separate sub.

u/rabidfurby · 9 pointsr/audio

Standard issue /r/audio "I want better computer speakers" answer - stop looking at "all in one" bundles. Since you say you have 3 monitors, I'm guessing you also built your computer from parts, right? You should look at your speaker system the same way. The links you posted to 2.1 speaker systems are like going to /r/buildapc and saying "hey guys, help me decide between these Dell and HP systems I saw on sale at Best Buy".

Absolute bare minimum, you want an amplifier and bookshelf speakers:

One step up from that, you want a powered subwoofer:

Need your speakers to be far away from the amp? Trivial, because the speakers hook up to the amp using speaker wire, which you cut to fit:

The links above are basically the absolute bare minimum I can recommend in this subreddit without getting crucified. If you can share your maximum budget, there are probably more and better recommendations.

u/Rrussell2060 · 8 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

To build a system using the minimum recommendations from this sub, let's start with this diagram:
DAC is optional, so is a subwoofer but I recommend one.

DAC: Behringer UCA202 $29.99 Link:

Amplifier: SMSL SA-50 $68.99 Link:

Subwoofer: Dayton Audio SUB-800 $99.00 Link:

Bookshelf Speakers: Micca MB42X $89.00 Link:

Wire: 16-gauge Speaker Wire $8.00 Link:

With DAC, this cable: Stereo Male to 2 RCA Male $5 Link:

Without DAC, this cable: Monoprice 105597 3-Feet Premium Stereo Male to 2RCA Male $5 Link:

This is a great starter system, I would have loved to had something like this starting out.
All of these pieces can be upgraded, do your research. Look for sales etc. Good luck and have fun.

u/sk9592 · 8 pointsr/malelivingspace

Are you talking about a $100-150 price limit?

Well, if you want a 2.1 computer speaker set and never intend on spending more money on upgrades, then the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is still a solid choice. Even after 15 years on the market.

If you are starting with $100-150 and plan on upgrading/expanding in the future, I would recommend starting with a pair of bookshelf speakers and a mini amp. Something like these:

As time goes by, you can add a subwoofer or swap out the amp for a AV Receiver. You can expand into a 5.1 or Atmos surround system by add a center channel, surrounds, or height speakers.

It all comes down to whether you want to go the one-and-done route or a piece-by-piece upgrade route.

u/Aco2504 · 8 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Buy a set of passive speakers with an amplifier that has bluetooth capability. It gives you a future upgrade path.

Suggestions for:



A number of suggestions on hardware is in the sidebar, if you don't like these.

Do NOT buy another battery bluetooth speaker. They are all hot garbage.

u/homeboi808 · 8 pointsr/hometheater

What setup: 5.1 , stereo, 2.1?

Assuming 5.1:

$180 Reciever
$110 Subwoofer (easily find $10 promo code online, or its $120)
$90 Fronts
$80 Center (matching)
$40 Rears

So that $500, but it doesn't include speaker wires (get 14 gauge oxygen free), stands/mount, cable (mono coax subwoofer cable), etc. Some of this equipment can be bought for slightly cheaper used on Amazon, so you can shave a few bucks that way.

u/SomewhatSadRobot · 8 pointsr/buildapcsales

Micca MB42X bookshelf speakers are on sale for $71. Some of them on the Warehouse Deals side are also 20% off if you're a Prime member so they end up being like $50ish. Great set of speakers.

u/Armsc · 7 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Here are some thoughts on this.

  1. Using two Bose speakers isn't going to work well and will be expensive.

  2. You'll be better off with a soundbar...yep I know bring the hate but of the two it's the better option.

  3. $200 is going to be hard but if you have variable RCA audio outputs then you can put together a budget 2.0 setup. You'll want to check your TV.

    Here are a few options to consider.

  • Soundbar - Yamaha YAS-107 $200, Yamaha ATS-1060 refurb $130 - These Yamaha's sound good on their own except for the extreme low end. However, they have the ability to add in a power subwoofer to them. I like this because the sub is not proprietary and can be used with future systems. If you're in a smaller space these will actually do alright on their own.

  • Soundbar - Sony HTCT80 $100 - Basic soundbar with a wired sub (my preference for simplicity) that will sound much better than the TV. Is this a great solution no but it will work and is very cost effective. For music it's going to be muh but for HT use in a small room it will do fine.

  • 2.0 - SMSL Q5 Pro amp $130, Micca MB42x speakers $90 and speaker wire- Slightly over budget but this will get you on the path to a much better system. This amp has an optical input so you can use it with any TV. The bookshelf speakers can be spread out to get you a better soundstage. The low end will lack but you can fix that later with a sub. You'll also need either an RCA cable to 3.5mm or an optical cable to get the signal into the amp.

  • 2.0 - SMSL SA-50, speaker wire (above) $10 and a set of BIC DV62 $120 - Larger speakers will get you better bass but you'll have to see if you have space for them. You'll also need to have those variable analog audio outputs and an RCA cable to feed the amp.

  • 2.1 - This is going to be tight and you'll need the analog outputs from the TV but this will get you good results. Lepai 168HA $30, BIC DV32 $60, Dayton Sub800 $100, and some speaker wire $10. You'll also need an RCA cable (those are cheap).
u/rpbtz · 7 pointsr/vinyl
  1. Yes, it's a good entry-level turntable and is easy to both use and set up.
  2. If you want speakers you can hook up straight to your turntable without any extra equipment you'll be looking for powered/active speakers. The Micca PB42X should be pretty decent, and the M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 should be alright as well. If you plan on getting a power amp or a receiver (so you can use passive speakers) you could look into the Pioneer SP-BS22, the Polk T15, or the Micca MB42X.
  3. Nothing if you buy powered speakers. For passive speakers you'll need either a receiver or a power amp.
  4. Radiohead - Kid A
u/ZeosPantera · 7 pointsr/audio

OK lets avoid the bluetooth speaker in general.

Micca MB42x +Lepai 2020 +Bluetooth adapter +12V battery(for the beach just put everything in a bag)

80+20+20+20 = $140

u/zopiac · 6 pointsr/battlestations

Something along the same lines would be the Micca Covo-S, but you need an amp for them (looks like the soundphonics have a built in amp in the larger speaker?). Amps can be had for cheap, but many cheap Chinese amps have a slight buzz in them whenever they're on. I don't spend any real time with super cheap speakers, so sadly I can't give any cheap amp recommendations. I had a Dayton DTA-1 on my Micca MB42X (bigger cousin to the Covo-S) and it was a weak amp, but loud enough, and no buzz. Lepai amps seem to be very hit or miss with their quality.

If you want something nicer, but a bit over $70, there's the Micca PB42X. I mentioned the MB42X, but those need an amp, whereas the PB42X has one built in. It's not a good or powerful amp, but being built in is handy if you don't plan on going for crazy quality. They aren't huge speakers -- about nine inches tall, or six inches if you lay them on their sides. IMO the best sound you can get for this price without scouting for crazy deals on hi-fi equipment.

But of course... if you happen to be outside of the US then I think that availability is pretty poor.

u/ratbuddy · 6 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Bose is 100% about marketing to people who buy into style over substance. The sound quality is generally among the worst you can buy, especially at the price point. Their noise cancelling headphones are OK, I'll give 'em that much.

Spend a few minutes in /r/hometheater or over on avsforum - you don't need to look far to find many, many better sounding and less expensive speaker setups. Just one example, these little guys will blow the doors off the Bose cubes.

u/Byrd910 · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

SMSL SA50 ($67):

Micca MB42X ($79.95):

Comes in right under your budget, and plenty of people on these forums have been happy with that setup (I have no experience personally with the amp or speakers).

u/picmandan · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I agree that we need more info, but I'll suggest a pair of the Dayton Audio SUB-1500, added to some full range speakers and a used HT receiver. A good alternative would be to DIY the sub or subs - the VBSS (Value Buster Subwoofer System) is probably a good choice.

But others are correct, if not done carefully, the bass may be irritating to others, and if the venue is too large, these may even be insufficient.

Edit - I managed to skip a good chunk of your questions:

For a home sound system that will work for your party, you'll need:

  • A 2 channel amplifier, or better yet a Home Theater receiver. Decent used receivers can be had for under $100. The advantage with a HT receiver is that it will have bass management, that is the ability to split the sound signal into upper frequencies for the main speakers, and bass frequencies for the subwoofers, which typically come with their own amplification. If you use a 2-channel amp, it can work ok, as nearly all subwoofer amps have filtering in place available to limit the signal range to only bass frequencies (for example below 80 Hz). But the other speakers will play these bass frequencies too, so there will be some overlap, and the main speakers could be more efficient if they were relieved of their bass duties as with an HT receiver.
  • 2 or more speakers. Two are usually sufficient for music. Do you want small, medium, or large bookshelf speakers, or tower speakers. Size is not always related to how loud they play, but small speakers may have difficulty filling a venue, even when subwoofers are used.
  • If you build your own subwoofer you'll also need an amplifier specifically for the subwoofer, either a plate amp to be part of the subwoofer, or another type.
  • With a subwoofer, you'll need a hearing person to help tune the system a bit. There is a gain knob on the back of most subs that helps to balance the output with the rest of the music. You may wish it to be higher than normal, which is fine, but not by too much. In particular, you may wish it increased a bit more for your party, but back at the house, have it turned down some. Bass travels through floors, windows and walls too, to an extent. You probably don't want to bother neighbors.

    Edit 2: Without any knowledge of your specific room sizes (which would still be good to know!), I'll recommend the following setup:

  • 2 Dayton Audio SUB-1500s, total $380. (Two subs will help provide sufficient output and even out the bass response over the area).
  • 1 pair of the Dayton Audio B652-Air, $45
  • 1 used 5.1 Home Theater Receiver, from Denon, Yamaha, or Onkyo for about $100. I'm partial to Denon, but the others can be fine.
u/dmizzle0929 · 6 pointsr/vinyl

you should look around on /r/audiophile. Their lowest recommended setup are the Micca MB42X and the Muse M50. You can go cheaper on the amp but the speakers are the key part to a good listening experience. You're at $145 there. The LP120 has a built-in preamp so you won't need to worry about buying a separate one.

also if you haven't yet check out /r/zeos for his 2.0 and 2.1 recommendations located HERE

All those are if you want to go new. You can probably scour Craigslist or eBay and find some vintage stuff for a little cheaper, it's up to you.

u/Brandorff · 6 pointsr/hometheater


If you're into gaming the #1 thing to look for in a TV is low input lag

Here is a list of low lag TVs Looks like one of Sonys might be your best bet

  • Stat sheets tell you virtually nothing about picture quality, read reviews

  • You probably want a TV with: LED, local dimming, 120hz or higher

  • Avoid 4K for now (too new, too expensive, not enough content)


    Get a receiver.

  • Denons are a great choice. Yamahas and Onkyos are good too

  • Buy refurbished, save $$$. Check out Accessories 4 Less & Amazon Warehouse

  • More watts ≠ more volume. Ignore ratings like 100 watts x 7 all together

  • Seriously. Any receiver will have more than enough juice

  • You probably don't need 7.1

  • You probably don't need 5.1 either. Buy a left/right pair & center channel speakers then add a subwoofer and surrounds later if you're not satisfied


  • Pioneer BS22's + Pioneer C22 are a pretty great for the price

  • Micca MB42x not as good but cheaper

  • A Canadian company called Fluance is good too and less ugly

  • If you do a subwoofer check out the BIC America F-12

u/Sirlazzlo · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I've been SO happy with my Micca MB42x's powered by a SMSL SA60

Amazing sound for $170. Here is some help in setting up your PC equalizer.

u/everlong44 · 6 pointsr/hometheater

You will have to get a receiver and with that budget, you will have to buy a refurbished receiver to get anything for your money. Amazon is selling a good yamaha 5.1 receiver below:

Then you can get a pair of bookshelf speakers to start:

This would be a pretty decent 2.0 setup. Over time you can purchase a subwoofer:

This whole setup can be expanded to a 3.1, 4.1, or 5.1 setup by purchasing another set (or 2 sets) of bookshelf speakers.

u/Jr712 · 5 pointsr/hometheater

I personally am more open to sound bars than many people here, I have one on all of my TVs except my main HT system.

That being said, if this is your main HT system I'd see if you can swing this:

Denon AVR-S530BT Refurb Receiver for $150:

Pair of Micca MB42X speakers for $90:

Total = $240

If you absolutely can't go much above $200 then get the Dayton Audio B652-AIR speakers for $67 at the link below or get the above speakers used on Amazon for a little cheaper.

The nice thing about the Micca's is they have a matching center channel (on the same Amazon page) that you could add later on to upgrade your system. And with that receiver you could eventually add a center, a sub, and 2 rear speakers for a full 5.1 surround setup. Even if you don't want anything more than 2.0 anytime soon it's best to give yourself options down the road in case you change your mind.

u/polarzombies · 5 pointsr/headphones

Same, I have to stop myself from buying more entry level headphones because it's a lot easier to financially justify buying an entry level pair then a mid - hifi pair.

Although I did just listen to Zeos again when he said that an entry 2.1 speaker setup is just as good / better than a mid to hfii pair of headphones which resulted in me buying the components for a 2.1 setup:

Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers

Dayton Audio SUB-1000 10-Inch 100 Watt Powered Subwoofer

u/brianf408 · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

First step: have you read noaudiophile's reviews? He does very thorough reviews on a lot of budget speakers, and has corrections for many of the popular options. His corrections for the Infinity P163s that I'm currently using made them sound like completely different speakers.

First let's start with powered options:

The Micca PB42X would be a good option. They are basically a powered version of the MB42X so you don't need to purchase a separate amp. Also in the similar realm that get recommended here a lot would be the Swans D1010 and the Edifier R1280T.

Personally I'm a bigger fan of passive speakers, as you get a lot more options to expand your system.

Pioneer BS22 bookshelf speakers are great and have gone on sale quite a bit lately for $70-80/pair.

Dayton B652 I am currently using as my surround speakers, but people rave about them as a budget desktop option

Micca MB42X also get great reviews.

You could also go used for your speakers, but sometimes it can be hard to parse through all the junk out there if you don't know what you're looking for.

Take any of those passive options and pair them up with an inexpensive amp like this SMSL or Lepai for a good budget setup.

I would also recommend checking your local Craigslist or Facebook marketplace for a used receiver, you could pick up a very decent one for just a few bucks and have a great starting setup. This will give you a lot more powerful amp, and the ability later to easily add a subwoofer or expand to surround sound. Personally I'm using an older Sony home theater receiver at my desk, it's old enough that it doesn't have HDMI or optical inputs, someone was just giving it away so I snagged it.

u/psycholis · 5 pointsr/hometheater

Here's an HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 receiver that will work for your needs. I would choose these MB42X with the upgraded crossovers compared to the original MB42s as the upgrade provides a big improvement in sound for only $20 more. This is already over your budget but I'll keep going.

From there you can add the matching center and a subwoofer. All told this comes out to $557. The speaker preference means little to me as everyone has different opinions about speakers but I would not skimp on the subwoofer and the one that I chose is IMO the value leader when it comes to subs.

u/turdfergusonpdx · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

easier to just throw out a few recommendations. the OP can take them or leave them afterall.

on a tight budget it's hard to beat these Micca's.

a step up from there would be Fluance. They're nearly twice as large but also exceptional for the price.

u/Blais_Of_Glory · 5 pointsr/audio

Do NOT get any internal sound card!!! I can't say this enough. People kept telling me and I didn't listed. I bought 2 of the best sound cards and had to return them due to interference. Get a DAC like the Schiit Modi 2 (Modi 2 Amazon link) or Modi 2 Uber and save yourself the frustration and have much better sound.

For speakers, check out the JBL LSR305 (Amazon link) (Amazon link with cables) or if those are too expensive check out the Micca MB42X. They're both great speakers. I got the JBL LSR305 about 6 months ago and they sound amazing with my Schiit DAC. Check on eBay too. I got a brand new Schiit DAC for about half the regular price and they have used ones even cheaper.

u/BestintheVerse · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

How much better are these than the Micca MB42x's? I just bought them for the same price a week ago... Though the Micca's are smaller though for my desktop application.

u/Bill_Money · 5 pointsr/hometheater

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.

That being said for $140 you can get a set of these: & a cheap amp from this list:

much better then a soundbar

u/VOldis · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I dunno if its frowned on here but my #1 suggestion is craigslist. I've bought JBL northridge series, Fluance sx-6, Def Tech and klipsch bookshelves for $50 or less. I've also missed on out on quite a few deals for fantastic speakers $100 or less.

The only real suggestion I have for the price range is

u/explosivo563 · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

These Micca bookshelf speakers: $80

This amp: $20

With some speaker wire, audio cable, and (optional) bigger power supply for the amp. I got this setup inspiration here on reddit and it's INCREDIBLE how good it sounds for $120 in all. I hope to buy a sub to complete the 2.1 system.

It's a perfect medium between high end and a cheap plastic satellite set of speakers. Lot's of room to upgrade too.

u/MMfuryroad · 4 pointsr/hometheater

For $1500 all inclusive I'd personally ditch the Atmos up firing speakers for now and concentrate on the main soundstage and your subwoofer. Especially with wanting a quality setup. I'd go with Ascend Acoustics CBM- 170SE's as mains, a CMT-340SE as a center for $618 shipped. Then I'd go with a HSU VTF-1 MK3 for $451 shipped. That's $1069 for mains and a sub leaving you $431 left to budget an AV receiver and a pair of inexpensive side surrounds. If needed for the CBM-170SE's (as their not towers) these HiVi stands for $99 plus shipping are a quality speaker stand at a reasonable price per pair. Any inexpensive bookshelf can double as side surrounds like the Micca MB42X's for $89 shipped. For the receiver you can get a factory refurbished 2015 Denon X1200 7.2 channel receiver with a one year factory warranty for $320

u/mellovibes75 · 4 pointsr/battlestations

Not OP but I can help you out here. Let's break this down by component:

  1. Speakers - There are two types: active and passive. Active = amplifier built into each speaker (i.e. most dedicated "computer" speakers from the likes of Logitech, Creative, etc.). Passive = 90% of speakers out there, must be connected to an amplifier to work. Typically passive speakers will get you a better speaker for a given price for an active but you have to figure in the cost of an amplifier. For a passive speaker set up, the cheapest system recommended over at /r/audiophile is a SMSL SA-60 amp and Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers. If your budget is higher, ask in the daily purchase advice sticky there (read the rules/suggestions thoroughly). I don't mess around with active speakers so I can't recommend any.

  2. Microphone - For simplicity's sake, I will recommend you look into USB connecting condenser microphones as they are affordable and have good sensitivity. Something like the Audio-Technica AT-2020 or Blue Yeti are popular mics for under $100. I have the Yeti and can attest that it is a very good and sensitive multi pattern mic. They can be hooked directly up to your PC or if you want to get really fancy, check out an audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett Solo or Scarlett 2i2. The nice thing about an interface is it allows you get a nice mic with an XLR connector (generally better than a USB connection) and it will work with your PC.

  3. Headphones - Don't waste your money on "gaming" headphones. A nice 2 channel pair of cans with a standalone mic like I listed above will hands down outperform the likes of Turtle Beach and Razr headsets. /r/headphones has a really good wiki with more info than I can provide here and headphones broken down by price range and characteristics. Plus, then you can use them both for gaming and general music listening and have a good experience, something you don't get with dedicated "gaming" headsets. The amp I listed in the speakers section is fine for headphones but Schiit makes absolutely fantastic headphone amps and DAC (digital to analog converters, check out both /r/audiophile and /r/headphones for more info on them and why they are good for your set up) with very respectable price tags.

    Hope this helps. Higher quality audio equipment can be confusing and daunting, what with all the technical details, wide price ranges, parsing through all the marketing bullshit and the sometimes snobby attitudes of some "audiophiles". I wish you luck and feel free to ask me if you have any questions.
u/mcgillicutty1020 · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Are you just looking for small speakers? Because these can be considered satellites by definition. I think people mistake compact speakers as satellites. Micca MB42X

u/CJRhoades · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Here's how I'd spend $3000:

AVR - Denon AVR-S910W $350
Subs - 2x SVS PB1000s $950
Mains - KEF Q100B $450
Center - [KEF Q200CB]( - Channel-Loudspeaker/dp/B00CE3LGZY) $500
Surround/Rear - 2 Pairs Micca MB42X $180
Total: ~$2500. Enough left over for stands, cables, banana plugs if you want them, etc. That AVR supports Atmos and DTS X so you can substitute the rear surrounds for some ceiling speakers if you'd like.

u/AverageJoeAudiophile · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

At $50 your best bets are the Dayton B652 or the slightly more expensive Micca MB42X. Add in a T-amp or any cheap stereo receiver you already have or find on CL and you'll have something better than just about any set of PC speakers.

u/jackdriper · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

You can totally get both high quality TV and music audio over wireless for a reasonable price. Check out the Chromecast Audio or Apple Airport Express. Both will stream audio over wifi to any speaker setup you go with.

I only have experience with Apple's Airplay, but if you have a couple Apple devices, it's super simple to use and works really well. You can pick up and Airport Express for ~$20 used.

For example, a pair of Micca MB42x (I'd recommend the PB42x instead, but they seem to be out of stock), an SMSL SA-50 amp, and an airport/chromecast would be about the same as the lowest-end sonos setup, and sound a lot better. For your TV, you can use a receiver instead of the amp to switch between the Airport/Chromecast input and the TV input.

If your budget is bigger than that, then swap in a better pair of speakers. Your speakers determine 90% of the quality of your system, so spend the most on them, not expensive wireless solutions.

(this is very similar to how my house is set up, so let me know if you have any questions)

u/MrBrightside1009 · 3 pointsr/hometheater

This is a solid system and should be pretty future-proofed with that receiver in the case that you want to upgrade the channels.

If you're will to put in a little work, I think you can build a better sounding set for that price.

Two pairs of the Micca 42MBX for the fronts and surrounds:
-- These speakers earned high praise and recommendation in the audiophile community (particularly AVSForums) for their fantastic sound quality, which got me to purchase them for my own system. Love them dearly!

The matching center channel:

That together is about $300.

You can then use the giftcard for a subwoofer:

A solid receiver:

Plus all your cables and banana plugs from Monoprice. You might even have some money left over to get an extra pair of the Micca speakers to make it a 7.1.

u/neat_username · 3 pointsr/hometheater

Speaking in broad terms, if a company is more well known for making TVs and the like, stay away from their audio products.

A Denon, Yamaha, or Marantz would be a better buy. Onkyo can still be a toss up, I don't know if they've rebounded from faulty HDMI board issues. Also don't be afraid to check out and snag a refurb unit. That, or check out open box units at a big box store for a steep discount.

Unless you've got an itchy trigger finger, you can camp out on Craigslist (assuming you're in the US) and grab some superb deals, too.

As far as speakers go, check out frequency response for a rough idea of how low and high they'll play (these numbers can and are often fudged, the only way to tell if you like a pair is to sit and listen to them - preferably in your own listening space - before buying, often times a storefront will have to do. Miccas are popular if you're just starting out, I've never heard them but a lot of beginners are perfectly content.

Your budget is kinda light, so you may have to skip the sub for now and add it later when you get some more money.

u/Yoyodyne_Propulsion_ · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I don't think you can get all three for that price. I would get the amp and fronts , and save for a sub.



This is a very budget level setup, but still very good. Also, I've had a couple of the Klipsch 2.1 sets, and they were pretty good for what they were, but they do die after a few years. If quality is down, I would stay away.

Sub for the future:

u/meatcarnival · 3 pointsr/hometheater

Not really looking for a sound bar.

Looking at these for speakers: Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter, Black

Just wondering if I can use something like a smsl amp to connect them to the TV... Would look much nicer IMO and I believe I can still use the tv remote to control volume out put

u/agray20938 · 3 pointsr/hometheater

Here's what I'd do on as small a budget as reasonable:


Speakers: Pick from some of these - Pioneer; Wave Crest Audio; Micca

Alternatively, you could go for a powered monitor setup. This will allow you to plug the speakers directly into the tv, without a receiver. They will sound better than a soundbar. However, they aren't as easily upgradeable like a conventional setup is, and when you decide to, you'll still need to buy a reciever. My advice, is to buy these Micca powered speakers now, then save up around $500, and buy a good quality 2.1 setup. then, you can easily move the Micca's to a desktop system, or any other TV.

u/concentus7 · 3 pointsr/hometheater

That would be enough for a budget 3.0 setup. You might be able to squeeze a 3.1 setup, but you would likely want to upgrade your subwoofer eventually.


Budget 3.0:

u/_Dozier_ · 3 pointsr/hometheater


Denon AVR-S640H - $200


Wavecrest HVL-1 x3 - $300


BIC F12 - $206


Micca-MB42X - $80




u/excel958 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Apparently reddit audophiles argue that these speakers are among the best for its price point:

If you can spring for the MB42X for an extra 20 bucks, get those. If budget is an issue, the MG42s are good too.

You will need a small AMP though. They tend to run about 15-30 dollars.

u/TactFully · 3 pointsr/hometheater

> don't have the need for much power from a system

> I don't want something that is going to rattle the house to disturb the downstairs tenants.

The main goal of quality components is NOT high playback volume with wall-shaking bass, it's high quality playback, such as you mentioned:

> to play Pink Floyd throughout my apartment as clearly as it sounds on my headphones.

I'll go ahead and give you direct purchasing advice, take it or leave it, but it will sound far better than any soundbar even up to multiple times the price.

Micca MB42x $80 - I can't imagine you can't fit these because they are really small.

Denon E300 $180 - remote control, expandability (for 3.0, 3.1, 5.1, whatever), audyssey multEq, front usb input, and network playing features if you wire it with ethernet (airplay, spotify, pandora, etc).

Speaker wire, 50ft 16awg $10

Total $270 (maybe a bit more with shipping?) for something high quality and expandable. EDIT: Maybe add 1 or 2 HDMI cables from monoprice, as needed.

u/Siegfried262 · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

What about the Micca Covo-S speakers and an amp like the SMSL-SA50?

From what I've read they're great speakers for the size and you can always upgrade down the line if you're so inclined. I have the Micca MB42xs myself and they're fantastic speakers for the price. Though those would stretch your budget a smidge.

I would suggest the Micca PB42x as they're on special pricing right now but the volume would be on the back and not as accessible as they would be with speakers using the amp I linked.

u/theuautumnwind · 3 pointsr/hometheater

Id run mb42x if you want small speakers that sound pretty good. Then you can get a real sub.

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair)

Micca MB42X-C Center Channel Speaker With Dual 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Each)

u/bcarton · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Check out /r/budgetaudiophile and /r/diyaudio.

I'm thinking about building a pair of Overnight Sensations. The kit is costs about $140.

My only hesitation is I don't have a decent soldering iron. By the time I buy that, and the finish for the cabinets, I know I'm going to be up to about $190. For that price, I could get a pair of Micca MB42X speakers and a 8" powered sub.

Either set requires an amp, which will be another $60-80.

So for now, I put up with my old Bose Companions, which really sound pretty thin.

u/TyGamer125 · 3 pointsr/hometheater

We don't recommend sound bars because they are bad by design. I'd suggest getting 3.0 with a receiver. Here are the settings on the receiver you'll want to adjust: dynamic compression (makes everything closer to the same volume meaning loud explosions won't be as loud and quiet whispers won't be quiet), vocal booster, and if needed boost the center channel volume. Here's a good setup for cheap that should provide really clear dialog:

  • Denon s530bt or Denon s540bt for $150

  • Micca MB42X $80

  • Micca MB42X-C $70

  • 3x Speaker cable with banana plugs $31 (depending on placement you might need longer or shorter cables)

    Edit: Then setup is match red on back of speaker to red on back of receiver, HDMI from tv to receiver then go through the quick setup. And if you want to keep it lower profile you could flip the speakers on their side but probably better to just buy some cheap wall mounts and mount them beside the tv since you're supposed to put them equal distance apart as they are from the listening position. Probably have it set up in 30-60 minutes.

    Edit 2: encase you were wondering why sound bars are bad
u/mysistersacretin · 3 pointsr/hometheater

For the price of that amp you could get a decent 5.1 receiver on accessories4less, which may be a better option if OP has the space.

Edit: Do something like this OP.

5.1 Receiver- $139.99

Speakers- $79.95

You said you wanted to stay under $300 if possible, so here's a decent budget oriented setup with room to upgrade as you save more money. You can get a sub later, and if you decide you want a nicer 5.1 setup, just move these speakers to be your rears and spend more money on a good set of LCR speakers.

u/HowManyCaptains · 3 pointsr/battlestations

Thanks! I spend most days here, so I strive to make it a place I enjoy.

Desk is from World Market. It looks like they have a 40% off deal going on right now!

Ultrawide is the Dell Alienware AW3418DW.

Top monitor is a dell 4k 27" I bought a few years ago. Great color reproduction.

Monitor stand || Micca MB42X speakers || Keyboard || Mouse || Lucky cat ;)

u/bobdobbsisdead · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

The classic budgetaudiophile answer is the Micca MB42xs. However you might be able to make your own for better from Parts Express.

u/JasonJ22 · 3 pointsr/vinyl

I'm looking to purchase my first setup. This is what I've come up with based on recommendations mainly from this subreddit:

TT: U-Turn Orbit basic
Preamp: Art DJpreII
Amp: SMSL SA60
Speakers: Micca MB42X

Does anyone have any advice on additions/subtractions to this setup? My concern is that I'm unable to listen to these components in person and I've only experienced vintage equipment. I really enjoy that 'warm' sound from what I've listened to previously. Will that be lost with all modern equipment?

Thanks in advance!

My listening taste is wide ranging, heavy on classic rock/jambands:
Steve Miller Band - Pink Floyd - Phish - Grateful Dead - Gorillaz - Radiohead

u/JustGump77 · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

$80 isn't going to get you anything that will blow you away, but will get you something that's a good starting point and will sound better than the built-in speakers in any monitor.

Check out Steve Guttenberg's review of the Lepai LP2020TI and Dayton B652-Air. He raved about it as an awesome $88 beginner audiophile's delight. Actually cheaper than that right now, since you can get the 2020TI for $19.99 and the B652-Airs for $44.99 on Parts-Express right now. Even if you pay shipping, that should come out to under $80.

Or, if you can stretch your budget just a bit, you can get the Micca MB42x's for $79.95 from Amazon, then throw in that $20 2020TI for the amp.

Otherwise, look around for second-hand (thrift stores, Craigslist, LetGo, etc.) and find something within your budget. Probably best to stay away from all the typical "PC" speakers like the logitech sets that come with very cheap, cost-cutting speakers and sub.

u/TSleezy · 3 pointsr/buildapc

I've been using a pair of Micca MB42X for about a year now and love them. Paired them with a Monoprice subwoofer recently and love the results.

Micca MB42X:

Monoprice Sub:

If you don't have an amp/reciever and just want two speakers to slap on your desk and be done with it, they make a self powered model as well. It will accept the AUX signal straight out of your PC so all you'd need is a 3.5mm cable and you're good to go!

Micca PB42X:

u/appothecary · 3 pointsr/hometheater

For 300 you might be better off buying LCR and a receiver then adding a sub and surrounds later.

You can probably do something like this:

u/laydros · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Samson makes some desktop monitors that feature bluetooth input. I haven't really seen any reviews for them yet. The MediaOne

Take a look at reviews for those and get at least the 4" ones. I can't expect the 3" ones would have much bass response.

Everything else listed lacks bluetooth, but you could add a standalone bluetooth reciever to any of them.

The M-Audio AV-40s get good reviews, and the Wirecutter calls them the best computer speakers.

Those are active monitors. They will be good for near field, and the amp inside them is designed with the speakers.

If you go passive plus amp you can upgrade components down the road. Maybe get the Micca MB42X and a Topping TP20, or find a good reciever (70s Kenwood, Pioneer, Marantz, Teac, Technics, etc. are great) for super cheap (0-$20) at a yard sale or thrift store or craigslist and get the Panasonic SP-BS22

u/PURPL3H3YS · 3 pointsr/hometheater

If you are in the market for a projection setup for your home theater, you should not be skimping on audio as much as you are. Don't bother with either of those systems you linked. They are bottom of the barrel systems with no way to upgrade in the future.

Your budget should really be more than $200-$300 for audio when you are putting together a projection home theater (or any home theater for that matter). You may want a decent receiver for about $200. And some of the cheapest speakers we would recommend would run you about $80 a pair. Maybe these or these for speakers. Add the matching center channel for either and you would be set. I would factor in another $100-$200 for a subwoofer if you want something decent.

If you can't increase you budget enough for all of that, we normally suggest to start off with a 2.0 system (2 speakers and the receiver) then expand as you get more funds.

Your friend sounds like he is just describing surround sound, there is no such thing as "3D" sound, just video.

Hopefully this helps!

u/MrGCar · 3 pointsr/malelivingspace

That's totally fine. They're Micca MB42-x's

I definitely recommend the speakers, but not the amp. (it gets pretty fuzzy at mildly loud volume)

u/Think_Positively · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Outside of going used and assuming you're going to order today, these Miccas are consistently recommended on this sub. Your budget would also have room to add the center now, and doing so while configuring everything properly is the best bet to achieve dialogue clarity. These guys are listed as 75 watts and your amp is 100 in stereo, so that could be bad if you're cranking them up.

These Polk RTi A1s will max your budget at their sale price, but they're larger and would be a better fit for your amp. You have some finish options with them as well. If you're OK with refurbished, A4L has the same model for $130.

Lastly, these BA bookshelfs come in just under your max. It's new old stock because the company is no longer producing speakers, but they're from a respected (while in business) company and have better specs than the speakers above.

u/Deranged40 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace*Version*=1&*entries*=0

And this:

This setup is recommended by /r/audiophile as the best speakers on a really tight budget. Here's a good review of the speakers and if you're interested, instructions on how to set up a system-wide eq that balances them even more.

u/umdivx · 3 pointsr/hometheater

> I've come to realize soundbars are the devil

That isn't the complete truth. You have to consider the audience here. Most people here are hard core (for the most part) and that is where the huge anti-soundbar sentiment comes from.

They can be decent, and work way better than built in speakers will. Hell I'm using a soundbar for my master bedroom setup mainly because I didn't want a full surround sound setup there.


> I'm looking to spend $300 as a target, but will consider up to $400 as a limit.

Main problem with this budget is you're not going to get very much. Good receivers (what I'd consider good that is) alone are in the $200+ range.

Like most will point you to Accessories4less and point you to the Denon AVR-S540BT but really it'd be the Denon 730H before the 540.

So $200 for the receiver doesn't leave you much left over for actual good/decent speakers.

But if you must the Micca MB42X's for $79 and the MB42X-C center for $70

That gets you a 3.0 setup with receiver for just under $400

u/DoTheEvolution · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

this is the classic recommendation, Miccas and a T-amp, with you budget a nicer smsl-sa60 can be had

u/I3igAl · 3 pointsr/ZReviews

I would love to!
For the amp I am using the SMSL Q5 Pro as linked by /u/Hercusleaze and I am very happy with it. I bought it especially for the optical input and remote control to use with my xbox alongside my PC. A very good feature is a dedicated sub out, really makes adding a sub simple.
If you dont need all the fancy DAC built in I would highly recommend the SMSL SA36A, SA50, or SA98 depending on the power you want (this depends on how loud you want to get and what your speakers need).
For speakers I am using a pair of Micca MB42X-C in 2.0, although I got them for half off. Most people recommend Micca MB42X, a very solid all rounder at a good entry price. I set my brother with the Fluance SX-6 speakers, and he is really happy with them although they are bass heavy.
These options are solid entry level gear, and for myself I havent needed/felt like upgrading further. If you are looking for something a bit higher end I would suggest checking out the /r/Zeos guide lists or make a dedicated thread!

u/pappyj · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Sure. I purchased,

Denon AVR-E300 There is a newer model out now I believe.

Micca MB42X bookshelf speakers

Micca MB42X-C Center speaker

BIC America F12 Subwoofer

Fluance AVBP2 Sattalite speakers

I live in a smallish apartment and the 12 inch subwoofer is close to overkill for me. It will put out some heavy punch when turned up. I am happy with the speakers that I have.

u/Emintea · 2 pointsr/hometheater

I don't even have a setup yet, so please, someone correct me if I am leading this person astray, but from my own individual research it seems one of the better and more expandable budget setups involves...

u/marcospolos · 2 pointsr/malelivingspace

After much debate from r/hometheater , I picked up these

Simple as they get, and sound amazing.

u/papasaurusrex · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I had the same question about a year ago... this is what i did...
Micca MB42X
Earthquake Sound FF6.5
SMSL Q5 Pro <-- I prolly wouldn't go with this again, not enough power.

u/jasoncaserta · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Completely new to this hifi thing and was going to get a closed box 2.1 system for around $150 now Im thinking I will start with

$90 Micca MB42X pair

$40 Nobsound Mini TPA3116

$11 Speaker Wire

Do I need anything else to make these work? Should I consider anything else (willing to go up to $200 if its significant) ? I plan to buy a sub later down the line when my budget allows it.

u/shadowmalice89 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I have a SMSL SA50 Amp + Micca MB42X setup for my speaker system.

Also, you'll be fine with Malwarebytes and Windows Defender.

u/no_4 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

And if you think it is a good deal, there's still some there, though with a ship date of July 20th or so - also you need Amazon Prime: Amazon Link

Edit. Prime day is over. No more 15% off warehouse deals.

u/Nokjaw · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Can active speakers be used with a receiver? I know all you'd need for a basic turntable setup would be just the turntable and the powered speakers, but I wanted to connect a subwoofer, so for that I figured I'd need a receiver.

What I'm unsure about is whether having an already amplified signal running from this receiver to these active speakers would fry the speakers or anything for that matter.

u/ocinn · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

This is what I mean by a speaker selector. Yes it's expensive, but it is cheaper than getting a 20 channel power amp (non existent) and 10 seperate volume control knobs.

I prefer vintage speakers, but they can be a pain (expensive) to up-keep. New speakers generally have better value and more features.

You can either staple the wire along the bottom of the wall of your room or you can have someone install it in-wall. For wireless, you could get the Sonos speakers. This would probably add up to more than the amp+speaker selector + speakers. But it is wireless and easier to work with.

I would reccomend getting either a Bluetooth receiver or a Sonos connect. The only advantage the Sonos connect has is the Sonos software and a bigger range.

For speakers, dirt cheap, I would reccomend the Micca MB42X. Cheap, reliable and they sound pretty great.

You can also get outdoor speakers for the outdoor areas. So if you have 2 outdoor areas, buy either 1 pair (1 speaker per area, mono) or 2 pairs (2 speakers per area)

If you really want even cheaper the Dayton B652 Air is a good choice.

For amps, the Behringer A500 will give you 500watts of sweet sound. That's 25watts a speaker. Okay.

The Behringer iNuke 1000,3000,6000 will give you 50, 150, 300 watts a speaker. Honestly I would get the iNuke DSP1000.

You need these cables:

x2: comes out of iNuke, wire speaker wire to the connector and then to the switcher.

IIF YOU GET ALL OF THE SAME SPEAKER, YOU CAN SKIP THE SPEAKER SELECTOR WITH VOLUME CONTROL. just get one with switching. The only reason to have volume control is if you are using different speakers.

u/MasterKat72098 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Hi quick question, I purchased two Micca MB42X speakers and one SMSL amplifier . I thought they would come with cords to connect the speaker to the amp, but they did not. So what type of wire/cord should I purchase to be able to connect these two pieces?

u/Kagrenac00 · 2 pointsr/ultrawidemasterrace

what is your budget? I am a big proponent of passive speakers with a separate amp/dac. They sound the best to me. They do tend to take a lot of space though, so it may be tough with a smaller desk. If you want powered speakers though, the edifiers have been the best in my experience.

My current setup is:

(note: this amp doesnt support subwoofers, so look elsewhere if you want a 2.1 system. In my experience I haven't felt the need for one, but YMMV)



A cheaper but still solid speaker: AND

u/blackjakals · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

If you want to go the passive route, a decent setup would probably be around $150-200. If you want something with a tuner, a receiver would be a good choice over an amp.

Right now, you can get this Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver on Amazon or Best Buy for $119 which is an excellent deal. Usually this receiver costs $149 or more and Yamaha makes some of the best budget stereo receivers. Sometimes you can find this Insignia Stereo Receiver for about $99, but right now it costs higher than the Yamaha and is not worth it. Those are probably your best deals on receivers right now that won't break the bank. Most other receivers will cost you about $150 to start.

You can find a lot of good speakers under $150 and a few under $100. What you need to do is sign up for Fry's Electronics newsletter. Just this last week they sent a coupon code in my email to get the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers for $58! Super good deal. Normally cost just over $100. They are sold out now, but this deal pops up quite often and they are well worth that price.

Here are more great speakers around $100 or less:

Micca MB42X speakers - $90.

Polk T15 - $100

Dayton Audio B652 - $30

Dayton Audio B652-AIR - $44

JBL Arena B15 - $79

u/sagar_r · 2 pointsr/hometheater

$99 : SMSL Q5 Pro Dac + Amplifier
$90 : Micca MB42X Speakers
If you can stretch your budget a little:
$130 : Fluance SX6

Future upgrade : Add a subwoofer

u/walrustourbus · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Are you me? Also SG, been researching on 2.0 speakers & only just half set my mind on T40 because sale and free shipping.

Mackie has distributors in SG actually and you can get CR3 for S$189 from City Music.

Amazon does free shipping for M-Audio AV32 and Micca MB42X if you hit above US$125 - probably can do so if you buy a couple of records too. Kanto speakers have been on Massdrop too and maybe you can wait for their deals if you're not in a rush - not sure if shipping would kill you though.

u/SalaciousB · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

These speakers, provided we are talking about the same thing, are not powered.

Micca, to the best of my knowledge, does not manufacture a powered speaker. If you have a different, powered model, then let me know what it is and I'll try to help.

The preamp in your TT is just that, a preamp-

> Definition of: phono preamp. phono preamp. An electronic circuit that amplifies and equalizes the analog output of the cartridge in a phonograph turntable. The output is boosted to a level equivalent to other audio sources such as tapes and CDs, and RIAA equalization is required to restore the original signal.

It doesn't provide nearly enough power to drive speakers. It merely amplifies the phono signal so it can be fed to an amplifier.

Ergo, if your speakers aren't amplified, which the Micca PB42x are not, you will need an amplifier in between your phono preamp and your speakers.

u/kansanonymous · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

You're looking at a simple 2.0 set up for that budget.

I would go with the following:

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair):

SMSL SA50 50Wx2 TDA7492 Class D Amplifier + Power Adapter (Black):

I would then add a subwoofer if you feel you need it. I spent many a year upgrading from builds like this to what I have today. Enjoy what you have and upgrade at your own pace.

Let me know if you have questions.

u/ImaginaryCheetah · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

so you've never heard the speakers, and guarantee they aren't going to be very impressive, and suck on the low end?

you've ... uh, heard of micca? like a crazy cult following?


yeah, they're bookshelf speakers w/a 4" woofer. it's not going to be a bass station, that's a given.

u/BurtonGoutster · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

You can get decent bookshelf speakers, a desktop amp, and speaker wire for about $150 and it will sound far better than a soundbar

Speakers $80

Amp $47

Speaker wire $10

u/aredcup · 2 pointsr/vinyl

What's your budget? Based off your table (no hate, I have the same one), I'm going to assume you're in a similar situation as me. Pick one of these three up:

Honestly, I would do them from top to bottom but that is just preference. I would buy any of them any day, but I am partial to the top because I love the look, and the middle one because of the history behind the maker. The middle ones have an insane amount of cult following in the audiophile community because they were designed by a guy who designs speakers that cost 10,000+ a piece.

u/riley212 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

thats all you need, it is one of the "proposed budget systems" regularly suggested on r/audiophile and for good reason, those micca speakers have good sound for not much money. and that amp powers them just fine

If you want more powerful sound you would have to spend more money but that setup will blow your bluetooth speaker out of the water

u/murfman713 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

So I bought myself a teac tn-300 during a sale recently and I've been truly loving it along with the vinyl I have been collecting since. However it naturally makes me want to keep improving my system and I'm looking for a good starting point.

I have been using A bose dock by directly plugging into the rear input of the device. Works fine for the time being but it would definitely be nice to start thinking of getting some actual speakers and an amp.

Could anyone recommend a good starting point to look? How much money am I really looking at spending? I'd love to hear the recommendations for my situation.

Specs: The speakers would be mainly used to sound a 20x15 room.

http: //

u/fmskat3r · 2 pointsr/vinyl
u/MJC12 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

No, the amount of speakers you hooked up to the amp did not cause it to fry!

Are these the speakers she has? If so, they are not fantastic.

My suggestion: If your Insignia is dead, buy the Yamaha receiver you linked and put the rest of your $300ish budget into getting 2 bookshelf speakers. These are the cheapest suggested speakers found at the top of this sticky post.

That leaves you with 2 speakers and a sub hooked up to a receiver which will give you a solid 2.1 setup to listen to. You can then look into adding more speakers to go with a 5.1 surround setup, or adding a center channel for clearer dialogue when watching movies, or both.

u/D-Smitty · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Just a tip, even if you want to go with a proper setup, but as cheap as possible, here you go.

Receiver: $145

Fronts and surrounds: $180 x 2

Center: $70

Sub: $90

Total: $485

Don’t feel like you have to do it all at once either, if even sub-$500 sounds like a lot. I built my own setup over the course of roughly a year.

Start with a receiver and 2.0. Then add a sub, then a center, then surrounds (or vice-versa).

u/tlopwasaflop · 2 pointsr/macsetups

If you're set on Bluetooth and want a simple all-in-one setup get these.

However, I have to recommend the Chromecast Audio - so much more reliable than Bluetooth, better sound quality, and easier to connect to. I'd pair it with this amp and these speakers. If you're feeling adventurous go this route but you'll be happy with either coming from Bose.

You can sell the unused monitor on /r/hardwareswap to recuperate some cash. Even if you don't want to get rid of it, I'd still move it so there's space for the speakers and they aren't being blocked.

u/gingenhagen · 2 pointsr/hometheater

To give you a rough idea of the quality of soundbars, if you spent more than, say, $50 on your YAS-105, you're throwing money away. These Miccas for $90 sound twice as good as any soundbar you can buy.

u/Macrz · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I'd recommend the Micca MB42x set of bookshelf speakers. Best bang for your buck out there.

u/ctfrommn · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Youre not going to find a new/refurbed AVR for any cheaper (thats near as good) better than the 2 listed right now so factor in at least 160+shipping for the Integra. That leaves like 100-150 for speakers which wont get you much beyond 2.0 (or if we get creative 2.1). The issue will be finding something good enough its not disposable. If it were me on that budget I would go 2.1 to start so at least you can get a decent movie watching experience.

Lets say a Dayton SUB-1000- 130$

And a pair of either -55$

or -70$

or -68$ Used like new

which can be moved to rear duty when you update.

u/machvi · 2 pointsr/audiophile
  1. What is your budget? my budget is around 200usd(500 Gel i live in Tbilisi Georgia and i prefer not to buy something above 100$ or i will have to pay vat)

  2. What are you looking for?I want to buy speakers, amp, dac and speakers which will work for both headphone and speakers.

  3. How will you typically be using the gear? will typically be using them at about an arms length from you (near-field)

  4. What gear do you own? I only own ipod classic gen 7, sennheiser hd 260, tin audio t2, tin audio t1 and some old creative 5.1 system.

  5. What do you intend on using for a source? source will be either my pc(ESS SABRE DAC is included into gigabyte z370 aorus gaming 7 motherboard) or my ipod classic gen 7.

  6. What material will you be using your gear for? Gaming, listening to music(electronic music) sometimes watching twitch )).

  7. Are you willing to buy used? Yes

    after doing some google research i found this: magni to fit my purposes and i was wondering if i am doing it right? as for speakers i am planning on getting these.
    can i plug magni into my sound card and use for headphone and speakers? will this work? is there anyway to improve inside this price range? do i need new sound card? (i am planning on using onboard sound card from gigabyte z370 aorus gaming 7).
u/earsizzle · 2 pointsr/malelivingspace
u/gombessaa · 2 pointsr/hometheater

The problem is your attitude towards insulting a 5.1 system for something you can get from a 2.0 or 2.1 system just as easily. "making your ears bleed" and "can't hear voices" can happen with a 2.0 or 2.1 system the same as a 5.1, so when you start out being 100% against it for those reasons, without even listening to anyone else's take on it, it pits people against you.

You come here for advice, then be open to peoples advice. If you just said "I have a $200 budget, what can I get" you would have likely gotten some good answers, its your irrelevant anecdotes that are viewed as attitude and led to animosity. You're better off deleting these comments and editing your original post, as this is the forum to get an answer.

Either way, a quick search of previous threads about a limited budget pulled up a few results, and about the cheapest receiver mentioned is $160, plus $90 for a pair of speakers, already putting you at $250 without a sub.

u/jmdugan · 2 pointsr/hometheater

current consideration

Dayton Audio SUB-1200 12" 120 Watt Powered Subwoofer
Shipping FREE
Lifetime Tech SupportFREE
Sale Price $128.00

Yamaha RX-V479 $270 refurb

Micca MB42X-C Center Channel Speaker $80 amazon

Micca MB42X pair $89.00 amazon

Two Bose bookshelf speakers for surround (already have)

wire: $20

total: 587

u/eovsrgs · 2 pointsr/audiophile

If you can't find a replacement satellite on eBay, do this:

  1. Swap the speaker wires. If left speaker was broken, and you swap them, and that same speaker stays broken, it's actually the speaker. If the other speaker is now broken, the problem is the amp, and you need to get a whole new system.

  2. If it's the speaker itself, any old 2.0 speakers will do. Get 2 of these and connect them to these and you'll have an excellent system.
u/ColoradoStauffinator · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I believe they are Micca Mb42x passive speakers, I am currently using them and they sound great for the price!

u/treycook · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile
u/MXIIA · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I think he just wants speakers for his computer and doesn't realize you can use bookshelf speakers to do so with an amp.

My current setup, and one I recommend to him, is as follows

Computer --usb--> Behringer UCA202 DAC --rca--> Lepai LP 2020A+ Amp --speaker wire--> Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers

That'll give him the dial he wants - on the amp - as well as amazing sound quality by bypassing the computer's built in DAC.

u/hack_tc · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Ah, I see now. No most amps wouldn't go to sleep on you. Yeah, you could definitely go with a small amp and passive speakers, which is my preferred setup. An SMSL Q5 Pro ($100-130) is a decent little amp with enough audio inputs for you, some Micca MB42X's are a local favorite for smallish desktop speakers ($90), and you could even add a small sub like a Dayton 10" for ($120). A pretty decent 2.1 setup (if you have room for the sub).

u/Umlautica · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Enclosure size depends largely on the stiffness of the woofer suspension an if designed correctly, in-wall speakers won't perform well in a typical bookshelf enclosure. You'd need the T/S specs of the speaker to know what the right size is too. There's a good chance they need a large enclsoure since it's using the wall as one.

The cheapest and easiest approach would be to build an open baffle for them. Even after that, the performance might be questionable and it might be better to get a pair of Micca MB42x.

u/iriantuu · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Based on advice from /u/ZeosPantera I grabbed the following:

Denon AVR-S500BT Refurbished

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers

I've been very happy with the setup. My goal was to have a flexible system for entertainment (video and music) in my bedroom that had good enough quality that I could follow movie dialog without resorting to subtitles (I have a mild mid-range hearing loss).

YMMV depending on your desires and needs, of course.

u/jcreigh · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I don't have them personally, but the standard recommendation from /r/audiophile is the Micca MB42X

u/awesomesauce1414 · 2 pointsr/battlestations

Well there's a few options for you here. There's these, which I have a highly recommend. Fluance SX6. Or a cheaper yet still apparently great set of Micca speakers that are quite a bit smaller. These both require something like this to power it, along with some speaker wire and maybe banana plugs. You could also get some powered Audioengine A2
. Those shouldn't require an amp. Overall I would highly recommend taking the plunge into quality sound equipment. I myself would buy the fluance one's again but it's up to you. The cost is most definitely worth it when it comes to these speakers.

u/BazingaUA · 2 pointsr/hometheater


what Micca's are you talking about? I got my MB42X from couple weeks ago.

u/The_Sloth_Racer · 2 pointsr/audio

Like others have said, check out Micca and JBL. They both make great speakers for budget setups. If I were you and wanted to keep my budget at around $200, I'd go for the Micca PB42X speakers which are around $100 each (Amazon link) or if you want to go slightly cheaper, the older Micca MB42X are around $80 each.

u/bakedpatato · 2 pointsr/LosAngeles

these aren't 4k panels, I think the TV either downscales 4K up to 30fps or really does have HDMI 2.0 so it downscales 4k up to 60fps

and I agree with others; I find myself enjoying my 3.1 system more than any new TV as I get SURROUND SOUND with my friend's wii u...get a decent 5.1 reciever and the Micca MB42x+ center and you'll be golden

u/BeerGogglesFTW · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

/r/audiophone would recommend:

  • $120: Micca PB42X or Micca MB42X + SMSL SA-60 if you prefer separate components.

    Its in their weekly buyers post. I own those. They're nice. Never used Klipsch.
u/tonyviv · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Minimus 7? I thought I was having a flashback lol. Completely agree with Rrussell2060. For $150-200 US budget a combination of one of these amps for $50-80

plus one of these speakers for $55-90/pair

would be best. If you're going to connect your PC via RCA plugs you're done or you could add a BT receiver for $20 if you have a tablet or cell phone you want to stream with.

u/Pyronic_Chaos · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Recommended speaker set from AverageJoeAudio subreddit

Price | Item | Dimensions | Port | Driver Size T/M | Tech Specs | Reviews | Notes
$93.99 | Micca MB42X | 5.8"W,9.5"H,6.5'D | Rear| .75",4"| 75w 4ohm 85dB | Amazon, AverageJoeAudiophile, Budgetphile, NoAudiophile, Zeos | Good over all choice. A warm sounding speaker

Here's a link to Noaudiophile's DSP correction profile for the speakers, if that's your jive.

u/vanhalen_and_bacon · 2 pointsr/vinyl

For under $100, speakers. Here's some choices if you choose to go new.

Micca MB42X

Dayton Audio B652-AIR

Pioneer SP-BS22-LR

Everything else should suffice until you can upgrade to an integrated amp or receiver.

Also, if you haven't in a year or ever, please replace your stylus/needle.

Best of luck!

u/qMorick · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Get a good cheap pair of bookshelf speakers (or smth more expensive) connect them to an amp and either use a splitter cable to plug it directly into mobo's integrated sound or use a usb dac (with rca cables). You will also have to spend some money on speaker wire to connect speakers to amp.

EDIT: another option is to skip amp part and get a pair of powered studio monitors.

u/gregers007 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Welcome to the club and happy birthday.

As for speakers, I’d recommend Micca MB42X any day. At $90/pair, they’re a great buy.

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair)

But you’ll definitely want to head over to r/zeos and do a little research before committing. Audio can be an expensive habit, so you might as well get the best bang for your buck.

u/LoveOfProfit · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

You should give us a hint of your budget.

If you get some Micca MB42x and pair it with a cheap amp such as this SMSL 36 for $50 you'll be in a good spot for under $150.

If you want a subwoofer, the infinity reference r10 is on sale currently for $120 (down from $400 MSRP). You just need to combine it with a different amp that can feed a signal to it such as the Topping MX3

u/richardsim7 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

It's a little more, but you could get a set of passive speakers and a small amp, you'd need some speaker wire and a 3.5mm to RCA Phono cable to connect it to your PC, but it will sound way better than those desktop speaker packages from logitech etc

u/lattiboy · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

So, if you like the convenience of the Pill, but want more ooomph, I've gotta recommend the Logitech UE Boombox. It's been discontinued, but you can get new or practically new models on eBay for 70 bucks or so.

I've owned a lot of nice Bluetooth speakers, and some decent audio gear, and pound for pound nothing really touches the thing.

I would recommend heading up your local Goodwill or other thrift store for speakers and an old receiver. With a pretty minimal amount of footwork, you can grab something that probably cost $1000 back in the day for $100.

Skip Marantz as it's really over priced at this point, but brands like Realistic, Rotel, Sansui, and Pioneer are still affordable. They look cool as shit, and have a nice distinctive sound. You can probably get a low-end 20 or 30 W per channel Realistic off craigslist or at your local thrift shop for 30 bucks.

You can then get a nice set of Boston Acoustic or Polk audio speakers for another 50 bucks. Just make sure the foam around the subwoofers is fine, and that the tweeters aren't busted. Most people are happy to hook them up for you to listen to.

If you don't want to mess with older stuff, grab one of these :


And a set of these:

And two of these:

Alternatively, grab the amp and wires new, and then get the speakers used off eBay or Craigslist or whatever. Speakers lose value at an alarming rate, but at the sub-$100 price point you're not really risking much.

For reference, I got a set of B+W CM2 speakers for $90 off Craigslist. They were almost $1000 new 12 years ago.

u/awgoody · 2 pointsr/hometheater

> Sony SS-B1000 pair

It seems to be the opinion of /r/audiophile is that nothing less than this is worthwhile. I understand that it's a little above your budget, but there's a minimum where the upgrade just won't be worth your money. Posters have tested a bunch of similarly priced speakers (not sure if they've tested the Sony's), and I'm inclined to agree that, while I've not listened to these speakers personally, these are an appropriate beginner speaker.

u/1369ic · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Not sure why you would want the l/r and the center, other than it's a good deal. Are you hoping to fill it out to 5.1 eventually?

I've never heard Fluance, but the go-to recommendations around here are one of these two Pioneer speakers, or the Miccas. Search this sub to look for reviews (and double check the model numbers if you're interested. I'm doing this from memory). If you get the Pioneers you should be able to afford the subwoofer that goes with it. Also, you can usually find a Polk sub like this one on sale.

There are better options, I'm sure, but these get a lot of recommendations for budget systems. I have a brother in law with the Pioneers and no sub and he's pretty happy.

As for hooking it up, you just need a 3.5mm to RCA jack cable like this one. Also, if your receiver has an s/pdif input you could go from the sound card to the receiver that way. If you use the first cable, the sound card will be decoding the digital into analog. If you use the s/pdif cable, your receiver will do the decoding. Depending on the DACs in the card and receiver, one might be better than the other.

u/Lenfried · 2 pointsr/buildapc

thermal compound is unneeded, your cpu cooler comes with some

mobo is overpriced, i doubt you'll need most of the bloat it comes with. a $100 mobo would do fine

unless you do heavy video editing, 32gb is completely unnecessary

crossfiring 2 low-end gpus isn't optimal, go with 1 high end card. with money saved from a cheaper mobo and less ram, you can probably go for a r9 290

if you don't plan on doing a custom water loop, a full atx case isn't necessary

sound card isn't needed as mobos come with on board audio. if you're serious about sound quality, get external dac and amp

almost all mobos have ethernet jacks, you don't need the wired network adapter

with this kind of budget, a mechanical keyboard is highly suggested.

edit: better speakers

u/Teknofiliak · 2 pointsr/hometheater

I'm doing the exact same thing. This is my plan. (As a disclaimer, I am fairly new and a student of /r/Zeos.)

This Receiver

Front Speakers

Center Speaker


If that sub is too large for the mobility you want, you could go with this, which is quite a bit smaller.

All that (with the F12) will be around $525.

If you're doing surround, which may limit mobility, I'd throw in a pair of these.

Don't forget some good quality speaker wire and banana plugs make life easier if you want to move it easily.

u/dorekk · 2 pointsr/battlestations

All of these are less than the AudioEngine A2+:

JBL LSR305, $240

SMSL SA-50, $68 plus any of the following:

Micca MB42X, $90

Pioneer BS-22-LR, $116

Polk TSi100, $150

u/fgoncalves97 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You have many many options! I would lurk around the sub for a while to get some ideas. The suggestions that come to mind:

For speakers, going from lowest to highest price, I'd check out the Micca MB42x's, the Fluance SX6's, and the ELAC B5's.

The SMSL SA50 is a nice budget amp but (if you have the space for it) a used receiver is the best bang for your buck and will likely be more powerful.

I have the MB42x's. They're quite capable and will do just fine for me for some time. Just remember that there are so many options out there. Do your best to find the right setup for you.

Just to get started, I'd check out Zoes' 2.0 Desktop Suggestions list from his suggestions sub. His influence as a youtuber is a bit of a controversial topic on this sub but I'd say he has some good suggestions. Good luck and have fun!

Edit: I should also mention that it's always useful to demo equipment if you can. Hit up a local audio shops and demo some gear if you have the time.

u/o0jrock0o · 2 pointsr/audio

These are your best bet in my opinion. They will sound better than that logitech system, and probably last longer as well. With the logitech system you are tying yourself down to using their sub, which means that if you decide you want better bass in the future you will have to either scrap the whole system and start over with dedicated speakers, or try to reuse the Logitech speakers and end up with something sub-par. With the Miccas, you can just add an RCA splitter and a subwoofer and be good to go.

If you want even more flexibility, go with the unpowered Miccas and get an amp like the SMSL SA50, which will be more power than you would ever need for those speakers for near-field (close up) listening.

To save a little money now you could also go with the Micca MB42 instead of the MB42x. The MB42x come with an upgraded crossover and according to most reviewers it is very much worth it to get the upgraded version.

If you really want your system to last a long time, you are much better off separating your components. Get a pair of speakers, get an amp for the speakers, and get a sub all as separate components. That way, you can upgrade components individually in the future without needing to scrap the whole system like you would need to do with the Logitechs. This also applies if a component breaks; you can replace one thing at a time. And even without upgrading, you will still end up with a much, much better sounding system for not much more money.

u/AsbestosOwl · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I just recently ordered the Fluance SX6 speakers. I haven't heard them yet but they seem to be a great set of budget speakers. They are passive but you can get an amplifier that will drive them for very cheap. The speakers cost $130.00 USD.

These are supposed to be quite good as well!

u/egamble · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Uturn orbit with phono preamp - 249 ( Be sure to press the built in button for the preamp

SMSL AD18 - 145

Micca MB42x - 90

Total 485

Is a baseline respectable system. There may be black Friday specials to bring the cost down a bit. The speakers are the weakest link here (though not bad), if you can pony up an extra ~200 you can get a much better pair (Emotiva B5, Kef Q100/150, Elac B5/B6, Chane A1.4, Klipsch RP-150m, etc.) EDIT: I also just noticed the Elac UB5 for $350 on amazon, they are definitely worth the extra cash if you can scrounge it. Also from a post below: is a fantastic deal and a better deck.

u/Will_Piss_You_Off · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

There. 5 pairs of those for under 500, and they will blow the Logitech speakers out of the water in every aspect.

As for amps, you either need an industrial amp with 10 outputs, or buy 5 smaller amps. SMSL makes good stuff, and doesn't cost a whole lot.

And you should still be able to come in under 1k.

u/rhino2348 · 2 pointsr/teenagers

Nice! I'm currently saving for a Micca MB42X, a Muse M50 amp, and a Dayton Audio SUB-800. Around $200.

u/itisrocketscience · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Yup, it will be the easiest for you as well, with the built in Preamp. but that takes out a huge chunk of your budget. But you can easily throw in a moderately priced set of powered speakers (even some cheap computer speakers would work since you'd only need the amp.

The other option would be finding some decent working speakers on CL and using a little Lepai Tripath Amp.

Speakers: Micca MB42

u/riomx · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Micca MB42X. They're a great pair of budget speakers with crossovers. I've been extremely happy with them so far. Perfect for an office or compact stereo system setup.

u/Turquoise_HexagonSun · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Not worth fixing. Those are disposable units.

For a $200 budget look into:

u/portezbie · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Receiver ($110):

Receiver - 2nd option:

-Could be good for future upgrades. Has some networking functionality and a lot more wattage.

Stereo Speakers ($80):

Sub ($130):

Wire ($18):

With tax and shipping though, that is a bit over your budget, should be around $350-400. It should sound really good, plus leave you the option to add a center channel and surround if he ever wants it.

If you want to cut the initial cost, you could forego the sub until a later date and it would still sound very good and that would get you back into budget. You could also forego the sub to purchase the more expensive receiver if that appeals to you. The nice thing about a receiver is it gives you lots of options for future upgrades.

u/KirinoLover · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Any thoughts on these speakers? I'm looking to spend about $100 on a set of PC speakers for a gift. I see the Micca MB42x are highly reviewed and about the same price, but I'm not sure what else I'll need to get them to run on a PC.


Also considering these which have good reviews but very few, or maybe this, but it looks... cheap? And reviews are meh.

u/Folthanos · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Yo, nice to see you wanna give stereo speakers a go. There's the budget options as recommended in the OP post above:

  • $120: Micca PB42X or Micca MB42X + SMSL SA-60 if you prefer separate components.

    And the second option as listed above which can be bought for as low as $215 new at the moment!

  • $215: JBL LSR305

    If you don't mind paying the extra $15 over your budget for the JBL LSR305, you will be in for a great first experience coming from headphone-listening only, as these are incredible bang-for-your-buck speakers :)
u/Spaded21 · 2 pointsr/hometheater

2.1 setup for $500

Denon S720W

Micca MB42X

Dayton Audio SUB-1200

Total = $503 before tax

No need for towers. I agree with /u/umdivx that a good sub is going to start at $500.

u/fco2013 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

If you are considering spending that much (current price for ProMedias seem to be $140) you can get a really good 2.0 bookshelf speaker set for less, that will most likely sound much better (again, audio is subjective blah blah, the usual). If you really want a subwoofer right off the bat, the ProMedia's sub isn't too bad, so I can see why you'd go with that. They are one of the best speaker sets labeled "computer speakers" out. And if piecing together a system isn't your cup of tea, I can respect that, it's not for everyone, and you seem turned off by it by the tone of your blurb about it ("real" audiophiles DO get snobbish at times, totally agree, I always tend to look for "entry" audiophiles to talk to for advice)

Here's my recommended setup, if you're curious, even if you've sworn off bookshelf speakers now.

Speakers | Micca MB42X bookshelf Speakers | $79.99 @ Amazon
Amplifier | Lepai LP-2020A+ Class-T Digital Audio Amplifier | $21.59 @ Amazon
Speaker Wire | RCA 50FT 16 gauge Speaker Wire | $6.99 @ Amazon
Audio Cable | Startech 6FT 3.5mm Male to Male audio cable | $4.99 @ Amazon
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $112.56

u/slippery_salmons · 1 pointr/pcgaming

Audio Problem I'm having, hoping someone knows the answer. Six months ago I bought an Amp Lepy LP-2024A and Micca MB42X speakers. When I would be on my computer with the amp on but not listening to anything, the speakers would make a whistling/swirling/popping/static/white noise. If I played any sort of sound through the computer, I couldn't here the noise anymore.

A month or so ago I moved the MB42X's to my living room and put a pair of Micca COVO-S speakers on the Lepy amp. The noises are still happening, but I'm noticing them more now, and I can sometimes here it over music or games that I'm playing.

Is it just a bad amp? I also have an SMSL DAC+Headphone amp powering some Philips headphones. The headphones do not make any noise.

u/TheLegendOfZero · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

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.

u/ranterbach · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I bought those Miccas for my dad for Christmas, and they surprised the hell out of me. Those little speakers have punch. They sound fantastic, and they are not lacking for bass. There are better options, of course, but those Miccas and an inexpensive amp like the SMSL SA-50 would be a damn good setup for not a lot of money. Down the road you could add a subwoofer like the Martin Logan Dynamo 300 and I think you'd be very happy.

On Amazon, those speakers and the SMSL SA-36 amp would cost $140. Add in the cables you need, and the total is $152.08.

Micca MB42X


Speaker Wire

RCA to 3.5mm Cable

u/imaturningjapanese · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hi r/audiophile,

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.

u/Shaddex · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi everyone, I'm from Ontario, Canada, and I'm brand new to turntables. I've purchased all of the following:

  • Technics SL-B2 Turntable

  • Audio- Technica AT95E Cartridge

  • ART DJPRE Phono Preamp

  • Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers

    All I need now is a power amp, right? The place I went to only had one within my budget of ~$150 CAD, that being a Sony TA-N511 for $80. I couldn't find much information about it online.

    Is that power amp okay, or should I return the DJPRE and get a receiver instead? How do all of my other components look?
u/tryfor34 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

oh Nice.

I was actually looking at something along the lines of the following.




What I still am looking for is something that would work for back of the room. But it would need to be some type of wireless from the AMP.

u/Bonjourmate · 1 pointr/hometheater

>I recently bought some Micca MB42x and they're on their way but while cleaning up my garage I found a pair of Pioneer SP-BS21s (safely in a box).

How does this happen? Drunken Amazon?

u/surgeandoj · 1 pointr/hometheater

Are these going on a shelf?
You can always put the left and right speakers sideways.

If so, these speakers would also work:

Micca MB42X & center

Klipsch RB-41 II & RC-42 II but this is slighty over budget

u/Snaxmaster93 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

For powered options, I would look at these

Vanatoo T0

Adam Audio T5V -

For passive options you will need an amplifier to power the speakers

Topping PA3 - r/

SMSL AD18 - has subwoofer output -

Passive speakers:

micca mb42x - r/

Polk s15 (on sale right now) -

Q Acoustics 3020 - r/


Did you have a budget in mind?

u/bagelwagon · 1 pointr/audio

Micca MB42X powered by the SMSL SA60. These are passive, but wouldn't the Micca Origen G2 power them? Regardless, if I can just go from the Origen > SMSL I already have, that will work too, as the SMSL has all the connections in place.

u/xmagicx · 1 pointr/hometheater

Hey bud, wondered if I could get your opinion on this:

Denon AVR-S510BT 5.2

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers (x2)

Micca MB42X-C Center Channel Speaker

Thinking of getting these then a sub and surround sound speakers later. This seems future proofed and it's on the recommended list, what are your thoughts?

u/freewarefreak · 1 pointr/battlestations

Newly acquired audio gear:

u/LEGENDARY-TOAST · 1 pointr/buildapc

If you're looking for great shelf speakers to use look no further than

I highly recommend them unless your budget is more than $200 for the speakers themselves. These can be pair with anything from a lepai amp to a high end stereo system. Add in a subwoofer for super good lows.

u/fuzzy_logikk · 1 pointr/battlestations

figures, I got more help here than in the /r/audiophiles help thread.

I asked specifically if the lepai could drive them ><

so I need a better amp if I want to get those speakers? I thought since it was 8 ohm instead of 4 it would require less power. the reccomended speakers by audiophiles are 8 ohm speakers. these ones:

u/Hatch- · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

here is what I was looking at

Polk Sub

SMSL Sanskrit Dac


Micca bookshelfs

Am I overspending for any of those components unreasonably? I come from the PC world, so I want to make sure I'm not putting a top end part among middle tier stuff and making the top end part a little pointless in doing so.

u/sorany9 · 1 pointr/techsupport

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers

Micca 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer


Right now, I have 3.5mm from my green line out to an amp then to the speakers.

I also have another 3.5mm from my orange center/sub out to my red RCA connection on the sub.

u/y4m4 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Try this:

If that doesn't work, just click on "Used & new". It's probably easier to view on the desktop version of the site.

u/deeveeance · 1 pointr/hometheater

Ahh then you ARE going for low cost... Ok, well for that price range, you can't go wrong with the SMSL SA50 for $70, and a set of Micca MB42x monitors that can usually be found for around $80.

If you want to go LOWER on the budget, head towards the Dayton Audio B652's that are 1) cheap, at $40, 2) still better than any Soundbar/Box solution, and 3) relatively portable.

With whatever speaker you choose, you can upgrade to something bigger, if you want, since the Amp is VERY flexible, with 50w of power per channel, so you can even drive some low/mid range tower speakers.

Add in about 10 more dollars for speaker cable, and you should be ready to go. Also, the Amp connects via RCA, so make sure you take adapters/cables into consideration as well since I do not know the TV/components you'll be connecting to.

I have a "similar" setup with the Micca monitors and a cheaper Lepai amp ($20) BUT also made it battery powered to take with me on mass bike ride gatherings, and they are LOUD.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

u/brutalkitten · 1 pointr/hometheater

That's doable, so a center is still a possibility. Cool. So my shopping cart is Denon AVR-300, Micca MB42X, and Micca MB42X-C Center.

Eventually we will tack on the rears but I think this will be a good start, definitely an upgrade from current very old receiver and big box speakers. Will hunt for some wall mounts for the speakers too. Once we get it and have it set up I'll try to remember to post a photo!

u/dreamer_2142 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Oh I see, based on the reviews, I can see some people paired Dayton with Micca MB42X, do you think its one of the best speaker to pair it with Dayton or you have better alternative?

u/BruceKaneWayne · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

The first pair you have linked are the 42’s and not the 42x’s. The 42’s don’t have a crossover built-in (although you can order one from the company for around $30 USD I believe and install it yourself)

It looks like the 42x’s cost considerably more over on Amazon’s ca website. Here is what they should normally go for.

Can’t speak for the second pair, but they look to only have a woofer so I wouldn’t expect too much range out of them

You won’t be able to connect them with a regular 3.5mm. They’ll need an amp and speaker wire. Most in here suggest a $20 Lepai amp, I got a $50 SMSL amp. But if you have space, getting an old stereo amp from a thrift shop will work fine on the cheap, and is what I was using for speakers before moving to a smaller place.

Long post short, if you find the 42x’s for a lower price you can probably get them and a small amp for the price of the Logitechs. If not, I’d check out some of the other suggestions from people here.

u/AltcoinTradingSignal · 1 pointr/hometheater

I think I decided I don't want to go all out for my first entry-level audio, especially since I just moved into a new apartment, i want to keep the volume reasonable low. But i do want the surround sound effect.

I was thinking about just getting these speakers since they are cheap and im sure will be a huge upgrade for me coming from just regular TV speakers from a 2008 plasma TV.

Front L,R:


Rear L,R:

No subwoofer. I don't want bass with my current living situation.

AV receiver:

TV: Sony x900e

Does this look good for an entry level?

u/Thegreatinmar · 1 pointr/audiophile

I am looking for an amp that has Bluetooth built. I am new to this so I am not sure if that is a thing or not. I am looking for one to use with these speakers.
Thanks for the help!

u/CanaCorn · 1 pointr/audiophile

Here's what I'm looking to buy to upgrade my computer speakers. I'm a complete noob. is there anything missing? any obvious slight upgrade ~$50+?
do I need banana plugs?

RCA stereo breakout cable

Lepy LP-2020A

Speaker cable

Micca MB42X

u/dramahitler · 1 pointr/buildapc

used Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers for $75 is your best bet, otherwise just get a decent Logitech set for less than $50

u/clearly_i_mean_it · 1 pointr/Zeos

Thanks for the guide! I just want to make sure I understand everything.

I just bought the Denon AVR-E300. I'm looking to set up a 2.0 system for my TV, to eventually upgrade to a 3.1 and, when I get more space, a 5.1 system.

Per this post, the Denon acts as an amp, correct? So now all I need are two bookshelf speakers and the speaker wire (which you recommend be at least 14/2 Awg 250-Feet In Wall Speaker Wire)?

I have about a $200 budget for the speakers. Between the Micca and the Fluance it seems like you prefer the Fluance?

u/reckn3r · 1 pointr/hometheater

Would Micca MB42X speakers and MartinLogan Dynamo 300 sub be good to pair up with this receiver?

u/Lowoctave · 1 pointr/audiophile

Just wondering if anyone can approve(or improve) the following list for my PC set up before i place the order. My budget is $200 for a 2.0 system. I will be purchasing a sub in the future to upgrade to 2.1.

Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface, $29

Speakers: Micca MB42X, $80

Amp: MUSE M50 EX, $68

Wiring: AmazonBasics 16-gauge Speaker Wire, $7

Total: $184.00 USD

Got some RCA wires that I will be using.

Please let me know your feedback or if there are cheaper options I can go with.

Thank you in advance

u/Korameir · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Think these would do fine for a couple of these? the pictures make the stand look flimsy so I wasn't sure if I should get those or not.

u/Bring_Napkins · 1 pointr/buildapc

Dayton B652 are the budget speakers to beat at that price range.

However, a lot of audiophiles would recommend the Micca MB42X if you can bump your budget up by $30.

Of course these are only 2.0 setups. If you want a subwoofer and an amp then you couldn't spend less than a hundred.

u/happy-cig · 1 pointr/audiophile

Starting to jump down this rabbit hole of audiophilism (is that even a word?) Looking to replace my AIWA CX-NA202 from the 90s.

Was going to just settle for an edifier r1850db but with many hours of research it seems that a passive set up may be the way to go?

The first passive setup I was going to attempt to try was the -

Nobsound Mini TPA3116

Micca MB42X

Which puts me under ~$150

But I have been hearing people just recommending an AVR, which I have landed on the Denon x1400 or x2400 which I may be able to pick up used for ~$200. Should I pair this with a Micca MB42X? Or are their other speakers that would work better with this?

Budget and currency - Under $300, USD
In which country are you located - USA
Where can you buy from -
What you want to use it for (music, movies, games, all of the above, etc) - All of the above, this will be a setup for my computer.
On a desk or in a room (or both) - On a desk in my room
How big of a space and how loud - Approximately a 12 feet x 12 feet room, not too loud and don't need much bass for now (still want the path to add a sub thou).

Thanks all in advance!

u/_jackeane · 1 pointr/audiophile

So I don't really know too much about setting up a system. Right now, I'm mainly planning on using it for music and some gaming/tv from my pc. Have a small room and not a big budget (college student), so following the recommended speakers above I'm planning on getting the Micca MB42X speakers (

Following this 2.1 setup (, it looks like I'm gonna get this DAC (

The recommended amp from above, the SMSL SA 60W, is unavailable from most places. Out of these two options which one is the best for their value?

Pyle (

Dayton (

Feel free to recommend me any other amp you think would work for ~$75 or less, it just has to have a 3.5mm input as well as an RCA input. Thanks for the help in advance friends, means a lot.

u/dakotaw7 · 1 pointr/hometheater

Gotcha. There's a lot of different ways you can go. If it were me on this budget, I'd probably do something like this.

Receiver: Denon AVRS530BT 5.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver

Bookshelf speakers: Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair)

Center channel: Micca MB42X-C Center Channel Speaker With Dual 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Each)

That would put you slightly over budget, so you could do without the center for the time being. Next month, I'd look into a subwoofer.

Craigslist can also be your friend. But as far as new is concerned, this would sound pretty good for the money.

u/metafizikal · 1 pointr/audiophile

You'll have to stretch your budget a bit, frankly.

  • Micca MB42X
  • SMSL SA-50

    For a subwoofer, check out the Dayton SUB-1000/1200. These blow your budget out but they're good performers for the price.
u/thedouganaut · 1 pointr/buildapc

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.

u/applevinegar · 1 pointr/audiophile

Not that good, although now awful.

I'd get these instead:

u/Handsome_Claptrap · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

What if i want to use it just for music and forgo PS4 and bluetooth?

In the FAQ, the suggested minimum budget setup is Micca MB42X for 80$ and Lepy Lp2020A for 24$.

Could i find something similar in Italy?


u/r0ttennes · 1 pointr/hometheater

Do you plan on or have any interest in potentially upgrading to a 5.1+ setup in the future?

Just in case you're not familiar, what you are describing is a 2.1 setup. The first number is the # of speakers. The second number is # of subwoofers. You might also see something like 7.2.4 which means 7 speakers (front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Rear L/R), 2 subwoofers, and 4 height channels or atmos speakers.

If you think you may want to upgrade to a setup like this in the future, it would be worth it to invest in an AV receiver right now, if space/budget permits. There are many great options but some popular ones are below.

Denon AVR-S540BT (Factory Refurbished) - $199

Denon AVR-X1400H (Factory Refurbished) - $289

Also, for the Micca's, you should look into the x versions which means they have a crossover.

Micca MB42x - $79

One thing to note is that these are rear-ported so you would typically not want to put these right up against the wall. As for putting them on stands or your entertainment center/tv stand, it doesn't really matter but there are some guidelines for speaker placement to optimize the sound.

u/Thirty_Seventh · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $194.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | $69.89 @ OutletPC
Memory | G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Western Digital Blue SN500 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $64.98 @ Amazon
Storage | Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | XFX Radeon RX 5700 8 GB DD Ultra Video Card | $319.99 @ Amazon
Case | Deepcool MATREXX 50 ATX Mid Tower Case | $45.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply | Cooler Master MasterWatt 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | $54.79 @ Amazon
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit | $99.89 @ OutletPC
Custom| Lepy LP-2020A Class-D Hi-Fi Digital Amplifier with Power Supply Black| $21.90
Custom| Dayton Audio B452 4-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker Pair| $27.88
| Prices include shipping, rebates, and discounts, but not taxes |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1020.08
| Mail-in rebates | -$10.00
| Total | $1010.08
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-29 05:35 EDT-0400 |

  • CPU: Easily the best performer in its price range. Comes with a respectable fan.
  • Motherboard: PCPartPicker warns about compatibility, but this motherboard is new enough that all units support Ryzen 3000 series CPUs out of the box. Has built-in WiFi.
  • RAM: Good value, fast enough that it won't hold back the CPU significantly.
  • Storage - SSD: Great performance that doesn't degrade heavily as it fills up. Some other SSDs, such as the Intel 660p, have this problem.
  • Storage - HDD: 7200 RPM and isn't a used and repackaged drive like many others sometimes are.
  • GPU: A beast. This should easily push 144 FPS at 1080p in most games. Hopefully your monitor has FreeSync!
  • Case: Looks pretty good with tempered glass windows; not sure how easy it is to build in.
  • PSU: Semi-modular for easier cable management. Tier B on the PSU tier list. Fully 200W over PCPartPicker's estimated wattage.
  • OS: You could save money short-term by not buying a license key and leaving your Windows unactivated, but you only get feature/security updates for a year and there's a watermark on the desktop.
  • Speakers/speaker amp: I don't know a lot about this stuff myself, but these seem to be about the minimum possible for a not-terrible system according to /r/BudgetAudiophile. You'll need a 3.5mm to 3.5mm or 3.5mm to RCA cord to get the amp hooked up to your PC, I think. Better speakers for more money are Dayton B652 ($31) - Micca COVO-S ($45) - Micca MB42X ($80).
u/Hercusleaze · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Couple questions.

First you say you are looking for speakers, then you say it has to have an AUX jack. So are you looking for recommends on a whole setup? i.e. speakers, amp, source?

You mention ability to add more speakers in the future, so i assume you don't mean a standalone bluetooth speaker.

Also, budget. In the audio world, for what I think you are looking for, you could spend from a few hundred bucks, to a few thousand, probably even more.

For starters, I would recommend:


If you want to add more speakers later, but have a budget, get a stereo (2.1) receiver, such as - Yamaha - Has A, B, and A+B, which is two zones. meaning two sets of two speakers. Can play either, or both. This receiver also has bluetooth. No aux jack though.


Micca MB42X - these are very decent. Z has reviewed them. Should be a good shop speaker.

Don't forget the little stuff, speaker wire at the minimum (16 gauge or bigger), banana plugs are helpful.

He would be covered for FM radio, and bluetooth with the above. If you want him to be able to stream from a laptop he would need a DAC, to convert the USB output to an analog signal. Let me know if you need a recommend for one of those.

u/raistlin65 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I only know of one speaker pair that I would recommend in your budget. Don't know if these will fit your desk, but these are very good for the price

these are more expensive but should be a little bit smaller

u/asdfman2000 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

There are a lot of factors in sound, but ultimately nothing can replace speaker size nor placement, both of which are heavily restricted by the soundbar format.

If you were to buy a pair of Micca MB42X speakers and a Super cheap mini stereo amplifier you'd experience MUCH better sound than what pretty much any soundbar can give you.

I say this as a person who resisted going the speaker / amplifier route for years until a buddy practically forced me to buy some passive speakers and an amp. I've since placed my soundbar and computer speakers where they belong: the trash can.

u/suckingalemon · 1 pointr/buildapc

If your budget can stretch to these then get them:

You will need a small amplifier to drive them though:

u/clupean · 1 pointr/buildapc

You need to buy speakers with an integrated amplifier or buy an amplifier separately.

Example: the Micca MB42X needs an amplifier, but the Micca PB42X can be plugged directly into the motherboard.

u/expl0dingsun · 1 pointr/hometheater

98 dollar sony stereo receiver

if you can add 17 dollars to your budget, get these

if you want to go lower priced, get the non-x versions. But the X versions with the crossover is really worth it. (Non-x)

u/aziridine86 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Micca MB42X bookshelf speakers plus a dedicated amp would be a go to solution for around $150-175.

I have a pair of MB42's are the same as the MB42X but cheaper as they lack a crossover.

They work great both for computer use and playing music in my experience.

u/SaltedKittyBits · 1 pointr/headphones

Hello everyone, just picked up some Beyerdynamic 770 Pro 32 Ohms over the weekend and I'm absolutely loving them so far.

Even at the risk of sounding like a dumbass, I'm stumped. They sound great but I'd love for them to potentially sound even better. I have a SMSL SA-50 Amplifer which powers my Micca MB42X speakers. This setup worked extremely well in the past as all I had were some crappy Steelseries Siberia V2's for gaming.

But now do I need more equipment to have my headphones sound as good as they possibly can? I know very little about DACs/Amps or audio equipment in general but from what I do know I'm missing something crucial.

Sorry if my question is vague and please let me know if you need more information!

Thanks for any help you can provide.

u/DrEmpyrean · 1 pointr/audiophile

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.

u/KFCConspiracy · 1 pointr/vinyl

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.

u/T850R · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hi folks,
I'm looking for a nice 2.1 setup. Will be a mix of gaming, music, and video. I'm a fan of bass as well. All input will be D/A. I just want to make sure all the components will work together, and if anyone has any suggestions.

Right now, I'm looking at:
Sony STRDH130 Reciever (

Micca MB42X (

Polk PSW505 (

Also, I am wondering how the receiver provides a signal to the sub, since the receiver has no sub pre-out. Do you connect a coax from the receiver's "Audio Out" to the sub's "Audio In"?


u/TheMunyx · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello, I am not really sure what type of amplifier I should purchase for beginner setup. I recently purchased a Micca MB42X for $50. I plan on purchasing another speaker as well. I need help on what type of amplifier I need to buy, along with, what wires I should purchase as well. I have allotted roughly $80 towards the budget of the amplifier. I plan on using Chromecast audio to stream music. is this what I need to purchase to make the Chromecast compatible with an amplifier?

From my research, the SMSL SA-60 appears to be a good amplifier to purchase with these speakers.

Also, what speaker wire should I purchase?

Any advice or tips are appreciated, thanks.

u/Zerasad · 1 pointr/audiophile

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! :)

u/dangerousfoolishness · 1 pointr/audiophile

The cheapest way to go would be to run this cable from the headphone jack on your PC to this amp. From there, run this wire to this subwoofer. Then use more speaker wire to connect the Hi-Level Output on the subwoofer to these bookshelves.

It will sound pretty good, and fit your budget pretty much exactly. It's stereo, but I don't know of a good 5.1 setup that would fit your budget.

Be warned: you WILL eventually want to upgrade every piece of this. But for your budget, for right now, this will sound good.

u/Astranger2u · 1 pointr/audiophile

I recently bought the Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers, which I have 16 gauge speaker wire for. But I cant figure out where they are supposed to plug in on my FiiO E10K USB DAC. It seems that the DAC only has a 3.5 mm jack, anyway to get around this?

Thank you in advance.

u/baconstructions · 1 pointr/audiophile

If I purchase these Micca's, will my Presonus Scarlett 2i2 be a sufficient Amp, or will I need to spring for the SMSL SA60 as well?

u/Andy-Metal · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

For over a decade I used the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1's and just recently the sub/amp started to die on me. Contemplated getting another set since I really did enjoy them but with the amp dying and having to replace the volume pod a few years back I decided to try a different path.

Opted to go with separates this time in a 2.0 setup but with room to add a sub if I ever want to. Went with SMSL A2 amp and Micca MB42X speakers. Even without a sub I enjoy them more than the Klipsch setup.

u/mintybeardman · 1 pointr/audiophile

I see you guys have recommended the SMSL SA-60 to pair with a couple of Micca MB42Xs for those of us on a budget. I'm already using a Lepai LP-2020A with my speakers at home for watching TV/Movies. I'm looking to pick up the MB42Xs for use as computer speakers in my office and wanted to know what you all think about using the LP-2024A over the SMSL SA-60?

u/ratchet132 · 1 pointr/makinghiphop


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.

u/AvantGardener_ · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hey guys! I recently got my Fluance RT80 and I’ve been loving it! But I’m finally upgrading my speakers and receiver. I settled on a few options and I was wondering which ones you guys would recommend.


SMSL AD18 HIFI Audio Stereo Amplifier ($144)


Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver $120


ELAC B5 Debut Series 5.25" $229


ELAC B6 Debut Series 6.5" $278


Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome $89

The top of my budget is about $400. I’m wondering if it’s going to be a noticeable difference to upgrade the speakers from the Micca to the ELAC B5 or even B6. I’ve been trying to find a used receiver as I realize it’s not as important as the speakers but I’ve been finding nothing locally (anything decent is way overpriced). Thanks!

u/DarthPantera · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

You didn't mention a budget so I'd recommend the following kit:

Speakers: Micca MB42x for 90$

DAC: FX-Audio DAC X6 for 65$ - bonus: you're also getting a decent headphone amp

Stereo amp: SMSL SA-50 for 65$

Total is about double what the Bose kit goes for but it should sound significantly better, is more future-proof (you can replace individual components if you want to upgrade) and it gives you an actual headphone amp. It also offloads sound processing from your motherboard to the DAC, which can result in better sound quality (depending on your motherboard). The DAC X6 and SMSL SA-50 are the same size and stack very nicely so it doesn't take anywhere as much space on your desk as a receiver.

u/GalacticOso · 1 pointr/vinyl

True, would any speaker work with the USB? For example:

u/kuuderex · 1 pointr/audiophile

I have two pairs of cans, Superlux HD681 and [Philips SHP9500] ( I'm planning to pick up Micca mb42x. Should I buy an amp or amp+dac combo? Budget $70.

u/zim2411 · 1 pointr/audiophile

$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.

u/FormerlyADog · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Thanks, this is helpful.

I think I'm going to go with /r/audiophile recommendation of Micca MB42X

u/OgChocolateNinja · 1 pointr/audiophile

If I where to buy these Micca MB42X speakers and this Monoprice Subwoofer what equipment would I need to make it all work?

u/BeardedAlbatross · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I'm not saying your Edifiers aren't fine, but that it's not what they were designed for so you'll need to be a bit unorthodox when adding a subwoofer. I'll give you 4 options:

  1. Keep the Edifiers and pick up a Pioneer SW-8MK2. This will cost the same as the Yamaha sub you were looking at. Connect your current RCA cable to a volume knob like this one. Split your signal coming out of there with RCA to Dual RCA cables and You're good to go.

  2. Spend your money on a great pair of speakers and forget a sub for now. This will offer the best sound by far and you can always add a sub down the line. Maybe you find a subwoofer for sale locally. A pair of JBL LSR305 speakers would fit the bill here. You can add a cheap mixer if you wanted more sources and convenient volume control.

  3. Purchase a pair of powered speakers with a sub output like the Kanto YU4. These are super convenient since you just connect a sub through an RCA cable and you're good to go. You can still fit in a cheap sub within your budget like the cheapo monoprice or the Acoustic Audio RWSUB-10. If you wanted to spend the extra bit for the pioneer subwoofer, that's great too.

  4. Purchase a passive system with a separate amplifier. Assuming you don't have infinite space on a desk or something then pick up an SMSL Q5. Pick up passive speakers like the Pioneer BS22 or Micca MB42X. Choose any of the aforementioned subs that fit in your budget. Pick up cheap speaker wire to connect your speakers to your amp, and use an RCA cable to have your amp send signal to your sub.
u/McDrank · 1 pointr/buildapc

I have these as surrounds in my home theater and am always impressed by them. You could either buy the powered version ($110) or the non-powered + a cheap amp to power them ($79 + amp cost).

You could check out r/hometheater or r/audiophile sidebar guides for other recommendations.

u/the_skine · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I'm assuming, based on your other responses (and because you haven't specified) that you're hooking this up to a computer exclusively, and that you have limited desk space (meaning that standard bookshelf speakers won't fit). Also, I'm going to assume that you don't have SPDIF or optical connections, since you haven't said that you do.

My suggestion, then, would be:

  • Micca MB42X, $80 on Amazon
  • Nobsound Mini Bluetooth Power Amplifier, $31 on Amazon
  • AmazonBasics Speaker Wire, $9 on Amazon

    At their price and size, the Miccas are great speakers.

    The Nobsound was reviewed by Zeos a while back, and he was pleasantly surprised. Note that you can attach the amp to your computer using USB, the 3.5mm jack, or bluetooth.

    The speaker wire is there just to remind you to factor that into your cost. You may already have some laying around, or you can probably find some cheaper than that, or in shorter lengths.


  • The Nobsound comes with a 12v 5a (12×5=60W) power supply. So you're limited to ~25-30 watts per channel. This is more than enough for desk setups and small rooms, especially given the relatively efficient Micca speakers. But if you find yourself wanting more power, you can upgrade the power supply for around $15-$20.
  • Banana plugs make hooking up speakers a whole lot easier. Monoprice banana plugs are $10 on Amazon. The only thing to pay attention to here is that most banana plugs will only accept 12 gauge to 16 gauge speaker wire.
  • Subwoofer. Neither your Logitech speakers nor the Miccas really do low end (under 60 Hz). This enters an entirely separate discussion about price, performance, and what you want out of your setup, though. I will say, though, that with the Nobsound amplifier, you'll need a sub with high-level (speaker wire) passthroughs.
u/LOCHO53 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I'm going to apologize in advance if this isn't exactly in your budget/wheelhouse, but for some excellent and affordable speakers, I recommend Miccas. They sound amazing for their price tag. Your best bet is to pair it with also one of their USB DAC's it might take a little extra set up, but they're very worth it.

u/Speedogomer · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I wouldn't want speakers mounted to my monitors, the stand may vibrate some as it's not designed to support a speaker, could vibrate your monitors or make some unwanted resonance.

You may be able to use some wall mounts if you have room.

A pair of Micca MB42X and SMSL SA50 amp may be a nice combo. You could later upgrade to a nicer DAC to improve your audio quality.

u/Aintnolobos · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

The best $125 amp deal I can think of right now is the Topaz that's refurbed by Cambridge on their ebay page if someone wants to help with the other parts. The Miccas are a great deal at $80. He will need banana plugs and speaker wire too.

Cambridge Topaz

u/Zic05 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Thank You so much for the extensive and informative reply! I think I have narrowed it down a bit. The Micca MB42X looks like a great option, but right before posting, I saw that the Klipsch R-41M went on sale. I want to add a subwoofer, and I was wondering if each of these speakers are compatible with a subwoofer? The Micca OriGain looks like a good amp but its power output is 50W per speaker, so maybe a Dayton Audio APA150 would be better? (I still don't know much about the power output and power handling, so correct me if I'm wrong). Also, if I add a subwoofer will that affect power output? (I'm thinking of getting the Dayton Audio SUB-1000.

Thanks again!

u/cstkn · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys,

I'd like to upgrade the sound of the TV inside my bedroom.

They are mostly used for gaming and movies, not so much for music as I have a headphone setup for that on my desktop computer.

My current setup has a PS4, cable box and HTPC all connected to my TV, with the TV outputting from its red and white RCA jacks into an Edifier C3. The main reason I got these speakers was because I wanted to be able to control my volume with a remote control.

My requirements are:

  1. Volume control with a remote, so I guess I need an AVR as my TV has no digital outputs. (Are there any other alternatives?)

  2. Movies and gaming

  3. No surround speakers as I don't have space for them

  4. $300-$500

    I've did some reading around the posts and have come up with the following setup:

  • Denon AVR-S510BT link
  • Micca MB42X link
  • Micca MB42X-C link
  • Perhaps add a subwoofer later as a future upgrade

    As I'm a complete noob in this whole thing, will this setup work? Will I see a big improvement from my current setup without adding a subwoofer? Any other suggestions? :)

    Here are the AVR specs that I got from the user manual.

u/zowki · 1 pointr/audiophile

Dayton B652 or Micca MB42X. Pick either pair of speakers and buy a Lepai TA2020 amplifier to power it.

Cheaper and much better sounding than Bose.

u/jchapstick · 1 pointr/vinyl

these are very highly rated by people in /r/audiophile, and bizarrely inexpensive. i got a pair and a 100-dollar subwoofer and some wall mounts on amazon.

u/Masenkoe · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Going to back up TahoeDust on this.

Much stronger build overall. If you're just storing games and data on the secondary drive it's better to have more space 2-4TB is nice.

If you don't feel you need the power of SLI, one 980 would probably do ya just fine. Personally not the biggest fan of dual GPUs myself.

As far as speakers go since they weren't covered. I'd recommend these arguably some of the best in the price range for sure. Pair it with this amp and boom, you're on your way to MUCH better sound.

u/Shike · 1 pointr/OutOfTheLoop

/r/audiophile is mostly into objective standards, and I've built plenty of systems that are better for less.

For 2.1 you can have this Bose system, or you can have and Andrew Jones designed system by getting 2x these and one of these

5.1 you say? You can have these Bose or these Andrew Jones for a fraction the cost.

The Andrew Jones include sizeable drivers, comes with real speaker parts made for actual low distortion like crossovers, sizable drivers, and properly designed tweeters. For an entry level setup they already dominate the Bose up and down.

They also have bookshelves if the towers are too much, there's also options like the Micca MB42x too which you could pair with a sub if space is a bit concern (though back firing ports means they will need space from the wall.

>I will continue to buy Bose products, and will continue to mentally tell those people to fuck off.

Fuck you too presumptuous prick.

u/ItWasAliens420 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm loving my Fluance SX6 speakers. The Micca MB42X is also a popular choice.

u/complex_reduction · 1 pointr/audiophile

>convenience of the Bluetooth

All you need to do is plug a cable in. >_>

In the thread header you can see "the absolutely cheapest system we are willing to recommend":

Looks like the Amazon store is out of stock of the MB42X speakers at the moment but you might be able to get them someplace else, I'm not sure. You will need the amp to accompany them (no amp = no power = no party). The speakers cost about $80, amp is $66.

Here's a review of the MB42X: TL;DR they will absolutely destroy any sort of Bluetooth portable speaker.

Please note there is a huge difference between these and the "MB42" model (without the X). If you're interested in buying, make sure you buy "MB42X" exactly. If you can't find the MB42X for sale anywhere, I'm not sure, sorry. You might have to ask for alternatives.

u/pds828 · 1 pointr/vinyl

most modern day receivers do NOT have the phono pre-amp stage, so the pre-amp will still be required.

we regularly through this around in other audio subreddits as being a very solid starter set up.

u/mishtram · 1 pointr/vinyl

For the speakers:

The Micca MB42X. Here's a link to the powered version. I have them and they're great for the price point. I've heard that they're better than the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR

u/BartyB · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hi Zeos thank you so much for the guide! I am someone that knew nothing about starting up a good sound system and you have helped me tremendously. I am wondering if you can explain this one thing to me that I do not understand. I am coming down to the final debate of what receiver to get and I cannot choose between these two...

This one and getting the refurbished one: (I am always skeptical about used stuff and rarely never get refurbished but thanks to your guide saying refurbished is not so bad I am open to it.)

Or this one and getting it brand new:

The S700W is a lot cheaper and from what I think I am understanding even better, while the X3000 is a few hundred dollars more and they both seem to have pretty much have the same features.. Is there something that I am not seeing and or not understanding why one might be better than the other? Which one do you suggest? I am only trying to start my sound system and for now it will only be used in my bedroom (only going to start with a 3.1) but I do want it future proof and be able to expand which is why I am going with a 7.2. So when I do move it out to a living room I will be able to add speakers. But I know anything will be better than the Philips sound bar I have now...

Here is the rest of the equipment I picked out:

Speakers: Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers and the matching center speaker.

Subwoofer: BIC America F12 12-Inch 475-Watt Front Firing Powered Subwoofer

and then for wire I just figured the AmazonBasics 16-Gauge Speaker Wire..

Just throwing out all the items I plan on starting with to see what you think and open to suggestions because I am very un-knowledgeable with sound systems. This might be a stupid question but is there a difference between a used receiver and a refurbished receiver?

Thank you again :)

u/LaGrrrande · 1 pointr/hometheater

See if your TV has an Audio Out connection that will let you run external speakers. If so, get a pair of bookshelf speakers and an amp. I'm partial (As is most of this sub) to the Micca MB42Xs. You should be able to connect it with either RCA cables, or an RCA to 3.5mm cable. Check out Zeos' guide to 2.0 systems, then I'd get as much amp as your budget would allow, so in your case there's only a couple options for $50 and under. I'm running a pair of the MB42Xs with the Lepai amp, and it's got plenty of power going for it, but something with a little more breathing room power-wise would be better.

u/Omegaclawe · 1 pointr/buildapc

Alternatively, you can get yourself some good bookshelf speakers and an amp. I've got a pair of Micca MB42x's and an smsl q5 and it's way better than any "computer" speakers I've heard. Of course, if you don't need the ability to use a remote, you can do it for much cheaper. Have a look at /r/zeos for some detailed buying guides.

u/ngraan · 1 pointr/vinyl



Phono preamp

You'll need two sets of male-to-male left/right RCA audio cable, one from the turntable to the phono preamp and the other from the phono preamp to the amplifier. You'll also need speaker wire from the speakers to the amp.

u/Magoo2 · 1 pointr/hometheater

To give some different perspective as someone who worked with a budget much like yours, what I ended up going with was:

  • Receiver: Denon S510BT, $230***
  • L/R: Micca MB42X, $80/pair
  • Center: Micca MB42X-C, $80
  • Rears: Sound Appeal SA-VF6.5S, $60

    That comes out to $450, so you can spend the remaining $50 on a mounting solution for your rears, if necessary. I did all my research on Zeos' subreddit.

    It's got a center for dialogue, it's 5.0 (so I guess the one clear downside is no subwoofer within budget for you), and it's not a HTiB.

    Full disclosure, I did end up upgrading my L/R MB42X's to a pair of MB42X-C's, just because I could then take the MB42X's and put them elsewhere in the house, but that doesn't really change my recommendation of the base setup at all.

    ***The only caveat I would offer with regards to the setup is to look at the various receivers at this price point to make sure you get the features you would want. For example, from my perspective, a receiver with support ARC would be better and the ability to use banana plugs would be a nice to have (both of which the S510BT doesn't support). They aren't major gripes because you can get around ARC by using optical out from your source, and regular wiring isn't that big a deal, but it's things I didn't realize had to be considered when I started this journey, so I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it here.
u/macreuson · 1 pointr/battlestations

Awesome setup but it's begging for some studio monitors. I recommend the Vanatoo T1 if you're a big spender, or a pair of Micas with a $100 amp. I have both and they're awesome. Audio Engine is somewhere in the middle and they're good too.

[Vanatoo T1] (


u/notcaffeinefree · 1 pointr/synthesizers

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.

u/benest · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Looks like you have both. That's pretty standard and gives you good options.
The simplest may be to add a simple SMSL amp (SMSL SA-50
for $66.99 would do the trick) with whatever passive bookshelf speakers you can afford with the rest.

The Micca MB42 are only $60, while Micca MB42X are $90.
You might be able to find the Pioneer BS22 on sale from Amazon or Fry's for under $90

You'll hook up speaker wires from the amp to your sub (Input 1) and another set of speaker wires from your sub (Output) to your speakers. Then make sure to select High on your High cut toggle.

u/Skitch_n_Sketch · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'll start off with the a basic setup and expand from there. All speakers require power which is supplied to them by an Amplifier. The Amplifier (Amp) takes signal from your source (Computer, Phone, Turntable, etc) and boosts it. You'll come across two different kinds of speakers, Active and Passive. Active speakers simply have an amplifier built into the speaker like so, while passives like so require an external amplifier.

A DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) takes the 1's and 0's from your computer and convert it into something the amplifier can understand. Basically all devices have one built in, but external ones exist that may be better. For simplicity and/or budget, I'd skip this as your computer already has one built in and this generally improves the sound the least.

So let's build a simple 2.0 system with the speakers I linked above. If you chose to buy the passive version (MB42X), you'll need an external amplifier like this. To set that up you'll go:

  • PC -> Amplifier -> Speakers

    If you chose to buy the active variant, setup is a bit simpler though keep in mind you'll lose a volume knob. Often times powered speakers don't have build in volume knobs or they're in a hard to reach location. This is where a preamp comes in, which generally allows for volume control and multiple inputs. The one I linked adds a volume knob and allows you to connect two sources at once then switch between them. So you can go:

  • PC -> Speaker (With no knob, you'll have to control volume through windows0
  • PC -> Preamp -> Speaker

    Headphones add another layer to this whole thing. I'd probably just leave them plugged into the computer, but volume might get wonky.

    Lastly, subwoofers often end up being harder to integrate than you'd think. If you're on a budget, I'd honestly skip it.
u/HalfScrim · 1 pointr/vinyl

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.

u/Skrynnovich · 1 pointr/vinyl

Ideally, you want to spend the most money towards obtaining better speakers. You can't improve upon the sound of your source, but you can lose less detail; the speakers are the culprits that lose/alter/affect the most of your sound's detail/musicality/etc. So naturally, this is what you want to spend the most money on (cheap speakers with cheap components really dull down the music). The best NEW budget speakers you'll find are $80 Micca MB42X's.

As a rule of thumb: used audio equipment is usually cheaper and better than new items at the same price range.

As far as turntables go, the LP60 does need to be upgraded. When looking for a better turntable, you really want to have tracking weight adjustment, anti-skating adjustment, and the possibility to upgrade cartridges (the part that houses the needle and interprets grooves into analog audio signal). The LP60 has none of those. My go to recommendation would be to look for a used Rega Planar 3 or P3 on eBay (~$350), those are some quality tables with lots of room for upgradeability (installing upgrades to the Rega can make it come close to $3,000+ TTs).

For a phono preamplifier, on a tight budget, I'd recommend a Cambridge Audio Azur 540p, which can be found for ~$50-60.

Increasing your budget up to $500 would put you together a setup that would definitely sound FAR better than an AT-LP60!

Wish you two best of luck, and enjoy the music!

u/cerialphreak · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

You mentioned in other comments that you're primarily playing from your PC and maybe from your phone. In that case I would suggest the SMSL AD18 which has optical (check your motherboard), usb, and bluetooth inputs and you can just hook up your TV/ monitor and change your audio device to the amp. It also has a headphone amp as well which is what sold me on it. That cuts your budget down to $100ish unfortunately which doesn't leave much room for speakers let alone speakers + sub. For speakers the Micca MB42x are solid and can definitely fill a room. You will probably want to eq up the bass a bit. There's also the Andrew Jones Pioneer BS22's (mentioned in another comment) which might be better for home theater use but would put you over budget (maybe wait for a sale if you don't have any leeway in your budget).

If it were my money, I'd go with the Miccas now with the intention of upgrading the speakers or buying a sub later down the road.

u/ahbicr · 1 pointr/audiophile

how compatible are these micca speakers - it says: two different impedances so im not sure if the wattage is in refferance to at 4 ohms or at 8 ohms (impedance: 4-8 ohms - Sensitivity: 85dB 1W/1M - power handling: 75 watts (each))
and a sony strse391... this is the page in the manual that says the watts and impudence

Thank you!!

u/FlufferNutter8675309 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hello! I finally have all of my components and am ready to connect my audio parts to complete my setup!


the parts I am using is:


my computer's motherboard: MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC ( for audio out?)


SMSL SA36 Amp:


Dayton SUB1000:


Micca Speakers:


Here are the outputs on my Motherboard:


my question is, how do I connect the whole system? I'm guessing to connect from my PC to my Sub's input, then from the Sub's output to the amp, and then from the amp to the 2 speakers ( L and R respectively ).


IF that is correct, how do I connect from the back of my PC to the Sub? via the the Red and White input's? or the High level input? I don't know what that cable is called but I've seen plenty on older TV sets for audio out, similar to S-Video but these would just be Red and White? tyia.

u/marioy1 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Just moved into a condo with neighbors so I do not want to be too excessive with my setup.
I'm very new to this so please ELI5 as much as possible. Budget is ~$400
>I would like to begin building my setup with these: Micca MB42x
>>Please comment your opinion on this speaker and an amp to pair it with that has volume control and potentially Bluetooth if that is an option.

u/picacat · 1 pointr/hometheater

Atmos is a configuration that uses a traditional surround sound setup (5.1 or 7.1) in addition to speakers in the ceiling. There are significant technical details that are different, but all you need to know is that it uses in-ceiling speakers.

Take a look at this site It will give you some info on what the speaker setup differences between traditional surround setups (5.1, 7.1) and atmos setups (5.1.X or 7.1.X) are. The speakers you have right now would ONLY be used for the in-ceiling speakers (the .X part of the setup).

If you want a 5.1.4 setup (5.1.4 overhead speaker setup in the guide I linked), which takes advantage of 4 of your in-ceiling speakers, it's possible on your budget, but obviously won't be the best around.


Front L/R speakers

Center speaker

Surround Speakers


This fits into you budget of $500 receiver, $200 on speakers, and $200 on subwoofer. It is pretty much the lowest quality speakers/subwoofer you can get that are still respectable. But you will probably be just fine with it.

You'll also need speaker wire, subwoofer cable, etc., which will run you another $75ish maybe.

u/loaba · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

In a smaller viewing area, like I think you're describing, small speakers like the passive MB42X ($79.99) will be adequate and 100% better than TV speakers. Add in a small amp (no DAC, just let the TV do that for now) for $79.99 and you're set at about $160.00. Use the left over cash for decent speaker wire and some isolation pads.

In the future, shift the whole rig to another TV or a PC or use the little speakers for a rear surround setup.



Micca 6' Speaker Wire

Micca Isolation Pads

u/someone31988 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

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.

u/highroller038 · 1 pointr/hometheater

I see lots of commenters recommending high-end stuff which is understandable since you are building your own house and having a large dedicated space for a banging HT. A good 7 channel receiver plus a subwoofer powerful enough for your large room will add up to $1000 pretty quick. Heck, I'd reccomend two subwoofers for a space that large. I will probably get downvoted, but let me help you find some more budget friendly choices.

Receiver $300 - DENON

Subwoofer $300 - Bic Acoustech PL-200 II

Front LR $200 - Fluance Signature Series

* Matching Center - $150

Surround and Rear Surrounds - Micca MB42X 2x$80

This puts you just slightly over budget. also factor in speaker mounts / shelves / stands, cables, etc.... There's obviously lots of options and everyone has their own opinions. Have fun researching, I hope this helps!

u/Airiq49 · 1 pointr/hometheater

Thank you! Here is another question then...

Would the ELAC Debut's be overkill for a PC/Desktop setup? I'm looking for upgrade my PC speakers as well, and was going to go Micca MB42X for that. However, with this sale if it makes sense I could buy a second set for the PC.

u/dslrpotato · 1 pointr/hometheater

Thanks for the reply!

>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.

u/jperryss · 1 pointr/crtgaming

Sure. I'm currently running this stereo/speaker set:

The other set I tested with were these Micca MB42Xs that I use for my computer:

EDIT: Just checked both listings and no mention of shielding. My bad.

u/aj726 · 1 pointr/Zeos

I have narrowed down the choices for which set of rears to buy. Which one should I go with?

Klipsch S-10

Klipsch B-20

Micca MB42x

u/Hurtcow · 1 pointr/buildapc

I was wrong on the speaker setup pricewise. It's about $150 which is quite a bit more than I mentioned. The setup would be MUSE M50 amp and Micca MB42XSpeakers. I love music and spent quite a bit more on my setup, but I feel most setups ignore peripherals so I made it a point to mention it :)

For keyboards, I like mechanicals. They tend to have a higher build quality and the clicky clack noise and feel they have is fantastic! I use the Corsair k95 as I play multiple MMO's as well as FPS, but would not reccomend at its current price ($130, I got mine for $90). The Razer keyboard I linked is one of the few products I like from them and would recommend. The Coolermaster Storm series are nice as well and anything Ducky or Das Keyboard are also good brands.

For a mouse, I actually don't mind the Razer Naga/Deathadder. They are pretty fairly priced and pretty durable. Their $100+ mice on the other hand, I don't like at all. Corsair, Coolermaster, Logitec, and Razer (within reason) are the brands I would suggest. I use a Corsair M95 mainly for the additional binds, and it's color matches my case.

I would budget, at the top end, $130 for a quality keyboard and $80 for a mouse.

u/georgedrunkman · 1 pointr/audiophile

I have a BIC America F-12 sub. I use it with these bookshelves and this amp. Total price for both is under $150.

The system took a little tweaking, but it sounds very nice for a budget system.

u/vykt0r · 1 pointr/buildapc

Romanion thnx a mil, i found an awesome guide on building a custom home theater system, much easier than i first tought it would be.

Anyway i decided for:

receiver: Denon AVR-E300 -

Subwoofer: BIC AMERICA F12 -

speakers front/rear: Micca MB42X

center : Micca MB42X-C

Does anyone knows best places where i can buy those in EU? I googled for the receiver the past hour with no luck

PS: suggestions of how to make the text more readable in reddit are also welcomed :)

u/Kagrabular · 1 pointr/battlestations

Speakers are pretty damn decent for the price, they were $75 at the time but you'll need an amp for them too so factor in an additional $45 for a decent one I have these speakers and this amp. I have them on little pads to insulate them from vibrating the desk.

u/JUGGERNAUT0014 · 1 pointr/Zeos

Hey Zeos! I want to thank you so much for your guide. I just started looking at making a home theater setup yesterday for the very first time and it was pretty daunting at first. After reading through your posts and several others at /r/hometheater I have it narrowed down to a couple of options and would appreciate some advice on the selections I've made. I apologize for the long post but I want to make sure I make the most informed decisions for my first home theater purchase.

I just purchased the 65" Samsung JS8500 and I have an Xbox One that will be my main bluray player for now with a focus on movies / games.

Through my research last night and going through your suggestions at the top of this thread, I've chosen the Denon AVR-S510BT.

My question is in regards to speakers. Last night I had decided on the Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers with the accompanying Center since it's my first system and I was thinking of trying out something cheaper for an intro setup which would be better than just my TV speakers.

Whenever I get into a new hobby I tend to start thinking of an intro setup and get sucked into the nice expensive parts because I believe in "buy once cry once". I'd hate to get the Micca's and then a year later want to upgrade them to something nicer anyways when I could have just spent a bit more and got something that would have lasted me longer.

edit after more reading and watching your videos I see you recommending the Elacs quite a bit, I know you mentioned they would be great for music and I loved how they sounded, is this the case with movies and games as well? My budget is pretty open if it's for the right items and I can afford the Elac 6.5"s or something in that similar price range like the HTD Level3's (loved that sound demo too) if they would really make the whole setup shine and last me for years to come.

If I do end up choosing more expensive speakers and could only purchase one or the other to start with, would you recommend a Center speaker or a Subwoofer like the BIC America F12?

Thank you so much in advance, I appreciate all the time you've taken to write up these guides and answer questions.

u/Pinguwin007 · 1 pointr/audiophile

the cheapest speakers this sub is willing to recommend are in the description of the thread. these active monitors:
and passive speakers + amplifier.

u/aMinnesotaBro · 1 pointr/hometheater

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.

u/Extology · 1 pointr/audiophile

1. What is your budget?
The less I spend right now, the better. No real budget restrictions though.

2. What are you looking for?
Basic desktop computer setup. DAC, Amp, Speakers.
I am currently looking at the following items and mainly want to know whether there will be any conflicts or issues in using these products together.
Amp: SMSL SA-50
Speakers: Micca MB42X

3. How will you typically be using the gear?
Desktop computer setup in my room, near and mid field.

4. What gear do you own?
Just Sennheiser HD380 headphones.

5. What do you intend on using for a source?
Computer > DAC

6. What material will you be using your gear for?
Mainly music, I listen to alot of music from hip-hop to metal and everything in between.

7. Are you willing to buy used?
For this setup I would prefer new.

I want to run PC > Optical from motherboard > DAC > Amp > Speakers.
Is optical straight from motherboard a good choice? And will these components work well together? Any suggestions are appreciated.


u/PennDreadfuls · 1 pointr/vinyl

I got these. They were a little cheaper about 3 weeks ago, but they sound great for the price.

u/rms_is_god · 1 pointr/audiophile

Looking at an entry level computer speaker setup, mix of gaming and music, maybe some movies but not a priority.

Budget was 100$ but I blew through that my first hour of reading Zeos' guides. New budget is 200$ or as close to that as possible with great sound.

  • Micca MB42X @ $99.95 - Very sold on these
  • Topping TP21 @ $68.50 - Toss up between this and the SMSL SA50, but I eventually want to get a BD DT770
  • 3.5mm to RCA 6' @ $7.70 - any quality difference between this and eventually getting a DAC and going optical? probably not worth it for an entry build...
  • 12 Pair Banana Plugs @ $16.99
  • 100' 16g Cable @ $9.82
  • Total @ $202.96

    I live in a more remote state with very sparse options on craigslist, and I've only had bad experiences with eBay.


  1. TP21 running the BD DT770? Should be able to handle it pretty well right?
  2. Can I get away with using scissors instead of cable strippers? What if I'm reeeaally careful?
  3. Do I need a sub? I feel like that's a bit much at this point
  4. Can I blame the internet if I get buyer's remorse?
u/Rebelpride1 · 1 pointr/audiophile

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.

u/obsessiveimagination · 1 pointr/audiophile

Yes. Don't buy the Mackies, they are neither good studio monitors nor good value. Instead, some Micca MB42Xs and a small amplifier such as the SMSL SA-36A would be far better in performance and fidelity to the input. Also some good 100% copper speaker wire is a good idea to use for a low resistance connection between the amplifier and speakers. Then all you need to hook up is a source via two RCA, which can be through a 3.5mm to RCA splitter if your preferred audio source's output is a 3.5mm jack.

u/sabester24 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I've been using a pair of Micca MB42X's with Micca MB42X-C Center Channel Speaker for my 5.1 setup. No complaints.

However, I've been given a pair of Phantom v2's and a Paradigm CC-170 Center Speaker.

The Paradigm set is probably over a decade old, but since the speakers are bigger, would I experience "enhanced" sound? Basically, I'm wondering if I should swap the well reviewed Micca set for an older, less known, but bigger, Paradigm set. Any input would be appreciated.

u/jefesteeze · 1 pointr/audiophile

Get a basic 5.0 system, then add a sub. This should be good value for music and movies. I'm partial to Denon/Marantz for their musical audio quality, but some other folks on this sub may know a cheaper receiver that still sounds good. The speakers are definitely the best bang for your buck, but you could get higher quality speakers for music if you did a 2.1 instead of surround sound. Based on the 4K TV, I'm assuming you're going to be watching movies/tv more than you listen to music.

u/cono2171 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Canadian noob in over my head here. Looking to start a set up for strictly music listening at this point. I've been looking through the side bar over at /budgetaudiophile and think I'd like to get the SX6 or Micca MB42X bookshelf speakers to pair with this turntable.

My understanding as of now is that I'd need a suitable amp to make it work. It would be appreciated if anyone could clarify and make any recommendations on and amp that would work for this setup.


u/stroll_on · 1 pointr/hometheater

This sub doesn't like to recommend soundbars because they generally offer poor sound relative to their cost.

Instead, consider starting with a basic home theater system that you can easily add on to later.

I'd recommend:

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers - $89.95

Denon AVR-S510BT Factory Refurbished Receiver - $129.99

50ft of 14-Gauge Speaker Wire (to connect the speakers to the receiver) - $10.99

HDMI cables (to connect TV and Blu-ray player/PS3/whatever to receiver) - $9.99

Total: $240.92

u/PerfectShambles88 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Would something like the Micca be suitable for front facing stereo speakers until I buy more speakers for surround sound?

I am trying to spend $100 or less

u/Joey-Bag-A-Donuts · 1 pointr/hometheater Times 3

Let's see, that's $9.47, plus $24.18, plus $66.99, plus $73.45, plus $126.99 = $293.02 presuming you have your old PS3 cables.

Spend the extra $50.01 - you won't regret it. If you can't possibly do it, then substitute the Pioneers with Micca MB42X's at $79.95 dropping the total to $245.98

That would leave you with $5 for beer.

EDIT: Sorry I have to take that beer away. I forgot you need to get your PS3 audio to the mixer. Add one more 1/4" to RCA cable for $8.06 more.

u/StarFscker · 1 pointr/hometheater

2.1 is my advice. Get some decent speakers, I'd suggest from personal experience these ones:

then grab yourself a decent subwoofer, hook it all together, and enjoy.

u/ahatzz11 · 1 pointr/Zeos

I have been putting together a 5.1 system, and was wondering if you would be able to take a look at it! Maybe something you would recommend other than what is here. This set up is a little more than I wanted to spend, but from what I have read about each piece, it seems to be worth it. Any advice is appreciated!

Denon S500BT

BIC America F12

Micca MB42X Center

Micca MB42X BookShelf

Fluance AVBP2 Surround

A few questions I have:

  • Are the Fluance dedicated rear speakers worth the extra 50 bucks over 4 of the Micca bookshelf speakers?

  • Is the Micca center speaker a recommended speaker? I didn't see it listed in the OP, but I found it while searching through amazon, and figured that matching the front two speakers was a good idea.

  • I was also looking into the Denon E300, but I don't see any advantages over the S500BT - any advice?

  • What other things will I need to complete this system? Some speaker cable for sure, do I need a sub cord or any banana plugs? It doesn't look the S500 uses plugs, but I figured I would ask.
u/Shadowsauce · 1 pointr/headphones

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.

u/Holliday88 · 1 pointr/CFBOffTopic

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.

u/FULL_METAL_HOODIE · 1 pointr/hometheater

This is what I came up with.

Either the SMSL Q5 Pro or the FX Audio D802 as your DAC/amp. SMSL has better build quality and a dedicated subwoofer line out whereas the FX Audio has slightly more power. Both have USB(from PC) and optical(from TV) inputs, a small footprint for your desk and remotes that you can use to adjust volume while watching TV not at your desk (I assumed this is what you were going for).

For speakers, I'd get the Micca MB42 or the Micca MB42Xif you can extend your budget a little more.

You can expand either of these systems with a subwoofer in the future whenever the funds become available. Just be aware that if you pick the FX Audio DAC/amp, your sub will need speaker level inputs but that isn't usually an issue. Something like the Dayton Audio SUB-1000 is a well regarded subwoofer for the price.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/audiophile

If I were to buy these speakers would I need to purchase anything else? I am a total newb and I would set these up on my desk with my monitors. I've been using a super crappy portable Nokia phone speaker, and it has served me well,but I am looking to finally make the leap into sound bliss. So is there anything else I would need to make these compatible with my computer?

u/AsamiWithPrep · 1 pointr/buildapc

My computer doesn't output sound to the aux ports (sounds fine through DP on my monitor). I plan on setting up some speakers w/ amp, should I get a sound card (would need to be pcie, my GPU covers the pci slots) or a dac? Can somebody recommend what to buy, relatively inexpensive?

Speakers that I plan to buy

Amp that I plan to buy

But let me know if there's a better combo for the money.

u/CoffeeAndCigars · 1 pointr/audiophile

Can the Soundblaster X7 drive the Micca MB42X speakers?

Sorry for asking something so basic, but I know fuck all about speakers, and just want a decent set of 'bookshelf' speakers to supplement my PC sound system when I just don't want to wear the HD650s.

u/grapefruit_nuggets · 1 pointr/hometheater

Yep it's the same receiver. Accessories4Less is pretty much just an awesome store. It's a solid receiver. Can't really go wrong there for your first setup. You could pair it with these Micca MB42X's for $89, or go for these Fluance SX6-BK bookshelves at $130. Both are solid recommendations, and you won't go wrong with either choice - just pick which suits your budget best.

u/Alabaster13 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Here's my space. Let me know what you think. As you can tell a while ago when I had Pioneer floorstanding speakers and my setup (with the sofas) wasn't the best since it blocked the left speaker. I didn't want to raise those speakers too high. Would it be wise to hang bookshelf speakers and mount them on the wall by the screen or would that cause the screen to shake from the speakers that I get which may be too powerful?


Here's what I was thinking:
Bookshelf speakers:

Rears: I could get matching rears like above or get these:



OR I could get this Pioneer setup.

u/Malfoy_ · 1 pointr/audiophile

Thanks for the reply. I am not sure I want to go any bigger on the sub. I would like to but I may not have the space for it. I have both an external soundcard and a DAC. You are right I can totally get by using just my soundcard and the DAC I would use on the laptop.

For speakers I am looking at the Micca MB42X or the Polk RTI A1 or A3 since I can get them so cheap.

u/turkingforGPU · 1 pointr/audiophile

Alright, I've decided to finally upgrade my desktop sound. My budget is about 150~. I wanted to run my selection by you guys before I pulled the trigger.

Will be mostly for listening to music and movies (have headphones for gaming). How does it look?

Am I missing anything or am I good to go?

Speakers: Micca MB42x

Amp: SMSL SA50

Speaker Wires: Monoprice 16awg

RCA: Monoprice 3ft

They will be connected to my Asus Sonar STX soundcard.


u/FantsE · 1 pointr/audiophile

Can a schiit magni 2 drive a pair of bookshelf speakers such as the Micca MB4X2?

u/FeelsTeamSix · 1 pointr/audiophile

I made a little research, Now I'm thinking of this set-up (including cables):
> (Two of these)
Total of $204.60, Is this a good buy?

u/Jakomako · 1 pointr/buildapc

From /r/audiophile's daily purchase advice thread:

>In an effort to cut down on some of the repetitive questions, here is the absolutely cheapest system we are willing to recommend.

u/mrinterrobang · 1 pointr/hometheater

I recently got these Micca MB42X speakers and I'm happy with them. I have them paired with this BIC America F12 sub and they sound great together.

u/thelonious_ · 1 pointr/audiophile

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.

u/Phonsarr · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm looking to buy some speakers and an amp and a pre-amp for my u turn turntable, and after doing some research, I decided on the Micca MB42X, the Lepy LP-2020A, and the Beheinger microphone pp40. But then someone suggested to me that I should instead of buying a new amp and a preamp, I should buy a used receiver at craigslist, but since I don't really understand a lot about audio technology, it would be really helpful if someone could go over my local craigslist ( and see if there are any good deals and how they compare to the amp/pre-amp I was gonna buy.
Thanks in advance.

u/greenlocus · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Most of those speaker rec's are kinda big - don't think the wife will go for it since she bawked at the original soundbar =/ I might try a pair of Mica MB42X with the SMSL-SA50. Or if sound isn't going to be marginalized, go with the powered Micca PB42X and save $35...

u/Garglebuns · 1 pointr/PS4

Thanks! Here's my sound system:

Micca center speaker

Micca bookshelf speakers

Fluance speakers in the rear

Monoprice subwoofer

Denon receiver

Disclaimer: I have the technological wherewithal of a crustacian, so I have no clue if this is optimal or not, but it works good for me.

u/wesenater · 1 pointr/audiophile

hi y'all.

I have a question: currently i'm using a speedlink gravity wave, i was looking at a new system and then i saw the proposed system: Micca MB42X, Muse M50 and was wondering is there a major gain from using this i'm currently using a asrock extreme6 motherboard with integrated sound, my budget is around the €150,- but i can to €200,-, any extra advice is appreciated

u/keeganzero · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

They are not, they are these

u/gatesgamer33 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Check out /r/zeos

Without knowing your budget, I'd reccomend the Micca mb42x.

u/WillkuerlicherUnrat · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

99.9% of soundbars are hot garbage and waaay overpriced. I suggest a 3.1 setup with one center channel, left and right speakers and a subwoofer. Pick a receiver of your choice, wich can support this setup.

If you really want a soundbar, check out theses soundbars that do not suck:, (german site)

All the linked products are only recommendations, there are tons of great passive speakers.

u/drnick5 · 1 pointr/hometheater

In my experience, the most important part of your setup is having 3 matching speakers for the front sound stage (left, center and right). The goal here is for all 3 speakers to blend together, so when sound pans back and forth, it sounds the same.

You're best bet might be to replace the front 3 speakers with 3 in the same series.

On a quick look, you could go with These Pioneer front speakers with This Matching center. for a total pric of about $200 for all 3 speakers.

Or for a little less, you could go with these Micca speakers with This matching center for about $160 for all 3.

You could probably sell those 2 Bose front speakers on ebay and make it close to an even swap while boosting your sound quality.

u/mordath · 1 pointr/buildapc*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Get those speakers with that amplifier and you'll have great sound. These are recommended entry level speakers and with a decent amp like the one linked you'll have a lot better audio than $30 computer speakers. Not sure about setups less than this budget because they're really not that great sounding or at least not worth upgrading from your cheap setup.

u/swagged-out · 1 pointr/vinyl

I don't know if this will be seen, but I am trying to figure out my first set-up and am a little confused about receivers/phono preamp.

Would this line-up work?

  • Teac TN-300 (which has a built-in phono preamp)
  • Yamaha CR-800 Stereo Receiver
  • Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers

    Would I need the Yamaha receiver to make these speakers work? If so, should I get a turntable with or without a built-in preamp?

    It looks like a nice, vintage model so I thought I would snatch it up and use it long-term but I want to understand how it fits into a system. Thanks!
u/Just-R · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Great, excellent stuff. I am in Finland until the end of the month so I apologize for the late reply. I'll have to review this more thoroughly tonight.

I have contacted the seller of the PSB towers (initially low-balled last night and today I told him I had learned a bit more and will pay asking price lol).

That combo you mention sounds like a great alternative to a portable speaker in terms of the quality it will deliver while not being too much of an issue to move around the house here and there. One concern I have is that the Micca doesn't seem to be available in Canada for that bargain of a price it is listed for on (

Assuming this or a similar new speaker will be around ~130 CAD or more (with the exchange rate, shipping rate and the seemingly arbitrarily jacked up percentage Canadians always pay), should I also search for a used bookshelf speaker? There seems to be a lot available for this price range, albeit probably less quality than the Micca MB42X.

I fully understand your point about vinyl being used less frequently than the ultra-convenient digital option. I've never owned one and only used friends' and roommates' in times past, but I always thought the act of putting on a record was a fun ritual and perhaps it was only the quality of the speakers, but the sound seemed different. Plus they can look great (along with a small vinyl collection) and act as a fun thing for guests. Do you think this justifies it or will I likely quickly surrender to the convenience of digital 95% of the time too?

Edit: To my question about alternatives to Micca, I just found this:

Sound Dynamics RTS-3 - $110


u/Chubbyclouds · 1 pointr/battlestations

I had the Mackie CR3 for a bit but switched over to some bookshelf speakers and an amp. I liked the mackies but they are a bit flat and really lacked the punch and color that I was looking for. I personally use the Micah MB42X paired with the SMSL Q5 Pro.
Check out this guy, he knows his stuff.

u/RichardRicsoft · 1 pointr/hometheater

I have a set 7.1 set of TSC/Sapphire speakers. Like these link
They are great. I recently purchase some Micca speakers and I was surprised by how well the Micca speakers did when compared to my TSC bookshelf speakers. They get loud! They are not bass heavy because they do not go very low, but the bass is tight and I did not notice tweeter breakup or high amounts of distortion at high volume.

One of these

Two of pairs of these

For the subwoofer, Craigsist may have something decent at a low price. I like Polk speakers, but avoid their subwoofer. I currently have a Velodyne which I enjoy.

For the receiver, check Best Buy and Frys for sales. I've seen Denon receivers for pretty low in price. So, around $180-$250

If you are wanting a projector, know that lamp will cost plenty when needing to be replaced. I have and LED projector, so it should last. It is an LG and I paid $400. It is okay. The color reproduction can be a bit overwhelming even after calibrated, but I have enjoyed it.

Frys has good deals on projector screens. Do not forget to consider the aspect ratio of the projector.

u/6x9equals42 · 1 pointr/buildapc

Wireless headphones aren't going to be great in that price range. I'd get these (or these for cheaper, same speakers but no built in crossover so slightly worse sound) with an inexpensive amp like this or this

u/MoonSide12 · 1 pointr/audiophile
u/Spikke · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweete...

Get those and this...

And you'll be all set. Those speakers are amazing. If you are confused on how to set it up let me know. And let me know if you need an amplifier.

u/vader540is · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

No need to dip into savings. Just build over time.

Here go some options for a entry level budget 2.0

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair)

You can also check Facebook market place, Craigslist, OfferUp & letgo for used options ( which I think is your best bet)

u/duki512 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Looking to get the Micca MB42X and an Polk Audio PSW10 Subwoofer. Can someone help me figure out what is a budget amp that will let me connect these and what aditional cables I would need to connect this to my pc, and how I will be connecting these together.


u/Run-ning · 1 pointr/hometheater

There are some smaller speakers out there that would be a large sonic improvement without taking up a ton more space and/or being aesthetically displeasing. A couple of examples at different sizes:

u/sunbro448 · 1 pointr/audiophile

I am going to be purchasing some cheap starter speakers and amp:

I want to be able to use the speakers for my computer and amazon echo input. I have been recommended to use a mixer, however, I won't have the money to buy a nice one after I buy the speakers and amp. So that brings me to my questions:

  1. Should I use a mixer for having 2 inputs at once?
  2. Do cheap mixers reduce the quality of sound?
  3. Are the speakers and amp a good choice in the first place?
u/EarthAllAlong · 1 pointr/audiophile

So here are the things you mentioned--what else do I need? I can't tell if these come with the wires to hook up the amp to the speakers, and the computer to the amp.

u/TheSchlaf · 1 pointr/hometheater

Denon 530BT and Micca MB42X speakers if you want new.

u/zephyrinthesky28 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile
u/BBPRJTEAM · 1 pointr/Bestbuy
u/PM_ME_Dog_PicsPls · 1 pointr/buildapc

My go to setup for PC stereo sound is SMSL SA50 Amp with Micca MB42X Speakers.

They're reasonably priced and sound fantastic.

u/balward · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Probably your best bet is going to be getting a pair of Micca MB42X's and for a sub the Dayton Audion SUB-1000. Then use the rest of your budget to find a used receiver since they typically all have a sub output on them.

u/shithawks_circling · 0 pointsr/hometheater

I have these speakers and these stands. I'm sure there's better out there, but for $120, these are nice enough compact bookshelf speakers and adjustable height stands that work well for me. I have them paired with considerably nicer fronts and sub, and am quite happy with the overall sound.

u/notaneggspert · 0 pointsr/hometheater

Thanks Brad(?),

I updated the OP with a $227 all included, all amazon prime build screenshotted here.

There's links to everything in the updated post above (except the cables).

Is there anything I'm missing/wasting my money on? The sony speakers are 8ohm while the miccas are 4ohms will the amp have any issues driving them? A review on amazon says:
> You'll be hard pressed to drive a pair of low-sensitivity or 8-Ohm speakers to decent volume with this amp. With an 8 Ohm speaker, you get clean sound to around 5 Watts only. If you crank the amp up to 10 Watts you'll already hit 10% distortion. With 4 Ohm speakers you can get up to 10 Watts per speaker. In fact, the wattage rating of this amp (2 x 20 Watts rms) is truly false. The power supply that comes with this amp gives 2 Amps at 12 Volts. At a power efficiency of 90% you'll get 2 x 10 Watts rms at the most. However, if you have some fairly small speakers then you may be fine. Otherwise, spend a little more and buy another amp.

But if I have the output go to the powered sub I don't think that will be an issue?

Another question I just did some research on what crossover is and seems like it's 100% worth it. So I should probably just drop the Sonys and wait for the Micca MB42X to be in stock or order elsewhere?

u/CC440 · 0 pointsr/technology

A 2.1 system made of individual components (not a theater-in-a-box) will still knock your socks off if you're used to a soundbar. I think high quality audio is more immersive over mediocre surround sound anyways.

I went for maximum bang for the buck with my setup, sound quality improves drastically with every dollar spent up to a point. The return gets marginal once you soend more than $300 on a receiver, $150 on bookshelf speakers, and $200 on a subwoofer.

I'd recommend the following parts for a good setup and I listed some budget options you could substitute without losing too much quality:

Receiver: Yamaha RX-V377 or RX-V375 (what I have). They're $250 and $220 respectively (the 375 is usually $200) and they both have enough HDMI inputs for any normal person. The 377 supports 4K passthrough so it may be more future proof but I don't think 4K will catch on (just like 3D) since the benefits are marginal at typical viewing distances.

Speakers: Pioneer SP-BS22-LR's (what I have) or Micca MB42X's. Both are frequently on sale for $80-100 and they both sound awesome. If you're on a budget, the Dayton B652's are legendary for the the price ($40). They changed (cheapened) the design and ruined it last year but quickly brought the original design back. They fixed their mistake but they could ruin it again at any time.

Subwoofer: Bic F12 America (what I have). It's $190 but it will ruin your perception of every subwoofer you've ever owned. Once you experience crisp, clear bass you can never go back to over amplified 6" "woofers" like you get with a soundbars or the plastic junk that comes in boxed 5.1 kits. If you're on a budget, the Monoprice 12" sub is $108 and is supposed to be the absolute minimum you can spend to get something acceptable.

Ancilliaries: Buy your cables from Amazon (Amazon Basics brand) or Monoprice but I highly recommend this $9, paintable cable management kit and an afternoon of patience. Your wires will be invisible and your sound system will make your friends jealous.

u/snapdragon187 · 0 pointsr/malelivingspace

dont get a fucking sound bar man might as well have a tube tv from the 90's


get a good receiver on ebay, then order some good stuff with silk domes.



same receiver I have used to cost over 1200 msrp when made and no HDMI but coax or SPDIF is better than HDMI! just do optical out from tv to the optical in on the receiver dude this thing is better than most amps out there today going a grand+ for amp quality alone, fuck all that HDMI bullshit.




start with that stuff upgrade to sub later yo



then just buy another pair of the micca's for rears and you'll have hifi surround sound. better than some shitty sound bar yo!

u/AnAngryJelly · 0 pointsr/audiophile

Alright. I am so sorry that I'm being annoying..

how do these


compare to these

Dayton B652 $42.50

Micca MB42 $59.95

Micca MB42x $79.95

What is the best bang for your buck?

Could you put the speakers in Best to Worst?

I plan on gettin the Lepai 2020A+ unless there is a better amp for the price and then adding a Power Supply Upgrade

u/timesnewboston · 0 pointsr/hometheater

For such a small space it seems your budget of $1500 for sound is way overkill, unless your planning to keep the gear when you move to a bigger place.

For a room that size, get a receiver like this

some bookshelve speakers like these

a subwoofer like this

rear bipole speakers like this

and finally some speaker wire and banana cables.

This set up is beautiful in my small apartment living room. All in all that comes out to ~$520 and you can use the rest of your money on a TV upgrade.

u/NSA_security_post · -1 pointsr/battlestations

In case you change your mind, save your ears with these

u/edubiton · -1 pointsr/buildmeapc

I don't know about "under $50" but I listed the parts I used below and it's an amazing sound that can /will rumble the floor if I need it to.

You'll also need the standard speaker wire and connectors but this is a good price for the results. That last bit (the Amp) is the important part to this.

Polk Audio PSW10 10" Powered Subwoofer - Featuring High Current Amp and Low-Pass Filter | Up to 100 Watts | Big Bass at a Great Value | Easy integration Home Theater Systems

Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Black, Pair)

SMSL SA50 50Wx2 TDA7492 Class D Amplifier + Power Adapter (Black)