Replacing front pair of PC speakers

Discussion in 'Audio/Video & Home Theater' started by Elcs, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Elcs

    Elcs Diamond Member

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    A few years back I bought myself an Onkyo HT-S5105 HTIB and it has stood me in good stead so far but I thought I would see if I could improve things a little. I hook up my PC to my Receiver with an optical cable via my Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro PCI-E soundcard.

    I was thinking about spending up to £50 (make it easier, no more than $100 USD) on replacing the 2 front speakers and replace the rear speakers with the old front speakers. That way I hope to receive a reasonable upgrade to both my front and rear speaker sets.

    My computer is mainly for gaming but I do the occasional movie and music thing with it so I'd prefer something to enhance the gaming side of things mostly.

    Current Setup:
    Onkyo HT-R518 Receiver (Manual)
    Onkyo SKW-518 Subwoofer
    Onkyo SKC-518C Centre Speaker
    Onkyo SKF-518F Front Left and Front Right Speakers
    Onkyo SKM-518S Surround Left and Surround Right Speakers

    Is there much that can be done with my budget? I know that some speakers and speaker sets easily run into hundreds and thousands of £/$'s but I'm working on a tighter budget :). I know I cannot expect a huge difference in the quality of my front speakers but I was hoping that I could get a nice boost there as well as a substantial boost by moving my current front speakers to the rear.

    I'm still very new to things and as I read it, my receiver can accept any speakers with an impedance of between 8 and 16 ohms.

    Any support welcome :)

    EDIT:Added some extra information to try and help you guys and gals help me better.

    Onkyo Front Speaker Specs
    Type: 2 Way Bass-reflex
    Input sensitivity/impedance: 8 Ω
    Maximum input power: 130 W
    Output sound pressure level: 78 dB/W/m
    Frequency response: 60 Hz–50 kHz
    Crossover frequency: 4 kHz
    Cabinet capacity: 1.8 L
    Dimensions (W × H × D): 101 × 273 × 121 mm
    (incl. grille and projection)
    Weight: 1.1 kg
    Speaker: 8 cm Cone Woofer
    2.5 cm Balanced Dome
    (Tweeter)
    Terminal: Spring type color coded

    Onkyo Rear Speaker Specs
    Type: Full-Range Bass Reflex
    Impedance: 8 Ω
    Maximum input power: 130 W
    Output sound pressure level: 79 dB/W/m
    Frequency response: 70 Hz–22 kHz
    Cabinet capacity: 1.1 L
    Dimensions (W × H × D): 101 × 175 × 116 mm
    (incl. grille and projection)
    Weight: 0.7 kg
    Speaker: 8 cm Cone
    Terminal: Spring type color coded
     
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  2. nsafreak

    nsafreak Diamond Member

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    $100 (US) for a complete set of front speakers? I suppose you could get at least get the left and right speakers replaced with a set of Pioneer SP-BS21s ($60 US on newegg), not sure if another would work well as a center channel speaker or not although you'd have to buy another set of two since they don't seem to be sold individually and that'd put you a bit over budget.
     
  3. Howard

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    At that budget I think you'd have to buy used to get a decent pair.
     
  4. Elcs

    Elcs Diamond Member

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    My inexperience in these matters shows. I was only wanting to replace the Front Left and Front Right speakers. The Centre Speaker will be unchanged.

    As for the Pioneer SP-BS21's, I'll run them through the UK stores and see what kind of price I come up with. Thank you for the suggestion.

    I am not opposed to buying a pair of used speakers. My problem is knowing what speakers to look for at my budget level :)