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Desktop speakers /gaming/guitar

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Cosmic182, 24 May 2020.

  1. Cosmic182


    Joined: 25 Jul 2006

    Posts: 2,690

    Hi all,

    Just wondering what some of you would recommend for the best desktop speakers out there for mainly gaming/guitar-music.

    I currently have razer nommo chroma and find them awfully underwhelming especially when it comes to music.

    I have a budget of around 400.

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. kidloco


    Joined: 3 Nov 2003

    Posts: 4,674

    Location: Lancashire

    I picked up a pair of Dynaudio Xeo 2 a few months ago for just over £400. Opened box from rainforest warehouse. Just have to keep an eye and wait for bargains to pop up. They were as new and less than half price. They sound great on the desk, wonderful sound for the money.
  3. Demon


    Joined: 22 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,896

    Location: Near Cheltenham

    Personally I'm a fan when you get to £400+ of buying small bookshelfs and an AMP (if possible a DAC/AMP combo), then later on you can add a sub if you want that next level/dimension of bass.
    I went down my local hifi shops and demo'd a few setups, they where very good at recommending good pairings of amp/speakers. My requirements where to fit on the desk, so that limited me to the small or very small bookshelfs, but honestly they sound great with everything
    However, for a small but good sounding setup, it would be a bit more like £450 to £500 for the following options

    DALI Zensor Pico - £120
    DALI Zensor 1 / Spektor 1 (Small speakers, but 24cm deep so need a little more desk space) - £150
    Q Acoustics 3010i (£150) or 3020 (£120), slightly deeper again, but also good VFM

    Denon PMA-30 - £300
    Yamaha WXA-50 - £350
    NAD D3020 v2 - £350

    Then later on a sub:
    BK Elec Gemini II £200

    Definitely look for bargains, I bagged a TEAC A-H01 (Amp + DAC Desktop combo for £199 which was half price).
    In total I've spent £600 for the speakers/amp/dac/sub and haven't regretted it once. Of course there is better sounding products, but not unless I spend a lot more and give up more desk space than I have.