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Reddit mentions of Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Pair)

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Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Pair)
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  • Balanced woven carbon fiber woofer for enhanced transient and impactful bass
  • High performance silk dome tweeter for smooth treble and accurate imaging
  • Ported enclosure delivers extended bass response with low distortion
  • Highly optimized crossover for incredibly open, balanced, and dynamic sound
  • Built-in Class-D amplifier with 15Wx2 of clean power
Height9.5 Inches
Length6.5 Inches
Number of items2
Release dateJanuary 2012
Weight4 Pounds
Width5.8 Inches

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Found 212 comments on Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Pair):

u/boqqtzz · 39 pointsr/buildapcsales

Nah man, skip the audiophile subreddit. Way too many conflicting opinions. Check out /r/zeos, it's a guy's personal sub with a bunch of recommendations and guides depending on your price range.

I picked up a pair of these and some speaker wire after looking around there and they're the greatest sounding things ever. Super easy to set up too.

u/goodhur · 15 pointsr/Chromecast

Like another comment said, they are most likely a rendering. They look very similar to Kanto and audioengine speakers.
A reasonably priced powered speaker set is made by micca but only comes in black. Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_ZOZ1wbMEPN3GH

u/rpbtz · 13 pointsr/vinyl

For that amount of money you should be able to get a U-Turn, a preamp and a set of cheap powered speakers.

If you want something even better you can look at used equipment, although I understand giving used stuff for Christmas might not be desirable for all.

EDIT: A system could look something like this:

  • U-Turn Orbit turntable - $179
  • Art DJ Pre II phono preamp - $29
  • M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 powered speakers - $76

    or if you can stetch the budget a bit

  • Micca PB42X powered speakers - $120.

    That'd be a total of $284 (with M-Audio) or $328 (with Micca) (excl. potential shipping cost). Much better investment than the all-in-one system. It will sound MUCH better and last your gf MUCH longer. And as an extra bonus she can upgrade individual parts if she decides she wants to gradually upgrade later on - something which is more or less impossible (or at least impractical) with the all-in-one-system.
u/jallsopp · 9 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I think the powered Miccas, the PB42X (same as MB42X but with built-in amp) would be a better option as far as sound quality goes.

The Logitech system won't sound as good, but you may find its 'bassy' sound more entertaining, depending on what you use them for. I'd still recommend the Miccas though as you can always add a sub at a later date which would be much better than the one with the Logitech system.

Stay the fuck away from Pyle. The 'specs' are mostly complete bullshit and most units don't last more than a few months. If you want more power (the amp in the PB42X isn't as loud) I'd look into upping the price slightly to an SMSL SA50, SA60 or anything in that range really.

You may get better recommendations if we knew what you wanted out of them (power, bass, size, ect..) but I find it very rare that the Miccas would be a bad choice.

u/4estGimp · 7 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Do NOT buy a second Z333 set. The Z333 is only 2 x 8 watts plus a sub. It does not even have a tweeter, its "decorative". A second Logitech set won't give better sound, it just gives louder mediocrity. IMHO you should start with a good set monitors and then add a subwoofer later. You'll hear details you've been missing. In the short term you might sacrifice some boomy bass but you would have much better sound overall.

I currently own 3 sets of desk "monitors". The quotes are there because these are not truly flat response studio monitors. They are aimed at consumers.

  • Backup Computer: Mackie CR4 4" Consumer Refrence Montiors, Amazon Link
  • Main Computer: Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers, Amazon Link. This one is paired with a 10" sub.
  • Kitchen TV: PreSonus Eris E4.5 + 10" sub. These are the flattest monitors I own. They were purchased as "B-Stock" at about $130 a pair. They are quite nice but out of budget if purchased new.

    So the above are the only ones with which I have personal experience. To me, the Mackie and Edifier are more or less interchangeable.

    The cheapest speakers r/audiophile will recommend are the Micca PB42X. Google shows that Micca has quite a following. There a lot of YouTube video reviews of them too.

    My apologies for all the US merchant links. It's all I know.

    Edit - more advice from r/HTBuyingGuides . Scroll down to the Audio/Speaker section of this FAQ.
u/KALASH69 · 6 pointsr/vinyl

Upgraded to a real turntable (to an Orbit) and such, and now I have no idea how to position or fit my speakers in my room. Here are a couple of additional images:

u/TactFully · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

No, not those. For $100 the best you can do is the Micca PB42x.

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/TheDragonKnight · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_d82Nwb1YAVCNM

Good pair of simple powered monitors. Has 3.5mm input so you should be plug and play.

u/josephgee · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales

Not exactly sure how they compare but I've seen these speakers recommended a lot at this price point.

u/AverageJoeAudiophile · 6 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Have you thought about the Micca PB42x or Swan D1010?



Both are right $100-$120 and are great 2.0 solutions. One thing about the M10 to consider is that the subwoofer is intended to be placed on the desk (I believe right between the L & R speakers), so that might make positioning a pain for you.

u/rocketwidget · 6 pointsr/Chromecast

Right now, you could get a Home for $109, and this Sonos 1 style Chromecast dock for $91.50, and a Chromecast Audio for $30.

That's about $230 before tax and shipping, and it's pretty simple. The CC fits in the dock with an included Toslink connector, and does auto-power on. Already multiroom, even though the Home is one room.

Or you could replace the dock with these powered bookshelf speakers for $120. (thanks r/BudgetAudiophile/) Still well under a Homepod, and now you have two good speakers, so far.

The cost difference would really run away if you tried to multiroom with the Homepod.

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/foxtrot1111 · 5 pointsr/audiophile

Looks like a small Micca bookshelf speaker

u/e60deluxe · 5 pointsr/hometheater

go and get the self powered version of the speakers, the PB42x.


hook them up to your TV using an RCA connection


in your TVs menu, under audio settings, set the audio output to variable. voila, your TV remote controls the volume of the RCA outputs.

your done at around $130-140.

start saving for subwoofer. preferably one with high passed outputs. if you are fine with sticking to 2ch for the foreseeable future, you can skip the receiver.

u/brazen8 · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Passive: Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed 4" Compact 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) + 16 AWG Speaker Wire 100ft + Brass Speaker Banana Plugs 5-Pair (open screw) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0751D212W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_mM5YBbK9ZHTR0

Powered: Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_FN5YBb6JH1QQE

u/sharkamino · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

You don't even need the airport expresses:

Yamaha WX-010 MusicCast Wireless Speakers have Airplay built in. $70 each sold in white pairs. Black may be more elsewhere. Or $100 Dayton with Wifi/Airplay.

If you want to use the Expresses:

Edifier R1280 $100, or Edifier-R980T for $70. Or Miccas or 4" or 5" Swans or Dayton.

Mini amp with bookshelf speakers (Or in-wall or in-ceiling speakers):

You could buy 4x of up to $150 per pair bookshelf speakers and use each one connected to an amp running one channel mono.

Leipei amp $25. If this sounds good, there are many options for 4", 5.25" or even a few with 6.5" mid-bass drivers for more bass, all from $50 to $150.

Will you have remote smart home power control to turn them all on and off?

Airplay alternatives: Sonos One B-Stock $130 due 9/30. Or Alexa Echos for $70 including a smart plug and with play on demand by voice control.

u/billbixbyakahulk · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

If you can stretch just a little, get these + used portable CD player + 3.5mm to RCA adapter + RCA cable.

u/ten24 · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Haven't used either of those so I can't help you there.

I use the Micca MB42x for computers speakers and I love them.

They make a version with an amp built in too:


u/Cavi_ · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

If you can stretch that budget ever so slightly, the Micca PB42X looks like a winner for you. They're powered, don't need an amp.

EDIT: ahhh, didn't see the "live under the display" part. Maybe you could set them on their side?

u/BeardedAlbatross · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Alright, the problem here is your TV has no variable or line level RCA outputs. I'm going to offer a couple of options:

  1. An optical DAC with a remote line level controller and powered monitors. DAC, Remote volume control, Really good sounding powered monitors. Wait til they go down to about $240 for the pair or buy them on massdrop now, you have 9 hours to decide. Totals to $300

  2. Same setup as above, but will switch out the JBLs for something cheaper and totals to about $200. Wait til the Micca PB42X are in stock at amazon. They run $120. If you can swing for the JBLs, do it though.

  3. The best option in my opinion, would be to get a cheap 5.1 receiver with an optical input. You can pair this with any pair of passive speaker you want, you can purchase a used receiver from craigs or ebay, you can add a center channel at a later date, and more importantly, you can add a subwoofer when your budget allows and have proper bass management with high and low pass filters and eq.
u/create-a-useraccount · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC This is the powered version of the really popular MB42Xs.

Or go with the Klipsch 2.1 for $100 if you like heavy bass.

u/jamalstevens · 4 pointsr/vinyl

No worries! Nice setup though! If you ever think of it a nice set of powered bookshelf speakers like these: http://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC/

Would definitely improve your listening experience!

u/CHess217 · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

No problem! If you're a bit new to the audiophile world this would do just fine: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC No need for an amp, just power, speaker wire and plugging into the aux. The issue is that if you look to upgrade or expand in the future... you're very limited.

u/applevinegar · 4 pointsr/audiophile

They're terrible and that guy is an incompetent profiteer who earns money with amazon affiliate links. I can't tell you how many people come here with issues caused by his plain wrong guides, or unsatisfied with their purchase he recommended.

Low end Klipsch speakers sound like a megaphone as soon as you turn up the volume a little.

Our entry level recommendations are in the sticky. For the same price you can get a pair of Micca PB42Xs that are much better.

u/Yoyodyne_Propulsion_ · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_i_bHe5AbA94NMMG

u/Madness_As_Muse · 3 pointsr/hometheater

Try these. They're all-in-one versions of the speakers I use myself. They don't need a sub or an amp, and they're plenty loud. Lay them on their sides under the TV if you have to, but pound for pound I think this is your best option.

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/bradAHA · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

At $100 Micca PB42X is a good choice. I reviewed their unamplified version here. /r/zeos has a good list of powered monitors here. For a desk, powered speakers are the way to go IMO, less wires and components to manage, so it saves a bit of space. The Micca's leave you enough money to get a cheap sub, I'd start with these Daytons. Price/woofer size directly correlates to more bass here, but even the 6.5" will make a difference with the Miccas.

u/oCrimsonxx · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Here's the powered version of the Micca speakers everyone recommends for a budget pair of speakers. They're right over $100 so it fits the budget

Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apa_i_Qju4Db9MXBYP6

u/LikeGoldAndFaceted · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Passive generally gives you more upgrade options because you would then already have an amp and could upgrade easily to other passive speakers, also easier to add a sub, but the initial cost is a bit more than powered usually. Powered are simpler and one is not explicitly better than the other so it just depends on how much money you want to spend and what you want to do with them. Another good option are the Micca MB42X passives, or the powered version, the PB42X. I've never heard the Edifiers so I'm not sure how they compare.

u/Plopdopdoop · 3 pointsr/Chromecast

I'm seeing the bookshelf, tower, and amp wiki pages. But is there a powered speaker recommendation page? I'd like to keep the solution in most rooms down to just a speaker/s and the Chromecast, no separate amp.

Edit: Okay, I see that powered speakers are sprinkled throughout the bookshelf list. And the thread notes that if there's no resistance ("ohm") or efficiency ("db") in the "Tech Specs" column, that's a powered speaker.

It's a bit disappointing that the cheapest powered option listed is $120. I don't doubt it's good, but I'm looking for a bit less $$, or if that much or more for it to be a more compact unit, like Sonos 1 or 3.

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/bagelchips · 3 pointsr/vinyl

these would be good starter speakers for ya. They're powered so you don't need a separate amp.

u/zeagan · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

5" Swans D1010-iv for $139 would be near the top of my list. Nicer fit and finish than the Miccas, more grown up looking than the Mackie's and basically everything Edifier makes is just a Swans clone anyway.

u/DZCreeper · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Buy nothing that is marketed as a PC speaker. That includes everything Logitech makes.

The cheapest desk setup I will recommend is the Micca PB42X.


There is also a version that lacks an integrated amp, the MB42X for $80. If you find a used receiver on Craiglist or at a thrift shop for $20-30 it makes for a good combo. Alternatively, a cheap Chinese amp works.



u/homeboi808 · 3 pointsr/hometheater

You can either get a stereo reciver/amp and two normal speakers. Or, you can buy powered monitors (speakers that have an amp built in), here is one likely in your budget (they just came back in stock, no idea if they'll run out soon).

If you are looking to spend <$100, the same speaker company makes their Covo-S (very small form factor, but still better than a soundbar) and you'll need an amp that can do at least 40W combined, such as this, that amp isn't great at max volume, but should be good enough for a bedroom, you'll need something more expensive (or a proper home theater receiver, I got one that can do 75W/speaker for $50 at shopgoodwill.com) if for a big open living room.

u/polypeptide147 · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

If you've got an extra $10, micca makes great stuff.

If not, Edifier does too

Edit: spelling

u/josh6499 · 3 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

Guys, get some powered monitors like these instead, you'll be a lot better off.

https://www.amazon.ca/JBL-LSR305-Studio-Monitor/dp/B00DUKP37C $219 each (80 watts)

or these

https://www.amazon.ca/Micca-PB42x-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC $179 (pair) (75 watts)


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: https://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42X-Bookshelf-Speakers-Tweeter/dp/B00E7H8GG2/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1524519301&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=micca+mb42x&psc=1

Monoprice Sub: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=9723

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: https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1524518984&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=micca+pb42x&psc=1

u/Umlautica · 3 pointsr/audiophile

The PB42x are powered. I'm not sure if they are still available though. $120 on amazon.

u/Rrussell2060 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Those Edifiers look really nice and have a good rating. These Micca's are highly regarded on r/BudgetAudiophile and are also self powered. Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)
Link: http://amzn.com/B00NXAEPDC

u/WhatWasWhatAbout · 2 pointsr/Chromecast

My man, look into powered bookshelf speakers.

~$70 Edifier R980T

~$100 Micca PB42X

I have both of these sets, each with Chromecasts plugged into them. They easily fill my house with gloriously loud music when I want. The Edifier pair even has multiple inputs, so I use them as both PC speakers, and Chromecast speakers. Simultaneously if I please.

u/SpokesumSmot · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile


No amp needed.

Or the JBL lsr305 has been on sale for like 150 a pair recently might be worth checking out.

Oh and if you want to go the amp route check out these fluance speakers. I think they are purty.


u/explosivo563 · 2 pointsr/audio

I started with the micca mb42x and a lepai and loved it. You'll need speaker wire and an rca cable too. If you don't plan on upgrading amps or to a receiver, the miccas have a powered version


u/AgentWD40 · 2 pointsr/googlehome

I bought these Micca bookshelf speakers with a built-in amp and they are great. I currently use them in the kitchen but plan to buy another pair for my Florida room because they fill my whole backyard with sound (.5 acre).


u/LittleHelperRobot · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Non-mobile: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/

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u/Kelsig · 2 pointsr/buildapc


These will be way better than any other non-used speakers.



u/gtfokenny · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Another option might the Micca PB42x

u/Caswell64 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

The Urturn you linked is a fine table, however it will not work with the speakers you linked to out of the box. The Uturn has the option of coming with a built-in phono preamp, this is not the same as an amplifier for speakers.

Basically, the audio chain for a turntable is:
Turntable --> Phono preamp --> amplifier --> speakers
These don't have to be four separate components- powered speakers have the amplifier built in to them, and some amplifiers and turntables have the phono preamp built in.

How you want to achieve this is up to you: separate components take up more space and add in complexity while also allowing you to upgrade pieces. If you want a simple setup that will sound decent, the best option might be the uturn with the built in preamp, and a set of powered speakers like these or these. The speakers you linked are passive and if you want to use them you will need an amplifier like this which also has a phono preamp built-in.

The Urturn comes with a cartridge- most entry to midlevel turntables do (only really high-end tables come without them) so you don't need to worry. As for cables, everything in the audio path I listed above is connected with RCA cables except amplifer to speakers, which use speaker wire like this

u/clupean · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Micca PB42X: probably one of the best budget speakers you can buy. The bass is good, no need for the .1 subwoofer.

u/dorekk · 2 pointsr/sffpc

They're expensive for what you get (which is tiny speakers with limited bass). I recommend Micca PB42X instead. My brother has the passive version of these and they're excellent for the price.

u/raistlin65 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I think these are probably the top two recommended powered speakers in this subreddit for around $100.

Micca PB42X are an excellent speaker if he will it plug directly to his computer or phone (no bluetooth).


Same with the Edifier R1280T.


u/HoboStink · 2 pointsr/vinyl

If you want a pair of Miccas you have to use powered (active) speakers, which are these: http://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC

u/LaoFuSi · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Not really any worth mentioning in an audiophile sub. Cheapest ones I've seen talked about are these http://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC

u/Mad_Economist · 2 pointsr/CabaloftheBuildsmiths

Hmm, not a lot to spend on speakers and headphones. Shooting from the hip, around that budget, I'd probably go one of two directions:

A pair of reasonable-ish entry-level speakers - something in the vein of the Micca [MB42] (https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B009IUIV4A) (which is passive, and so requires an amplifier, which can be [pretty cheap for a very budget option] (https://www.amazon.com/Lepy-LP-2020A-Class-D-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B01FZKA28Y/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=class+t+amplifier&qid=1573193876&s=electronics&sr=1-7))/[PB42X] (https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC) (which is powered and so requires no amplifier) - which will run something a little north of $100 unless you're down to buy used, plus a reasonable lower mid end closed headphone ([NVX's branding of the Yoga CD880] (https://www.amazon.com/NVX-Over-Ear-Headphones-ComfortMax-XPT100/dp/B0093PVTPS) is a pick I like a fair bit). These speakers will be pretty alright, albeit imperfect to be sure, and there are a few decent-to-good closed-back options in the ~$100 range.

Alternatively, if speaker quality is literally of no importance, you could go for something in the budget range of those Logitechs - there really are absolutely not options that cheap that are any good at all, but if you only use speakers to occasionally listen to youtube videos, it might be acceptable. That would leave more budget to allocate to the headphone side of things, where you'd have options like [AKG's] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svAmJheRxAg) K371, NAD'S HP50,or on the used side of the street [AKG's] (https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/akg/n700nc-wireless) N700NC, which are quite robust options in the closed-back world (particularly, in my opinion, the N700NC, which sounds fantastic to my ears with its digital signal processing active, and has quite good noise cancelling as well).

It's a bit of a tight squeeze regardless - if you're down with used gear, you can get a bit more for your dollar, but at very low price points you're in a space where shipping costs may dwarf savings, so even that might not help much, outside of headphones (which don't cost much to ship, and have a quite vibrant used market).

If you'd like more information or options, just let me know - I've thrown some links in above, but I'm pretty short of time today, so I figured I'd offer what I had from the top of my head rather than leaving you waiting.

u/blackjakals · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Those Luna’s look pretty sweet and are probably just as good as the 1280 if not better. There are a few YouTube reviews for both and one from Digital Stereophony comparing the two. I would pick the Luna’s for looks alone.

These Micca PB42X speakers are good as well from what I hear:


u/DonutsAndBass · 2 pointsr/vinyl

That budget ain't gonna work unless you go vintage, which is a lot harder but can be worth it. My recommendations for a new setup, as cheap as I could get it, would have to be:

U-Turn Orbit

DJ Pre II Phono Pre-Amp

Micca PB42X Powered Speakers

u/GothamCountySheriff · 2 pointsr/vinyl

There is no need for a receiver, but it could be a better solution than powered speakers.

If you're on a tight budget, you could do worse than the Micca PB42x. I think they would be better for extended listening than mixing monitors in the same price bracket.

But I think in the long run you would be better offer with a receiver and passive speakers if you could swing it. A good budget setup would be the Pioneer BS-22LR bookshelf speakers coupled with a Sherwood RX-4109 or a Yamaha R-S201 receiver. The Pioneer speakers routinely go on sale for about $100 (sometimes lower). The Yamaha receiver has gone down to $129 a few times last year. The Sherwood is currently on sale online at Radio Shack for $85 (normally $129 at Amazon).





u/treycook · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile
u/metafizikal · 2 pointsr/audiophile

$150 - MB42x + Muse combo listed above if you want a separate, more powerful, dedicated amp. I'd go this route personally.

$100 - PB42x has an amp built in, but not a very powerful one.

u/potato-stache · 2 pointsr/vinyl

for 150 to 200 euro budget, you are looking for entry-level active speakers. Micca PB42X comes close.

u/MisterHays · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Hate to add more options but the Micca PB42x are recommended quite a bit around here so maybe consider those too.

u/logicspeaks · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Here's the powered version of the Micca MB42X, so you won't need an amp or anything else. I bought these a month ago and I love them, they even converted my girlfriend.


u/OverExclamated · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace


Open-back - Sivga SV007 + VModa BoomPro

Closed-back - Lasmex L-90 +
VModa BoomPro


Passive - Pioneer SP-BS22


Dayton B652

Active - Edifier R1280T


Micca PB42x

u/rackhamb · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I'm in a very similar situation. I too, am looking into some bookshelf speakers for light music production and listening. I have not purchased anything yet, but I can share my research here!

Micca PB42x ($80, powered, no sub-out)

Edifier R1280T ($100, powered, no sub-out)

Fluance ai40 ($200, powered, no sub-out) <-- the one I'm leaning towards

Fluance ai60 ($300, powered, sub-out)

You can always add a subwoofer later by placing it first in the signal chain. In other words, you would need a powered sub with a through output.

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/bzzking · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Hello all! I am getting my FIRST set of speakers to use with my computer. I would like to purchase the r/audiophile recommendation of "$120: Micca PB42X", but was wondering if there was another recommendation in this price range (<$200) you guys would recommend for heavier bass.

u/ruggerid · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

So, I could attach the CCA or Alexa echo on these speakers throughout my house and control them all through an app for music? And still use my existing receiver (it has TOS) to watch movies through the same speakers we have in the basement? Had no idea...

u/grendelone · 2 pointsr/hometheater

A number of possible solutions. Your TV has optical sound out. So you will need something to convert the optical digital sound signal to an analog signal (DAC). Then you will need something to amplify the analog signal to drive a speaker (amp). Then of course the speaker itself.

Here are some possible solutions:

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/jakelewisreal · 2 pointsr/hiphopvinyl

I use these ... https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC


Even though they're only bookshelf speakers, I've used them to mix and master records like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM2zIiIaR-I


I'm not sure what you're looking for, just speakers to bump music, or monitors for engineering. Either way, these speakers get pretty loud and I enjoy the sound they give me for the price.

u/Blais_Of_Glory · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Go with Micca MB42X for $90 or the newer Micca PB42X which is only maybe $30 more at $119.

If you want to spend more and have more space, go with JBL LSR305 but they're around $300. You may be able to get them cheaper used on eBay if you look around.

You also want to get a DAC so you will have better audio. Check out the Schiit Modi 2 (Amazon link). Or you could go with the newer DAC/amp combo, the Schiit Fulla 2 which has great reviews.

Always check eBay for deals.

u/sweet_story_bro · 2 pointsr/buildapc

For some reason he has a good sound card but crappy speakers. That makes me think he likes music/sound? If so, maybe consider new speakers. I would recommend the Micca PB42x speakers with an aux cable, then either buy or make some stands. If he would like a subwoofer too the Dayton Sub-800 with an aux to rca cable can pack some good punch without pissing off the neighbors too much. This setup would be more than enough for the average gamer/music enthusiast. It will be worlds above what he has now. However, if he does any music recording/mixing, maybe head to /r/audiophile or /r/budgetaudiophile for more specific recommendations.

Quick note: surround sound usually doesn't make sense at a desk, but you can certainly add more speakers to what I have listed here if you'd like.

Edit: oh yeah, you'll also want a speaker cable or some speaker wire (if he has wire strippers) to connect the two speakers to eachother.

u/Zeriepam · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Hi, want to ditch out my crackling 30 bucks PC speakers and want to buy really budget-stuff for music listening and sometimes plugging to TV. My budget is around 150 USD. ( I know i can't get anything outstanding for this, so at least decent. )

JBL 305P MkII are great, everyone says, but.. they are expensive for me + overpriced in my country as hell, ordering them from Amazon is no help, cus VAT.

Micca PB42X can't be shipped to my country, maybe different website is a solution.


I can get Q Acoustics 2020i for 120 USD in my country

or PreSonus Eris E3.5 for 115 USD.


I want consumer speakers for listening to music, enjoyable, not monitors ( if they are not boring, then yes.)

Should i get one of these i mentioned ? Or try to ship Micca PB42X from another website, it's still gonna be pricey, because of the VAT, they are not sold in my country.


I am poor, but i love music.

( Should i save up more and buy the JBL 305P ?, is it worth ? like long-term investment ? )



u/Trazac · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

These Micca PB42X Speakers are very good. They are self powered and are built on the very successful Micca MB42X speakers, which aren't self-powered so they need an amp.

Check out /r/zeos for more information on getting nice sound equipment.

u/sampsans-ape-spray · 2 pointsr/vinyl

A lot of newer Altec speakers are computer speakers. Which isn't necessarily bad, but a lot of them are just cheap small things meant for gaming and such. That said, vintage speakers might be good. I don't know much about the particular model you have. A quick google sent me here. Might be helpful: http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/altec-model-83.46545/

I can't vouch for them myself, but there are $100-ish powered speakers to be had. These are sometimes recommended around here: https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1475027797&sr=8-8&keywords=powered+speakers

There's also these, that look really nice, though I don't know much about their quality: https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R1280T-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B016P9HJIA/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1475027797&sr=8-6&keywords=powered+speakers

I have Mackie CR4s, which are a bit more at $150. They're decent.

If you have a relatively small room and/or just want a minimal setup, powered bookshelf speakers are a good way to go.

If you have a large room and want to do lots of future upgrading, getting a receiver/amplifier now would be fine as well.

For me, I decided to stick with the bookshelfs, as my next upgrade with be a second table and a full receiver/floor speakers for my office. That way I can keep my current setup for the living room. :)

u/Pinguwin007 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

nope. you can use the magni 2 uber as a preamp (read volume control) for active speakers. not passive speakers like the Miccas you linked. there is a powered version, too. not sure if they sound differently though. personally, I'd save up and go for the LSR305s recommended in the purchase advice thread. hope that helped.

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/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/Noah0504 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I have a pair of Miccas for my computer desk paired with a Schiit stack. Couldn't be happier.


u/madscientistEE · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You'll need to pry off the grilles instead to get at the guts.

These speakers will utterly demolish them: https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC/

u/Saul_Panzer_NY · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Cool. My college dorm days are long over, but if the were ahead of me I'd be checking into one of these Fiio MP3 players or some other super high capacity iPod alternative and some powered bookshelf speakers like the Micca PB42X's.

I know you didn't come here today to discuss your future dorm set up but I've been considering a set up like that for my office, so it's been on my mind.



u/Watermellon53 · 1 pointr/vintageaudio

Yeah I'm super excited about it! Quick question, if I want to try and use the SL-7 with a pair of Micca PB42X speakers I already own what would I need? They look like they have phono input, but I'm not sure if I need a phono preamp and an amp or not.

u/Roygbiv856 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Here's what I am rocking. If you username is a reference to the DJs tritonal, you're gonna need a sub too

u/Nickslife89 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I would recommend the powered Micca PB42x speakers,


They are a step up from the ones you posted and come with an amp in them so they are easy to use. Well worth the extra money if you can. Sound amazing.

u/PacMac2432 · 1 pointr/audiophile

These are my very first "serious" pair of speakers and they sound great! They are very good for watching movies and also for listening to music especially for near field use.

Of course you have other options as well. Like for example: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00NXAEPDC/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521643447&sr=8-1-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=micca%2Bspeakers&psc=1&th=1

But I would also recommend that you look at passive speakers with a separate amp if you want to upgrade in the future

u/mpelleg459 · 1 pointr/audiophile

No, those speakers are passive, and therefore need some kind of amplification to get sound. You can hook them up to an amp; receivers have amps in them. Alternative, Micca makes powered speakers as well. If the connections are compatible, you should, generally, be able to hook up a source (phone, etc.) to powered speakers.

u/lightinthedark · 1 pointr/sonos

I wouldn't even consider a bluetooth speaker for a new permanent setup in a home. Sonos or Chromecast Audio with some bookshelf speakers.

Play 1 is $199, while a CCA and some speakers will save you about $50.

Sonos is great and setup is easy (I have 3). But if you want to save a bit of money, it's possible without sacrificing quality.

u/AspiringQuadriplegic · 1 pointr/sonos

Sounds like you want Chromecast Audio plugged into some nice powered speakers, like these or these or these or these.
Edit: I'm not commenting on how well it'll work. I don't own a Chromecast. It just seems to work on paper for what you're asking.

u/Wintermute_Is_Coming · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey all! Looking to set up a basic, relatively cheap 2.0/2.1 (built-in subwoofers) sound system for a living room projector, primarily for use with an Xbox One. Doesn't need to be very loud or huge on audio fidelity, but after taking a look at the subreddit I've got the following parts list, but I wanted to make sure everything looked correct with the DAC and how it would work with the Xbox.

u/LordOfBacon · 1 pointr/headphones

These are the speakers I'm trying to switch to and from headphones with from the same source (PC)

u/YellowCBR · 1 pointr/buildapc

Micca PB42X. Already powered, just plug and play. If you think you may be doing upgrades frequently, then look for the non-powered ones + a budget amp.

u/thesnakefoot · 1 pointr/audiophile

There are no "good" sounding pc speakers.


These aren't great, but they'll get the job done better than any "PC speaker."

u/jungox · 1 pointr/audiophile

I currently do not have any audio equipment and want to get a setup for my computer. Do you guys recommend any existing wireless speaker in the market that I could also use for other purposes?
If you do not recommend any wireless speaker, would you recommend the PB42X instead of the MB42X?

u/DoktorLuciferWong · 1 pointr/audiophile

If I want to connect my JDS Labs Element AMP/DAC to the Micca PB42X, will something like this work?

Or would it be better to use an RCA-to-TRS since the speaker has it? (I think that's what the aux plug is called, right?)

u/IAMYOURBIGBROTHER · 1 pointr/vinyl

I'm getting really low volume from current setup:

Turn Table: Pro-Ject - Debut Carbon DC

Pre-amp: Nobsound Mini Fully-Balanced/Single-Ended Passive Preamp

Active speakers: Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers

Dialing up both the speaker and pre-amp volume doesn't seem to help.

Do I need a different pre-amp or should I add an amplifier and replace the active speakers for passive? Or is there a setup where I can still use the powered speakers?

u/ocinn · 1 pointr/audiophile

The cheapest we are willing to recommend are these:


u/yahyoh · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

the Z623 should sound fine but not audiophile grade by any mean, and the z623 better than the z506 they are way more powerful.
if bluetooth not really important for you you can get something like this or this then you can get chromcast audio and use it with them.
sidenote: bookshelf speakers wont really have much bass btw.

u/Armsc · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

If you're going with a set of passive speakers you need an amp and speaker wire to make the speakers work. If you're going with a set of powered speakers then you should be good.

u/TrueDiligence · 1 pointr/battlestations

I would recommend staying away from audioengine, there are better options for the price.

$120 - Micca PB42x: These will sounds better than the Audioengine A2+R, but the build quality is not the greatest. These are 'the baseline' for cheap speakers that sound decent.

$200 - PreSonus Eris 4.5: These will provide more bass and sound better overall than the Audioengine A2+R. Build quality is very good on these as well.

$283 - JBL LSR305 + $120 - Scarlett 2i2 + $16 - 2x(XLR to TRS cable): This setup is amazing for the cost. I have been using the JBL LSR305 for quite a while now and they never disappoint. I've heard better, but those speakers are way more expensive. These can be connected directly to your computer through a 2xTRS to 1/8" cable, but I don't recommend it. When I tried that the speakers produced a terrible hissing noise. I recommend the Scarlett 2i2 over other audio interfaces due to its reliability, balanced speaker outs, and great mic pre-amps if you ever decide to get a XLR mic down the road. The cables are needed to connect the speakers to the interface.

u/ConcreteKahuna · 1 pointr/audiophile

Check these out https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC/

Edit: Don't trust insignia, trash brand

u/ze_OZone · 1 pointr/audiophile

Would the powered version hold up or would an external amp with passive speakers work better?

u/Kevmaster007 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Mica PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers. I think they are still small enough for desktop.


I assume you already have a USB dac for your headphones, but if not, you can find them for anywhere from $30-300.

The Schiit Modi 2 is really well liked as a desktop DAC for $100, bit if that's too much for just a desktop DAC, look into the Fulla 2. It is really versatile!


u/CherryBlossomStorm · 1 pointr/buildapc

Stop looking for "PC speakers" (which are cheap and crap) and just start looking for "speakers". That might help. YOu can find adapters for that 6.5mm to 3.5mm. Hopefully others can provide more detailed help.

/r/audiophile is good for this. What's your price range?

these are awesome and this converter for $10 will make it work.

u/OneGoodScare · 1 pointr/turntables

Here is a link to very good active speakers you can use without an amp or receiver. Just plug your turntable into the speakers and you're good to go. They cost a little more than your link but they are highly reviewed


u/women_are_pretty · 1 pointr/audiophile

Micca has this set, I think they sound OK but I don't think they have "decent bass". I think they sound like computer speakers.

Audioengine A2+ are respected and people like them, I can't speak from experience.

u/7ouie · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

These are powered, so you don't need an amp. But like other powered speakers, you will need to plug it into a wall power outlet.
Yes you can connect your laptop to these using a 3.5mm cable.
This came from the sidebar and is well recommended.

u/MJC12 · 1 pointr/audiophile

These are the recommended speakers from up top of this stickied note. They're in your budget and good for a 2.0 setup. You could also get the passive versions and a small amp, up to you.

u/cb1037 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

You might want to save a little more money. You will need some powered speakers. The Micca PB42X or the Edifier R1280T would both work.

The at-lp60 and the Micca's would be $200 before tax, but you might want to upgrade the turntable to one of the others listed here.

Just make sure to get one with the preamp built in. The U-turn Orbit will be $249 with the preamp.

u/Hydrotti · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

This is the default recommendation for that price range.

I can't speak for them, but many people do.

u/il_popier · 1 pointr/audiophile
  • Looking to purchase: a pair of bookshelf speakers
  • Budget: $200 total
  • Location: USA
  • Context: My dad gave me his old AIWA A30 amplifier and I'm looking to start a new set up from scratch. Eventually, I'll connect a turntable to it, but at the moment I'll probably just stream music through an audio chromecast.
  • Also, aside from wires - anything else you all could recommend with any leftover from the $200?

    I know you (collective r/audiophile hivemind) suggests the Micca PB42X speakers

    But I've also come across the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR that have had pretty good reviews.

    Then there are always the super budget Dayton 652's

    Any thoughts or comments are always appreciated, thanks!
u/theides81 · 1 pointr/vintageaudio

Do you need speakers too, or just a record player? If you need both, I'd recommend this setup. I have the same record player but a slightly older version of these speakers. It's nothing fancy, but it's all ready to go right out of the box & in my opinion it sounds great. I'm not a hardcore serious audiophile, so I'm sure there are much better options out there, but they're gonna cost you way more than $200.



u/DonPanchode · 1 pointr/audiophile

Want to get a budget subwoofer

I just got this sub's recommended budget speaker (Micca PB42X) and I'm looking to get a cheap subwoofer with it. I'm into bass EDM and loud low-end sound is very important. (I care more about loudness over quality) I'm looking to spend under $100. What would you recommend to go with it?

u/tradiuz · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Micca PB42X are the easy answer.

u/FULL_METAL_HOODIE · 1 pointr/hometheater

JBL LSR305's are on sale right now. Best option by far. If you're looking for something a little cheaper, go with the Micca PB42X. If you can find some empty counter space, the speakers will sound a hell of a lot better closer to ear level compared to on top of the fridge.

u/dangerousfoolishness · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Start with these.

If it's not enough bass, you can add a subwoofer, later. You'll probably get what you need out of these, though.

These might also work very well. I haven't heard them.

u/G-Love80 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I am considering getting into the world of vinyl music and have been doing a little research. I am currently considering the Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB, which has a built in phono pre-amplifier, meaning I can plug it into "active" speakers directly to begin listening to music.

I have been looking on Amazon and found the two speaker sets below. Which would you consider the better set? Are there any other recommendations in that price range ($100-$130)?

Micca PB42X - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1PDI7ICM94BJN&coliid=I2NYMIBIDES9L5

Edifier R1280T - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016P9HJIA/ref=psdc_3236451011_t1_B00NXAEPDC


u/MCHammer666 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I have 2 Audio Technica LP60's in my apt along with an older Technics SL. None of them have anti skating feature and play anything I put on there. Flexi disks, 10", 7", 180g, 160g, you name it. If I were you, I'd go with an AT-LP60. You can find it here on Amazon along with some speakers like this. That is the minimum amount of equipment needed to get into vinyl. The whole package is about 200USD so that's still within your budget and more importantly it's all new equipment. As time goes on she can upgrade individual components and add more equipment such as a dedicated preamp, carbon brush, cork board mats, etc. That's what I've been doing for the past 3 years and since then I've gotten a fairly decent setup. You just gotta be frugal and hold out till you find what you're looking for. Hope that helps, best of luck

u/AssOrTheCrotch · 1 pointr/audiophile

Ok, I'm new to this, so bear with me. I am trying to make this as budget as possible but still have a good system.

I would like to keep the setup around $300. I really only need a subwoofer and a couple desktop monitors. I am thinking a Bic America F12 ($200) and the [Micca PB42X] (http://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422576240&sr=8-1&keywords=micca+pb42x+powered+speakers)'s ($100/pair).

Since they're both powered I wouldn't need an amp/DAC (not until I can afford them later for my headphones). I will be running all of these off of my computer's motherboard outputs. So my main question is: What do I need to set them up and how should I do it? I assume I would just get a 1/8" to RCA cable and plug that into the F12, then plug two RCA cables from the F12 output to the monitors' inputs. If this is correct, would I plug the 1/8" end into the computer output labeled Center? Would it be easier to go 1/8" to 1/8" from the computer output to the 1/8" input on the F12?

Thanks! And sorry if this is the wrong place to post this.

u/sami27 · 1 pointr/battlestations

Micca PB42X powered speakers


Just got them. Pretty solid for their compact size and they're powered so you don't need anything else to use them.

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/MasterRacer98 · 1 pointr/audiophile


It says it at the top in this post. At least read it.

u/Ligga-Nips · 1 pointr/audiophile

I have some Micca PB42X powered bookshelf speakers, and I want to know if I could use this Paradigm Bluetooth subwoofer with it on my computer (no sound bar). I have a Bluetooth dongle.

u/FullForceHi-Fi · 1 pointr/vinyl

Yeah, unfortunately you're not alone. I've had family members buy Logitech stuff and it not work out the box only to replace it with another set that didn't work a few days later. Logitech even sells speakers with fake tweeters that can just be pulled out.

If you want recommendations just a little over the price of those logitechs, here's what I'd get:

Micca PB42x $109
I've heard really great things with price to value on this set. It's got a proper crossover and should sound pretty great.

Edifer R1280T $99

My friend has a set of these, and he really likes them I haven't heard them for myself yet, be he recommends them for the price, and I trust his judgement!

I'm a college student as well, so I understand budget determines most things right now, so if those don't work for you I'd recommend just exchanging the logitechs for a hopefully new working pair.

u/symmm · 1 pointr/hometheater

What do you think about the self-powered speaker option https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC ?

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/Obi-Shinobi · 1 pointr/ZReviews

you'll need powered speakers if you dont have a amp. maybe theses? https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC

u/Neonenn · 1 pointr/hometheater

You think that would be better than the option that someone else posted on here? It's these speakers. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Xj0RybZ2MG0H3

u/Konkey_Dong_Country · 1 pointr/audiophile

> For the Micca setups, you'll need this to connect directly to a computer:
3.5mm TRS to RCA - use this for connecting (either of) the Micca alternatives directly to a computer.

I'm not sure this is totally correct, it appears the PB42X's have a 3.5mm input jack also, based on the images on the Amazon ad.

u/concentus7 · 1 pointr/hometheater

At that level of budget, you simply don't have a lot of wiggle room. You'd be pretty much limited to stereo (2.0), and you'd likely have to get the most budget of budget speakers (probably Dayton B452's).

A better compromise may be a decent pair of powered speakers like the Fluance Ai40, Edifier R1280DB or Micca PB42X. Another option would be to get a mini amp like the Dayton DTA-2.1BT2 and pair it with passive bookshelfs like Micca RB42's or MB42X's.

There are other audio "solutions" out there, but nothing that we would suggest in good faith around here. My honest advise is to wait and save up for a more robust budget so you can invest in quality stuff that will last you longer.

u/z0d14c · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hi all. I bought these things and I think I realized I want to go a bit bigger/I kinda bought the wrong things:

Micca PB42x Speakers

Nobsound NS-15G Amp (im dumb and got powered speakers on accident, another reason to return them)

I think instead I'd like to do a set up with KEF Q150s, but am unsure what else I need. Apparently they sound better with bass (I'm in an apartment but it's a highrise with good thick walls so I think I'll be ok?) and I was thinking about going with this. I was hoping that amp up there would be good enough, but I want to be able to switch between computer/turntable/tv/maybe stream audio from a phone so I think I need a receiver.

So I guess I'm mainly looking for suggestions on accessories for receiver/amp/wires. I already have some rca to rca cables and rca to 3.5mm cables, but I assume I will also need a subwoofer cable (?) and some speaker wire + banana plugs (??!!) so I would really appreciate some help here. Help is much appreciated, cheers :)

u/PhanMan71 · 1 pointr/ultrawidemasterrace

These are pretty great speakers, you just need a 3.5 to rca cable if you get the powered ones pb42x, or you can get the unpowered ones (mb42x) for cheaper and buy audio cable and an amp if you ever wanna add a subwoofer someday which I personally found out to be overkill for a desktop. Learned this stuff on the audiophile sub

u/Bob212223 · 1 pointr/buildapc

The cheapest option I would choose would be Micca PB42X
I personally have a pair of Vanatoo Transparent Zero Which are amazing for their size and price. In my opinion. There are also many models of edifier which are not terrible for their price.

u/DownvoteBrigade80 · 1 pointr/audiophile

My current setup: Fluance RT81 and Micca MB42X

I'm looking to add a receiver to this setup so I can listen with headphones. Also interested in adding a subwoofer. Any recommendations? I'm trying to stay relatively cheap but any suggestions are welcome.

u/GusIsBoosted · 1 pointr/audiophile

New to speakers.
Long time headphone guy.

Want something cheap but good for my lab.

Have my eye on:https://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMedia-Certified-Computer-Speaker/dp/B000062VUO
Since a few friends have them...

But have been looking at:https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC/

I want to spend around $300-$500 when all is said and done.
I am guessing we need to also factor in the sub and dac/amp?

much appreciated!

u/datrumole · 1 pointr/hometheater
  1. as others have stated no, i think connecting the PC to whatever you end up doing for the TV setup is the best option. However if you wanted just some simple PC stuff, these work great

  2. if you want the best bang for the buck, no question anything on here will blow any speakers under 1k out of the water. Add in any one of these bundles with an iNuke amp and you'll be hard pressed to buy anything for 3x the cost that will touch it. find a friend with some clamps and glue, a quick couple coats of paint and you are on your way in a weekend project. if that option is not appealing, this is a good list to get some really good bookshelf speakers i wouldnt bother with towers since you will likely use a subwoofer thus negating any real need for full range speakers. if you can swing the cost, power sound audio (psa) has some really great stuff, 3x MT110's and you'll be smiling ear to ear. good subs can be had from the internet direct companies, hsu, psa, rythmik, reaction audio...etc. as you've said before do it right the first time, i personally wouldn't buy anything smaller than 2x12 or 2x15's. seems large now, but you'll regret anything smaller. multiple subs helps get the most out of a room, but in a small room like yours, 1 may be fine.

  3. the speakers above certainly could use a sub, but again, get the good stuff for the tv and when you want to crank more than what the micca's provide, flip it over to the receiver and have at it
u/oddsnsodds · 1 pointr/buildapc

Each RGB brand has their own software. It's not a big deal if they're different brands. If they're the same brand, it's kinda cool to be able to control it all through one program. But these are probably the best gaming speakers with RGB. It's a good choice.

So the other thing is, do you think he would care that these are made for gaming? Is he really into music? He might like speakers like these instead if so:


u/LiggaNips · 1 pointr/audiophile

Is it possible to hook up a subwoofer to these Micca Pb42x bookshelf speakers?

u/ChonkyCarrot · 1 pointr/audiophile

New dude here, been thinking about upgrading my Pc speakers.
This is what I've come up with so far
Micca PB42X + Polk Audio PSW10 + ASUS Xonar DX 7.1

Whadda ya all think?

u/scott_fx · 1 pointr/alexa

Micca has some powered speakers for $109
Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_AFLACbATJXA7G

A bit over your budget but should give you better sound than one of those bt speakers.

Or if you have an echo, you could add the echo subwoofer and fill out the low end. This will be perceived as louder and better sounding.

u/tcpiy · 1 pointr/audiophile

Also, as per the Purchase Help Thread, these Micca PB42X are a good recommendation.

u/Minnesota_Winter · 1 pointr/audiophile

So would these recommended ones be a good companion for a Chromecast audio? Would probably get 3 pairs for the house. They have aux in, so no amp needed? It seems the recommended cheap amp is out of stock.


u/Selmostick · 1 pointr/audiophile

Can i wallmount the Micca PB42X somehow and what should I keep in mind while doing so?

Second question: Are the Micca PB42X loud enough to "fill up" a medium sized living room?

also, If I can how can I control the Volume? Because I won't be able to reach the speacers up there.

u/benest · 1 pointr/diysound

Depends on what kind of multi-room system you are looking for.
It's not a bad idea, but it may not be the cheapest or straightforward solution.

Any powered speaker will do. Take a look at the Micca PB42X

You might be better served by just using a Chromecast Audio instead though.

u/eeisner · 1 pointr/vinyl

Ok, posted this last night wanting to get an opinion on this receiver on CL for my first setup, or this receiver on eBay, but also want to ask another question... Am I better off for a budget setup in a small apartment doing TT/Pre-amp --> Receiver --> Passive speakers, or TT/Pre-Amp --> Powered Speakers? I'm looking at both the Micca MB42 and the Micca PB42X

u/_Funke_ · 1 pointr/vinyl

I know several people on here use these.

u/shall_2 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

It would definitely be cheaper but you're paying for the convenience of it all being in one package and just working out of the box with minimal hookups.

A soundbar itself is always a convenience compromise. It can never sound better than a decent stereo system for the same price.

These super budget powered micca speakers plus a roku stick will blow away any sound bar for cheaper than what they're offering but it's just slightly less convenient (which is a big deal for a lot of people.)

Edit: just feel like I should mention... A decent subwoofer is not cheap. I have 7.1 sound system and spent almost half of my budget on my sub.

u/hikingmutherfucker · 1 pointr/audiophile

Look at the proposed systems above both are small enough to fit on a desktop and are fairly cheap as well.

to quote: "

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

  • $110: Micca PB42X
  • $250: JBL 305P MkII


    For the JBL-based setup, here are some accessories if you want to connect the speakers directly to a computer without an external DAC:

  • 3.5mm TRS to 6.3mm TS cable - use this if you're connecting the LSR305 directly to a computer
  • JBL Active Speaker Starter Set - includes the Nano Patch+ volume controller, two isolation pads and TRS to XLR cable. Use this if you want a physical volume controller to go along with the JBL speakers.

    For the Micca setups, you'll need this to connect directly to a computer:

  • 3.5mm TRS to RCA - use this for connecting (either of) the Micca alternatives directly to a computer.

    If you're going for the Micca MB42X + SMSL solution, you'll also need speaker wire:

  • AmazonBasics 16 AWG speaker wire "
u/Santiago_79 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_GJbHDbZ12V53N

u/r3dt4rget · 1 pointr/buildapc

Micca PB42X is a great powered pair around $100. You can get a bit cheaper buying the unpowered MB42X and suppling your own amp or getting a cheap desktop amp off Amazon.

u/WadeMoreau · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

The most commonly recommended speakers under $100 here are the Micca MB42X and there are powered versions for $110 called the PB42X

u/jenbanim · 1 pointr/audiophile

The Micca PB42X listed above is about the price I'm looking for. But it's out of stock now, will it be coming back? If not or "who the fuck knows", is there another good choice in the price range?

Edit: I'm not sure if this matters, but I need to get a headphone amp at some point too.

u/Fastblack83 · 1 pointr/battlestations

Doing some research and they make a powered version of these speakers. I just ordered them. Check them out. Stands here

u/MogwaiInjustice · 1 pointr/AlternativeAmazonVGF

One of the hardest parts with audio recommendations is everyone has a different standard for what is acceptable. Like when someone says they don't want rin can sound do they mean not sound like it's coming from a $5 flat speaker put on something just to say it has sound or do they mean it needs a solid low and mid range to fill out the sound or do they mean they don't want their high end to clip? It gets even harder because often when asking that they don't actually know.

While I made a cheap recommendation it's not something I'd personally like. A prefered place to start talking about speakers involves about doubling that $50 budget to get something like the PB42X or these Mackie reference monitors which is actually starting to get you into decent sound.

u/CommonFisherman8 · 1 pointr/synthesizers

Alright, thanks for the help!


Just one more question, just so I'm completely clear ; I have these monitors. Would they work with this cable connecting them to the 2i4?

u/rar3nativ · 1 pointr/audiophile

I need to buy speakers. It will be mostly for music-series-vids with the pc and ocasionally with my smartphone. I will be most of the time 1 1/2m away from them and I have a good space behind the place I will put them. My room is like 5x6m but the speakers will be kinda in the middle of the room. I don't listen at a extreme volume level.

Micca PB42X



Recommendations? most of the people outside this reddit recommended me the Edifiers over the Micca. I'm all ears anyway!

u/Mastiviou · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Is this the Micca you're referring to? https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC

It seems that it's wireless though. Is it wifi or bluetooth? I don't see a wire anywhere on this thing.

I listen to all types of music, so nothing really specifically. I play a bunch of different types of games, so nothing really specific on that either. My budget is like anything below $50-200. I don't see myself using these a ton, just when I have people over since I already have nice headphones. I just want something that gives me my bang for my buck.

u/oonniioonn · 1 pointr/vinyl

> Micca MB42

Those are standard speakers.

Powered speakers require AC power and will either come with an adapter or have PSU built-in. They will also come with line audio inputs rather than speaker inputs.

The example you show has regular speaker inputs (and nothing else) and thus are unpowered, regular speakers.

Compare the back of the speakers you found with these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC?psc=1

u/lattiboy · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Those would be fine, but if you're going that route these will be much better:

Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXAEPDC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_HJ26xbMD3G3C1


Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers - Active Near-field Studio Monitors - Powered Speakers 2.0 Setup Wooden Enclosure - 4 inch Subwoofer - 66w RMS https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016PATXSI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_WK26xbAJ6BZBC

u/Linuturk · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking for a simple active speaker that accepts aux input and has a powered USB port. Bonus points for the PlayStation style power cord.

I plan on pairing each speaker with a Chromecast for a full house audio system.

I'm hoping I can get better quality speakers than the typical portable Bluetooth types. I don't want to pay for batteries and waterproofing if I don't need them. I also am trying to avoid the Sonos and Bose types. They seem expensive and come with their own wireless connectivity and smarts that the Chromecast will provide.

Here are some suggestions and/or speaker sets I've found in my searches. Let me know which one you would prefer:

u/flavorburn · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi, I'm new to the whole vinyl thing, and after reading through the guides I was looking at my first setup consisting of the Fluance RT80 played through some Micca PB42X Powered Speakers.

Am I correct in thinking that this is all I'd need to get started (besides some records, of course!), or do I also need an amp or something? I'm also open to any suggestions as far as improvements or saving money. Thanks!

u/Dirttymike · 1 pointr/audiophile

My friend(literally not me) is wanting to get the AT-LP60 (I already tried talking her out of it and she moved up from a crosley at least) and my question is would the AT-LP60 be able to work with the MICA PB42X and SMSL SA-60?

u/CherryVanillaCoke · 1 pointr/vinyl

Getting into vinyl is the last thing you wanna do on a tight budget, I know from experience haha. Be prepared for all your disposable income to be dropped into it. :p

As far as speakers may I suggest these? My buddy got some and they sound pretty damn decent.

u/awildjowi · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

I have a set of these if you're interested

u/TWOATTICS · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I just got them (they were free) and the sound quality is way better than my old Sony "Mini Hifi" system. And yeah placement isn't good right now. Need more speaker wire lol. Plus they're running in series to an old amp. Need a new amp before I add speakers.

What would you recommend? I have my eye on JBL LSR305s but they might be out of my price range. I could do the Pioneer DM-40s, then next time I get paid I could get a 2 channel amp for 4 speakers, run the Bose in series to one output and the DM-40s to the other. Thoughts?

I hear these are good for the price https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC/

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/benjammin515 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Here we go, I am torn between these options. Anyone have any thoughts or insight into them? Maybe a better recommendation?

Kanto YU2's

Mackie CR3's

Edifier R1280T's

Edifier R1280DB

Micca PB42X

Also looking into Mediabridge 3.5mm Male to 2-Male RCA Adapter

u/Nokjaw · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hi, first time poster here. I'm about to pull the trigger on my first turntable setup, but I feel I need to check in with the helpful people on this sub with the equipment I'm thinking of buying and whether or not its all compatible. Other things like isolation pads for the speakers, better record sleeves, a cork matt, a record brush, gram scale, and a cleaning kit are accounted for. Are any of those things unnecessary?

The following is strictly the hardware. I've been torn between two different set-ups however.

SET-UP 1: Audio Technica AT-LP120 ($299) & the Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers ($120). TOTAL: About $419

SET-UP 2: Audio Technica AT-LP120 ($299), Micca MB42 Passive Speakers ($60), and the Yamaha R-S201BL 2-Channel Stereo Receiver ($130) TOTAL: About $489

I'm also unsure about adding a subwoofer for I don't know if one is essential or just a nice thing to include for the complete package. My eye is on this one: Pioneer SW-8MK2 100-Watt Powered Subwoofer ($160)

Any and all advice is much appreciated.

u/OptimusRhymez · 1 pointr/vinyl

What would you guys recommend between these two powered speakers?

Mackie CR4

Micca PB42X

u/dr_torque · 1 pointr/audiophile

Micca make an active version of the MB42X, called the PB42X.

u/rektide · 1 pointr/Chromecast

$120 for the self-powered PB42x is your basic entry level awesome-sauce, well loved by many audiophiles. They also are easy to power off 6S li-ion batteries- they advertise 18V DC power input (and come with an 18V wall power adapter) but accept up to 25V no problem (and rock a little more with the higher power).

How much space are you trying to fill up? Do you just want to do near-field listening? A small room? Bigger? What kind of budget? Audioengine makes some solid good self-powered speakers, in a range of prices. M-audio's AV series is pretty famous self powered monitors. JBL has the LSR305 and LSR308 which are well respected. Check https://www.reddit.com/r/Zeos/ and https://www.reddit.com/r/BudgetAudiophile/ for more. You can also get separate amplifiers and speakers of course.

u/liesthroughhisteeth · 1 pointr/Soundbars

I'm picking up speakers, (eventually) for our bedroom TV, and this is what they will be, or something quite similar. :)

u/KingNone · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

you can get really nice monitor speakers in that budget. For starters: https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC


I have the Mackies and think they are awesome but people in similar situations to us prefer the Miccas.

u/ApproachingZero · 0 pointsr/audiophile

What is your budget?

Micca PB42X Powered Bookshelf Speakers

These are $120 and then you'd just need a DAC to hook up your laptop
You could get the Schiit Modi 2 which is $99

u/spp41 · 0 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Recievers will be over $100 usually so maybe out of your budget. Powered speakers on the other hand, do not need a receiver, just need to be plugged in. These Miccas or these swans are usually the cheapest ones recommended

Here's also a good list of speakers on the sidebar. Look for ones that are "powered" under tech specs, rest you will probably need a receiver.

u/Arve · 0 pointsr/gadgets

> Also open to taking recommendations for some wired (active!) bookshelf speakers in the same price range with comparable sound profile.

  1. Anything in the $30-40 bracket for bookshelf speakers is useless - they have so many glaring problems that they're pretty much a waste of money
  2. You can't really compare a bookshelf speaker to any reasonable portable speaker in terms of "sound profile".

    In other words: Your expectation to find anything enjoyable in that price range is "slim to none". Over in /r/audiophile, the absolute cheapest thing we're willing to recommend is the $120 [Micca PB42X] (https://www.amazon.com/Micca-PB42X-Powered-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B00NXAEPDC), but: If you're willing to buy used, it's often a better idea to have a look around Craigslist or a similar classifieds site for used solutions.
u/whatdidshedo · 0 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

there is sidebar here with lot's of speaker recommendations.

maybe something like Micca PB42x there are powered so no need to worry about amp. or you can just get passive Speakers such as Pioneer BS22 but you need AMP or avr with those.