I'm a newbie, need help with setup


Novice Member
Hi everyone,

I’m by no means an audiophile, but I want to get the best bang for buck, and after looking at many articles on Bookshelf Speakers vs Multimedia Desktop Speakers, I have come to the conclusion Self-Powered Bookshelf Speakers are better value. I’m looking to buy speakers in the 100 GBP - 50 GBP range (I can go a little bit over budget). I usually fall prey to marketing, and have bought Speakers based on Wattage, Dolby Digital / THX Certification, but now I’d like to buy for the long-term, and have a versatile Setup that will perform well for Gaming on the new Xbox, Movies, Music and Content Consumption (Spotify, You Tube and Netflix). Have I made the right decision going with Self-Powered Bookshelf Speakers based on my intended usage? I have considered Presonus Eris 3.5 Studio Monitors, as it has caught my eye being so lowly priced, and its many praises in reviews. But, I’ve held off on my purchase as I want to know the community’s recommendations (I can also integrate larger speakers in my setup too, I’m all for options)

The options I have been looking at so far:
Presonus Eris 3.5 Studio Monitors (2018 Model, 110 GBP) [Non-BT: 85 GBP]
Edifier R1280DB (2018 Model, 120 GBP) [Non-BT: 75 GBP]
Edifier R1850DB (2019 Model, 160 GBP)
Mackie CR series?

1) Are these Speakers still worth it or has Competition released an Edifier R1280 Killer? (Should I wait for new products to make its way onto the market)

2) In order to receive Audio from Xbox (HDMI Connection), I’m going to hook it up to my Monitor (3.5mm Input Available). RCA to 3.5 mm or 1/4" TRS Cable to PC ? I’d appreciate some Suggestions on how to hook up 1/4" TRS to PC


Well-known Member
Im afraid with 50-100£ budget you wont get very good hifi quality new.

are you looking for a stereo setup or surround setup?

would you mind used?

is it for gaming only?

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