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Posted: 10/9/2005 5:50:14 PM EDT
I've been shopping pretty extensively and i've heard most of the popular ones thus far and the Klipsch tend to be my favorite (but they are too pricey). So I've narrrowed it down to these speakers, the Logitech Z-2300


What others would you guys recommend? All suggestions are welcome!
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 5:51:52 PM EDT
I've had some cheap ones from creative for 2 years now and couldn't be happier with them.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 5:54:43 PM EDT
Cheap ones can sound good if you try them.  Goto a Comp USA, Best Buy or some other store that has a bunch of different PC speakers set up playing the same songs, and give them a listen.  You could save some bucks, and eliminate some that sound good in online reviews, but don't sound good in real life.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 5:55:47 PM EDT
If you want to spend the money,  go Klipsch or Logitech.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 5:57:39 PM EDT
Hit e-bay for Monsoon's  M700IIs or M1000s.

Link Posted: 10/9/2005 6:00:23 PM EDT
I've only heard the logitech's in stores, but I own a set of 4.1 Klipsch THX certified speakers and I love 'em. I don't regret one penny spent on them.

ETA: the speakers I own are discontinued i believe.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 6:03:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 6:13:05 PM EDT
I just bought a cheapo set of Harmon Kardons for like $90. Subwoofer and two satellites. Sounds plenty good for what I need...
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 6:19:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 6:24:02 PM EDT

Quoted:
I got Roland high end and a Sunfire subwoofer.

Slight overkill, but if you want surround.....



YOU, SIR, are [email protected]#$%^&*()_+ SICK.

BUT, I like your style!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D­ave S

Link Posted: 10/9/2005 6:31:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 6:54:11 PM EDT
don't waste your money on klipsh....nowadays my kilpsch 5.1s stay silent while my Sennheiser headphones play all the sound.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 7:57:41 PM EDT
Get the logitechs, but get the new 5.1 setup. It is around $400, but it FUCKING ROCKS!
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 7:59:13 PM EDT
I just bought these logitechs, and couldn't be happier.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836121121

eta: THX certified, 5.1, and fairly cheap.

these aren't the ones the guy above was mentioning.

eta, again, what sound card do you have?  Audigy 2's are a lot cheaper than they used to be.
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 8:03:00 PM EDT
Depends on what you are using them for.  I have a 2.1 sound system for my gaming computer that I bought for 20.00 and they are prefect for what I do.  If you have everything hooked up to your computer then by all means get something real good but if all you play is games then a $20-$40 set should be good.  Mine are ALtec Lansings but for my wifes she has Harmon/Kaldons since she listens to alot of classical music.  Hers are 2.1 as well.  In the "entertainment room I have Bose surround sound but I get to here all the explosions but only when the wife is gone can it be that loud.  

 
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 5:36:21 AM EDT
What do you guys do with the rear speakers of 5.1 systems?  I find it difficult to place them without making my place look like a mess.
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 6:26:39 AM EDT
ALTEC LANSING!

Sorry, I could not over emphasize it enough! You guys should try it. I have compared it side by side with Logitech and Altec Lansing has a much crisper sound! It would satisfy any audiophile!
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 6:56:11 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 7:12:33 AM EDT
If you don't often turn it up very loud, most-any $50 ones will sound okay. Many sound fine when you're sitting right in front of the computer at lower levels, it's when you turn them up that they quickly get distorted. If you like it loud, get a decent brand-name with LOTS of power.

Another thing I'd watch out for is if the speakers use detatchable cabling; I have some older Logitech Z42's that sound okay (at low volumes, only 31W) but the wiring is fixed, the wires all physically run right into the speaker cabinets, which can make dealing with cables a bother because you can't ever unhook the speakers from their wires. And there's only about four feet between the satellites, so you cannot separate them out farther than that.
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Also, powered computer speakers tend to sound overly-bassy, and you can't fix it by adjusting the EQ. I got the Klipsch 2.1's, they are loud (200W) and sound nice but for music are still not quite "right". The tonal balance of music is just wrong; a $500 home-stereo with conventional 3-way speakers sounds better. They have longer detachable cables however (about 9 feet between the satellites).

. . . So for best "audiophile" results with music you'd either want a separate hi-fi amp and home-stereo speakers, some powered studio monitors or unpowered monitors on a Sonic Impact class-T amp.
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Link Posted: 10/10/2005 1:20:56 PM EDT
The Klipsch 2.1 system I bought for a client developed a hiss on the right speaker, probably from a bad contact or something, I got to take it back to get another set.  It's made in China now, so I wasn't surprised at its poor quality.  
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 1:26:22 PM EDT

Quoted:
I got Roland high end and a Sunfire subwoofer.

Slight overkill, but if you want surround.....



Sunfire sub for  your computer system???!!!!  Man, I can't even imagine what your HT must be like!!!  Congrats!!!

vmax84
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 1:26:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 5:34:30 PM EDT
What do you guys think of these? Bose Companion 3

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 5:35:40 PM EDT

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Klipsch



+ eleventybillion

Nothing else comes close.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 5:35:43 PM EDT

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What do you guys think of these? Bose Companion 3

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As a general rule, Bose sucks. I don't know anything about those particular speakers though.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 5:39:01 PM EDT
I'd recommend 2.1 over 4-5.1, unless you know where those other two are going.

Stick with Klipsch, Altec Lansing, Logitech, or any good brand. Unless you're a complete freak about it, don't spend more than $60-70. I have a decent set of 2.1 Altec Lansings (came with the computer, I figure they'd cost about $60) and everyone seems to be amazed at how well they sound (compared to their OEM 2.0s).

It's your money, though.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 5:43:28 PM EDT
Fisher 800c and some full range Lowthers. You think I'm kidding, don't you?
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 5:54:42 PM EDT
About 4 years ago I bought some Logitec z560's.  They are awesome still.  Great from bass to upper freqs.  and plenty loud too: 400w RMS.  At the time I paid $125 from newegg.

www.newegg.com

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:05:20 PM EDT
Altec Lansing from Best Buy $35(sale) and work just fine for my low end arse
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:10:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 9:06:10 PM EDT
I reccomend a nice pair of headphones, I personally use grado SR-125s for the PC, I also have the PC hooked up to the home theater system.

Even the best computer speakers aren't going to sound nearly as good as relatively cheap phones. Maybe you could look into some entry level nearfield powered studio monitors though.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:33:12 AM EDT
Just ordered these for $9.99 after rebates. Picking them up after work. Amazon has reviews here.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:44:57 AM EDT
Im a pretty big sound nut -
I would recommend the Z-5500 from logitech

It all depend on what you want -
Deep bass ? the 5300 or 5500 would be great
Good Highs? The X-530 Is good (logitech)
the 5500 is an all around god system (with an online price of about 250 - 300)
Or you can go cheaper - the x530 is only about 70 - 100 depending on where you go - Low wattage - But decent highs and lows (mids are ALITTLE lacking) But still a good deal for the price . . .

Or you could go the reciever route . . . Thats what i did after going through about 4 speaker systems i didnt like (Well i liked them - Just didnt get the big sound i was looking for)  - I decided to go with a reciever
I run my sound into a sony 900 watt reciever piped out to 6 satelites and a 12 inch sub -
Sounds awesome

Another big part of your sound will be your sound card - I would recommend the audigy 2 or 4 - I have the 2 zs - sounds great

It all depends on what you want - I like big speakers and big sound (so i paid a pretty penny)
- I also watch DVD's on my computer

Get what you can afford : )
My only complaint about computer speaker systems in general is their wattage - You cant get big wattage without spending alot of money - So I got sick of it and decided a reciever/home theater system was more versatile -

I like being able to shake the walls (literally)

Ive spent about 500$ on my current sound system . . .  I plan on spending more on a better de/encoder - and a better sub (my current is only 125 watt)



Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:48:52 AM EDT
Amazon has a great deal on a Klipsch 5.1 set: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00008UA3C/ref%3Dnosim/dealmeinnet-20/103-1853402-5326268

You'll have to have a 5.1 capable sound card do use 5.1 surround though. If you plug an analog connection to them, they only output 2.1.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:51:52 AM EDT
Also, for what it's worth I've had GREAT luck with the Altec Lansing 2100 I've been using for the past three years. It's a 2.1 setup with two very small satellites and a great sub (though the sub is a little large). I'm only upgrading to the Klipsch that I posted above because it's such a great deal and I've got a new soundcard on the way for F.E.A.R. and Half Life 2.
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 9:05:41 AM EDT

Quoted:

Quoted:
About 4 years ago I bought some Logitec z560's.  They are awesome still.  Great from bass to upper freqs.  and plenty loud too: 400w RMS.  At the time I paid $125 from newegg.

www.newegg.com




Sorry, but I don't think you are getting a "pure" 400W RMS for $125....

I have a "True RMS" 100W Amp that cost $1200, however, the peak power is in the range of 2kW.



Tube or MOSFET?

It's not too hard to make a MOSFET amp that will push 400w RMS.    It is difficult to make it clean though.  That said, I rarely push the logitec setup over a quarter volume, and that usually is too loud.  It is fairly clean with good dynamic range for the price though, I can't complain...

Here is the link on Amazon.
ETA:  this is old stuff by now though:

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006B9CN/002-1226201-2152833?v=glance&n=172282&v=glance


Link Posted: 10/14/2005 9:38:04 AM EDT
Hey you all can't forget Boston Acoustics PC Speakers. Cheap and sound HELLAFINE!
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