PC Speakers - £10, £100 or...£1000?

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  1. B_ScaredLittleBoy

    B_ScaredLittleBoy New Member

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    The time has come...for me to buy new speakers. The current ones came with the PC last year, are powered by the PC, small and have no headphone socket.

    I want a headphone socket.

    I also want a decent sound, but there are so many speakers! So many specifications, subwoofers, 5.1, FDD, two speakers, three speakers, six speakers!

    Here are some that I've looked at, in 'rated' order:

    The Monsoon are out of production and so are a couple of the other ones. The Logitech X-5xx look good but is £70/$140 for some PC speakers worth it? I have other things on my wishlist too (500GB Seagate eSATA HD, bicycle, a new desk, digital TV, HD monitor etc) but I don't want some shitty tinny speakers.

    Any recommendations/comments on the price and quality of speakers. What RMS should I be looking for, any key features etc?

    Ta
     
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    My father bought the Logitech X-540 Computer Speakers on boxing day. They are awesome. We hooked them up to a desktop though, not a laptop.
     
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    The ALTEC LANSIG is a lotta bang for the buck, i use it on my main computer.

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    I was looking at those X540, sold by someone in Canada too. So subwoofer is the way to go? No one has just the two speakers anymore? :redface:

    These speakers will be for my desktop PC btw. Which is running fine at the moment!
     
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    I have cheap Logitechs that suit me fine but are far below the level you seem to be seeking.
    Anyone I know who buys JBL has had rave reviews of them (some of those people are real audiophiles and have spent thousands on their primary sound systems), and I notice that the JBLs score 10/10 on the report you've referenced, and can be had for as little as 49 pounds.
    I don't know about the others on the list, but I'd bet my bottom dollar that the JBLs would prove wonderful investments.
    (And yes, a subwoofer seems a good way to go.)
     
  6. B_ScaredLittleBoy

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    Looking at the Lansing, they have good reviews too...hmm. I'll look at the JBL's.

    But now what's all this 2.1/5.1 business? In a review someone said they're glad they got the Lansing 2.1 setup instead of a 5.1. Is 5.1 not better than 2.1 :confused:
     
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    I bought a cheap Altec Lansing set from Wal-Mart. It cost about $30, has a subwoofer, and I love it.
     
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    You spent about what I spent, Pecks ... and I'm very happy.
    But I wonder if the kid has better ears.
    Better than mine, I'm sure.
     
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    First number is the number of speakers and the '.1' is the subwoofer:

    2.1- 2 speakers/1 subwoofer

    5.1- 5 speakers/1 subwoofer

    If all 5 speakers have horrible build quality, then yes, 2.1 would be better than 5.1. Better sound doesn't always mean more speakers. Better sound has to do with how you hear it and how the speakers deliver that sound to your ears. So, it is quite possible that to that person having 2.1 sounded better than having 5.1.....
     
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    My lansing is a 4.1, four speakers and one subwoofer.

    lafever:cool:
     
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    We paid $44 for our set up, so it's not that expensive. Two speakers is way out, we had a Lansing set up recently and the sub went on it then the right speaker... so we were tried of kicking the thing to make it work.. so we replaced it.
     
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    I'm a dedicated Creative fan when it comes to PC sound systems.

    I've had a set of their 2.0's for ages - set me back about 20 quid in a Dixons about 6 years ago, still going strong. More recently my ex got himself a 2.1 of theirs off ebay for about 50 quid ex post and they are fucking blinding - can't tell you the model number, sorry, but here's the US page of their products.

    Speaker Systems - 7.1, 6.1, 5.1, 4.1, 2.1, Portable, Decoders

    I find their 2.0's have plenty of bass. You'll find them all over eBay.
     
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    Logitech (The sound devision of Logitech is next door to my office)

    Bose (Headphones)

    Creative (Sound card)
     
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    If you are looking for just a cheep set for now, I would suggest the Technika 2:1's from of all places, Tesco's.

    Was £10 just before xmas, but even at the normal price of £15, they do very well for the price.

    The one very good thing about them, is the fly wired vol control unit it has, with a in-built headphone socket, so you can sit this anywhere on your desktop for easy access (Tesco's also have the Altec Lansing's mentioned earlier): Technika 2.1 Speakers - Tesco.Direct
     
  15. B_ScaredLittleBoy

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    Thanks Stan. The Technika looks good but its out of stock. The 20W RMS subwoofer sounds good compared to the 6W RMS on this:

    SBS380

    That is the first Creative one I've looked at though. I'm also assuming more RMS = better. Therefore the Creative one seems like its overcharging/adding a premium.

    Although Creative do specialise in sound so maybe they have a better quality product...hmm. So much to choose from.
     
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    Big fan of CyberAcoustics, myself. My current 2.1 set was only $20 and head-to-head sounded far better than sets 2-3 times the price. These days there seems to be several lesser known tech brands quietly sneaking up on the big boys (note subtle relation to LPSG... lol). :smile:

    BTW, the RMS (watts) rating of any audio equipment is only useful when you know the THD (total harmonic distortion) at which it was measured. The THD should normally be < 1&#37; if they're being at all truthful about the wattage. Anything can be pushed to 200w, but if it's at 20% THD, it'll sound like shit regardless.
     
  17. B_ScaredLittleBoy

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    Yeah so looking/calming down and thinking about it, wattage is more about the max volume/volume clarity and frequency response is what I should be looking for?

    I'm thinking of getting something like this:

    Creative Inspire T3100 2.1 Speakers - OEM - Ebuyer
     
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    Now you're on the right track. :smile: Relative wattage of anything PC-related is going to be low as generally you're not trying to fill an entire room as you would with a home theater setup, for example.
     
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    Hi SLB
    I had a set of Creative speakers with a subwoofer and they quit working after about 1 year. They were not worth repairing. I replaced them with the Klipsch Pro-Media 2.1 system. They are a sub-woofer system as well. Look great, sound good and are THX-certified. They cost me 135 dollars, but I see Amazon has them for 110 dollars. They offer 55 watts continuous and 200 watts "peak power".
    Klipsch is an American company and has been manufacturing only high-end speakers for over 50 years.

    Check 'em out-
    ProMedia 2.1 - Computer Speakers, Computer Speaker System, PC Speakers
    Amazon.com: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System (Black): Electronics
     
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