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Old 12-13-03, 02:46 PM
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Computer Speakers/Subwoofer Question?

Hello all. I'm looking at getting a new speaker system for my home computer. Any suggestions? I've done a little searching here and there, but have no idea what is good and what is crap. Brand names to stay away from? Deals? Thanks in advance.
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Depends on how much you were looking to spend, and what kind of system you want. Top of the line 5.1 or even 7.1 systems will run you close to 500 from Klipsch, Logitech, and Creative. Logitech and Creative both have decent midrange and cheap systems as well.
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the best bang for the buck right now would be the logitech z640's for the 5.1 system, imo. around 50-70 for a set. DON'T buy the old logitech speakers (before the z series) because they royally suck. also, if you want 5.1 sound, make sure that you either have a sound card that has 5.1 analog outs or spdif digital out. if you go with the spdif out, then you'd need an external decoder.
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I have the z640s for my system. They were something like 58 bucks or something from NewEgg.com. I highly recommend them if your computer isn't your main source of audio listening. They work great with games, especially the positional audio types, like Max Payne 2 and Battlefield 1942. Music sounds pretty good on them, but the subwoofer is quite "boomy" and the dial on it doesn't make it any better (you can only go UP from there hehe.)

Overall though, for about 60 bucks, it's probably the best deal on a 5.1 set out there. This is the only real "set" of computer speakers I have owned, since I usually use headphones, so I can't really compare to others.
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Originally posted by fumanstan
Depends on how much you were looking to spend, and what kind of system you want. Top of the line 5.1 or even 7.1 systems will run you close to 500 from Klipsch, Logitech, and Creative. Logitech and Creative both have decent midrange and cheap systems as well.
I wasn't really looking to spend that much. I just wanted something that sounded good for music. My computer is not my main source for music, but I would really like it to sound good while watching movie trailers and/or downloading songs. What I have now is very basic...just the two Harmon Kardon speakers that came with my Dell system that I bought a year ago or so.

My sound card is a soundblaster 64V PCI Sound. Please bear with me, I am not that familar with sound/video cards. I am assuming that mine is not that good. Is it? Should I upgrade the sound card and the speakers? Or will my sound card support a nice mid-range system, like the better Logitech one?
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well, if you're only listening to music, it might be best to buy a 2.1 system. your sound card probably doesn't have 5.1 analog out. what is your price range? less than $50? 100?
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Originally posted by D.Pham00
well, if you're only listening to music, it might be best to buy a 2.1 system. your sound card probably doesn't have 5.1 analog out. what is your price range? less than $50? 100?
Price range is probably in the $50-$100 range. I'd just like to get something that sounds really good with music. This may be another stupid question, but will my sound card support a subwoofer?
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Originally posted by Kaiser Soze
Price range is probably in the $50-$100 range. I'd just like to get something that sounds really good with music. This may be another stupid question, but will my sound card support a subwoofer?
the sub should be routed to the speakers, so it should be fine. the Klipsch 2.1 is a great pair of speakers, and they're just over $100 on ebay.
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Originally posted by D.Pham00
the sub should be routed to the speakers, so it should be fine. the Klipsch 2.1 is a great pair of speakers, and they're just over $100 on ebay.
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check them out on Ebay.
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Originally posted by Kaiser Soze
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check them out on Ebay.
By the way, any other recommendations on a 2.1 speaker set for between $50 and $100?
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creative also has some pretty decent systems in your price range. my suggestion would be to go to a store (Best Buy, Circuit City, etc), and test out some of them.
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Thanks for all your help! I've never really shopped for these before, so it looks like it's off to Best Buy tomorrow.
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Cambridge Soundworks has a sale on its Microworks 2.1 speakers for ~ $90. I have the set at home, and it performs well, given the price.
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if u need kick A$$ speakers, i would recommend heading to your local compusa and ask them if they have the sonic xs 2.1 speakers for $49.99, walmart.com sell the same speakers for 160.xx.

go to the hotdeal forum and search for sonic xs speakers. they look ugly, but they s0und really good, best bang for your bucks for $49.99.
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here's a refurb'd Klipsch promedia 4.1 for 119


http://www.ecost.com/ecost/shop/detail.asp?dpno=968601
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Originally posted by the_dude8
if u need kick A$$ speakers, i would recommend heading to your local compusa and ask them if they have the sonic xs 2.1 speakers for $49.99, walmart.com sell the same speakers for 160.xx.

go to the hotdeal forum and search for sonic xs speakers. they look ugly, but they s0und really good, best bang for your bucks for $49.99.
Those would be sweet...but there is no CompUSA in my are.
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dell has the logitech z-640 for 55.xx
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...&page=external

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