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I need some new speakers

posted by Guybrush Threepwood on - last edited - Viewed by 468 users

Hi guys. :)

I'm looking to purchase some new PC speakers that will be used for games, movies and music (everything, really). I am looking to spend £45/$90 tops and the speakers need to look good as well as sound good (black is a prefered colour).

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should buy? Thanks.

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  • You can get nice ones for $90.
    Just go to wherever they sell them and find something in your price range that's a name brand. You usually get what you pay for.

    I'm not too picky and bought my last pair for $15. They sounded fine.

  • Do you know any good companies that I should look out for? Logitech or Creative, for example.

  • I've got JBL speakers, and I think they're great. I carried them over from my previous PC because the sound is still very good, so I have no reason to change. I don't know about other brands, but I would at least recommend JBL based on my own experience.

  • I do not mean to be rude by ignoring your suggestions at this moment (I am looking into what you've suggested, thanks very much!) but do these look good? It has excellent reviews...

  • protect your ears... I stick with 2.0 sound.. so sub ... no loud noise. Its pointless to me anyway. Once you get ringing in your ears.. sigh. Just get the first set of 5.1 thats cheapest or whatever your pc supports .. 7.1? Truly unless you want to get funky with sound you will see almost no difference in the high priced ones vs the medium to low. Other than aesthetics. Course there are differences but for movies and gaming... dude common :P just get a set!

  • @Guybrush Threepwood said: I do not mean to be rude by ignoring your suggestions at this moment (I am looking into what you've suggested, thanks very much!) but do these look good? It has excellent reviews...

    i have the 2.1 version of that set and they are pretty good and sturdy ( i have stood on the sub)

  • I had the 2.1 version of those as well... and they lasted me a good 4 years. They still work great, but I just upgraded to a 5.1 system. Anyway, the 2.1 version (x-230) that I have sounded great, were able to get very loud, and had tremendous bass response (which is what I equate Logitech with).

    What are you planning on using those speakers mostly for? For the price though, I don't know if you will find a better deal. Make sure you have a sound card that supports analog 5.1 output.

  • [quote=Derwin;46076]What are you planning on using those speakers mostly for? For the price though, I don't know if you will find a better deal. Make sure you have a sound card that supports analog 5.1 output.[/quote]

    They will be used for movies, games and music equally. Where would I find if my sound card supports 5.1?

  • Well, for Creative speakers, I'd recommend these:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00069BTP0/breakoutblues-21?dev-t=D1N06J1RR4TQPU
    If you can settle for 2.1, these are capable of being obnoxiously loud. As you can see, they come in black, but I have them in "smoky grey" (the closest to my preferred colour). The speakers lack grilles, which means that they look nicer and that I tend to poke them a lot. The bass is really good. So good that if I turn it up, I have to hold the drawers of my desk in place.

    I have knocked the satellite speakers off my desk several times, and they're still working perfectly. The first time I did it, I panicked. They look really fragile. Eh, the drivers are made of titanium, so I guess they can take it. What else? Um... they play Sam and Max audio well. At a guess, I'd say they'd be about £50 worth from a local retailer.

    Hrm... 5.1? I was thinking about 5.1 when I was purchasing my computer about six months ago. Is your computer on a desk? If so, do you have the space for 5.1? The speakers for 5.1 channel systems aren't that large, but you do need a lot of space for a system to work properly. I have a 5.1 system in my rather large lounge room that's set up on my amplifier's small-medium profile.

    Anyway, to find out whether your sound card supports 5.1, I'd suggest you check your sound card manual. With Creative sound cards, this is often on the driver CD. There's usually a specifications section at the back of the manual that will tell you. Or sometimes there can be the obvious "connecting 5.1 channel speakers" section of the manual. Or even something more obvious, like 5.1 in the name (SB Live 5.1).

    If you're concerned about sound quality, go for a better 2.1 system over a 5.1 system.

  • [quote=Gurok;46154]Well, for Creative speakers, I'd recommend these:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00069BTP0/breakoutblues-21?dev-t=D1N06J1RR4TQPU
    If you can settle for 2.1, these are capable of being obnoxiously loud. As you can see, they come in black, but I have them in "smokey grey" (the closest to my preferred colour). The speakers lack grilles, which means that they look nicer and that I tend to poke them a lot. The bass is really good. So good that if I turn it up, I have to hold the drawers of my desk in place.

    I have knocked the satellite speakers off my desk several times, and they're still working perfectly. The first time I did it, I panicked. They look really fragile. Eh, the drivers are made of titanium, so I guess they can take it. What else? Um... they play Sam and Max audio well. At a guess, I'd say they'd be about £50 worth from a local retailer.

    Hrm... 5.1? I was thinking about 5.1 when I was purchasing my computer about six months ago. Is your computer on a desk? If so, do you have the space for 5.1? The speakers for 5.1 channel systems aren't that large, but you do need a lot of space for a system to work properly. I have a 5.1 system in my not-so-small lounge room that's set up on my amplifier's small-medium profile.

    Anyway, to find out whether your sound card supports 5.1, I'd suggest you check your sound card manual. With Creative sound cards, this is often on the driver CD. There's usually a specifications section at the back of the manual that will tell you. Or sometimes there can be the obvious "connecting 5.1 channel speakers" section of the manual. Or even something more obvious, like 5.1 in the name (SB Live 5.1).

    If you're concerned about sound quality, go for a better 2.1 system over a 5.1 system.[/quote]

    My computer is on my desk and I have enough space for big speakers, yeah. I was also thinking of (if I got this) that'd two would go on my desk and three would be on my walls. The room I'm in is big, so I think it'd work out okay, but the bass would probably destroy the room below. :D

    What makes you say that a 2.1 system has better sound quality than 5.1? I thought the sound quality got better as the numbers went up...?

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