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Best speaker under 200 dollars

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hello
I am looking for speakers to hook up to my computer in college dorm.
I am not exactly overflowing with cash, so I cannot afford to spend much more than 200.
I am looking for best sound quality for the money, regardless of whether it is a bookshelf or computer speaker.

Thank you
post #2 of 25
Where are you located (US or another country)? What kind of dorm do you have and are you alright with vintage equipment? The old stuff is honestly some of the best value on the market right now, if you have the space. Heck, you might be bringing them back to where they were thirty years ago!

If you want more modern equipment, this Logitech Z-5300e set is one of the best buys - and it's SO CHEAP at 82USD after mail-in rebate.
post #3 of 25
Klipsch Promedia 2.1 refurbs. End of story.

http://www.klipsch.com/products/deta...media-2-1.aspx

Surprisingly, they're now $90 plus shipping (used to be $100), and I'm telling you, my friend got them on my recommendation and they were BRAND NEW when they arrived. Excellent set of speakers for the price. Pretty decent high end detail, slightly underpowered lower midrange, but most importantly, they really break the mold of the Logitech fart-cannon approach to subwoofers. My roommate has a higher-end Logitech 2.1 system and the Klipsch would definitely dominate in a comparison by my estimation. I did own the 4.1's for a while myself and consider them a great deal at the $200 I got them for.

I myself use a pair of Klipsch B3's (retail for $330) and a T-amp (about $15), for my dorm setup and they're great speakers if you can stretch your budget. Trust me, a pair of actually serious bookshelf speakers like these will kick the piss out of any "PC x.1 speaker" system. They certainly do so to my roommate's. I've never felt the need for a subwoofer.

And yes, perhaps I'm a bit biased with my budget speaker selection, but I've never been disappointed by Klipsch before in this regard.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by roastpuff View Post
Where are you located (US or another country)? What kind of dorm do you have and are you alright with vintage equipment? The old stuff is honestly some of the best value on the market right now, if you have the space. Heck, you might be bringing them back to where they were thirty years ago!

If you want more modern equipment, this Logitech Z-5300e set is one of the best buys - and it's SO CHEAP at 82USD after mail-in rebate.
using my veto on those logitechs. I gave them a chance expecting average sound, but boy do they sound bad. Terrible mids, bloated mid bass, subpar highs. I didn't even finish playing a single song on them before deciding to return them.
post #5 of 25
I agree that the logitechs suck, I bought the 2.1 version of the 5300e the z-2300 awhile back because they were on sale, they were "thx certified" and got editors choice for cnet (I know they dont know much about sound just saying). I thought well they are cheap and as long as they sound decent I'll keep em, I returned them 20 minutes after I set them up. All I heard was an insane amount of uncontrolled boomy bass, I turned the bass/sub control all the way down and was left with a dull bloated mess. For 200 the best I found in my previous research was the swan m200s:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836136102

someone on head-fi recommended them actually and if you research them they are supposed to sound really good. I heard the klipsch before too they make the best mainstream pc speakers but I think some budget bookshelf speakers+a cheap used receiver will still beat those. Oh and I forgot you can get M-audio studio monitors they are awesome bang for the buck. If you buy them from ebay you can get the higher end ones pretty cheap. Way below retail.

http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=...studiomonitors
post #6 of 25
every computer speaker i have ever heard has been terrible. i've heard and owned quite a range, from the promedia 2.1s (which broke), to the Logitech Z-680s (which i sold), to my friend's Promedia 5.1 (with a powerful but terribly imprecise and muddy sub), to the chintzy 2.1 setups that come with desktops for like $20 more. if you value audio quality at all, i implore you, do not, DO NOT, buy PC speakers. granted, the Promedias and better Logitechs are better than most other PC speakers, but they are invariably bad by any standard of decency, and i consider myself to be quite lax when it comes to audio criticism on this site.

get an inexpensive bookshelf and some sort of used integrated receiver. when i get more money i'm going to seriously consider the AV-123 X-series bookshelf, which was recommended by a person on this site. it's such a good price, and supposed to be so good, that it can't be overlooked for that price ($220). my friend bought one...he hasn't gotten his yet, but i'm eager to hear what he has to say. the've also got a return policy if you don't like it, so you can't lose!
post #7 of 25
Ok, fine, don't buy the Logitechs. I just recommended due to the price point and reputation that Logitechs usually get as a "better" computer speaker.

I personally use a pair of vintage (35-year old) bookshelf speakers and couldn't be happier. I bought my current setup for under two bills, and it's great for listening to music or watching movies... Headphones for serious listening, though.
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your help.
So it would be best for buck if i went with vintage speakers?
What are some good sites to search for those?

And if not, would swan m200s and m-audio would be second best choices? BTW, these are categorized as bookshelves right?
post #9 of 25
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Thanks for your help. So it would be best for buck if i went with vintage speakers?
Vintage is probably best, but I'll tell you…I just handed off some recent vintage Mirage Omnisat v.1s to my wife for computer speakers, and she's quite happy with them. They don't get down much below 70Hz, but they're small, throw a pretty wide soundstage (they're omni-directional) and sound better than the tinny computer speakers I've heard. And since they've been discontinued (Mirage just introduced a redesigned v.2), my guess is that they can be found on eBay for under $200. New, they didn't cost much more. Just a thought…
post #10 of 25
I disagree with the assumkption that 2.1 systems sound worse than bookshelves. I have a set of klipsch promedia 2.1 and think they sound impressive. You will not be able to match the bass with a 5 1/4" or 6 1/2" woofer. Since your limit is $200 try to find a set of Altec MX-5021 on ebay or Amazon. These are supposed to be much better than the Klipsch and have a wireless remote along with a bass and treble control. They usually go for close to $200, I paid $95 for my Klipsch. If you want to go the vintage route you will pay close to $100 for a decent amp or reciever to start with depending on how many watts you want...I recommend to not go below 35 watts. Good luck on your quest.
post #11 of 25
x2 on the Klipsch Promedia 2.1

Good computer speaker with subwoofer > cheap hi-fi speaker
post #12 of 25
look on used market

paradigm
axiom
energy

tons of brands; just try local craigslist; i got energy c-6's for $300 locally
post #13 of 25
oh, and grab a sonic impact t-amp and a power supply for it, that'll cost you $50
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by TheAnomaly View Post
get an inexpensive bookshelf and some sort of used integrated receiver.
x2

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Originally Posted by uzziah View Post
look on used market

paradigm
axiom
energy
x2
post #15 of 25
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Klipsch Promedia 2.1 refurbs. End of story.

http://www.klipsch.com/products/deta...media-2-1.aspx
please don't break my heart and buy this ****....

i'll be honest and say i think that the folks lauding their pc-speakers just dont' know what the **** they're talking about when it comes to audio, maybe have never heard a good, real setup

hell, i have some polk r50's with my t-amp, they're very cheap, but they're real speakers; i'm sure you can do better with $200, i'm not particular into the polk's, but just to say: there are plenty of options for you with bookshelves, especially used (don't be scared ) without resorting to god-awful computer-speaker setups

some modern-ish favorites are axiom's, paradigm atom and titans, even athenas; you can probably do better if you know what you're looking for with older and vintage stuff, but you need to make sure that you get reasonably efficient speakers for the t-amp, 90db would be nice, but generally you don't want below 87db or so

peace out

you know, i don't know why i bother; i'm sure you'll be scared of the big-bad used market with scary people and go to newegg and buy something with 4-stars and come back and say "a great startup system" and i'll die a little bit inside
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