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Need a new (very) low budget Speaker setup for my Computer

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

The title's self explanitory. A while back (when I was ignorant about audio) I bought some Logitech X-540's for my computer. Now I'm looking to get something different, mainly because they're blown, but I was getting sick of them anyway.

 

I'm looking to get a decent 2.1 or 2.0 set of speakers that's easy to set up. If I go with 2.0, I'd probably like to get some bookshelves but I'm looking for something with some bass quantity too. I don't have too much room on my desk for really big speakers, but I don't need really small speakers either. I'm looking at a budget of about 100 bucks, so worst case scenario, I'm probably looking at another pair of Logitech's, but I figured it'd be best to ask for your help.

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfish%26%23153%3B+-+7.1-Channel+PCI+Sound+Card/9180414.p?id=1218047305021&skuId=9180414  - That's what I have for a sound card, and with my budget I don't see a reason for that to change.

 

Ask any questions you need to get a better idea of what I'm looking for if you need too.

 

Thanks.

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post #2 of 19

most of the time you can find the klipsch promedia 2.1 set for $100-$150

 

pretty much the best budget set around, albeit a few years old, in the technology and model

post #3 of 19

If u want 2.0 and good low freq response typically floor standers are where it's at and in the USA u could hunt for cheap used stereo/power amps in Craiglist L3000.gif

post #4 of 19

Logitech Z623?

They are mainly for music listening.. and they are good at it. the bass is extremely loud, impactful and prevelant. muddy...yes, how are the highs and mids. the highs are decent. mids come out pretty nice. a bit recessed and dark/muddy but ...that's what music listening is for :)

 

200W RMS with 400W max...what isn't to love :)

post #5 of 19

I would suggest going with your original idea and getting the bookshelf speakers from a second hand shop, for or craiglist..etc.

You can always add a subwoofer later.  If you buy another set of low end PC speakers you are just going to want something new again.  Save some money and alot of time and buy something half decent that will last you awhile. 


Edited by ROBSCIX - 12/19/11 at 6:37pm
post #6 of 19

The edifier 2.1's are much better than the logitechs, for $100 http://www.amazon.com/Edifier-USA-M3300SF-Multimedia-Speakers/dp/B004N360NG/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&qid=1324392355&sr=8-23 , if you listen to dubstep as your avatar suggests your be better off with a 2.1 opposed to a 2.0.

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Originally Posted by JRG1990 View Post

The edifier 2.1's are much better than the logitechs, for $100 http://www.amazon.com/Edifier-USA-M3300SF-Multimedia-Speakers/dp/B004N360NG/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&qid=1324392355&sr=8-23 , if you listen to dubstep as your avatar suggests your be better off with a 2.1 opposed to a 2.0.



I have never heard edifiers.however for the price and seeing the reviews hasn't got me convinced that a battery powered set can beat the Z623's

post #8 of 19

The edifiers aren't battery powered, they sound better because they have better satilite speakers, there more expensive sets use small bookshelf speakers and the subs are crossed over much better. The satilite speakers of the z623 sound dreadful they way off far too thin and sibilant sounding the sub is crossed over too high and overdriven I own the z2300 the z623 is the downgraded version they go loud but my z2300 sub used to overheat very quickly and you could smell the voice coil burning.

post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by JRG1990 View Post

The edifiers aren't battery powered, they sound better because they have better satilite speakers, there more expensive sets use small bookshelf speakers and the subs are crossed over much better. The satilite speakers of the z623 sound dreadful they way off far too thin and sibilant sounding the sub is crossed over too high and overdriven I own the z2300 the z623 is the downgraded version they go loud but my z2300 sub used to overheat very quickly and you could smell the voice coil burning.



i will need to somehow go and demo them

post #10 of 19

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836116048

 

I have these, they sound quite nice imo. The bass isnt the best, but for a cheap 2.1 system, that looks clean and doesnt take a ton of room, im impressed with it. They sound particularly good with rock and electronic i think, but say dubstep or really heavy bass youll notice some bad bass bloat. 

post #11 of 19

For the OP's budget, it will be hard to beat the Swan M10 which are available from the audio insider (currently on backorder though): http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=swan-m10&products_id=89.  You get a 30 day money back guarantee with the speakers as well. 

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 

Wow, quite a lot of replies, thanks guys. I'll have to give it some thought, but it seems like you gave a few good examples of 2.1's. If I were to go the bookshelf route, any suggestions? I was thinking a cheap amp just to drive them (seeing as im on a budget), possibly a Lepai Class-T. At this point, and on this budget I'd probably go 2.0 if I went with bookshelves, and could probably do $100 or less on them, but again, that's pretty much as far as I could go.

 

A few questions about a setup with bookshelves, as I don't know much about them.

-Is it easy to setup my PC as the input to the amp, and what do I need/how do I do it?

-If I wanted to add a sub later down the line, how would I do so? The Lepai amp that I looked at only has outputs for left and right channels, but subwoofers I've looked at have input and output. Would all 4 wires from the amp be input to the woofer and then the bookshelves be output from the woofer?

 

Thanks, and once again, if I was confusing (wouldn't surprise me if I was) just ask for clarification.

 

EDIT: Just read through the replies again. Although I like a little boom in my speakers, I'm not necesarily looking for something that will shake my house. My friend has a pair of kenwood bookshelves, and the detail on them is simply amazing, and I love them, but I'd almost consider them anemic, which isn't what I'm looking for in a speaker. That may make it more confusing, but I'm sure you get what I'm saying.


Edited by Fordy314 - 12/20/11 at 9:06pm
post #13 of 19

These would go well with the t-amp http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-M10-channel-speakers/dp/B000XY47NY/ref=sr_1_68?ie=UTF8&qid=1324471442&sr=8-68 , http://www.electronics-expo.com/polk-m10-bookshelf-speakers , there easy to set-up you would just need speaker wire, a sub can be added via low level rca pass thru or high level speaker wire pass thru.


Edited by JRG1990 - 12/21/11 at 4:48am
post #14 of 19

Swans M10 for sure... sounds and looks beautiful.

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JRG1990 View Post

a sub can be added via low level rca pass thru or high level speaker wire pass thru.



What is that, could you explain?

 

Also, how would I connect my sound card output to the amp?

 

Thanks.

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