So I was chatting with my brother earlier and he mentioned that he might like a pair of speakers for his computer for Xmas. Not wanting to get him something super cheap, I went ahead and contacted a 2nd brother to see if he wanted to combine our gifts and buy the kid a decent set of speakers. Got the OK on that... but the problem is that my family tends to limit our xmas gifts to the $40ish price range... On top of that the 2nd brother I referenced is in college and somewhat tight on funds but I figure we can stretch our combined budget to $100.
First things first, the kid we're buying for is no audiophile. He currently uses the speakers that are built into his laptop or a set of beats headphones he got for xmas a year or two ago so that alone should tell you that he doesn't need anything amazing to be pleased... but at the same time I'd like to get him something decent that will last him for a few years and work well in his college dorm room (he goes to college next year)
As far as research I've done:
I'd love to pick up a set of the Kilpsch promedia 2.1s as they seem to be some of the best budget 2.1 speakers per reviews that I've read but I can't find those for less than $150. Sadly I can't stretch the budget for that extra $50 so those are out.
Otherwise I was debating between a set of logitech Z623s (ugh, logitech - I know) or a pair of Polk T15s.
Polk T15s: $100 but would require an amp. Pros: Reviews seem to be very promising for the price. Cons: Requires a separate amp.
If someone can recommend an inexpensive (~$30-$50) amp, I might be able to convince him to buy himself an amp if we got him the speakers... I could let him use an old Sony receiver I have for the time being to get him up and running, but will need that back before next summer when I will be using it in a backyard theater system I have planned, so he will have to buy himself an amp.
Logitech Z623s: $100 Pros: Amplified & ready to go out of the box, separate subwoofer, several inputs for his computer/Ipod/etc. Cons: Probably mediocre at best.
That said I started off with a logitech Z5500 system which was more than enough back when I was living in a college dorm room so I figure the 200W 2.1 Logitech system might be fine for his taste for a year or two at least... particularly since he is used to standard consumer audio stuff at best. I figure if he grows out of these in a year or two then I could try to get him into some higher grade audio stuff...
Edited by intel8052 - 12/2/12 at 3:13pm