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Best 2.1 speakers?

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Thread Starter 

I own the Logitech Z623 2.1 speaker system. They aren't bad but they distort at high volumes. I just haven't seen many 2.1 speakers that look better apart from the Corsair 2.1 gaming system and i only want/need these for music. I was considering some studio monitors but i want to add a sub and it's difficult to work out if a sub is possible with some of them. I am willing to spend £300 give or take in the end so could you help me out?  Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 9

Just a thought.

http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-3250-wharfedale-diamond-91-speakers-sw150-subwoofer-21-speaker-package.aspx

 

You would need to buy a dedicated amplifier though.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. Would i be able to use this with the STX? If i need a different AMP could you recommend me one please, thanks

post #4 of 9
Yes. You will need something to power those speakers. Best value is probably to look for a used stereo or audio/video receiver. Look for the major name brands like Onkyo, Denon, Marantz, Pioneer, Yamaha, and Harman Kardon.

And that's definitely going to be a nice speaker/sub set smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 9

The Corsair speakers are not limited to gaming.  Corsair mainly targets gamers with all of their products so that's why their marketing on those speakers is directed at gamers too.   I'm sure there would be a noticeable difference but it might not be that huge of a difference over your Logitech speakers..   http://www.corsair.com/en/gaming-audio-series-sp2500-high-power-2-1-pc-speaker-system

 

Another option is speakers from Audioengine who make a nice line of powered desktop speakers, amps, and dacs.  They also sell a subwoofer that can be wired in with their speakers.  I've got a pair of their A5+ speakers at my office and they're very powerful and clear sounding - I don't have the matching sub though since at my office deep boomy bass isn't popular with my co-workers :)  They've got a lot of nice connection options on them and even a usb charger port (I charge my iPhone with it).  

 

The new Audionengine A2+'s now come with a built in USB DAC and also have outouts to run to a sub woofer which you can also connect wirelessly).  They might be worth a look.  http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Powered-Speaker-Systems/A2-plus-B-Powered-Desktop-Speakers

 

Only problem with them is they're more expensive and the sub is also a separate and more expensive purchase.  You could buy one half at a time though and work your way up. 

 

Another popular powered desktop speaker is the M-Audio AV-40's and other M-Audio products. http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Studiophile-Active-Monitor-Speakers/dp/B0051WAM64/

 

They also have a sub option and I believe with them you wire into the sub then out to the speakers.  They're a lot less expensive then the Audioengine speakers but still reviewed pretty well.  I've never heard them myself though.

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Originally Posted by bwmarrin View Post
 

The Corsair speakers are not limited to gaming.  Corsair mainly targets gamers with all of their products so that's why their marketing on those speakers is directed at gamers too.   I'm sure there would be a noticeable difference but it might not be that huge of a difference over your Logitech speakers..   http://www.corsair.com/en/gaming-audio-series-sp2500-high-power-2-1-pc-speaker-system

Stay far away from the Corsair SP2500, they sound great but too many problems, limited inputs and not worth the money.

 

Look into a nice Edifer system instead.

http://www.edifier-international.com/products/edifier-multimedia

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Stay far away from the Corsair SP2500, they sound great but too many problems, limited inputs and not worth the money.

 

Look into a nice Edifer system instead.

http://www.edifier-international.com/products/edifier-multimedia

 

Oh! Good to know.  I've never had them but read good things about them overall.  I still think the Audioengine combo is great but probably not the best value.  Those Edifier C2XD's look really nice.  I've never seen them before.

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Originally Posted by bwmarrin View Post
 

 

Oh! Good to know.  I've never had them but read good things about them overall.  I still think the Audioengine combo is great but probably not the best value.  Those Edifier C2XD's look really nice.  I've never seen them before.

 

I have the SP2500's and within the first week the control POD's screen went totally white, it had to be shipped to California and a 2 week wait for a replacement. It was a known manufacturing defect but I still had to pay for shipping to Corsair. Many reports of the SUB's / Amplifiers starting to emit a burning smell of component overheating. The Corsiar forum is full of complaints with these speakers, luckily mine has only had the POD problem, no crackling or buzzing from the woofer and thankfully no overheated component smell like others have experienced... Yet...

 

That is also where I found out about Edifer, one SP2500 owner so annoyed with the system and lack of Corsair support, he pointed us all to the Edifers. ;)

 

Audioengine are a really nice system, a little on the spendy side but you get a quality product with lots of high praise.

:beerchug:

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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post
 

 

I have the SP2500's and within the first week the control POD's screen went totally white, it had to be shipped to California and a 2 week wait for a replacement. It was a known manufacturing defect but I still had to pay for shipping to Corsair. Many reports of the SUB's / Amplifiers starting to emit a burning smell of component overheating. The Corsiar forum is full of complaints with these speakers, luckily mine has only had the POD problem, no crackling or buzzing from the woofer and thankfully no overheated component smell like others have experienced... Yet...

 

That is also where I found out about Edifer, one SP2500 owner so annoyed with the system and lack of Corsair support, he pointed us all to the Edifers. ;)

 

Audioengine are a really nice system, a little on the spendy side but you get a quality product with lots of high praise.

:beerchug:


Yikes, that's a sad story because I generally really like all the Corsair equipment I have.  I love my Audioengine's :)  These A5+'s I have really are great.  I skimmed over the Edifier's a bit just now too and they look really nice visually but a lot of the specs on the models are a little bit underwhelming to me.  Probably pretty appropriate for their price level though! Looks like those C2XD's are only $150 US.   Now we need the OP to buy them and do a 1-1 comparison to the $150 Logitech's he has.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Edifier-USA-C2XD-Optical-Multimedia/dp/B00ARDBANG%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q%26tag%3Dduckduckgo-d-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB00ARDBANG

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