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What computer speakers to get?

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by nuraman00, May 15, 2016.
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  1. nuraman00
    I am coming from a 1999 Microsoft Digital System 80 2.1 speaker set.
    I moved last year to a house with hardwood floors, and I don't know if it's the floors, or if something happened during the move, but now the subwoofer rattles too much.
    Here's a sample:
    This past weekend, I tried removing the screws to the subwoofer, but after that, I couldn't open the subwoofer any further.  I thought I might be able to open it up and further identify the source of the rattling.
    I also tried placing a towel underneath it, but it didn't help.
    The bass rattling problem doesn't just affect music though, I can be watching a normal non-music video, and it can sometimes sound bad.
    So, I am looking at new computer speakers.
    * I don't listen to music very often on my computer speakers.  Usually I use a portable device and headphones.
    * Wireless is nice, but not a must have. 
    * I like how my current speakers have a mute button, very convenient.  But, I can get a $15 Amazon keyboard with a mute button, so not a big deal.
    * I mostly listen to hard rock and heavy metal.  The sample I posted above is one of the non heavy rock songs I have, but is a good test for bass.
    1)  Bowers & Wilkins MM-1.
    I have their P7 headphones, and I like them.
    These look like they'll be good.  Don't have wireless.
    No, they don't have a subwoofer, but it might still sound ok.
    2)  Focal XS 2.1
    These aren't wireless either.
    3)  Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 Wireless
    I heard the non-wireless version several years ago, and liked them.  Casually heard them, not an in depth listening.
    The wireless is only 30 feet though, so for a house, that isn't very much.
    I don't mind getting 2 of these, comparing them, and returning one.
    cprado likes this.
  2. PurpleAngel Contributor
    What is your budget for the audio?
  3. nuraman00
    The Klipsch is $200, the Bowers and Wilkins are $474 on Amazon.
    About $500 would be the max, I'd have to have a very good reason to go over.
    These aren't the main way I listen to music, I like the sound and portability of my Bowers and Wilkins headphones, so computer speakers are just a secondary means.
    If there's something else you'd recommend, I'll take a look, and give me your reasons why over some of my suggestions.
  4. Shibleh-Fi
    I'd like to suggest checking out a set of Swan m50w speakers. I think they're simply the best 2.1 setup for computer that I've ever had. Ive had my speakers for 3 years and they are still perfect. They're also within your budget range.

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  5. darkforce
    Depending on your budget, I'd like to recommend Definitive Technology Incline, rich bass response.
  6. PurpleAngel Contributor
    I use the Monoprice 5" studio monitors :)
    Normally $170, on sale for $130.
    They are based on the M-Audio BX5a studio monitors, which at one time sold for $250-$300.
    So I doubt you will be able to find a better bang for the buck.
    For something that is not going to be used very often, can't see spending more then what you would for the Monoprice 5".
  7. nuraman00
    Is this a good price for it?
    They have a 30 day return policy, which I like.
    I like the controls on it.
  8. Shibleh-Fi
    I paid 350aud for mine. So I believe that's a good price. And with that return policy you're pretty safe. Though, you won't be returning them :p.
  9. nuraman00

    This one, right?
    I have a SPDIF out port on my PC, so that would be good to use, right?  I'd have to get a TOSLINK cable, it's not included.
  10. nuraman00
    That's a really good deal.
  11. nuraman00
    BTW, have any of you listened to the sample I posted in the OP?
    There is something wrong with my subwoofer, and it's not my setup (hardwood floors, windows nearby), right?
  12. darkforce
    Yes, DT Incline built-in DAC support USB and Optical TosLink for digital input, the original package include speaker cable, 3.5 cable, usb cable, power cable.
  13. nuraman00
    So I saw this unboxing video, the controls are how I thought they'd be.  Nice.

    I'm going to sleep on it, but I think I'll get the Klipsch and the Swans, and pick the one I like better.
    In 2014, I compared 3 headphones side by side, over 26 different songs, so I can do a similar comparison. 
    I won't go that exhaustive this time though, since it's not my primary way to listen.
    Right now, on the surface, the Klipsch seems to have wireless going for it (but 30 feet), while I like Swans controls.  I love the way you can mute it, easy muting is something I liked about my current speakers too.
    Is there any other system that has wireless that's also good?  Maybe one that's more than 30 feet?
    I don't think I'll use wireless now, but you never know what can happen in a few years.
    Or maybe 30 feet is fine, because people don't really stream stuff to speakers farther away than that.
    If I get both speakers, I'm going to both have them set up at the same time, so I can just switch between them when playing the audio.
  14. nuraman00
    I just want someone to confirm this.
    I don't want to have the excitement of getting new speakers, only to realize I have the same problem, and it's something wrong with my setup environment.
  15. nuraman00
    Oh, and if anyone has any other 2.1 systems with wireless capability, please suggest them.
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