Searching for good computer speakers...or an alternative

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  1. David Sorenson

    David Sorenson Stunt Coordinator

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    Sounds like an easy thing to find doesn't it? Not for me. I have a set of 8 year old Audiophile speakers. It's a 2.1 system with wood sub and satellites. I want to get a 4.1 system but can't find anything that sounds as good as my current set. I've had some systems come close but the plastic enclosures they use now just doesn't create the nice sound of the wood enclosures.

    Anyone have 4.1 computer speaker recommendations? Or another way to get the quality of sound out of my system with normal home theater gear?
     
  2. Aaron H

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    I have the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system. Absolutely incredible for computer speakers. I know they have 4.1 and 5.1 sets available.

    The Swan Diva M200 is also fairly highly regarded, too.

    Aaron
     
  3. David Sorenson

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    I tried the older .400 Klipsch set and I could not stand the upper midrange the horn presented. I've heard the new 2.1 and 4.1 systems are better but I'm not holding my breath. I have a 4.1 on order to test. I also have the Logitech Z560's coming and have already tested the Altec Lancing 641's. The 641 is close to what I want but has that nice plastic color to the midrange that I'd like to avoid. I was thinking of getting the system and replacing the front speakers with either my old ones or something new that has a wood enclosure....maybe a set of paradigm's?

    The Diva's look nice but I don't have that kind of room on my computer desk. Need something a little smaller.
     
  4. BryanZ

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    I've got the M200s and they are wonderful! However, they are also bookshelf type speakers and only have the pair rather than all four or five and sub you are searching for. The Klipsch system could be the one you are searching for. Though, for $200, the M200s are extremely tough to beat.
     
  5. Pablo Abularach

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    I think the best price/performance computer speaker set is the Logitek Z560, for $140 you cant beat this set.
     
  6. JohnVB

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    David,
    There's certainly a lot more choices out there now for computer speakers. Try this site for some good info: 3D Sound Surge.
    Also, I hear that Boston Acoustics makes a pretty good set of computer speakers.
    - bones
     
  7. David Sorenson

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    I've read the reviews on SoundSurge and others. I've tried many of the speakers they've reviewed and have been disappointed in each one.
     
  8. Pablo Abularach

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    How much are you willing to spend, maybe you could put an JBL NSP1 and with a PB12 for $500. And will sound better than all computer systems.
     
  9. JohnVB

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    David,

    What will be the primary use of these speakers?

    - bones
     
  10. Justin Ward

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    I have Altec Lansing ATP3 speakers and they are a great low dollar solution. I'd be looking at the ProMedia 4.1 or 5.1 if you wanted the best sound in PC speakers.
     
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    I have heard the Swans M200 and for 2 channel they are real sweet....definitely better than any other multimedia speaker I have personally heard to date. I used to own a Klipsch Promedia 4.1 system as well, for what it's worth.
     
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    I'll second those Altec Lansing ATP3's. I think they sound awesome and the plastic housings don't seem to color the sound.
     
  13. David Sorenson

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    I haven't listened to the atp3's but I can't think they'd sound better than the 641's.

    My wife uses this for music and she's almost as picky as I am about sound quality. I use it for gaming.

    I just got the Logitech Z560's and have determined that they do sound better for most music than the Altec Lancing 641's. They still lose hands down to my old system. Why oh why did Audiophile go out of business....

    Now if only I could get a set of Klipsch promedia 4.1's to try.
     
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    >>>Now if only I could get a set of Klipsch promedia 4.1's to try.
     
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    The altec 641's are the best sounding 4.1 system out there. I've owned and tried many including the z560's and hands down the 641's take the cake. I currently have klipsch promedia 5.1's which are sweet too. The promedia 4.1's though to me weren't very impressive.
     
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    Check out Monsoon Audio and Aego's (Acoustic Energy). Monsoons can be had in 4.1 for about 225-250, and Aego's for about 400 for 2.1, and about 600 for 4.1. The Monsoons sound fantastic, and Stereophile raved about the Aego's enough to put them on the cover. Of course, you can always use regular speakers with a good amp for computers, but I just wanted to let you guys know about these.
     
  17. David Sorenson

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    The Aego's only come in 2.1 and 5.1. They won't work for 4.1 gaming since they don't have front and rear inputs.
     
  18. Pablo Abularach

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    I just read this on GURU3D , that logitek will have a new set of computer speakers by october,
     
  19. Chris Tsutsui

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    What I did was first an Altec Lansing ACS56 model. They were OK for 4.1 multimedia speakers but the bass was pretty bad. I then decided to go separates route for PC so I purchased a 2 channel amp and some JBL Studio S38s.

    The S38s + Separate amp were more than satisfactory for a PC system. I then put the Altec Lansing 4.1 speakers to surround duty and ran them in 2.1 mode but turned down the sub. This all resulted in a fairly decent 4.0 setup.

    Add a 15" tempest in an adire alignment enclosure and I have a nice 4.1 system.
     
  20. Jon_Liu

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    if money permits, go with a receiver with DVD analog-in (6 channel input) and get a 5.1 soundcard like the Santa Cruz or Sound Blaster Audigy and hook it up to that. That's how I got mine rigged. I'm connected to my TV though so it makes it convenient to use my receiver and speakers from my HT. Of course to some this is wishful thinking and not very plausible, especially if you are looking to get a dedicated Computer Speaker Set Up rahter than your home theater equipment.
     

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