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RobertSchaez

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I have a standard SoundBlaster Live! sound card and want to upgrade my current Altec Lansing three piece system. I like the volume/bass/trebel controls on the satalite speaker, since my sub is hidden. Any suggestions for a more powerful three piece system, with possibility of adding more speakers in the future? Budget is $200.

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CarlDJr

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A good starting place for reviews is 3D SoundSurge
They do a wide range of reviews, both sound cards and speaker systems, and are very thorough. Also have good news updates.
I personally don't know of any computer multimedia speaker systems that currently offer the option of add-on speakers.
Good luck.:)
 

Wes T

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Look no further than Logitech Z560s. These can be found online for around 150 shipped. They are a 4.1 system with an excellent 200 watt sub and 4 63 watt sattelites. There is a nice desktop control box also. These are not false wattage listings either. These speakers will absolutely blow you away for the price. The bass from the sub is deep and loud, so much that you can feel it in your chest when you are sitting at the PC. Sound quality is top-notch for computer speakers and these could actually be used as an inexpensive HT for a medium sized room. There is no treble control but you really don't need it. The clarity of the highs is very good for the full range speakers in the sattelites. The construction is solid, the box weighs 50 pounds total. The sub is very large so you will need some room for it. Every person that I have sat down at my PC has a mouth-open look of amazement at the sound of these. Best bang for the buck around. Best deal I found was at thenerds.net. Newegg carries them also. Trust me, you won't be dissappointed! Wes T
 

Kimmo Jaskari

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Most reviewers seem to think it starts at the top with Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 and then goes down from there... but I haven't heard them myself yet so I can't really comment beyond mentioning it. Thought I'd mention it though. :)
Not priced at 150 shipped, more than double that I think. But read the reviews and stuff at Soundsurge and decide for yourself. I would have been interested in the new Cambridge Soundworks set since I have an old 2.1 MicroWorks from them that I like a lot, but the new set (like this old set) has no headphone outputs etc and I want that up by the monitor. Strongly considering the Klipsch... as soon as they get their butts in gear and get a 230 volt version out over on this side of the ocean.
 

Eric Samonte

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The Klipsch would win hands down but it cost a lot more than the "usual suspects". The Logitechs mentioned above is actually the best bang for the buck. May advice Robert is to "audition" them in ur place. Get a set, play with them for a while then decide. You get them from a place u could return them though with no restocking fee.
 

Travis Olson

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I use the Altec Lansing ADA-880s and they are awesome. They've probably been updated though since they are last year's model. They are a 4.1 system with an 8-Inch Sub, 4 2-Inch drivers and 2 1-Inch tweeters. They also have built in Dolby Digital decoding, as well as Pro-Logic. I can't remember what the wattage is, but they get quite loud and sound great. I bought them off eBay for $120 a year ago, but I'm sure you could get them cheaper now. Highly recommended.
 

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