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So I have about $800 to spend, and I need a new laptop - I'm in between getting an $800 laptop/waiting to upgrade my half-broken Klipsch Pro-Media 2.1 speakers and getting a $380 laptop (already picked it out) and upgrading to a sweet 5.1 surround sound speaker setup, which then must be at most $400. I'm looking for the absolute best value, with a big bass that holds when the volume is turned WAY up and the best sound quality possible. Loudness is also key. I realize for the price range I can't get the absolute best out there but I'm wondering what the best I can get it. I had originally wanted the Logitech Z-5500's (which used to cost $350 apparently) but they now cuz $1000 and are no longer an option. Here are some speakers I've found that look decent - comments, questions, other options?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...G-_-82-981-012
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also these, which seem to be the best i can find:

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...Package/1.html

(or the newegg link for a newegg comparison):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882120182
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post #3 of 16
If I wanted to have surround on that budget, that onkyo set is what I'd buy.
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post #4 of 16
Z5500 on ebay is cheap + pre burnt in (these are only buy it nows, auctions are cheaper).
http://cgi.ebay.com/LOGITECH-Z-5500-...item336a30e921
http://cgi.ebay.com/Logitech-Z5500-5...item1c1dcdf631

or go with promedia 5.1, which are really good as well.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Klipsch-THX-Pro-...item1c1dc70b1c
http://cgi.ebay.com/Klipsch-Promedia...item35b414be62

Edit: But yes for the price the onkyos would be good.
Edited by Wararchon - 8/5/11 at 11:37am
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post #5 of 16
CNET gave the Energy 5.1 set a rave review

But on price, that Onkyo set is a steal.
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I've had the energy take classic set before and it is great for the money/smaller rooms or bedrooms, but it (and the ML set) of course require you to purchase a receiver...I don't think the onkyo set can be beaten for the money if you have to have surround and don't already have a receiver.

Take note that the one on A4L is a refurbished set. I checked shipping to my location and it was almost $30. So ~$270 for a refurb, or ~$287 for a new set from amazon:



There isn't anything wrong with buying refurbs as long as they are from an authorized source (like A4L is) since you still get a warranty (1 year), but I'd rather pay the extra $17 for a new unit and get the full 2 year warranty.
Edited by gorb - 8/5/11 at 11:52am
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post #7 of 16
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I have the ProMedia 2.1's and the bass is really terrible - blew out real easy and doesn't produce a lot of umph. The 5.1's have a similar problem or is it a different sub?
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post #8 of 16
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also, between the Onkyo's and z5500's, which is better in terms of sound quality/clarity and bass, especially when the volume is turned up? And which can be played louder for longer? I know there are technical terms for that but I'm not quite an expert yet haha
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Why is the Z-5500 so expensive? In Bangladesh it costs ~$500.
    
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So I have about $800 to spend, and I need a new laptop - I'm in between getting an $800 laptop/waiting to upgrade my half-broken Klipsch Pro-Media 2.1 speakers and getting a $380 laptop (already picked it out) and upgrading to a sweet 5.1 surround sound speaker setup, which then must be at most $400. I'm looking for the absolute best value, with a big bass that holds when the volume is turned WAY up and the best sound quality possible. Loudness is also key. I realize for the price range I can't get the absolute best out there but I'm wondering what the best I can get it. I had originally wanted the Logitech Z-5500's (which used to cost $350 apparently) but they now cuz $1000 and are no longer an option. Here are some speakers I've found that look decent - comments, questions, other options?
Given the first post, and the money stipulations, i would just put all the cash into the laptop, and just get buy with cheap headphones or your half-broken promedias.
I would think, with a 5.1 system, that you wouldn't be getting the full sound quality because all the signal will be going into a single 3.5mm jack. I know my z5500's do not sound very good connected to my netbook (not quite the same as a laptop, but similar) via headphone jack.
I would shoot for a good set of hi-fi 2.0 or 2.1 speakers down the road once you get more funds, but your best money will be spent on the computer itself, imho.

Just a thought, maybe I'm totally off base here. Sorry if I am.
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