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For general PC usage (e.g. music, movies, and gaming), what is the difference between 2.0 and 2.1? From what I can find through Google, it doesn't seem to be as clear cut as one being better than the other.
Edited by Peon - 8/5/11 at 12:50pm
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2.1 will have the bass needed for gunshots, explosions, etc. etc. 2.0 just has 2 desktop speakers while 2.1 has 2 speakers and a subwoofer.
    
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2.1 indicates a subwoofer. This "generally" allows for more bass reproduction than a standard 2.0 set.
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2.1 has a sub woofer, 2.0 doesn't (although they might have bass drivers in them, but not as good as a dedicated subwoofer).

Other than that not much. Good 2.0s are often reference/monitor speakers that don't have much bass presence, but are good otherwise. They are often paired with a dedicated subwoofer. 2.1s come directly with a subwoofer.
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2.1 is usually 2 speakers with 1 subwoofer but like Wararchon said not all of them have separate subwoofers. The ones without dedicated subwoofers don't have as much bass and the sound might sound a bit muffled, I know that because I got a 2.1 setup without dedicated subwoofers. They are still better than laptop speakers or the speakers that are built into be TV.

EDIT: I know that because I got a 2.1 setup without dedicated subwoofers. I didn't mean to type that lol what I meant to say was, I have 2.0 setup with bass drivers.
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Originally Posted by Nixuz;14477197 
2.1 indicates a subwoofer. This "generally" allows for more bass reproduction than a standard 2.0 set.
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post #7 of 9
2.1, definitely. Feeling your music and movies will make you that much happier.
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post #8 of 9
I would suggest looking at your budget - if you are really strapped for $$ get proper 2.0 and add a sub later rather than cheap out and go PC Speakers low quality/muddy bass 2.1
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If you go with a 2.1, I recommend the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system.
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