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My Logitech S-220 speaker just recently blew so I need to get some new speakers. I was thinking about getting 5.1 with the assumption that I would have to worry less of blowing the speakers rather than with 2.1 speakers with more sound being produced and not having to increase the volume as much. I placed an order for the Logitech Z506 but immediately canceled after searching for this speaker on ocn and seeing members say that it is not very good or in fact awful.

I would like to find a good set of speakers that have nice quality and are able produce high levels of sound. These are just for my room but like I like to play my music pretty loud. Now that being said...my budget is $80. If there is a set of decent 5.1 speakers then I might consider spending a little more but will unlikely spend around that price range for 2.1.
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For $89AUD I picked up 5.1 Logitech 530's. They are cheap, do decent bass and are not that bad on the quality.
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http://www.xoxide.com/logitech-z2300...cspeakers.html

I own these. They sound phenomenal. I'm an audiophile, and these are by far the most affordable 2.1 speakers with warm bass all the way up. They're potentially VERY LOUD.

Cheers.


Edited by phain - 8/8/11 at 2:17am
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better 2.1 > bad 5.1
z-2300 is fine if you can afford it
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http://www.xoxide.com/logitech-z2300...cspeakers.html

I own these. They sound phenomenal. I'm an audiophile, and these are by far the most affordable 2.1 speakers with warm bass all the way up. They're potentially VERY LOUD.

Cheers.

Those look nice but I feel it is pricey and feel really hesitant to spend that much on speakers. Is the site you suggested a good/legit site? I compared the price from that site and to amazon and it is much much cheaper than amazon. If it is, then I might consider them if I end up not finding anything else.
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http://www.xoxide.com/logitech-z2300...cspeakers.html

I own these. They sound phenomenal. I'm an audiophile, and these are by far the most affordable 2.1 speakers with warm bass all the way up. They're potentially VERY LOUD.

Cheers.
You're an audiophile, but you're recommending some of the worst speakers out there? You completely contradicted yourself there.

For $80, you're not going to get a whole lot. You could look into some good 2.0 setups, such as Swan, Energy, or something custom like a Dayton mini amp + bookshelfs. You could also go with a decent-ish set of "PC" 2.1's like the Creative T3130's.

I'd suggest saving just a tad more, and grab a Dayton DTA-100a mini amp, some speaker wire, and some Dayton B652 bookshelfs. Add a subwoofer to that setup later (Dayton subwoofers are cheap and VERY decent for the money). You can also upgrade the speakers at any time you'd like.

Dayton DTA-100a, the B652 bookshelfs, and speaker wire will run you about $140 or so (unless you already have speaker wire you can use, then subtract $10). You won't beat that in loudness or clarity in that price range. You will probably want a subwoofer later though, as they stop around 70Hz.

I have that exact setup, minus a subwoofer (right now). And it gets loud enough that I can make my neighbors angry within the entire block with it...and I live in a house.
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how do you feel about the Dayton Audio DTA-1?
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how do you feel about the Dayton Audio DTA-1?
I feel that its not going to give you the power output that you're wanting. 15w RMS isn't very much. Even just the $30 Dayton B652 bookshelfs, they're rated at 40w RMS each. They take a LOT more than that in short bursts (I've pushed 115w RMS to each for one song, and I measured it), and they'll take 50w RMS all day. Wattage isn't everything, but you do want to push them well to get loud.

Since you've already blown speakers once, I'd really prefer to see you get a good amp first. A good amp will keep you from blowing speakers, because it won't distort as much. Distortion is what kills speakers.

Also, with an amp, if you blow speakers, you just buy another set of passive speakers (upgrade time anyone?). And you have the ability to add a subwoofer whenever you want.

If you DO want to save some cash on the amp, I'd suggest the Lepai 20w. It's not NEARLY as good as the DTA-100a, but it's better than the DTA-1. The only one that's ALSO a headphones amplifier is the DTA-100a as well (another reason why its worth the extra money).

So yeah, I'd say the Lepai if you want to save some cash (be warned, it is still weaker, and its not a headphones amp too), or the DTA-100a. Pair either up with the cheap Dayton B652's to get you started, and you'll have a great starter 2.0 setup, with the ability to add on whatever you want later.
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Do you have any other speakers to recommend that is a bit smaller? I want something that I can easily fit on my desk.
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Do you have any other speakers to recommend that is a bit smaller? I want something that I can easily fit on my desk.
Polk Monitor 30's might be a little bit smaller. They've got a 5.25" driver instead of a 6.5". But they're also like $90 just for the speakers.

Nothing in the lower price bracket will be smaller, that's going to be worth mentioning.

You don't think you could fit those on your desk though? They're honestly not that big. I think they're only about 7" wide or so, at most (I'd have to measure). And they're shorter than my 19" LCD is (widescreen), by probably a good 2-2.5".
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