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I was looking to buy these used from someone and he says these are the "Legendary 641s." I kind of laughed to myself because how good can they be? 400 watt toal watts, abut 200 watt RMS I think according to a review. Has 2 speakers for the front and two to the rear. He basically is saying they rival the logitech thx systems today that sell for $300 plus but I find that hard to believe. They look like this:

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He is selling it less for what they originally retailed but that was like 10 years ago! Are these speakers good or what?
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It's not hard to beat Logicrap tbh. Also depends on how much they're selling it for..your needs etc.....
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I used to want the 2.1 version of that set, the 621, before I got into real speakers, but no, I wouldn't call them legendary. They were probably one of the best looking computer speaker sets of their time (subjectively speaking, of course) and they sounded good compared to whatever the heck their competition was at the time, but that's about it.

I would call my old Altec Lansing ACS500 speakers from 1996 more legendary than the 641, and even then, it was because the ACS500 speakers looked wild and were revolutionary for computer audio despite not registering the slightest tremor on the scale of hi-fi.

If I were you, I wouldn't buy the 641 unless you could snag them for around $100 and that's only if you really like the way the speakers look, but then again, I'm not the best person to give advice on this because I wouldn't buy computer speakers again anyway.
    
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I now have the Logitech Z906, before that I had the Z5500 . And i have to say that I just love them. Shure that my home stereo sony speaker system(600euro), sounds a bit and i mean just a bit better. But this You will hear only if You are a real audiofille, and will really try to hear each tiny detail in music. I do love a good sound, i am a musician my self... . But for my computer, i choose Logitech.
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Ow $300 and far less i would really go combo of used + new hifi sub + bookshelf/amp or active monitors drum.gif
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Originally Posted by Snakecharmed;14607092 
I used to want the 2.1 version of that set, the 621, before I got into real speakers, but no, I wouldn't call them legendary. They were probably one of the best looking computer speaker sets of their time (subjectively speaking, of course) and they sounded good compared to whatever the heck their competition was at the time, but that's about it.

I would call my old Altec Lansing ACS500 speakers from 1996 more legendary than the 641, and even then, it was because the ACS500 speakers looked wild and were revolutionary for computer audio despite not registering the slightest tremor on the scale of hi-fi.

If I were you, I wouldn't buy the 641 unless you could snag them for around $100 and that's only if you really like the way the speakers look, but then again, I'm not the best person to give advice on this because I wouldn't buy computer speakers again anyway.

There has been some good reviews on these speakers:

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/256/altec_lansing_speaker_roundup_may_2002/index2.html

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/comparison-of-13-4,review-45-9.html

As far as using a regulae receiver instead, just not practical for the pc room.
    
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I vaguely remember reading those reviews years ago. They were what got me interested in the 621 and 641. Still, I think there have to be better options out there even for powered computer speakers today than spending what sounds like a very modest discount over the original retail price of $300 on the 641.
    
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Originally Posted by xpfighter;14607190 
I now have the Logitech Z906, before that I had the Z5500 . And i have to say that I just love them. Shure that my home stereo sony speaker system(600euro), sounds a bit and i mean just a bit better. But this You will hear only if You are a real audiofille, and will really try to hear each tiny detail in music. I do love a good sound, i am a musician my self... . But for my computer, i choose Logitech.

So you can compare crap with more crap. Awesome! Listen to a REAL home theater setup, and tell me your Sony sounds good. Or even better yet, a GOOD pair of bookshelfs, sub, and amp for a computer.
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There has been some good reviews on these speakers:

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/256/altec_lansing_speaker_roundup_may_2002/index2.html

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/comparison-of-13-4,review-45-9.html

As far as using a regulae receiver instead, just not practical for the pc room.

So get a Dayton DTA-100a mini amp (or Lexai 20w mini amp) (can be found at PartsExpress), some good bookshelfs, and a good reference subwoofer (Dayton SUB120 is a great bang for the buck).

You can EASILY beat any "PC Speakers", still have that small footprint on your desk, and be out the same amount of cash.
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They are alright and sound better than logitechs. However, you can do much better. The satellites sound decent but they are not as full.

The subwoofer is good for games but they are not really good. The lowest the sub will go is about 45 Hz range. Real subwoofers get into the 20 Hz range.

For $300, you could get some fairly good sound bookshelf/monitors with 5-6 inch woofers. That will give a more satisfying and full sound spectrum.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;14614037 
So you can compare crap with more crap. Awesome! Listen to a REAL home theater setup, and tell me your Sony sounds good. Or even better yet, a GOOD pair of bookshelfs, sub, and amp for a computer.



So get a Dayton DTA-100a mini amp (or Lexai 20w mini amp) (can be found at PartsExpress), some good bookshelfs, and a good reference subwoofer (Dayton SUB120 is a great bang for the buck).

You can EASILY beat any "PC Speakers", still have that small footprint on your desk, and be out the same amount of cash.

How much are we talking then for a 20w mini amp, speakers, etc. That sounds like it could get pricier than this used set. The Altec 641s puts out 25 watts to each speaker, and the large sub which I've read is really good, puts out 100 watts. The Altec seems pretty capable and the reviews seems to say good things. Also the speakers are nice and small for the desk, and not having a separate receiver and amp to avoid less clutter is why they make computer speakers in the first place.

I don't know. If I can talk the guy down to $175 maybe it'll be worth it. The guy said that these altecs can easily fill a whole living room with a lot of clarity. Finding that hard to believe. What is impressive is that the Altecs have lasted him 10 years.
    
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