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I know there is a similar thread already posted on the same page, but I would like other opinions from audiophiles. I've read about the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, but it is $200.

My brother wants a 5.1 surround sound system for his rig this Christmas. I'm torn between a good 2.1 setup or a mediocre 5.1 setup.

I was wondering if a 5.1 setup for the TV would be compatible?

$150 is the absolute max range. I'm looking for something with some good bass, but also overall quality. Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 25
I don't know too much about speakers, but a set of TV speakers would work. You would just need a 3.5mm-RCA adapter if your sound card doesn't have RCA jacks.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9SIA0PG06H4172
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882553064
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882021058
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post #3 of 25
2.1 will get you further.
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post #4 of 25
No 5.1 system under $150 is worth buying honestly, better off going with a 2.1 system.

The Promedia's are definitely the best option as far as PC speakers go, and they are only $155 at Best Buy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Klipsch+... 2.1&cp=1&lp=1

If you wanted to put together something yourself you could get something like this
-Sub
-Speakers
-Amp

The advantage to doing something like this is that you could later add a 5.1 receiver, two surrounds and a center speaker and have a good quality 5.1 setup.
     
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I bought my promedias from amazon $145 shipped...love em

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Swan M10 2.1 setup is good. I dont think it's worth spending only $150 on a Logitech 5.1 surround sound setup.
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I would take a good 2.1 system over a mediocore 5.1 anyday. The Swan M10 runs around $120 and reviews for it are consistently positive; might be a good 2.1 for you to look at.
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post #8 of 25
Swan M10 is more for music rather than movies or games. Just get him some 2.1 Logitechs or Altec Lansings with a strong sub and he'll be happy.
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I just bought this...very slickdeal. i think they are suppose to be better than the Klipsch ..and i found them for $10 more. $160 total after rebate.

Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=577...r&promoid=1316
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post #10 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by AgentHydra View Post
No 5.1 system under $150 is worth buying honestly, better off going with a 2.1 system.
+1 ,i totally agree

with 150$ the best you can get is Kilpach Promedia 2.1
    
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