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Best £500 ($800) speakers for music?

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Hi

I want to spend £500 ($800) on some new computer speakers.

Priority is music, not films and games.
Music genres are loud and bass-heavy, or just club/charts music. However I still want good clarity for the occasional classical music.

I'm considering 5.1, due to better ability to fill a room with sound. But some people say 2.1s are better for music.

I've been considering the Logitech Z-5500s, but right now I prefer the look of the Edifier S550s.

Also, I have a pair of Edifier R1600Ts, would these be good with a seperate woofer?
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2.0/2.1 for music but u stated 500 quid and those 1600Ts are 60-70 quid last i checked Hit AVS speaker/2 channel audio sub forums to refer to the gurus for proper musically inclined speaker recommendations and for starters in the UK i would start to look at stuff like Monitor Audio BX2 or floor standers paired with sweet/warm sounding stereo amps if u willing to splash up to 500 quid
http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/p...roduct_ID/7983
Edited by trog - 11/4/11 at 3:18pm
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Originally Posted by lemon2 View Post
Hi

I want to spend £500 ($800) on some new computer speakers.

Priority is music, not films and games.
Music genres are loud and bass-heavy, or just club/charts music. However I still want good clarity for the occasional classical music.

I'm considering 5.1, due to better ability to fill a room with sound. But some people say 2.1s are better for music.

I've been considering the Logitech Z-5500s, but right now I prefer the look of the Edifier S550s.

Also, I have a pair of Edifier R1600Ts, would these be good with a seperate woofer?
Heya,

I would suggest you take this approach:

Get a Receiver, any will do, get a 5.1 so that you can have room to expand if you want later. You can find decent 5.1 receivers in the $150 range often (especially coming soon, all the holiday sales and what not). Get yourself some decent monitors. Unless you're willing to buy expensive source material, just keep it simple. Even some Polk Monitor 60's would be great. Here's where the fun comes in, get two subwhoofers. Connect them via a Y-splitter. Have the monitors face you. Put the subs on your flanks. You have a 2.2 setup that makes you want to dance.

Very best,
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Originally Posted by Trog
2.0/2.1 for music but u stated 500 quid and those 1600Ts are 60-70 quid last i checked Hit AVS speaker/2 channel audio sub forums to refer to the gurus for proper musically inclined speaker recommendations and for starters in the UK i would start to look at stuff like Monitor Audio BX2 or floor standers paired with sweet/warm sounding stereo amps if u willing to splash up to 500 quid
Ok Trog, I will also ask on AVS forums. And yes, my R1600Ts are cheap, maybe I shouldn't be mixing them with higher end components.

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX
Heya,

I would suggest you take this approach:

Get a Receiver, any will do, get a 5.1 so that you can have room to expand if you want later. You can find decent 5.1 receivers in the $150 range often (especially coming soon, all the holiday sales and what not). Get yourself some decent monitors. Unless you're willing to buy expensive source material, just keep it simple. Even some Polk Monitor 60's would be great. Here's where the fun comes in, get two subwhoofers. Connect them via a Y-splitter. Have the monitors face you. Put the subs on your flanks. You have a 2.2 setup that makes you want to dance.

Very best,
And MalVeauX,
2 subs sounds like a great idea. I will definitely consider that.

I would really like a 5.1 setup (or 5.2 ) as I think they have better value for money as they improve your games and movies too, even if they aren't a priority.
However everyone always says that 2.1s are better for music. I have a theory that they only say that because people make 5.1/7.1 systems out of tiny satelites rather than good monitors. If I expanded my setup to 5.1 by adding another DECENT set of 2.0s as satelites, would I still have the great music quality?
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