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My wife wants new speakers for her computer. I already have the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 for my desktop, but she's definitely not interested in anything with a subwoofer. Are there any sleek and decent 2.0 systems out there - satellites only?
    
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I know these aren't Satellites, but they are awesome for their price. No Subwoofer, just two speakers which create clear sound. Around $80 in Australia. Consider them. Affordable with great performance!
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I know these aren't Satellites, but they are awesome for their price. No Subwoofer, just two speakers which create clear sound. Around $80 in Australia. Consider them. Affordable with great performance!


Which speakers may they be?
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I have a pair of B&W MM-1s. Look very sleek and minimalistic. You can find them in all the Apple stores. The tweeter is the same from B&W's nautilus series.
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No sub then best get good bookshelf speakers that go fairly low so i suggest a T-amp and Infinity Primus P162 set up
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_108P162...lle.html?tp=34
http://www.stereophile.com/standloudspeakers/1007inf/
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...ty-primus-p162
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I have a pair of B&W MM-1s. Look very sleek and minimalistic. You can find them in all the Apple stores. The tweeter is the same from B&W's nautilus series.
Imma just stop you right there.

There are two tweeters used in the Nautilus ranges. One of which uses a metal enforced rear structure and one which uses a plastic rear structure. On top of that, if you call up B&W to order one of those tweeters, it will cost you about £120 for the old 2002 model (I had to do this for a customer last month). Expect to pay about £350-£500 per tweeter unit for the current Diamond models.

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The tweeters, for example, incorporate the tube-loaded design we first developed for our famous Nautilus speakers, which dampens resonance and produces purer high frequency sounds.
Just because the tweeter housing uses a similarly shaped construction doesn't mean they're the same. That's like saying your beat up old Volkswagen Golf has the wheels of a Buggati Veyron because they use a "circular" design.

Oh, and the nautilus ranges from £3,750 for the 805 Diamond, to £18,500 for the 800 Diamond and £55,000 for the Nautilus. Do you really think they use the same tweeter in those as they do in your £400 desktop speakers? I'm sure they're good, but be realistic here.

To the OP: I'm pretty sure that the B&W MM-1's are the best around if your budget stretches that far.
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A cheaper and not as small option would be something like the audioengine 2...obviously the bass will be lacking with no sub though.
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Thanks for all the responses, everybody! Both of those creative systems look very appealing.

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Imma just stop you right there.

There are two tweeters used in the Nautilus ranges. One of which uses a metal enforced rear structure and one which uses a plastic rear structure. On top of that, if you call up B&W to order one of those tweeters, it will cost you about £120 for the old 2002 model (I had to do this for a customer last month). Expect to pay about £350-£500 per tweeter unit for the current Diamond models.

Just because the tweeter housing uses a similarly shaped construction doesn't mean they're the same. That's like saying your beat up old Volkswagen Golf has the wheels of a Buggati Veyron because they use a "circular" design.

Oh, and the nautilus ranges from £3,750 for the 805 Diamond, to £18,500 for the 800 Diamond and £55,000 for the Nautilus. Do you really think they use the same tweeter in those as they do in your £400 desktop speakers? I'm sure they're good, but be realistic here.

To the OP: I'm pretty sure that the B&W MM-1's are the best around if your budget stretches that far.
You work in B&W's procurement department?

What does B&W's parts pricing to end users have anything to do with their own marginal cost of production?

The truth is you have no idea what their marginal costs are and you make some baseless cost-analysis assumptions.

Sennheiser charges their customers $80 for a replacement plastic slide-in band for their HD580/600 series. What do you think a half oz piece of cheap plastic costs Sennheiser to make? No way something like that could possibly be made used in a $40 headphone right? After all it's used in high end $500 headphones. And yet the sliding-bands on their lower-end headphones aren't of any observably lower quality.

Dunleavy has used tweeters that cost less than $5 for them to make in their $3k and up speakers and they are considered some of the most well designed speakers ever. The SEAs Excel magnesium woofers sell for $200 a pop on the OEM marketplace (check Madisound), yet Jack Hidley of NHT was able to sell a completed speaker and enclosure for $100. A company's procurement cost is not what the same to the price they sell you piecemeal, or what an end-user unit price is offered by an OEM.

What are B&W's marginal cost of production or procurement for Nautilus tweeters? How would you know whether or not they would not be able to put them in $500 speakers?
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