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'Sup

Was looking to get some speakers after Christmas. I was in store today and saw these. They're expensive but very nice and I like the idea of having a controller to turn up the sound and plug in headphones.

My friend said that it's a lot of money for just speakers and to be honest it is. Is there any other decent speakers with a controller out there? Links from UK only please.

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I have a friend who bought those for the main reason that they say "Bose" on them. But then again, he also has 3 pairs of Beats by Dre headphones... so he's trend follower at best!
Personally I use studio monitors which give a flatter (better) sound than any PC or HI-Fi speakers but I remember starting out with a small 2.1 set-up I got from Argos about 7 years ago.

Not sure if you've heard of them or not but Scan is a good place to look, they may even have some good bargains in the January sales.
http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/speakers/75/360/328/503

For the price you'd spend on the Bose set, you could get a Logitech 5.1 surround set-up with an awesome looking control unit:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/logitech-z906-51-surround-sound-speakers-500w-rms

Of course, if you're wanting to spend under £100 you may only want a 2.1 set-up (although some decent 5.1 set-ups can be under £100)

Basically anything Logitech, Creative or Altec Lansing and you in safe territory thumb.gif
Edited by anoma1y - 12/21/11 at 1:23pm
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It is alot of money.

I would get a "home theater" system for that budget.

Bose does make good stuff. What's your opinion on 5.1 channel surround?
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I have a friend who bought those for the main reason that they say "Bose" on them. But then again, he also has 3 pairs of Beats by Dre headphones... so he's trend follower at best!
Personally I use studio monitors which give a flatter (better) sound than any PC or HI-Fi speakers but I remember starting out with a small 2.1 set-up I got from Argos about 7 years ago.
Not sure if you've heard of them or not but Scan is a good place to look, they may even have some good bargains in the January sales.
http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/speakers/75/360/328/503
For the price you'd spend on the Bose set, you could get a Logitech 5.1 surround set-up with an awesome looking control unit:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/logitech-z906-51-surround-sound-speakers-500w-rms
Of course, if you're wanting to spend under £100 you may only want a 2.1 set-up (although some decent 5.1 set-ups can be under £100)

Basically anything Logitech, Creative or Altec Lansing and you in safe territory thumb.gif

I see, although I was in store and listened to them and they were awesome, although a huge price. I would like to get speakers for my rig on boxing day and it would be in store. Although I'm thinking of leaning away from the bose and seeing what they have in store.

What would be best, I don't have a lot of knowledge on speakers. 2.1 or 5.1? Which is better?
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It is alot of money.
I would get a "home theater" system for that budget.
Bose does make good stuff. What's your opinion on 5.1 channel surround?

Look up brah. A lot of money, although what's better 2.1 or 5.1?
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Well obviously 5 of the same speaker is better than 2 of the same speaker, although obviously the former costs more...
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Well obviously 5 of the same speaker is better than 2 of the same speaker, although obviously the former costs more...

I see.

Well I've had a look around at my local store and nothing has really pushed my buttons so I've looked online. I've noticed these which look okay. Of course it's only 2.1 but I can add in the future. What do you guys think?
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For general use, these are great, got my wife a set and they sound pretty good. Not sure if you can get them over there, but its something to consider for the price.
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Find a local Hifi dealer and go and listen to some real speakers. There should be a RicherSounds, SuperFi or Seven Oaks Sound and Vision near you (there are lots of other dealers too but those are the main ones).

Tell them your budget and needs, ask to listen to anything they recommend. You'll get something much better than those Bose or Creative speakers.

Here's an example:

http://superfi.co.uk/p-3190-denon-dm38dab-micro-system-with-wharfedale-diamond-91-speakers-sizzler.aspx

There is no sub but you can always add one later once you can afford it (The DM38 has a dedicated subwoofer output). I guarantee that will sound much, much better than either the Bose system or the Creative one (The drivers in those Wharfedales are bigger than the actual speaker enclosures included with the Bose system!) I've owned the Wharfedale 9.1, they are very capable speakers with great sound for the price. You'll need to purchase some speaker cable but you have £20 to play with before hitting £300 which is plenty for cable.
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Find a local Hifi dealer and go and listen to some real speakers. There should be a RicherSounds, SuperFi or Seven Oaks Sound and Vision near you (there are lots of other dealers too but those are the main ones).
Tell them your budget and needs, ask to listen to anything they recommend. You'll get something much better than those Bose or Creative speakers.
Here's an example:
http://superfi.co.uk/p-3190-denon-dm38dab-micro-system-with-wharfedale-diamond-91-speakers-sizzler.aspx
There is no sub but you can always add one later once you can afford it (The DM38 has a dedicated subwoofer output). I guarantee that will sound much, much better than either the Bose system or the Creative one (The drivers in those Wharfedales are bigger than the actual speaker enclosures included with the Bose system!) I've owned the Wharfedale 9.1, they are very capable speakers with great sound for the price. You'll need to purchase some speaker cable but you have £20 to play with before hitting £300 which is plenty for cable.

Oh right, well my budget has fallen now I guess to around the £100 mark. I'm looking for something that sounds pretty decent for the money and came across them. Not too bothered about the bose or a ridiculous expensive hifi set up. Something that's good quality around the £100 mark. Would those Creative speakers be good enough or would you recommend something still from a hifi store?
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Oh right, well my budget has fallen now I guess to around the £100 mark. I'm looking for something that sounds pretty decent for the money and came across them. Not too bothered about the bose or a ridiculous expensive hifi set up. Something that's good quality around the £100 mark. Would those Creative speakers be good enough or would you recommend something still from a hifi store?

I'd always recommend going the Hi-Fi route, with a £100 budget you'll have to look at used though. I picked up a pair of Tannoy M3 floorstanders that originally sold for ~£300 for £30 used. Have a look at places such as Gumtree and Preloved. If you don't want to buy used (for whatever reason) as an alternative I would recommend the Acoustic Energy Aego system, Acoustic Energy are a Hi-Fi brand as apposed to a PC peripherals brand as with Creative or Logitech, they have audio pedigree. I've not heard them personally but they are well reviewed and people I have recommended them to in the past have been very happy with them, they are £130 though.
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