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If you feel alright about craigslisting or waiting for deals, the M-Audio BX5a Deluxe are amazing for games, music, and videos. Although best paired with a subwoofer for that extra oomph.
What kind of subwoofer? I'm a total noob when it comes to audio equipment.

I'm obviously not an audiophile, as I absolutely love my Soundsticks xD. With an equalizer and Spotify, they sound great to me.

Anyway, I did happen to find a couple Klipsch on Craigslist not too far from me for $80, one of them is "upgraded" (newer/better Caps, repaired by a guy on Ebay), the other is simply "used". I also found the M-Audio BX5a's for $130. They don't say if they're new or used, but it sounds like it's a company since they mentioned store hours.
I'm never fond of buying used electronics, seeing how technology changes so quickly, but I guess the audio department is a bit different. Although, I did experience Bose's new surround-sound TV... it was very very impressive.

So I''ve still got an issue... Used speakers or New ones? I like shiny when I open dah box :c
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What kind of subwoofer? I'm a total noob when it comes to audio equipment.
I'm obviously not an audiophile, as I absolutely love my Soundsticks xD. With an equalizer and Spotify, they sound great to me.
Anyway, I did happen to find a couple Klipsch on Craigslist not too far from me for $80, one of them is "upgraded" (newer/better Caps, repaired by a guy on Ebay), the other is simply "used". I also found the M-Audio BX5a's for $130. They don't say if they're new or used, but it sounds like it's a company since they mentioned store hours.
I'm never fond of buying used electronics, seeing how technology changes so quickly, but I guess the audio department is a bit different. Although, I did experience Bose's new surround-sound TV... it was very very impressive.
So I''ve still got an issue... Used speakers or New ones? I like shiny when I open dah box :c

Buying bookshelf speakers, sub, and receiver may not bee in your best interest as it is usually fairly expensive. As far as the klipschs go, sometimes the amp in the sub breaks, hence the one that was fixed. Bose IMHO is overpriced for the quality you get. There are tons of speakers that sound as good for much cheaper. Swans make some nice 2.1 systems as well.

New or used? Depends on where you buy it from.
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Personally I've had great luck with Logitech 2.1 systems in the past, I'm not an audiowhore so my opinion is based solely on what I expect from my money spent.

My wife is still using the Logitech X-230 2.1 system from years ago and I still stand by them today as throwing out some decent audio that has a good all around range of quality - sure the highs aren't exactly studio quality but I didn't spend $500 for them either.

I hate threads like this because with audio it's all personal experience, taste, opinion and worth rolled into one... audio is something that can't really be measured into a pretty graph to compare to other speakers.

My advice is to find some place where you can listen to these speakers yourself and bring an mp3 player/phone to plug in and listen to some tunes you know well so that you know the quality you're looking for and base your purchase off of those experiences.
Unfortunately audio to an extent can be measured on a graph. No, it won't tell you what sounds perfect to your ears, but it will tell you how well it can perform. Logitech speakers don't perform well. They'll get the job done. They'll make noise like anything else. The highs are not good. The bass is poor, there's really not much to rave about with Logitechs. You can do your fair share of repairing the frequency by EQing them, but they're never going to be good.

Unfotunately, you don't have experience with audio which is why you're making the statements that you are. If you heard other speakers for the same price of Logitechs, you would surely think otherwise. Luckily, many other people here have upgraded from Logitech (like myself) and have the experience to tell others, like you, that there's better out there. Pick a price range for any Logitech set up and we'll find you better speakers/combinations.
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If you feel alright about craigslisting or waiting for deals, the M-Audio BX5a Deluxe are amazing for games, music, and videos. Although best paired with a subwoofer for that extra oomph.
What kind of subwoofer? I'm a total noob when it comes to audio equipment.

I'm obviously not an audiophile, as I absolutely love my Soundsticks xD. With an equalizer and Spotify, they sound great to me.

Anyway, I did happen to find a couple Klipsch on Craigslist not too far from me for $80, one of them is "upgraded" (newer/better Caps, repaired by a guy on Ebay), the other is simply "used". I also found the M-Audio BX5a's for $130. They don't say if they're new or used, but it sounds like it's a company since they mentioned store hours.
I'm never fond of buying used electronics, seeing how technology changes so quickly, but I guess the audio department is a bit different. Although, I did experience Bose's new surround-sound TV... it was very very impressive.

So I''ve still got an issue... Used speakers or New ones? I like shiny when I open dah box :c
The audio department is very different. Speakers created decades ago still sound fantastic today. Some things may of course need repair, but they'll still sound lovely. Audio is not something that really improves every few years. It's a slowly evolving department. Prices don't change drastically.

That said, the BX5A's are good speakers, but you won't have a subwoofer with them and they don't exactly create the best bass to enjoy bassy music alone. If you plan to spend more later on a subwoofer, definitely look into them now and get the sub later. If you're looking for a 2.1 pick up now, the Klipsch are a great way to go, toss in a sound card with the money savings.
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What kind of subwoofer? I'm a total noob when it comes to audio equipment.
I'm obviously not an audiophile, as I absolutely love my Soundsticks xD. With an equalizer and Spotify, they sound great to me.
Anyway, I did happen to find a couple Klipsch on Craigslist not too far from me for $80, one of them is "upgraded" (newer/better Caps, repaired by a guy on Ebay), the other is simply "used". I also found the M-Audio BX5a's for $130. They don't say if they're new or used, but it sounds like it's a company since they mentioned store hours.
I'm never fond of buying used electronics, seeing how technology changes so quickly, but I guess the audio department is a bit different. Although, I did experience Bose's new surround-sound TV... it was very very impressive.
So I''ve still got an issue... Used speakers or New ones? I like shiny when I open dah box :c

Buying bookshelf speakers, sub, and receiver may not bee in your best interest as it is usually fairly expensive. As far as the klipschs go, sometimes the amp in the sub breaks, hence the one that was fixed. Bose IMHO is overpriced for the quality you get. There are tons of speakers that sound as good for much cheaper. Swans make some nice 2.1 systems as well.

New or used? Depends on where you buy it from.

He won't need a receiver for the BX5A's..just a subwoofer which would absolutely toss him way over his budget.
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post #14 of 31
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The Craigslist post for the upgraded Klipsch actually has a video of them working.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v19tUfQmmEI&feature=youtu.be

They actually look much better without the covers on the speakers.
Hm, I might get these....
I'm emailing him and asking if there's any sort of return if I'm unsatisfied or they break soon.

Maybe I'll look into custom casings.... would that be possible, or does the plastic case work with the audio to give it a better quality sound?
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It's more of a mesh really than plastic. It's designed to keep dust off the speakers. They're basically dust filters.
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post #16 of 31
If you're buying speakers for looks, I don't know what to tell you, but as far as sound goes, definitely the klipsch.
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Haha, well, parents said a big "no" to a used speaker system. It seems they share my "no used equipment" ideal.

The budget for my Christmas is $100. That being said, I'd prefer no more than $80 of it on speakers (you know, so there's $20 for other small gifts and stocking stuffers!). I wouldn't mind spending some of my own money for speakers, maybe up to $40 on my own part.

Okay, so, small change of topic: What's a great 2.1 speaker system under $120 new?

Again, sorry for being so picky and specific.....
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post #18 of 31
Logitech z506's. Great speakers that have a crisp, clean sound.
Although it is a 5.1 system, I'd still recommend them.
The normally go for $80, so they are well within your budget smile.gif
post #19 of 31
Wait for Christmas and hope the Klipsch go on sale at Best Buy for 100. Otherwise, you're not going to find a good 2.1 setup for that money new. I won't even recommend the Swan M10s.
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Hm. I guess I'll stick with these until they're completely dead.
Now I have no idea of what I want for Christmas....

Thanks for your help, guys!
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