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Hello everyone,

I am looking to add some speakers to me "home theater" setup. It is in quotations because it is really on a budget. I have my HTPC hooked up to my TV and a 2.1 Cyber Acoustic computer speaker set up hooked up to the HTPC for sound. I took them from my PC rig, since I pretty much use headphones, but I would like to put them back and find a decent, yet budget friendly audio system.

I am looking for a 2.1 system, although I am open to pretty much anything. I am looking for a clear sound, but nothing booming like in a theater. I am pretty hard of hearing, in that it is hard for me to hear voices. I have to turn up the TV, when I use the audio on it, when characters are speaking. However, when music or audio special effects come on, I have to turn it down because it is way too loud.

If anyone has any suggestions, help or advice, I would surely appreciate the input. My budget is between $100-200. I would like to keep it to the former or midway, if I can. Low, but that is what I am working with.

Thank you in advance for your help!
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For a 2.1 system to be connected to your PC.
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speaker set.
Bestbuy will sometimes have it on sale for $99.
Otherwise you should be able to find it used on eBay for under $100.

Does your computer have an add-on sound card or are you just using the PC's on-board audio?
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What you need is a system with a center channel since it carries voices and that is what you have difficulty hearing.
Maybe look at getting something like the Logitech 5.1 or creative on this page

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=60&N=100007679%204027%204017%204026%20600010685&IsNodeId=1&IsPowerSearch=1
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

For a 2.1 system to be connected to your PC.
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speaker set.
Bestbuy will sometimes have it on sale for $99.
Otherwise you should be able to find it used on eBay for under $100.

Does your computer have an add-on sound card or are you just using the PC's on-board audio?

Thanks! I will be using the on-board audio.
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

For a 2.1 system to be connected to your PC.
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speaker set.
Bestbuy will sometimes have it on sale for $99.
Otherwise you should be able to find it used on eBay for under $100.

Does your computer have an add-on sound card or are you just using the PC's on-board audio?
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Originally Posted by diggiddi View Post

What you need is a system with a center channel since it carries voices and that is what you have difficulty hearing.
Maybe look at getting something like the Logitech 5.1 or creative on this page

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=60&N=100007679%204027%204017%204026%20600010685&IsNodeId=1&IsPowerSearch=1

I will check that out. The reason I wanted to go with something small like a 2.1 system is because my wife doesn't like a big surround sound system. I had to make a compromise somewhere rolleyes.gif.

Thank you!
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Originally Posted by testudoaubreii View Post

because my wife doesn't like a big surround sound system. I had to make a compromise somewhere.

If you can get her involved in the choosing, use her ears, get her going to stores to listen with you and you may end up with something like this.


Edited by billbartuska - 3/20/14 at 1:30am
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