Originally Posted by SoloCamo
Until someone can show me a complete 2.1 setup that can just plug into any
pc without the use of additional equipment, let alone under $100 even used that is remarkably better and obvious to the average consumer than my z-623's I will continue to stand by my statement.
I think you might be able to stand by your statement in this case because I don't think anyone can really do that. No offense meant here at all, but personally I think all the under $100 combo kits are decent at best. The more speakers you add, the worse it gets. Those budget 5.1 sets can be like cellphone speakers. Yikes. But if the goal is easy plug and play, with a little bass, two channels, small footprint, and cheap, then a few of these kits are great. I think the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 comes to mind, but I haven't looked at this speaker type in a while.
Personally I would still say cut the sub, grab a $20 lepai, and a nice set of used or sale set of bookshelf speakers. I know I sound like a broken record, but the Pioneer BS-22-LR go on sale for about $80/pair. I'll sacrifice those little subs for the bigger speaker speakers 10 times out of 10, but its not always space, budget, or hook-up friendly (more wires, adapters, etc).
You're very wrong about that. You can get some SERIOUS PC speakers. KEF makes the X300A which is a very nice powered speaker which has an internal 96Khz DAC via USB. $800 per pair. $900 if you want wireless (yuck). They are a highly impressive speaker with an aluminum tweeter and woofer in KEF's UNI-Q setup where the tweeter is inside, or rather, in the middle of, the woofer. This creates very focused sound. I can assure you, these sound like a HIFI stereo if you use the proper source on your computer, like J-River with some nice 24/96 well mastered tracks. Fantastic sound. And yes, it's a computer speaker.
People just don't know what's out there or what's possible because the best they have ever heard was a Klipsch Promedia 2.1 hooked up to a cheesy soundcard or integrated audio.
You can go as far as you want with PC audio these days. You can build a $1000 000 audio setup around a PC with a $50 000 DAC, $600 000 speakers, and $350 000 worth of amplification.
And before somebody posts and says "Duhr nothing's that expensive", see below for the $600 000 speakers and the $350 000 preamp>dual monoblock amps.
I think we need to draw a line between PC Speakers and a system with a PC as the source. While most would probably consider those X300A to be at least possibly computer speakers, the rest of that post is really not computer speakers. Most "computer speakers" are small plastic speakers that fit on a desk and plug right into a PC.
If you couldn't fit in in your computer room, let alone on a desk, its probably not a computer speaker lol. So now I'm sure you know this, but you just wanted to post some insane systems didn't you?Edited by DayoftheGreek - 10/20/15 at 11:24am