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post #1 of 19
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In search of decent sound on a budget

Being the technophile that I am, time and time again my friends have asked me which set of speakers they should look into. Most of them have 2.1 speaker systems that came with their computers, so almost anything is an upgrade. However, a lot of the time my friends are looking for something more impressive, like 5.1 surround sound for gaming and movie-watching. Since they aren't audiophiles, they aren't usually looking to spend over $100 on speakers; they just want speakers that work. That said—and before we get too deep into this article—I have to warn you that this roundup was intended for the non-audiophile readers who might be on a budget and are looking for a set of 5.1 speakers that aren't going to burn a hole in their pockets.

The problem with budget speakers, though, is that it's hard to expect much, and you never really know what you're going to end up with in terms of long-term quality. They often get watery-sounding at high volumes and blow out in a few weeks if played too loudly. So I rounded up three sets of 5.1 speakers that you can typically find in any Circuit City or Best Buy aisle and put them up against each other for a few weeks to find out which cheapo model has decent sound...
http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardw...er-roundup.ars
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I should dive into one of these, but so hard setting them up on my desk, nowhere to put rear speakers
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Nice find...

I dunno about you guys, but i <3 Logitech.. I have yet to have one of their products fail on me.

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I loved my 530's until I accidentily moved my heavy desk over the cables and fried the amp somehow by shorting the wires inside the cable. I'll grab another set tomorrow maybe, if I can find a set. They usually run about $50 CDN around this area brand new. Helluva deal if you ask me.
     
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logitech ftw!
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Blasting my Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 speakers right now, some serious watts for a 2.1 computer speaker setup.
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i picked up my logitech x-530s from BB for about $35. killer deal. awesome sound
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yeah, i love my x530's...exept that the center speaker wouldnt work, but thats cuz of my mobo
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I get some cheap altec lansing 2.1 config right now. Its worked good for a while but i've cranked it to its max so much and listened to it i can feel it dying. Surprising i haven't blow anything yet.

I think i'd rather have a nice 2.1 set that really shines in terms of sound quality than a cheapo 5.1 set, which can be a hassle to situate properly. But still, i'll look into it and nice find on the review.
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Originally Posted by Dennisjr13 View Post
Blasting my Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 speakers right now, some serious watts for a 2.1 computer speaker setup.
Good stuff.
    
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