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Guide for Computer Speakers

I.2.1 Configuration

Low Range (around 30 watts) – A widely competitive field that offers endless options for computer speakers at affordable prices. Provides a noticeable improvement over crappy stock speakers.
1. Altec Lansing VS3121
2. Creative Inspire T3000
3. Logitech X-230
4. Cyber Acoustics CA-3550
5. Logitech S200
6. Altec Lansing ACS33BW
7. Cyber Acoustics CA-3090
8. Logisys Alien
9. Logisys 2.1
10. Codegen S3-001
Though there are lots of other speakers out there, these are the only ones worth mentioning.

Mid Range (around 40 watts) – A widely competitive field that offers endless options for computer speakers much better quality for slightly higher prices. This has the widest selection, simply because computers are becoming a vital part of our leisure time and people are looking for a dramatic improvement for their DivX and MP3’s on their computers.
1. JBL Creatures 2
2. Harman Kardon SoundSticks II
3. Altec Lansing VS4221
4. Altec Lansing 2100
5. Altec Lansing VS4121
6. Creative I-Trigue 3800
7. Creative I-Trigue 3400
8. Creative I-Trigue 3300
9. Altec Lansing XA2021
10. Altec Lansing XA3021
11. Logitech Z-4
12. Viewsonic SP2104 NeoSat
13. Sicuro RW-360XL
14. Logisys Computer SP6006CL
The ever cute and interesting JBL Creature 2 gets first in this field for the amazing sound quality and variety of colors it comes in. While the bass is not as booming, the cleanness of the lows more than compensate for this. It is also small and portable. True to its history, Altec Lansing excels in this field in offering a wide selection of mid range speakers that offer very good sound. Creative also stays true as well, offering a good chunk of speakers.

High Range (80 watts and higher) – A small field of high quality speakers. Selection is minimal, because those who choose high quality speakers for computer usually prefer surround sound.
1. Klipsch ProMedia 2.1
2. Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1
3. Logitech Z2300
4. Sicuro RW-375XL
5. Altec Lansing FX6021
The ProMedia 2.1 offers amazing sound quality that you can listen to for hours. It sounds clear and sweet no matter what volume you crank it to.

II.5.1 Configuration

Low Range – None worth mentioning as there is no real profit in cheap 5.1 systems.

Mid Range – A widely competitive field that offers endless options for surround sound computer speakers at affordable prices. Since we use are computers for entertainment purpose more and more (games, music, and movies), we demand a market of affordable surround sound speakers for computers.
1. Logitech Z-640
2. Creative Inspire T5400
3. Creative Inspire 5800
4. Altec Lansing 5100
5. Logitech Z-530
6. Altec Lansing VS3151
6. Cyber Acoustics A5640
7. Sicuro RW-670XL
8. Mustang 5.1
9. MCM 5.1
The Z-640’s took the field by offering the best boom for the buck while rivaling Altec in treble quality. Unfortunately, the 640’s have gone the way of the dinosaurs, but diligent searching may turn up a few surprises. It is also mentionable that they are small and very sexy looking. Creative and Altec both also took this field by storm, offering good speaker selections as well.

High Range – Largest competitive field for high quality surround sound computer speakers, due to the large group of gamers and an increasing number of people using their computers as an entertainment system rather than the tradition living room.
1. Klipsch ProMedia 5.1
2. Logitech Z-5450
3. Logitech Z-5500
4. Creative Gigaworks ProGamer G500
5. Logitech Z-5300E
Klipsch takes this hands down with highs and mids sweeter than sugar and deep clean lows to boot. With its amazing sound quality and low profile looks, the ProMedia 2.1 is a clear runaway winner. Logitech makes a strong showing due to a variety of high end speakers in a competitively lacking field. However, it must be noted that as much power the Logitech speakers boast, they simply lack in mid tones while their bass seems fuzzy.

III.7.1 Configuration

Creative Gigaworks S750 – Great sound, geat subwoofer, and not so great price. Unfortunately, this is the only 7.1 computer speakers worth mentioning.
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If there are some speakers i forgot to mention, please post it and i will edit this thing as it goes along. If you disagree, please post as forums benefit from a variety of opinions.
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I am sure that a set of $250 Bose speakers sound nice and all, but frankly, that is out of the ball park for the majority of us looking for 2.1 speakers. As they say, going....going........GONE!
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I can vouch for the Klipsch 5.1 Ultra Promedia's they are the best speakers ever as far as home pc stuff goes (unless you build your own) They sound great, the subs make my house shake when I have them turned up. Hook them to an X-Fi card there is no comparison to anything else on the market. If you have the money, and dont mind spending it I highly recommand these Speakers they are phenominal(sp?)
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phenomenal i think hehe
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should i try to change this into a faq guys?
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