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The title pretty much says it. Im fairly confused as to what direction I want to go as far as computer audio goes. I would love to utilize my sound card to its full potential by getting some 5.1 speakers set up, it would really make blu-rays sound alot better than what I currently have. Then again, a 2.1 system would also suffice, but I wouldnt be using my sound card to its full potential, which is kinda bugging me lol.

I currently have a set of Altec Lansing 221's, heres a link. http://www.firingsquad.com/hw/1211/A...peaker_System/
They arent the worst, but far from the best.



Seeing that the Klipsh Pro Medias are down to 129.99 at Best Buy, I would think that would be the best option as far as computer speakers go, aside from a set of studio monitors. As far as 5.1+ goes, im not seeing anything that is worth the price. I would feel better getting a Home theatre in a box setup, as it would have better connectivity.

Alternatively, I found a set of Altec Lansing 2100's on CL for $30 locally, and that would be a marginal upgrade for a low cost. IDK, im thoroughly confused.

What do you guys think?
Edited by Mattb2e - 1/23/11 at 1:35pm
post #2 of 7
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Perhaps my OP was a bit cryptic, or perhaps just too long. Let me rephrase into a couple of questions that may be easier to answer.

1.Would the Klipsch 2.1 audio solution be my best bet for a sound solution over a traditional reciever and bookshelf speakers?

2.How would studio monitors of the same price range compare to either of the two solutions?

3.For dvd's and Blu-rays encoded for 5.1 surround sound, would the 5.1 sound better from either an inexpensive or used HTIB, or either of the above?

Consider the price budget to be $129.99, the current sale price of the Klipsch. Used recommendations are excepted, as I know that my budget wont get me much as far as new recievers and bookshelf speakers/Studio monitors/HTIB.
post #3 of 7
Go 2.1, 5.1 is gimmicky. "Oh look at me I have surround sound" You don't have 5 ears do you?

A good 2.1 will produce a much better quality sound than a 5.1 setup of the equivalent price.

Just my thoughts, if you're not on a limited budget then go for it, but by all means stay the heck away from Logitech speakers. I don't care what anyone says, they're horrible.
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Also, stay away from anything branded as "multimedia" or "computer"-specific. What you're looking for is "active monitors". AudioEngine A2 are $150 and have great bass or the Swans M10 sound excellent and come with a sub for $175.
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Go 2.1, 5.1 is gimmicky. "Oh look at me I have surround sound" You don't have 5 ears do you?
O'rly

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A good 2.1 will produce a much better quality sound than a 5.1 setup of the equivalent price.
This

If the usage will only be computer related, games music and other a good 2.1 will be more than enough. Even for ocasionally movies watching. I personally build a 2.0 with the intention of upgrading to 2.1 and later to 5.1 for movie watching. It depends on your budget and if your think that spending more on a 5.1 is a viable option at this point in time.
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Also, stay away from anything branded as "multimedia" or "computer"-specific. What you're looking for is "active monitors". AudioEngine A2 are $150 and have great bass or the Swans M10 sound excellent and come with a sub for $175.
Sorry, I just had to post this. Lol...

Look @ the title on Amazon,
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post #7 of 7
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Thanks for the input guys, its much appreciated.

The only reason for 5.1 in my case would be for movie watching, I have a library of over 1000 dvd's and blu-rays and have a 5.1 HTIB setup to my tv. I would like to have something similar for my PC, but its not entirely necessary. A 2.1 system would suffice, and as far as music goes, any of the suggestions would sound better than what I have.

It seems that both of the suggestions from Ling Ling, are out of budget. The Audioengines are $200, and the Swans are discontinued. If you guys think that a 2.1 will suffice, and will provide decent enough sound compared to a 5.1 setup, than the Klipsch 2.1 is one of my options.

I would prefer a 2.1 over a 2.0 setup, although if a pair of studio monitors have enough bass in the woofers, I can live without a powered sub.

How would the Klipsch 2.1 speakers compare to Altec Lansing 2100's? Are there any active studio monitors that would provide better sound than either of those?

I also forgot to mention, I have a rackmounted 2 channel 200 watt solid state power amplifier. If need be, I could use passive studio monitors as well.
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