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I expect and demand a lot from speakers especially when it comes to sound to price ratio. I've never owned any studio monitor speakers, but I do however own the Sony MDR-V6 headphones which is a very versatile headphones. My previous 2.1 setup speakers were the logitech z-4's paired with an X-FI XtremeMusic; I honestly thought those were pretty good, but this Alesis M1 320 USB speakers are in a totally different league.

Sound:

They sound crisper than the MDR-V6--and that is a huge compliment to my taste. I know its stupid to compare them to headphones, but these ARE studio monitor speakers.When I finished setting up, I cranked the volume to 6/10 to Jack Johnson- No Other Way and I was blown away by the sound quality. The vocals, guitar, and bass were very accurate-- (for the price).The sound is so precise for the price it feels like I should have paid more for these speakers. The highs, mids, and lows are so clear, much clearer than the logitech Z4, Harmon Kardon Sound Sticks, and even the z2300s. The bass is slightly weak in comparison to most 2.1 setups, but they are tight and present and they do not sound muddy at all. And this is without the bass boost on. The amount of detail is amazing, all genre that I've tested out (Trance, Pop, Hip Hop, Techno, Jazz) did not disappoint. I would say that it's comparable to Grado SR60s, and that is also a huge compliment. The drivers are built-in the speakers without the need of a sound card. And since it is USB , there are no noise/feedback at high volumes. Granted, these are perfect for computer speakers -particularly for music only. overall i give these speakers an 8.8/10.

Features:
You could directly plug in a mixer, microphone, or a piano to the back of the speakers and record directly through the speakers into the computer and play them back with accurate sound.

Final words: These speakers will not disappoint you. They blow away any bose, logitech, altec lansings for the 99$ price. It's not even a comparison. I'm embarrassed to even think that my previous z-4 were good, but these are no joke very well built and versatile in sound.
Edited by askareem24 - 2/21/11 at 6:48pm
the budget system
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
wolfdale e7300 Biostar P43 Msi gtx260 Crucial Ballistx ddr2 800mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB Seagate Barracuda Lite-on dvdrw/cdrw Windows XP 64 Pro Hanns G 17'' widescreen 
PowerCase
Rosewill 500W Cooler Master 590 
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the budget system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
wolfdale e7300 Biostar P43 Msi gtx260 Crucial Ballistx ddr2 800mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB Seagate Barracuda Lite-on dvdrw/cdrw Windows XP 64 Pro Hanns G 17'' widescreen 
PowerCase
Rosewill 500W Cooler Master 590 
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