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First post here, sorry to jump so quickly into the fray.

I have been on a hunt to find a good 2.1 speaker set. I had my heart set on the Klipsh Pro Media 2.1s. I wanted to give them a listen before putting up the money for them. I went to my local HH Greg and Best Buy and gave a listen to all that they had. I have to say, I haven't been this disappointed in easily accessible consumer electronics in a LONG time. But, that's another story.

I took my wife with me. She wanted to look around at some things while we were there. Best Buy had the Pro Media 2.1 set, but they also sold the Bose Companion 3 Series II speakers (which I ended up getting). After giving the Klipsh a listen I wasn't very impressed. I made sure to give the other sets a good listen first. I did manage to come across some of the M Audio speakers (not sure what series, not the 40s for sure) that I see mentioned so often, they sounded way too muddy and didn't have enough separation between mids and lows. The Bose series had it's own "station" in the isle and they sounded great.

My wife wanted to play, too. She came over and gave everything a listen and said that I should get the Bose, regardless of the steep price because they sounded the best. While I do agree that they may have sounded the best... I'm a bit unsure after unpacking them and giving them a whirl.

These Bose speakers have a pretty lackluster mid-level sound. The highs are great, the bass is capable, but the mids are pretty puny. I'm far from an audiophile, but I use my PC as a complete media center. I listen to music, watch movies, play games, browse the web. I spend most of my "entertainment" time at the PC.

I am looking for recommendations on speakers in the $200 price range. I'm taking these Bose back and falling back to an old Altec Lansing 2.1 set that I've had in the closet for a while until I find something good.

I have been creeping around this particular forum for a couple of weeks on and off. The Swan M10s looks appealing. Getting the Klipsh speakers that I originally intended and giving them a good listen at the house might even still be a possibility. I am just unsure where to put my cash now, this experience has kind of left me bummed.
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post #2 of 35
Altec Lansing MX6021. Much better high reproduction than the Klipsch ProModia's IMHO. Overall, it's much more balanced than the ProMedias, for some reason I think the quality on the ProMedia 2.1 has been deteriorating over the years. Not the same as the earlier models.
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Oh and just in-case you were wondering, I managed to link back that URL to a yahoo page too with a discussion on 2.1 speakers! Well done google biggrin.gif

Here it is: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100528203738AARedrq
    
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I just cannot express enough how disappointed I am. I've read several reviews saying that the speakers need to be "warmed up" with listening. I've done pretty much anything I could to make myself feel a little better.

Again, the speakers don't sound "bad". They sound great, they are just missing so much in the mid range that listening to some music is almost impossible. They sound great at low volume, but as soon as I try to adjust the volume, even a little, the whole thing gets underwhelming. The subwoofer sounds more than adequate, but seems a bit muffled. It will hum and has good response, but seems held back a little.

I'd be willing to give the Swan M10s a try with a good recommendation. I'd also be willing to give a powered sub with separate sats a chance, so long as I wasn't jumping through hoops to get them working properly.
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post #6 of 35
Those Expressionists may be right up your alley.
The M10's are an excellent choice provided you're not into deep, heavy bass.
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Look through Audiogon's classifieds. There are tons of awesome speakers for a great price. Then if needed buy a powered sub to compliment them.
    
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post #9 of 35
I was in the same position you are in about a year ago. I wanted to upgrade from my old logitech 2.1 setup that left a lot to be desired. I was also looking for the same price range.

I eventually discovered the Edifier S330D system. If you can find a pair, I would recommend testing them out. A very solid system. The sound is full of depth, the bass is punchy and sharp instead of boomy. I couldn't be happier with a $140 system.

I've tested out the M-Audio AV-30s before. It has amazing clarity and isolation in it's sound. But, if bass is even remotely important to you, you'll need a subwoofer.
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I still love my Klipsch Promedia 2.1's. 4 years, and they're still crystal clear.
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