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Originally Posted by HybridCore;12744903 
NHT SuperZero 2.0 ftw. Get a good amp and sound card/DAC and it will be pure win. Get a sub if you want but subs these days can be damn expensive.

Edit - The NHT Superzero's are only $99.99 per set of speakers. Do something like 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, etc. setup with these inexpensive speakers.

^this.

I love the SuperZero 2.1 (2.0 paired with a Super8 sub) so much so, that I'm looking at picking up a set of AbsoluteZero's for the fronts, and moving the Super's off to surround.
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Originally Posted by Flynny;12753803 
Speaking of this, I've been constantly been fed by my friends that the Corsair SP2500 sucks just because it's made by Corsair. I understand they're not known for audio products, but the system has received so many excellent reviews. And it's one of the only systems where you're getting an 8" sub in a sealed sub-box for under $200 (Currently $50 off at Newegg). It also has separate amps for each individual speaker and a nice controller with multiple EQ setting and the ability to change the sub crossover frequency. I don't think anything gives you all that for $200.

Who cares what other people think. What's important is what YOU think, how your ears enjoy the sound, not what others say.

Just because Corsair made some multimedia speakers doesn't mean they suck. You have to look at what internal parts are used and how they're being used.

Logicrap uses crap parts with bad design that's why a lot of people have negative opinions about their products. Same goes with BOSE.
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Originally Posted by mongoloid;12753876 
^this.

I love the SuperZero 2.1 (2.0 paired with a Super8 sub) so much so, that I'm looking at picking up a set of AbsoluteZero's for the fronts, and moving the Super's off to surround.

I had a thread here and I was looking for speakers. This single person (may this single person live forever!) told me about the SuperZeros. I'm dying to get a pair!
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post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by HybridCore;12759742 
I had a thread here and I was looking for speakers. This single person (may this single person live forever!) told me about the SuperZeros. I'm dying to get a pair!

lol..maybe it was Zorb.

I love them...for the price, you really can't find better. They are absolutely crisp and vibrant, and don't get muddied up seeing as they're acoustic suspension and not ported.

But they absolutely need a sub.
post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by AzO;12738585 
You really have to focus in order to hear any hissing sound and my ears are very sensitive. Unless you place your ear right next to the speakers it's impossible to hear any hiss or noise.

As for the pod, I think those people have a high learning curve. I'll put it this way, it'll be easier for you to get used to the pod than getting used to a new TV remote.

I'm giving away my Klipsch to a friend of mine and I'm waiting for Newegg to go on sale so I can pick up another set of the MX6021. I think they're more balanced than the Klipsch.

I took the Bose back and decided to give the Klipsh a try. They were there and I was weak. =(

I was immediately happier with their sound, as opposed to the Bose. Though, depending on the sound of those Altec Lansings, I may enjoy their sound even more. The subwoofer is more pronounced on the this Klipsch set, however I'm not sure that I "like" it. I am looking for crisp highs, clear mids and bass that isn't "floppy". I work odd hours and days and haven't really had a lot of time to give these a good listen. Though, I am going to give it a try for a couple day and decide what to do from there.

Though, you've been very helpful. I may not have even considered those. The set I used for a little while was a cheapy set of Altec Lansing. If I decide to take these back I plan to give those a try. Here is to hoping I don't get stuck shipping stuff back and forth with Newegg.

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Originally Posted by AzO;12751344 
It's because people only know what is fed to them, the average person doesn't ask questions. Altec Lansing has a much longer history in producing speakers than Logitech and Creative COMBINED. However Logitech and Creative pours all their money in marketing and flashy advertising, their speakers suck, I guess it isn't too hard to figure out where all the money that was supposed to go into R&D went. rolleyes.gif

The Swan M10's are nice, but they don't match the low frequency response and highs on the Altec Lansing's, IMHO. Then again, some people hear nice speakers once and they won't try anything else.

Logitech don't do much for me. My brother has had two sets of their 5.1 speakers, there exact type are unknown. I know that the one he has now was rather expensive and "fancy", still sounds like crap, though. Very heavy on the bass, the mids are more acceptable than what I hear in most PC speakers, but for the price... ouch. I have had several sets of Creative speakers and while I cannot comment on current build quality, they did make a solid product years ago. I was quite pleased with the 6.1 set that I got years and YEARS ago for my PC. While it was an odd configuration and just a gimmick for their new card, it wasn't bad.

Altec Lansing is a solid brand, but I wouldn't say that they have that much experience. The name has been around, but not in the same way. What we know as Altec Lansing is actually the old brand SparkOMatic. My uncle had an old pair of those in his 1981 280ZX, so they do have a long track record themselves. I don't know what time they took over, but it's been some time now. There were even talks for a while about Plantronics taking over, not sure if that ever happened or not, though. I still hold the brand in higher esteem than others, but not based on it's lifepan (75 years or so).
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post #27 of 35
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Just to update...

As I said before I took the Bose back and picked up a set of Klipsch from the local Best Buy. I was immediately pleased with the sound and the increased mid-range sound. However.... There must have been a short in the volume knob. I would find the volume randomly going up and down and when I would simply touch the volume knob the sound would either go out entirely or raise to an extreme level.

I picked up the Altec Lansing MX6021 Expressionist set that was recommended earlier in this thread. Blown Away. Seriously.

As soon as I hooked it up I almost couldn't believe how clear it sounded. The highs might be a little too bright, but a quick fix in the EQ and that can be patched up. The pod is a little odd, I haven't mastered it yet, but treble and bass controls on the pod make it very useful. I don't hear a hiss at all and the the blinking lights on the pod don't bother me.

Thank you for such a great recommendation. Hopefully the third time is a charm and something won't disappoint me with this set in the next few days.
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post #28 of 35
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Originally Posted by Lostcase;12759208 
Like they suggested, Swan M10

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?products_id=89

+1 for Swan M10
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post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by dextrose;12726511 
While I don't doubt that your Klipsch speakers are still kicking ass, I have read quite a few reviews that point to build quality and longevity as the bane of the recent series of Pro Media 2.1s. I'd much rather spend a little more and get something that will last me for several years, than spend a little less and get something that will be dead in 6-12 months.

I can't speak for the newer stuff, as I got mine in early 2007. Never had so much as a hiccup since I bought them. I just know that they sound fantastic.
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Originally Posted by candy_van;12715618 
AV-30s...$99.99
JBL sub...$99.99

This Pioneer sub drops to $99 every now and again as well.

Aren't the AV40s a lot better then the 30s?
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