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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.
I've heard that the lows are pretty meh on them. But nice.
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I've heard that the lows are pretty meh on them. But nice.
I prefer a more tame subwoofer, honestly. Some of the subs that I've heard overpower most of the other music or are designed to pick up more low end that I desire. That isn't to say that the subwoofer isn't a bit underwhelming. However, the difference in sound is night and day, really. The Klipsch Pro Media set had a sub that was very powerful and did, indeed, overpower things sometimes, but it is nice to "bump" sometimes. The sound quality and clarity can't be matched, though.

Being able to change the bass and treble on the fly via the pod that is included helps most of the sound woes of this particular system. The low end provides plenty of oomph, though.
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I prefer a more tame subwoofer, honestly. Some of the subs that I've heard overpower most of the other music or are designed to pick up more low end that I desire. That isn't to say that the subwoofer isn't a bit underwhelming. However, the difference in sound is night and day, really. The Klipsch Pro Media set had a sub that was very powerful and did, indeed, overpower things sometimes, but it is nice to "bump" sometimes. The sound quality and clarity can't be matched, though.

Being able to change the bass and treble on the fly via the pod that is included helps most of the sound woes of this particular system. The low end provides plenty of oomph, though.
The reason why the subwoofer tends to be overpowering is because you keep buying "gaming" or "multimedia" speakers. The subwoofer is nowhere NEAR matched to sound correct with the speakers.

Although the Klipsh set that you had (or have) was certainly one of the better out of the junk. I wouldn't recommend Logicrap if it was the last speaker set you could find. So I understand your dislike to those.

What you're going to find with your budget, you're going to be lacking one way or another. You'll either be lacking midrange, treble, or proper bass reproduction. You won't find a happy middle ground anywhere without spending a little more and doing things right.
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my 3 year old Creative 2.1 died- anyone have any experience with the 99.00 Corsair 2.1 ?
I am not planning on dropping more than a CNote on speakers
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Yo Dextrose,

Do you got some more info for me? I'm 15 years old and I worked hard for my pc. But I don't have speakers yet(only a crappy headphone). I was looking into speakers and soon found out after a bit of digging, that Logitech sucks, unless you like muddy, way to boomy overpowering basses. So I heard about Klipsch Promedia 2.1. Seems pretty good, but also seems to selfdestruct after 1-2 years. So not what I'm looking for.
Finally I found an up to date thread about 2.1 speakers in my price range. Can you please give me a (small) review about the Altec? And if possible, can you crank the volume all up and tell me how loud that is and if there is no sound distortion.
Thanks!! Also big thanks to Azo for helpin OP out.

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