Speaker System Recommendations? Ask For Advice Here!

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  1. DiGiTaL MoNkEY

    DiGiTaL MoNkEY Inverted Monkey

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    Though it would be handy to get a thread setup where people can ask for advice in a consolidated thread. It should save some searching and allow users that frequent this section to share their knowledge and experiences.

    Otherwise post it in the What/Where to buy section of the forum.

    Thanks :thumbup:
     
  2. glenpinn

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    speakers for dell studio 1735

    hey peeps, just got me a dell studio 1735 from this forum, but the speakers are so crappy i cant tolerate it (like listening to someone talking into a tin can)

    i just sold my spare e8400 gaming pc which has a set of logitech Z-340 speakers (with the big sub) and i can use those while the laptop is used on the pc desk where those speakers are, but i prefer something like 2 small single speakers that are portable, but still has decent quality sound, and maybe runs from the laptop power such as USB.

    the laptop is used mainly for basic pc stuff and surfing, playing Xvid movies and mp3 music, and a bit of gaming (daughter loves sims3)

    i found a set of Logitech R-10 stereo speakers but not sure what they are like.
    http://www.shoppingsquare.com.au/p_8901_LOGITECH_R10_SPEAKER

    logitech X-140 2.0 speakers
    http://www.shoppingsquare.com.au/p_1957_LOGITECH_X140_20_speakers

    Logitech LS11 Speakers
    http://www.shoppingsquare.com.au/p_6851_Logitech_LS11_Speakers__2_Channel

    Logitech V10 notebook speakers
    http://www.shoppingsquare.com.au/p_6947_LOGITECH_V10_NOTEBOOK_SPEAKERS

    Logitech V20 notebook speakers
    http://www.shoppingsquare.com.au/p_6948_LOGITECH_V20_NOTEBOOK_SPEAKERS

    any help appreciated.

    edit: just got a link for these tiny speakers
    http://www.x-mini.com.au/?gclid=CJOl-_-pipwCFU8wpAodz2f6YA
     
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  3. Davo1111

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    why not just go to the post office and buy the $39 speakers? from memory they were logitechs and were 2.1 (had a subwolfer). Especially with Xvid movies, you'll appreciate the extra bass. (you won't feel the ground rumble, but any bass is good bass)
     
  4. Benno1988

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    R-10's are horrible. LS11's are worse.

    V10's are OK for their size. V20's I'm guessing would be better. Never heard the X140's.
     
  5. glenpinn

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    hey thx, not sure if those are the ones with a seperate sub, if so i rather not get anything that has 3 componants for mobile use, as im happy to use the Z-340 2.1 speaker system already on the desk for when the laptop is used on that desk (probably 75% of its time)

    the issue here is mobility, cos if we move the lappy around and running on battery for argument sake, or we go away anywhere, i cant take those Z-340's with me because of the big sub box, you cant go moving those speakers around with it all the time, so a good quality set of small twin speakers would be nice for portability, and even better if i could get small speakers that attach to the outside of the lid somehow and are powered by a short usb cable, making them more mobile with the laptop.

    im probably asking too much, but i prefer not to have A/C mains powered speakers as a portable option.

    yeah the R-10 are pretty horrid apparently, so im still searching, but might have to go to JB Hi-Fi and see what they have so i can listen to some.

    cheers
     
  6. budzilla

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    Logitech Z-5500 speakers are good value for money if you don't mind the somewhat sloppy bass. Pretty much the best 5.1 PC speaker system although if music is important getting some bookshelf speakers with an amp is a better option.

    Also if the speakers fail chances are the fuse blew. Just go to DSE and buy a pack of 2 amp slow blow fuses to replace the old one (glass or ceramic is fine).

    I own a set of R-10s and they are horrible, then again I paid 18 bux for them
     
  7. glenpinn

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    hey, m8 thx for your help, but i already use decent Z-340 2.1 speakers with sub box on the current e8400 gaming pc that i am selling on friday to make room 4 the new dell studio 17 laptop.

    as mentioned, im happy to keep those speakers with the dell while the dell is used on that pc desk in the dining room, so what im after is a good quality, small portable set of 2 speakers that are possibly usb powered, so they can be taken with the laptop when its in a mobile state, and these will need to fit into the laptop bag along with a 500gb ext hdd caddy and power brick.

    my son has a set of logitech Z-640 5.1 speakers on his desk with his gaming pc, and although they pump it out, there is no way i can lug around a big sub box and 5 speakers, its even impossible to transport the Z-340 2.1 speakers around.

    something small, portable, preferably usb powered, but pretty decent quality is what i need, and no seperate sub, just 2 good speakers.

    cheers
     
  8. ICEW0LF

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    portable, good quality and not requiring external power - have you considered using some nice headphones? something like the Koss: KSC-75 are very portable(folds up and lightweight) and will sound MUCH better then budget speakers you are looking at

    then you could just use your existing speakers when you are at home
     
  9. glenpinn

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    did think of speakers, yep, and we have 3 sets here and pretty good quality (gaming ones)

    great idea, but if more than 1 is watching the movies, makes it impossible for others to hear it with decent quality.

    as a solo user yes, good idea :)

    hi m8, yeah nice idea, i just worry sometimes that consolidated threads can get somewhat confusing because i might be asking questions about 1 thing and other topics are posted that also require input from other posters and they can end up getting all messed up.

    i dont know if this will happen here, but they did this over at whingepool and it turned out to be a total disaster with many topics, especially the internet security and pc hardware sections, many disgruntled posters had a lot to say about it.

    i know this isnt whingepool, i just hope the idea works here.

    cheers
     
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  10. pezzy

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    looking for a pair of passive bookshelf speakers to be powered by a cambridge 540a. budget is $600 but not limited to. open to international sources as well. i'm after a balanced sound, maybe a little emphasis on midrange. not too picky on design, but would like something that looks classy and professional. atm i'm leaning towards the KEF iQ30.
     
  11. Stygian Shane

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    Some B&W 686's would do the job wonderfully. $700 RRP, so you should be able to get them within your budget. I've got a pair of 685's in my CA 540A, and absolutely love them to bits! :)

    I guess the fun part will be finding a local B&W dealer.

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    Classy enough for you? :)
     
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    any owners care to offer an opinion on edifier s330d 2.1? TIA :)
     
  14. supernerd

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    Paradigm Reference Studio 20 + Cambridge Audio 640A. You won't be able to beat that unless you DIY or you are willing to spend tens of thousands.
     
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    thanks for the suggestions, will look into each of them. i must have missed the b&w as i had a look at their range before. the firefox is too large, the elac size is what i'm after.

    so far the b&w, elac and the paradigm looks to be what i'm after.
     
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  16. carbon_death

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    I "SHOULD" be recieving my s730's in the post soon.
    I'm being stuffed around ALOT by certain e-stores.
    It's more than likley to be a similar product, but ill report back to you guys and it should give you an idea. :)
     
  17. Aratama_Bashi

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    choice, cheers mate. there are very few options around for me - but at least pccasegear are the cheapest, and they're quite reliable, so i guess i'm a little lucky :)
     
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    2.0 or 2.1 setup

    to all audiophiles/audio expert out there,

    will it be better to get a pair of Audioengine a2/a5s or a pair of book shelf speakers + a subwoofer. i was going for the 2.0 setup before, but heard that the 2.1 setup is better value??? any ideas anyone?

    it's to be used with a pc for general purpose(music, video etc). if it's better with 2.1, any recommendations for the speakers+sub? if not any alternatives to the audioengines?

    thanks
     
  19. c88

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    I am in the market for a new pair of speakers as well, preferably under $500.

    Right now I am looking at:
    Aktimate minis
    Audioengine A5
    LSK M4 or M5
    Firefox 602 or 612
    Nuforce S-1

    Are there any more suggestions? I would appreciate it if thoughts were offered. I only have a usb sound card. The asus u1

    The only pair I have heard are the aktimates and I was quite impressed with them. I am curious to how the other speakers compare.
     
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  20. popolopolous

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    Both the LSK kits and the Firefox need amplification - the Aktimates and A5s/A2s are powered, with the amp built into the speaker. With the M4s though, you'll need to buy an amp to power them (which adds another ~$300 if you want a basic one).
     

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