Looking for Great Computer Speakers

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CoMpX, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    I suppose I would consider myself an audiophile, and I really need a pair of really good speakers. Right now, I am leaning back and forth between the Harman SoundSticks II and the JBL Encounter 2.1. Can you recommend any more? They must have powerful base and clear, crisp quality. Of the two I chose, which is better for this?
  2. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    If you are an audiophile you'd hook up you your mac to an reciever that is hooked up to very nice speakers.
  3. rimrocka07011 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Cleveland, OH
    If you're looking for a set of sub-$100 speakers, consider the Logitech Z-4i speakers... they're about $70 from various online retailers and also would match nicely with an Apple PowerBook... I'm highly considering purchasing these myself once my MacBook Pro arrives.
  4. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    I'm a fan of soundsticks II by harman kardon. Amazon has them for about $70.
  5. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005
    What is a receiver ???

    What is a receiver ??? I am also interested in buying a pair of speakers for my ibook.

    Thank you,

  6. edge540 macrumors regular


    May 10, 2004
    I would greatly recomend the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system if you are looking for a great cheap system that will deliver the deep bass and clear sound that you are looking for. They can be found on eBay for under 100 dollars new. They are THX certified if you care about that.
  7. CoMpX thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    Oh I forgot to mention that I want them to be stylish. I chose the two systems that I...umm....chose...because they would match with my setup and the sleek look I am searching for.
  8. savar macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia
    The "receiver" is the box that you plug all your audio equipment into--speakers, CD player, aux devices, speakers, etc. It does all the redirection of audio signals necessary to switch between different inputs. It also does any decoding necessary. Usually receivers have an amplifier built-in as well.

    Its definitely overkill for the average desktop computer. But I have done it -- and it is sweet.
  9. schein macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2006
    i do the whole Computer to reciever to awesome speakers thing lol
    I love it....although everyone else in the house hates it, sigh, oh well. lol other then that i dont have much experinece with other speaker systems so i am sorry im' not much help
  10. ieani macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2006
    the states for now
    Harmon Kardon SoundSticks II make fantastic computer speakers for 2.1 A real audiophile though would probably be spending thousands on speakers and would not use an iMac to play it.
  11. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Blue Sky Media Desk Active 2.1 Monitor System

  12. munkees macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2005
    Pacific Northwest
    Bose $90 the best sound

    I was purchased the Hamon Karmon 2.1 speakers, they were nice but they did not come close to the sound quality of the bose companion speakers I had before or got after. These $90 speaker have such great sound, and range compared to all other speaker out there.
  13. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2005
    Klipsch promedia 2.1. Neither of the two systems you mentioned will give you the same depth of sound or volume. Unless you just want pretty toys...
  14. jrk07 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2005
    I was once told by somebody that "monitor speakers" were different than regular computer speakers. It had something to do with how accurately they play the sound back or something like that. I dunno, that is probably completely off.

    Anyways, those do look clean and I wouldn't mind them sitting on little shelves behind my monitor, that would be rockin'. :D
  15. Toreador93 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2003
    I have the Klipsch Promedia 2.1, and they are the best multimedia's I've heard (much better than soundsticks, and most JBLs I've heard)! However, the cable that connects the speakers to the subwoofer are too thin in my opinion, and can crackle. Unfortunately, they use a 1/8" jack to connect to the speakers (not very audiophile friendly).

    If you would like something even more pristine than those, I would recommend Swans M200 (if you can get your hands on them). While only a 2.0 setup, I've read great reviews about them. I know a few MacRumors posters have them. Depending on your soundcard, you can always add a stand-alone sub. The S200, its replacement, was suppose to come out last year, but the US distributor (www.audioinsider.com) hasn't seen one yet.

  16. Toreador93 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2003
    No, that's pretty much it. Monitors are very useful when recording, because they don't color the sound. However, they lack the power of "regular" speakers, and speaker placement is crucial for the best sound.
  17. Magicmullet macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2006
    If you are able, take a look at the Aego M's by Acoustic Energy (a well respected British hifi company). I don't know if they ship overseas, but they look great (available in black or white) and should sound even better according to recent tests by What Hi-Fi magazine (Feb '06 issue). Furthermore, they are a great bargain at only 99 pounds (or 159 euros). I haven't received mine yet, but I'm all hyped after reading the review and some user comments around the web.


  18. RBG79 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2006
    I know that the JBL Creature II speakers are worth their weight in luke warm cocky **** (thats a good thing). So I'm assuming that the encounter 2.1 would be just as good if not better...
  19. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    I'm a big fan of soundsticks. Got them hooked up to my iMac and they sound pretty good.

    They're not proper audiphile kit though. I'll certainly be getting myself some more serious stuff when I've got both the space and the money!
  20. KittenKrusher macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2005
    These are probably out of your range, but I bought the Logitech Z-5500's for my 17" powerbook and connect them using the optical digital. I must say they are the best speakers I have personally heard for a computer. But they are about $260 which might be too high for you, but for 1100 watts peak, good bang, lol.
  21. bah-bah'd macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2006
    Actually, studio monitors do not 'lack' power at all...

    A pair of Tapco S8 pushes 120 watts through 8" woofers (w/ 1" tweeters) for -MSRP- $499... The S5's deliver a decent punch for 5" speakers. Why would studio monitors, which are supposedly for professionals, lack power?

    Studio monitor's do attempt to deliver music as flat as possible. That is, they do not attempt to alter the music like JBL 'warms' sound, etc. Music becomes bassy, fuzzy, muddy, shallow, hollow etc. when speaker manufacturers begin to tweak the signal to match that of the acoustic performance of their speakers. Ever listended to a CD you owned for years while using a different sound setup, only to hear something you never heard in the music before?

    Studio monitors won't 'hide' instruments from your ears. Personally, monitors are all I want to listen to music from since I like my music as flat as possible so I can eq it myself. Yes, it is important to place your monitors well for the best audio experience as some are near-field monitors, which means they are are designed to deliver music optimally in an area, say, 4-6' from your ears.

    All that being said, I just got that Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system for my parents from amazon.com $140 to the door. It is not bad, but at 3/4 volume the music begins to distort and I would never used them 'cranked.' The wires included do degrade the sound a bit. And, I think there is a slight chance that the ProMedia's amplifier may burn up and I will be getting another pair of speakers for them in a year. For $140, what other 2.1 system are your going to get though.

    EDIT: Although, if I could find a pair of those Swan M200's suggested by Toreador93, I would definatly spend the extra $60 over the ProMedia 2.1...
  22. ieani macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2006
    the states for now
    Thats why I got the soundsticks. Mostly Aesthetics. But I have a full surround system to tap into.
  23. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    Get the Eclipse Lulet!

    Just kidding. I don't think they are worth the $$$.

    Lots of people recommend the JBL Creature II. Haven't heard them myself.
  24. harveytorriti macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2006
  25. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    I second the Bose speakers! They really sound very good and can substitute your home speakerssystem. Whatever you do, don't go for the JBL creatures, very cheap sound.

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