2.0 Speaker system needed! (I searched)

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  1. PolySciSurfer macrumors 6502

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    Lots of threads on 2.1 systems. But I don't have room for a subwoofer and need a quality set of speakers to put on top of my desk. I plan on using them with a 13" MBP connected to a 24" Apple LED Cinema display. Can you guys recommend a good 2.0 set of speakers for under 200 bucks? I like the studio monitors but they are a little bulky.

    What do you guys think about the Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0? They seem to have good reviews, but they also seem limited in output. I could afford something a little better if you guys so recommend. Anyone? :confused: :eek: :D :apple:

    I also like the Altec Lansing - Expressionist Bass 2.0. Any user experiences with these?
     
  2. milk242 macrumors 6502a

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    I have Bose Companion 2 speakers

    Do I think they are worth $99 dollars?
    No, I think you should spend a most 70 dollars.

    Do I think they are decent?
    Yes I think they are fairly decent but I'm no audiophile.


    What kind of inputs are you looking for?
     
  3. xDeathReaperx macrumors regular

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  4. PolySciSurfer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yea, I have heard very good things about those. But the styling? Eh, I'm not sure I like the way they look. How about these...M-Audio Studiophile AV 40?
     
  5. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Check out Musicians Friend's studio monitors clearance section. You could buy a pair Fostex PM0.4s or PM0.5s or even a pair of Tapco S-5s or S-8s for $200 or less.
     
  6. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    +1... best suggestion!!! Get some real speakers!!!
     
  7. PolySciSurfer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The thing about that is, I have never used real studio monitors before. How do they sound? Do they need a subwoofer?
     
  8. BigRedOne macrumors regular

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    Look into the Audioengine series. I have the Audioengine 5 and they sound great and I hear the A-2's are a lot smaller and the sound is very good. You will have all the base you need with these two speaker systems.
     
  9. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    As with any speaker, you should listen to it before buying... all speakers have their own character.

    No 5" driver or smaller will reproduce accurate bass... period. You need a sub-woofer for accurate and full sound with any satellite speaker setup.

    However, the KRK Rokit studio monitors reproduce pretty good sound with enough bass for their size to get by without being noticably weak at the bottom end.

    There's a thread in the Audio forum on studio monitors... check it out... http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=670067
     
  10. Kobra macrumors regular

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    I have the Audioengine A2, been using them for a bit over a year and I love them! :D They produce extremely good sound with decent bass despite their small size. I've added a Nuforce Subwoofer for some extra low end grunt. What ever speakers you end up with I strongly recommend that you use some sort of stands for them. The sound will benefit tremendously from this as the speakers don't reflect or bounce of the table surface.

    I've compared my A2 with M-Audio, NuForce and Adam. I think the Audioengine has the best image (wide sound) and depth. The sound separation also get top marks from me.

    The A2's have been reviewed by some of the most known Hi-Fi magazines and up 'til this day they've got rave reviews. Highly recommended! :)
     
  11. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Totally in favor of the studio monitor idea, a good 5" powered model will out perform anything else mentioned at that size. If you need something as an alternative to the Bose size, I'd recommend either the M-Audio or Creative's T40s.
     
  12. Galley macrumors 65816

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    M-Audio Studiophile AV40 (I own these)
    Creative GigaWorks T40 (I own the T20) :cool:
     

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