A good speaker system/setup?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jwGary, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. jwGary macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2012
    So since I'm in college now, I was considering buying a decent speaker setup for my desk. I've been looking around, but I have no clue with what to get or what to look for. I tend to listen to electronic/techno music with some rock/metal/screamo thrown in, so I want to get something with a subwoofer and a decent bass output. Ideally, I want something where you can feel the bass and also have a decent sound level and quality. My budget is around $200, but I can go a little over if necessary. I have enough room in my bedroom to store a 2.1 setup, but definitely not a 5.1. I was considering these two options:

    These Altec Lansing, but I've read about a lot of people complaining about a humming/buzzing noise. - http://www.amazon.com/Altec-Lansing-MX6021-Expressionist-Speaker/dp/B0025VKUR0

    or these Klipsch - http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMedia-Certified-Computer-Speaker/dp/B000062VUO

    I heard some people saying getting bookshelf speakers, but i dont have the space for those. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  2. mrlhxc macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2010

    Those Klipsch speakers are great. The only thing i will say is i've seen the subwoofer unit go bad, like it stops producing sound. They will be good speakers for the price. Since you mention that bass is really important and your less $200 price point i think those are probably the best speakers for your money. I personally have Bose Companion 2 speakers but i listen to everything and have a decent home theater system i put together (Polk and Yamaha) when i want bass :) If you have a Best Buy or speaker store around feel free to demo speakers before you buy them. For a PC setup, I think 2.0 systems are the best. For a 2.0 i would recommend Audioengine 2's or Audyssey's Media Speakers. I've had 2.1 systems and 5.1 systems on a PC and honestly I like having a decent 2.0. But thats just me. I went from having a creative 5.1 system to these little Bose speakers and i really like them. But honestly for a really nice 2.1 go with the Klipsch. Since you want good clean and probably loud bass the subwoofer on that system is great. I worked at a school district and they had a ton of them, they would use them with Wii's and play DDR and the sub really pumps!

  3. bernuli macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2011
    I second the bookshelf speakers. Depending on your living situation, if your neighbors downstairs don't like bass, a subwoofer on the floor result on "turn that *hit* down phone calls, rendering your new purchase to quiet for your liking.

    I am currently using a set (on loan) of M-Audio DSM2, they are PHEnomenal for techno. The DSM2s are too big and probably way over budget for you.

    If there is any way you could listen to a set of the M-Audio BX5 D2 I have a feeling you would love them. May not exactly fit on your desktop though.



  4. jwGary thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2012
    Right now, bookshelf speakers are a bit out of the question. I don't have enough desk or even room space to have a set of them around. I know they'd give the best sound, but they're just too big. I'm in an "apartment" style housing, so i have the room below us to my roommates and I, so I'd more worried about the houses next to us. Those M-Audios look nice, but they're a bit much.

    As for the 2.0 system you recommended, I'd honestly prefer a 2.1 system just for the extra bass. The Klipsch 2.1 system looks like my best option right now, so I might go for it in case there might be other 2.1 options to consider

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