Best Speakers Ever?

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  1. dannyboxer macrumors regular

    dannyboxer

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    Hello.

    I'm looking for a new set of speakers.

    I listen to heavy rock music and punk music.

    I don't know anything at all about speakers.

    I want them to go pretty loud and be clear with no distortion.

    My price range is in around £200- £300.

    I've heard that Bose speakers are overpriced so I don't really want to get them even though they look really nice.

    Also it would be good if they matched the iMac.
    I would prefer the speakers to not be massive. But I still have room for a big subwoofer.

    Please help me choose, there are so many choices and I'm a bit confused.

    They need to be 2.1 speakers as I don't have room for speakers all around me!
     
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  3. dannyboxer thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't really have that much room for all them speakers.
     
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  5. dannyboxer thread starter macrumors regular

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    LOL I dunno maybe. Don't really like them though, with that big controller and everything.
     
  6. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Have you seen / heard them in person? They're actually not that huge - and it would compliment that future iMac of yours - giving you 5.1 surround. (it has a dolby digital decoder built into it)

    If you search the forums - you will find many threads talking about exactly this - maybe you will find something else that gets you randy?
     
  7. dannyboxer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I will look into them. How do the speakers connect to the iMac?
     
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  10. dannyboxer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, so it plugs in the earphone jack in the back of the iMac?
     
  11. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Yes - that headphone jack is also an optical digital output. This plug goes in, and uses the optical digital (SPDIF) - that's the only way you're going to get digital / surround out of the imac.

    I've been using this exact setup for over 3 years now. (wow) It's been great.
     
  12. jgdawes macrumors newbie

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    AE Aego M

    I would definitely recommend the AE Aego M's. I bought them about two months ago and they are very impressive. The speakers themselves are small, well built and surprisingly heavy. The white model matches my iMac perfectly. In terms of sound quality they come pretty close to my Bowers and Wilkins hi-fi speakers, though I don't know whether Acoustic Energy should be proud or B&W should be ashamed! All in all, for about £110 they can't be beaten :) (pm me if you want to know who I got them from in the UK)
     
  13. dannyboxer thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm kinda leaning towards the Altec Lansing FX6021 now. They can be wall mounted which is a big selling point to me.
     
  14. Hates macrumors regular

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    x2
     
  15. dannyboxer thread starter macrumors regular

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    What sounds better, the Aego Ms or the Altec lansing FX6021? Is there any other 2.1 speaker system I should be looking at?
     
  16. sk8mash macrumors 6502a

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    I would recommend the Bose Companion 5's. The Aego M's sound like there missing something in the middle. There sub seems to not be bassy enough, and the satellites dont have much range.
     
  17. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    I have the "Bose Companion 5" and I love them. In my opinion they are the best out there... :)
     
  18. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

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    If you are set on a 2.1 setup, then these may not work but I would look into the Audioengine A2's. They are very small, but sound quality and range is AMAZING for their size. Available in white or black, fantastic fit and finish hand made, etc.... and again excellent sound quality. They are just a stereo speaker setup though, so if the sub is necessary then they may not suit you, but everyone I've let listen to these is blown away at how "low" they go.

    Now for an amazing 2.1 setup, check out the EXO's from Blue Sky. The sub is MASSIVE and Sound Quality is phenomonal on the whole setup. They are NOT small speakers though which is why I moved away from them to the A2's, but the sound was amazing... hit HARD and tight, clean etc...

    Blue Sky EXO's
     
  19. sk8mash macrumors 6502a

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    The simulated 5.1 surround in the Bose Companion 5's is amazing. It really does sound like you have speakers to your side, and one straight ahead of you. Rather weird really.
     
  20. dannyboxer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the replies. i don't think that I will be going with the Bose Companion 5 speakers though as they are very expensive. The Audioengine A2s look good though, I might get them.
     
  21. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Your right, they are expensive but you get what you pay for... :apple:
     
  22. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    For a reasonable price you can get the Logitech Z-2300. A review of them can be found here.
     
  23. dannyboxer thread starter macrumors regular

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    These look awesome from the review. There really cheap too.
     
  24. forgottensoft macrumors regular

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    Klipsch Pro Media THX Speakers are the best. Hands down.
     
  25. dannyboxer thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know the reviews say they sound good but they look ugly and old fashioned. I want a set of speakers to compliment my new iMac, not make it look bad.
     

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