Dorm Speakers

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  1. B1gMac macrumors regular

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    I am preparing to head off to college in the next week and I am looking to find a good set of speakers to complement my new macbook pro. My budget is $150. But, I would be a lot happier if I didn't have to spend that much as long as quality and functionality wouldn't be hindered too much.

    First and foremost, I want these speakers to work well for a dorm a party. This means that a good bass would be nice. Also, there should be some consideration towards the design of the speakers (without compromising durability). In addition, I was hoping to have the option of connecting an iPod to the speakers (allowing friends to bring over their music too!).

    I know i come off as being really nit-picky, but I wanted to put all my thoughts out there, so you guys could better advise me! So, any thoughts?
     
  2. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    JBL Creatures II. can be had for less than $50. good-looking and sounds well (to my untrained ears)

    iPod connection: get the apple universal dock
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    if you have a stereo system, id just use that

    its what i do
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Find the cheapest monitors you can, going to by far the loudest without sacrificing quality. I wouldn't be so concerned with the iPod part, since the iPhone won't work, just a regular TRS connection should do.
     
  5. darklyt macrumors regular

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    Harman Kardon Soundsticks II

    These are what I have for my personal speaker setup. Great sound, nice look. I would definitely recommend looking into them.
     
  6. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    M-Audio monitors good? Or are there better manufacturers in their price range?
     
  7. munson macrumors 6502

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  9. munson macrumors 6502

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    I have the M10's, but I couldn't find anywhere to actually buy them now. I think that model is discontinued or something. The M12's are just as good, although they;re kind of ugly.
     
  10. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I haven't heard the M12's...12 is bigger then 10 definitely not prettier
     
  11. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    I know they're expensive (~150 at apple store) but just go with the M-Audio 40's. You'll have 3 inputs, look good, compact (dorm), sound great (loud), and you will never get rid of them since you can take them anywhere after college.

    I also like not having a subwoofer. Yes, always sounds better with a sub but then there are storage issues and the thumping bass while good will annoy your neighbors quicker in a dorm or apartment situation.
     
  12. engles macrumors regular

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    Logitech X-240
    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/232&cl=us,en

    I absolutely love these speakers. They were only $50 and sound great they have two inputs. I use one for my computer and one for my tv both are standard audio jacks.(3.5mm)

    These are so good that my sister went out and bought them and so did my good friend... They really liked mine so got their own... Best Buy seems to have them at almost all of their stores.

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/232&cl=us,en
     
  13. munson macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, the really are a bit of an eyesore, especially in comparison to the 10's. They do sound awesome, though. The warm bass sound is something found in little to no 2.1 speakers systems for that price range, compared to the M10/M12's anyway.
     
  14. digitalpencil macrumors 6502

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    I've got a set of these, the sound's surprisingly good and they're quite simple to assemble, you will of course require an amp as well but you can split them off that way and run a sub..
    i've got another vinyl tokyoplastic bass-bin i've modified to carry a bass driver but you can run a regular one just as easily :D

    [​IMG]
     
  15. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    IMO, the M40s prbly would be overwhelmed by the sub.....I'd still go with the Swan's
     
  16. Knolly macrumors 6502a

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    Just an fyi, if you're in an actual dorm building and pump the bass very late at night your neighbors will very quickly hate you.
     
  17. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    Swan's not available in the UK :(

    Audioengines for me I thinks..
     
  18. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I recommend something besides them, they aren't bade speakers, but kinda like the bose criticisms... you are really overpaying...
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I bought the Logitech Z5300e for only $100 from Amazon. My RA wanted to kill me. :D
     
  20. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm..

    These or these or even these?
     
  21. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    The BX5's for $400...

    For that you could get:
    Alesis M1 Active 620
    Behringer B2031A - much, much better speakers...
     
  22. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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  23. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I cannot make much assessment on these because I have not heard them. However it seems as if these are passive, which means they require an amp-that would kill the compactness of them. Also the wiring would mean that it would complicate things and, the power on the other monitors would overshadow these.
     
  24. MBP3131 macrumors newbie

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    I have JBL Duets they're good speakers. Inexpensive to $60.
     
  25. slapguts macrumors 6502a

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    I have those as well, and LOVE them.
     

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