good set of 2.1 speakers for a person on a budget?

86047

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I am in the market for a good set of 2.1 speakers.
by no means am I an audiophile, but I encode my music at high (usually vbr) bitrates. I like good sound quality, and it is a huge priority, much moreso than looks. Of course I wouldn't mind a gorgeous set of speakers, but sound quality is of the most importance.

Any Recommendations? I'd be willing to spend a good 100-150 bucks, or 200 if I have to. Nothing too outrageous, since I still have to buy a macbook to replace my beloved ibook G4.

I saw a lot of the posters on this forum either have Logitech X-230s, soundsticks, or JBL Creature IIs. Will any of these provide the sound quality I desire?

Thanks a bunch.
 

steelphantom

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The Harmon/Kardon Soundsticks II are about $130 and sound amazing, especially for their small size. I haven't heard the Logitech speakers, but the Soundsticks definitely blow the JBL Creatures away in terms of sound quality.
 

LeviG

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JBL and harmon kardon are the same company although the JBL are aimed at a lower price point.

Personally I have a set of acoustic solution aego m's which I think are a fantastic set of speakers.
 

86047

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Best 2.1 Speakers. You can get them for like 110 at amazon too...
i'll defenitely take a long look at the logitechs, and i'll take a look at the lansings as well.

So the soundsticks are definitely better than the creatures?

so like logitech>soundstick>creature?

Thanks.

edit: saw the klipschs on headfi. I'll ad those to the queue as well.
 

86047

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okay well i've been reading reviews on cnet etc by users and generally have been finding that the logitech z-2300s have more quantity than quality in the bass and that it is boomy. The altec lansings and the soundsticks get better reviews and are acclaimed as clear, with tight bass, and true to the music, which is more of what I'm looking for. I like good midrange, which the logitechs seem to be lacking in. I would rather a warm sound wiht the ability to discern the different sounds. Again, not crazy audiophilic discerning, but I like to be able to hear the separate instruments etc.

the lansings are slightly pricey for my budget, so I think I'll be going for the soundsticks.
 

steamboat26

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I love my creature IIs, they get pretty good sound, and great bass for their size, plus they will only set you back about $60 plus shipping on newegg.com
 

LeviG

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acclaimed as clear, with tight bass, and true to the music, which is more of what I'm looking for. I like good midrange, which the logitechs seem to be lacking in. I would rather a warm sound wiht the ability to discern the different sounds. Again, not crazy audiophilic discerning, but I like to be able to hear the separate instruments etc.
Seriously then you should be considering the aego m's I suggested then (although I'm not sure how much they cost in the US but they're only £80-90 in the UK)

linky to a nice little bit about them and an unbiased review - linky
 

thegoldenmackid

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Before you buy, if you have an apple store near by - you should go in, they will most likely have both on display, and you can get to hear side-by-side comparison. Don't get me wrong, both are great speakers, i have my iPod hooked up to HK's now, but i would just go to the store.
 

86047

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Before you buy, if you have an apple store near by - you should go in, they will most likely have both on display, and you can get to hear side-by-side comparison. Don't get me wrong, both are great speakers, i have my iPod hooked up to HK's now, but i would just go to the store.
the problem with the apple store is it's always very loud in there, and hard to hear very much from the speakers, and people don't get too happy if you turn it up too loud (I played some music on one of the imacs once by accident, turned up all the way with soundsticks attached, almost jumped to the ceiling). it's also hard to judge how loud the speakers will be in your own home, and it's hard to get a side by side comparison.
 

86047

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Seriously then you should be considering the aego m's I suggested then (although I'm not sure how much they cost in the US but they're only £80-90 in the UK)

linky to a nice little bit about them and an unbiased review - linky
it costs $200 around here. I'll look in to it but that is pushing my budget slightly. It's like the d-jays I bought from sweeden; it's a gamble. There's no way to listen to them because they aren't popular locally. I'd have to read a lot of good reviews before I took that sort of plunge, but I will definitely look into it.
 

LeviG

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it costs $200 around here. I'll look in to it but that is pushing my budget slightly. It's like the d-jays I bought from sweeden; it's a gamble. There's no way to listen to them because they aren't popular locally. I'd have to read a lot of good reviews before I took that sort of plunge, but I will definitely look into it.
uk forum/store - overclockers.co.uk have mini reviews with the product and also theres a lot of recommendations in the forum (usually in the general/audio sections)

$200 does seem a bit pricy considering its usually £1 to $1 on most things these days even though theres a 2 to 1 exchange rate.
 

remmy

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maybe have a look on ebay, seen old creative cambridge soundworks on ebay very cheap. Got some myself (not from ebay, had them along time) Sound is not the greatest does require a bit of tweaking, or maybe i should upgrade...
 

apfhex

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The altec lansings and the soundsticks get better reviews and are acclaimed as clear, with tight bass, and true to the music, which is more of what I'm looking for. I like good midrange, which the logitechs seem to be lacking in.
Ding! You nailed it. That's why I got the FX6021's and not the Z-2300's. Very clear sound.

Don't even bother with the JBL Creatures unless you can't afford anything else. Some of the worst speakers I've heard. YMMV, naturally, but yeah.
 

86047

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Should I stay with PC would i be better off connecting my laptop/ipod (via wire or by airport express) to a bookshelf stereo system with an amp and speakers and whatnot like this jvc model here?
I actually own a pair of cambridge soundworks SBS52s. Are these good quality? Should I just keep these and get a good subwoofer to go with them? Is that possible?

Thanks
 

thegoldenmackid

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Umm...

Airport - No...it takes a delay
Boombox - Computer Speakers provide a shockingly amazing quality
If you own cambrige speakers though, they are going to be better thats going to require an amp, and it seems like a sub:
it would be more complicated
it would require more wires
it could cost more
it could sound better
it might make you happier
 

86047

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Umm...

Airport - No...it takes a delay
Boombox - Computer Speakers provide a shockingly amazing quality
If you own cambrige speakers though, they are going to be better thats going to require an amp, and it seems like a sub:
it would be more complicated
it would require more wires
it could cost more
it could sound better
it might make you happier
I think I'll just stick with the PC speakers.

It's between the soundsticks and the altec lansings now