Be careful, some of the audiophiles on MR will blast you for even asking this question.alexf said:exceptional sound quality for less than $100?
Thanks, feakbeak. This is very helpful.feakbeak said:Be careful, some of the audiophiles on MR will blast you for even asking this question.
I appreciate high-end audio equipment but I'm not insane. I only like to recommend equipment I've actually heard/used so this is the best I can do:
Altec Lansing VS41213 - I bought a pair of these for my ex-gf as a Christmas gift. They are pretty good for the money. Basically, I went to Best Buy, Ciricuit City, etc and listened to every system they had to find which one I believe sounded the best. Then I went and bought that system from newegg.com. I couldn't find this item on newegg today so I linked buy.com ($73), another online retailer I have had good experiences with. This might not be the exact same model as the ones I've used (mine were black) but it's really close, maybe this year's model is slightly different. The bass was boomy, as it is on all of the cheaper 2.1 systems, but the mids and highs were good for the money and if you turn the bass down a few notches it all blends fairly well.
If you are willing to spend some more, not TOO much more, but enough, then you can get what I believe are the best multimedia/computer speakers around for the money.
Swans M-200s - These run $175 and just rock! They are sized more like traditional monitor/bookshelf speakers and do not come with a sub but the imaging and sound quality are simply amazing. I was blown away. I own an Aego2 system by Acoustic Energy that cost me $400 and the M-200's blow them away, IMO. I know it is nearly double what you were looking to pay but if you can afford it they are a solid investment, great speakers!
I've been very happy with my JBL Creature 2 speakers, think they can be found for $99, sou you'll have enough left over for one iTunes songalexf said:I am looking for some new speakers for my Power Mac G5.
I afford no more than $100 USD max. Can anybody recommend a good set of speakers which deliver exceptional sound quality for less than $100?
I wouldn't say that...not sure what you mean by 'portable'. At any rate, I just got a set of these for my G5 at work and they rock. Considering their size, they put out a good amount of bass and sound crystal clear.alexf said:Yes, but these are more "portable" speakers. I am looking for desktop speakers.
No highs, no lows, must be BOSE.tom5304 said:I thought the SoundSticks came across as way superior to the Companion 3s, despite costing $130 less! The Bose system sounded somewhat flat and shallow to me.
Thanks for the advice and the laughs - just what I needed (esp. the laughstom5304 said:Ergonomically, the SoundSticks have tall, cylindrical satellites, and the Creature IIs have short, squat satellites. The subwoofers are fairly similar in size. One thing that is somewhat disturbing about the SoundStick IIs is the blatantly phallic look of the satellites. Although I'm fairly secure about these kinds of things, I'm not all that hyped up about having a pair of big glass dildos sitting on my desk. But, for the quality of sound, I'll get over it.
If the Creature IIs are what you are referring to, Amazon.com has them for $69.99.entropyjosh said:go to compusa and get them to price match you for macmall's price.. i do believe its the lowest at around 79.99