great 2.1 speakers for my iMac?

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  1. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

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    the sound is ok on my new iMac

    and i'm considering investing some money in order to get some good 2.1 speakers

    all reviews are giving good grades to most kits but it's quite difficult to compare them

    i was wondering which you would recommend (my use: movies and music)

    in an affordable price range:

    - JBL Creature III black
    - Bose Companion 3

    and in a less affordable price range:

    - Bowers & Wilkins MM1
    - Focal XS


    thanks
     
  2. genexrocket macrumors regular

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  3. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i kind of hate Logitech, it reminds me my PC past...

    Creative, Logitech... awful design, my iMac deserves better ;)
     
  4. Furrybeagle macrumors 6502

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    I’ve heard decent things about Harman Kardon Soundsticks. Maybe take a look at those?
     
  5. aramosc macrumors regular

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    Scratch Bose it is a piece of...... have you considered Swan? also M audio has some nice sets. I've never heard the MM1s but they are supposed to be pretty good for the size.. The Focal are a little ugly comared to the MM1 so just stick to B&W if you want to drop the big bucks or get a nice pair of swans.
     
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    If the B&W MM1 are too expensive get the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks. Far better than the JBL creatures !!!
     
  7. sk8mash macrumors 6502a

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    What people say about Bose isn't true...but don't believe what I or they say, go to a shop and check them out yourself.
     
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    I used to have the Bose, they weren't bad. They were actually pretty good. But I don't use em anymore on my desk cause the gsm interference drove me crazy.

    For now- I'm back using my old Klipsch ProMedia 2.1. They're great.
     
  9. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Now this is really ridiculous. Talking about Bose being crap and simultaneously recommending Swan's? Swan's are design only speakers which sound absolutely horrible (presuming you're talking about the usual 2.1 speaker set). Even the majority of Swan owners will confirm this.

    Edit: M10's is what I'm speaking of. They fit in the OP's price range. There really are better choices than these.
     
  10. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i've heard good stuff about the soundsticks, but the dome and the speakers would take too much space on my desk

    i should go try the bose companion 3 and the MM1

    but i was hoping for owners' feedbacks

    thx
     
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    sk8mash macrumors 6502a

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    If you're considering the Companion 3's and MM1's I would defiantly say check out the Companion 5's as they are cheaper than the MM1's and I believe have a better sound, and are defiantly a lot better than the Companion 3's. The MM1's produce a very true sound, as do the Bose, except the Bose have the added flexibility of the sub and simulated surround sound. It really depends what type of sound you are after so defiantly go to a shop and compare the two. I feel you get more for your money with the Bose compared to the B&W. Of course, many "audiophiles" would disagree with this.
     
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  13. jedolley macrumors 68000

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    M-Audio AV40s get great reviews... I had the BOSE Companion 2 Series II, and they were "ok", and then swapped them out for M-Audio AV30s and noticed a huge difference.
     
  14. OmegaRed1723 macrumors 6502

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    My vote would definitely go to the AudioEngine A5. They're a fantastic powered speaker. I noticed you wrote that you were looking for a 2.1 setup; with the A5's right in front of you there isn't really a need for a separate sub. Bass extension is quite good, and the soft dome tweeter isn't harsh. You can find them online for ~$300 in black; though I've seen deals for both the black & white putting them under that figure.
     
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    Based on my experiences with computer speakers, I'd say either Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 or Harman Kardon Soundsticks.
     
  16. Kafka macrumors 6502

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    The soundsticks are extremely good value. There is better that's for sure, but for their price they're really impressive (and I'm anal when it comes to sound).
     
  17. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    soundsticks are awesome but take a bit a space on the desk...
     
  18. amarcus macrumors 6502

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    Another vote for the A5's here. Love mine!

    Adam
     
  19. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    the sound is probably good but the design is terribly ugly

    guys, i have a nice iMac, not a PC ;)
     
  20. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    Save up and get the MM-1's. Hands down best computer speakers I have ever heard.
     
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    I've never tried the M10s but I recently got a 2.0 set of swans and they are very good for the price.. it beats any bose set and they are really decent for $130 (I got the D1010 MK II a 2.0 system)
     
  22. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    just tried the Focal XS this week, the sound is awesome, so is the price :p

    better than Bose but i listened to music only, haven't tried watching movies (in the store)
     
  23. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    soundsticks 3 have an awesome sound for all kinds of use

    but the glowing light in the dark is getting me on my nerve
     
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    AudioEngine A2s are quite small and are pretty much universally praised. They sell for $200.
     

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