In Search of New Speakers

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dmfactor, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. dmfactor macrumors newbie

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    I'm currently searching for speakers for my new iMac. I listen and mix a lot of hip-hop music, so I'm looking for speakers with excellent bass. The speakers will only be used with this computer, but I really want something that puts out a nice deep bass. My budget is $100, I've looked everywhere and found numerous deals and speakers that look like they are good but I wanted to see if anyone had any more in depth experience/knowledge of what I should purchase. Any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    There are two threads regarding the Swan M10s:
    Here and here. (The first thread has a lot of good information regarding the speakers and other alternatives, as well as a nice argument)

    While I love mine, if you want a deeper bass I would recommend the Swan 1080 MKIIs for a deep pure bass. If you want something that is not accurate, but shattering (to distortion levels) the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1's are your best option.

    If the thread does not diverge into a discussion of Swan M10s, the general recommendations are going to be some Bose product that I won't recommend and people will make jokes about. The Sound Sticks which people seem to be giving a lot of credence to these days. I'll recommend the Altec Lansing FX6021 over those, which will lead to another discussion. Then someone will recommend the Logitech Z-2300. At this point, someone will recommend that something from Wal-Mart that costs $25.00 and they will swear it that's greatest thing ever. Someone will then recommend Bose and get flamed, followed by the comment about get yourself a good set of cans (headphones), because those will always sound better. Somewhere along the way the M-Audio's will be thrown around, followed by people like me recommending a different set of pro monitors, followed by another Bose posts. A good chance there will be a discussion about the Logitech-Z5500s, which are a good choice. There are a couple of intangibles: someone might recommend the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1, Creative's T40 or some other Logitech that's probably not as good as the Z-2300s. After about 20 posts or so, the general consensus will be reached by a couple of users, you should probably just go hear them for yourself, making the thread well...you can decide...

    Lastly, my thoughts on Bose. Audiophiles will tell you never to buy Bose. People like me, that want to be audiophiles will tell you not to buy Bose. I don't think they sound awful, but when you place the price tag next to them, then they start to sound awful. For the most part, the Bose stuff is mid-range stuff at top range prices. With that being said, if you are satisfied with your purchase, then more power to you. To say that Bose is "junk" is probably a little overstating it, because they are no worse then any of the other companies. But, to say that they are the best, is giving way too much credit. I love my 901s, but I believe that the in-ear headphones belong only in one place, the trash.

    Speakers Discussions Are Rampant:
    A good example of my predictions are found here.
    Here is a 2.1 system.
    Here is one thread for $100 USD. Good Discussion.
    USB Speaker Discussion Here
    Here is another discussion
    $200 Discussion Here
     
  3. dmfactor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey thegoldenmackid,

    thanks for all the solid information, I think I'm gonna take a look at the different Swan speakers.

    BTW, I saw in one of those posts that you were at Wake, I'm at NCSU -- see ya later in the basketball season I suppose, haha.
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    If you are in a dorm you might want to consider if you can really have an earth-shattering bass. I went for the Swan M10s because I wanted something that had an extremely accurate bass, but not something that was going to get me in trouble. With that being said, due to the directionality of the M10s, placing the midwoofer at head level is really key for the quality of the sound. The M10s aren't as loud as the Klipsch's, but they are fine for throwing a party in your room.

    Yeah, hopefully we can perform better against you guys then when we did against William & Mary.
     
  5. partyBoy macrumors 68000

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    harman kardon sound sticks 2 it's a 2.1 system with good bass...harman kardon and JBL is the same company so you know these speakers kick
     

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  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    While Harman and JBL are owned by the same parent company, I'm fairly certain they are still two separate divisions using separate components for different applications.
     

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