Logitech Z-2300 vs. Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 vs. Bose Companion 3

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Which speakers, please read thread!

  1. Klipsch ProMedia 2.1

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  2. Logitech Z-2300

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    31.6%
  1. techlover828 macrumors 68020

    techlover828

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    Hey,

    I know this question has been asked a few times before, but I'm trying to decide between the Logitech Z-2300 and the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1. I'm 15 and will be going to college in 2 years so am trying to plan for that as well. I like them both, and have to imagine that the Klipsch have slightly superior sound, but the logitechs are cheaper and look better, which is kind of important to me. I've heard in a lot of reviews that the logitechs lack midrange and have too loud bass, does anyone have any experience with these. I also like the remote that the logitechs come with.

    I'm making this a pole to try to get a decision.

    Edit: See post 8
     
  2. techlover828 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    or if anyone else has any other speakers they'd recommend that'd be cool to.
     
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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  4. nexus144 macrumors member

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    I've got the Z-2300s and haven't had any problems yet. They sound quite good with music and very good with games, crank the bass up and you can feel the rocket explosions in Team Fortress 2.
     
  5. shujin macrumors member

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    If you want to spend some money and get an even better sound quality and a good quality speaker. Axiomaudio.com has just come out with a set of desktop pc speakers. The subwoofer is extra or you can add any one that has a line level input (RCA). I think they start at 350 and the sub is an extra 179. But you can go spend about 100 bucks on a cheaper ht sub for similar performance.
     
  6. techlover828 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    just a kid, not looking to spend over 150 ideally (unless they're companion 3's :)).
     
  7. oakley.mac macrumors newbie

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    Klipsch

    I have a set of the ProMedia 2.1's and a set of the ProMedia Ultra 5.1 and love them! Great sound, no negative's to me.
     
  8. techlover828 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ok, I just went to the mall and checked out the speakers at best buy. Can't say that I was impressed with the logitech. The klipsch wasn't hooked up to the system that they had so I just plugged in my ipod (which may have made a difference in quality). Then I went over to the bose setup, they had companion 3's that I tried and I was amazed, they sounded amazing! maybe it was there little display with such high quality audio but I was very impressed. My 16th birthday is coming up and do you guys think that I should go for the bose?
     
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    It seems like it would violate your price range, at that point you could pick up some m-audio monitors. There are many different models, I wouldn't say the Bose is bad, there are just too many better (or cheaper) alternatives.
     
  10. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

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    I'm not a huge fan of the Bose sound overall. I'm not going to say "Bose sucks" because they aren't bad speakers, just very overpriced. To an untrained ear there are certain elements of the Bose that stand out, like a good mid-range and a "full" sound, but to trained ears these are sometimes defined as muddy.

    The Klipsch are very good speakers and you should be very pleased with them. I've owned Bose and Klipsch systems before.

    You might also want to check out Swan Diva M200, if you can find those. Newegg used to sell the two speakers for about $150, I believe. No sub, but each bookshelf speaker had a 5" cone, which is as large as some computer subwoofer cones. I listened to them a few times, and they come pretty close to my Dynaudio monitors, but without the detail and separation. (it has a pleasant, rolled-off high)

    Edit: As with thegoldenmackid above, you could get some good studio monitors for that price range. Behringer Truths, M-Audio, KRK, Blue Sky... all can be found at your local Guitar Center.
     
  11. techlover828 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well I also like the small size factor of the bose. I'm aware that bose are not generally very great speakers, but these just sounded so great. How do you think they'd hold up in college/how's there durability? Thanks again guys.
     
  12. Montie Da Champ macrumors member

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    Well, from experience, I can tell you Bose DOES make amazing speakers. A few members of my family have Bose speakers in their house and the systems sound great. Also, the Companion 3s are amazing sounding also. My friend (who is particularly not poor) owns a pair of Companion 5s, and I can tell you they sound OUT OF THIS WORLD. Although I would never spend 400 on a pair of speakers, I would definitely spend 250 on the c3s.
     
  13. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    Listen carefully, but go with your own ears in the end.

    I think the Bose Companions sound very good but are the most colored (maybe this is not such a bad thing though for typical computer station listening environment.)

    I own a Bose Companion 2 and really like it. There's an obvious over emphasis of mid to high-bass, but I enjoy listening to it at reasonable volumes at my desk. I believe the Bose computer speakers also do some sort of spatial processing to 'liven up' the sound.

    If I was buying a $10,000 hifi listening setup then I might be more critical. But for multimedia setups I think the Bose are very good.

    (I also like Klipsch, and have a Klipsch iFi in my living room.)
     
  14. Montie Da Champ macrumors member

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    Yes, Bose does things to music that no one else does. But this is the reason Audiophiles do not like Bose. Because bose alters the sound and that isn't good for audiophiles
     
  15. techlover828 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    thanks for your help! I think I'm going to ask for it for my birthday
     

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