Looking for good quality computer speakers

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Sdahe, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Sdahe macrumors 68000

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    Hello,

    I just finish my new office at home and I'm looking for a great set of speakers for my iMac. I work all day in my office and really enjoy having a very nice sound when listening to my music. What would you recommend?
     
  2. sbk1799 macrumors newbie

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    This website has many reviews - http://www.audiostream.com/category/desktop-component-reviews. The Audioengine line has been praised elsewhere, too.
     
  3. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Those Audioengine are too big.. I'm looking for something smaller like the Bose Companion model but I don't want to buy Bose... I think they are overpriced
     
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Look for THX rated speakers like Klipsch or other brands.
     
  5. hkfan24 macrumors regular

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    You probably only saw the Audioengine A5. The A2 are alot smaller. I have a set of A2s (white ones) along with their 8 inch sub and its an amazing set up. I highly recommend it.

    I used to have the Klipsch pro media 2.1 but I had the older version. The older pro media 2.1 were way better in quality and sound than the newest batch that has been released the last few years. My new Audioengine set up sounds a lot cleaner than my Klipsch ever did.
     
  6. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What I like about the Bose Companion 20 is how compact they are but I think its a lot of money... I think I'll try those Audioengine A2.
     
  7. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Are the Bose Companion 20 that good?.... They go for $249 vs the Audioengine A2 ($199)
     
  8. pommie82 macrumors 6502

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    Depends how much you want to spend you could spend up to £20,000

    The best brands around for speakers are B&O & Bose

    I have a set of B&O speakers they cost me a lot of money but its money well spent because the sound amazing when you have them on and you don't need them on that loud either.
     
  9. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

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    LOL. You could hardly be more wrong.

    OP, I definitely recommend something with a subwoofer, especially if you're going to be listening to anything more than classical and vocal music.

    Here are three of the some of the most highly regarded and popular 2.1 packages under $200 (you didn't say a budget):

    Klipsch ProMedia
    Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
    Logitech Z623
     
  10. pommie82 macrumors 6502

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    Rizzn
     
  11. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Do you want 2.1 or 5.1? Do you want wired or wireless (via bluetooth, airplay, or wifi)?


    Go to www.newegg.com and look through the computer speakers. You will the various options, read the reviews, and check the prices.
     
  12. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure of your budget, but look at the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 computer speakers. I have them and they are superb speakers for a computer setup. IMO, if all you need them for is some music, then you will not need 5.1 or a subwoofer. These do a great job.

    [​IMG]

    BTW, this is not my setup... Just an image off the Internet. ;)
     
  13. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

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    Okay? How does this prove me wrong?

    Also, how does this help the OP since I'm almost positive he doesn't want $1000 computer speakers.
     
  14. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    Actually, we don't know the OP's budget. Maybe $1K is well within the limits of their Computer Audio budget. Maybe the OP wants an external DAC. Maybe the OP would be willing to consider headphones. Maybe the OP wants...

    Well, you get the picture. Until we know more from the OP, we are all just speculating.

    Oh, and you do NOT need a subwoofer for music. If you feel that way, you have been listening to poorly designed speakers. There is a reason why music is considered two-channel... left and right... no mention of a subwoofer.
     
  15. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

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    1) I said I'm almost positive OP didn't want $1k speakers knowing that he never stated a budget because...

    2) OP said that Bose was overpriced. What do you think he's going to say about ludicrously overpriced speakers?

    3) No, music doesn't require a subwoofer. Though sound obeys the rules of physics, not "poor design." It's a simple fact that larger woofers can make lower frequencies and I think OP should have a full range setup.

    4) Please show me the definition of music that says anything about 2 channels exclusively.
     
  16. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    I don't completely disagree that the OP may not want to spend $1K, but a true budget never was disclosed. That is all I was saying.

    I also say that Bose is overpriced, but not because of the actual retail price but the quality versus price. If a speaker is well built and performs well, then a higher price may be justified. IMO, Bose is a crap speaker.

    Here is where many people get caught up in the hype of larger is better. Larger subwoofers do not always equate to accurate bass, which is more in line to what I was inferring. You may get lower frequencies, but at normal listening levels, these frequencies are rarely ever heard (or felt). I have seen the 10 and 12 inch JL Audio subs outperform various brands of 15 and 18 inch ones. You also need to take into consideration room size. The volume of a room will affect the bass (and all frequencies for that matter).

    There is no actual definition of how many channels music should be. However, most music sold (and recorded) is two channel. DVD-Audio, SACD, and Blu-ray Audio with multi-channel tracks are the minority. I have a number of multi-channel pieces, including FLAC and DSD files, but 99% of all my music is two-channel.

    We can go on about how the electronics can affect the quality of the music -- DACs, amplifiers, processors... where in the chain should they be located, how much amplifier power is needed, will different cables make the sound change, and on and on...

    I know we are way off topic and I apologize to the OP. I hope we can agree that there are many opinions and options that can and should be looked at in the world of sound, whether music, movies, or other.
     
  17. Team Timm macrumors regular

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    I know you said this isn't your imagine, but how would that keyboard be connected?! Bluetooth 10 key? Or did he just unplug and hide for picture reasons? Ahh.
     
  18. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    I'm not even sure it is a real keyboard if you look closely. Looks way two dimensional. There is no wireless keyboard option from Apple with the number pad, so it is either a knock-off, or a fake one just for the picture.

    Here are two more. The first has the wires hidden under the desk. The second has the wires exposed.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks... yeah

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    $999 at the apple store... :eek:.. extremely out of my budget.. but thanks!

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    Well.... thinking well about my budget. I can say it's from $150 to $300. Yeah, that's my budget.
     
  20. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    Look at Orb Audio. I think they are around $300. I know it's the top of your price range, but something to consider.
     
  21. rpg51 macrumors 6502

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    Swan m200 mkii

    http://www.theaudioinsider.com/prod...udspeaker-system&cPath=21_24&products_id=184&

    I picked up a pair of these used for $120. I am extremely happy with them. Very serious well balanced response for classical and jazz and popular music. I fell no need for a sub with these. I also have an audioengine DAC which makes a huge difference and really smooths out the overall sound. Music is a big part of my life and these speakers and DAC satisfy my ears in a major way.
     
  22. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The Audioengine S2 doesn't have a subwoofer... How is the bass on those speakers?
     
  23. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

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    I have A2's and the amount of bass for the size of the speakers is really awesome. I listen to a lot of hip hop and I couldn't be more happy with these guys. I have the white ones. Really nice packaging and really nice quality speakers, connectors and wires.
     
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  25. Daysight macrumors regular

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    In in a word, yes. After trying and returning others, I brought a pair home fully expecting to return them, but they blew me away. Even outside on our deck. Ended up getting two more sets for wedding gifts. We use ours in the dining room and kitchen, using an Airport Express to stream iTunes from iPad and iPhone. I did not compare to Audioengine though.
     

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