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Speaker selection

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Mat-Moo, Feb 17, 2003.

  1. Mat-Moo

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    I'm after some advice for speaker selection for my PC. I'm currently running 2.1 (Boston Acoustics that I got with my old Gateway system, pretty good actually!), but I've decided that it's time to upgrade. I don't fancy spending more that £100 as it's mostly for games and MP3. I also would like to only go to 4.1 or 5.1 as 6.1/7.1 is just too many speakers for my little computer area! WHY and what do you think?

    (Hmm should this be in PC gaming?, or Speakers and subwoofers!)
     
  2. RichardH

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    I got a set of those Altec Lansing ADA885MG sets from http://www.aria.co.uk - £55 plus VAT and delivery. THX certified, chunky 8" sub plus 4 satellite speakers - and it had a DD5.1 decoder on board too - centre channel runs as a phantom - quite well. The rear sats can be stacked on top of the front sats if you're short of desk space - they do some silly virtual surround thing. Nice little volume control on one of the front spkrs, plus a basic remote. You could quite happily plug them into a decoder free DVD player and get a cheap bedroom system out of it. Have a look here for a review....

    PS - they do take analogue inputs if you don't have a coax out on your soundcard.
     
  3. Mat-Moo

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    That's one set I was seriously considering... just worried that 4.1 won't be enough of an upgrade.
     
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    The Logitech Z560s (4.1) are brill IMHO.

    Not sure if you'll get them for £100 though.

    I'm currently using Z680s (5.1) & can't fault them, but they're >£200.
     
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    Horses for courses.
    Depends on what you intend to do with the system.

    Personally I would go to Richer sounds or hyperfi and buy a cheap 5.1 amplifier and some cheap hifi speakers from there. They will without a doubt be far superior to any of the plastic offerings that PC speaker manufacturers come up with.

    Horses for courses though. If you want a good 5.1 speaker system you aren't going to get one for £100. You generally get what you pay for and even the cheap option there will cost you about £100-£150 for the speakers and about the same again for the amp (finger in the air rough estimate).

    Cheers
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    These are to go in my home office so I'm not after super quailty expensive stuff, just something normal, but was after advise as to what people have :) I seen the logitech 4.1 for £150 and was tempted, but don't know if I can justify it... so it may be the Altec's at the moment.
     

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