Should I go with these 5.1ch Speakers?

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#1 Edited by HelpWithPC (40 posts) -
#2 Posted by KHAndAnime (13635 posts) -

If you want some of the crappiest 5.1 speaker sets money can buy, then yes, go right ahead. Any decent 5.1 setup will run you at least 3x that amount.

#3 Posted by HelpWithPC (40 posts) -

Thanks for the info. what would you recommend under a $100.

#4 Posted by kraken2109 (13030 posts) -

Thanks for the info. what would you recommend under a $100.

You won't get good 5.1 for $100.

You can barely get good 2.0 for $100.

#5 Edited by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -

@HelpWithPC said:

Thanks for the info. what would you recommend under a $100.

You won't get good 5.1 for $100.

You can barely get good 2.0 for $100.

This. An alternative route for this is to buy headphones (not a gaming headset). I prefer headphones anyways. Complete immersion, excellent sound quality, and you will hear things you can't hear with even great speakers in a controlled environment. Headphones are pure bliss, and are more direct, imo.

#6 Posted by HelpWithPC (40 posts) -

Disregard the price, but I would like a pair of speakers whether it be 2, 2.1, or 5.1. I go $150 max. I would just like good speakers for multimedia purposes.

#7 Posted by FelipeInside (25457 posts) -

Disregard the price, but I would like a pair of speakers whether it be 2, 2.1, or 5.1. I go $150 max. I would just like good speakers for multimedia purposes.

If you want good speakers, you need to spend above $200.

#8 Edited by HelpWithPC (40 posts) -

when I say good I don't mean the best. I would like an average pair. Hell I use 2 of these iHM60 with my laptop and love them. I know when people want speakers they want quality. But I just want some speakers that can do average or above average. I found a few pairs let me know what you think. Also these are not permanent I plan on buying new ones a little down the road but I like to have some speakers and when I get the new ones I use the old ones on my laptop.

http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Speakers-players-Tablets-SP-HF800A/dp/B008F2YEN4/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1381631392&sr=1-13&keywords=speakers

http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Hi-Fi-Speaker-Computers-SP-HF500A/dp/B0041QBAIA/ref=pd_sim_sbs_pc_2

http://www.amazon.com/Genius-SP-HF1800A-Three-way-Hi-Fi-Speakers/dp/B0041Q9PZ0/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_2

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-GigaWorks-Multimedia-BasXPort-Technolgy/dp/B001S14DYO/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_22

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Speaker-System-Z523-Subwoofer/dp/B002FU5QMK/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_47

http://www.amazon.com/Alienvibes-Channel-Subwoofer-Speaker-W401/dp/B00B3ZNMYC/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_33

#9 Edited by FelipeInside (25457 posts) -

when I say good I don't mean the best. I would like an average pair. Hell I use 2 of these iHM60 with my laptop and love them. I know when people want speakers they want quality. But I just want some speakers that can do average or above average. I found a few pairs let me know what you think. Also these are not permanent I plan on buying new ones a little down the road but I like to have some speakers and when I get the new ones I use the old ones on my laptop.

http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Speakers-players-Tablets-SP-HF800A/dp/B008F2YEN4/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1381631392&sr=1-13&keywords=speakers

http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Hi-Fi-Speaker-Computers-SP-HF500A/dp/B0041QBAIA/ref=pd_sim_sbs_pc_2

http://www.amazon.com/Genius-SP-HF1800A-Three-way-Hi-Fi-Speakers/dp/B0041Q9PZ0/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_2

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-GigaWorks-Multimedia-BasXPort-Technolgy/dp/B001S14DYO/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_22

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Speaker-System-Z523-Subwoofer/dp/B002FU5QMK/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_47

http://www.amazon.com/Alienvibes-Channel-Subwoofer-Speaker-W401/dp/B00B3ZNMYC/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_33

Out of all those I've only heard the Logitech ones. They sound ok if you just want average sound.

#10 Posted by Gery_Gorenshtein (15 posts) -

My microlab x14 are the bomb but they cost me 200$, although I won't lie and say it's connectors are crap

#11 Posted by kraken2109 (13030 posts) -

If you have $150 buy a pair of bookshelf/standmount speakers (passive) and an amp for a decent 2.0 setup. There are lots of used options as well, you might be able to find some half decent active monitors from someone who had to downsize/remove a home studio etc

#12 Edited by DJ_Headshot (6182 posts) -

Go for a Dayton Sub 800,1000, or 1200 pair with an amp like the Lepai 2020A+ and some passive bookshelf speakers will be great for all your audio needs you won't get as good 360 degree positional audio but I prefer having higher sound quality throughout the sound spectrum and greater frequency response.

#13 Edited by mdraven (33 posts) -

I just brought Bose companion 5 . I don't like when people say Bose are not for audiophile listeners if it looks good it is good looking if it sounds good than the speakers are good speakers . my companion 5 are the best thing i have heard in long time for a computer setup it rocks . one think though you have to get rid of your sound card as it uses a usb slot. the sound card is in the speaker system and its one hell of a sound system . for 150 i think you can get the BOSE companion 3 it still rocks and it uses normal jack

#14 Posted by MonsieurX (30023 posts) -

@mdraven said:

I just brought Bose companion 5 . I don't like when people say Bose are not for audiophile listeners if it looks good it is good looking if it sounds good than the speakers are good speakers . my companion 5 are the best thing i have heard in long time for a computer setup it rocks . one think though you have to get rid of your sound card as it uses a usb slot. the sound card is in the speaker system and its one hell of a sound system . for 150 i think you can get the BOSE companion 3 it still rocks and it uses normal jack

You can always get much better for the same price.

#15 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -

@mdraven said:

I just brought Bose companion 5 . I don't like when people say Bose are not for audiophile listeners if it looks good it is good looking if it sounds good than the speakers are good speakers . my companion 5 are the best thing i have heard in long time for a computer setup it rocks . one think though you have to get rid of your sound card as it uses a usb slot. the sound card is in the speaker system and its one hell of a sound system . for 150 i think you can get the BOSE companion 3 it still rocks and it uses normal jack

You can always get much better for the same price.

This. I've owned Bose before. They are overpriced. They aren't "terrible" but there are better quality speakers out there that's in the same price range.

#16 Posted by MonsieurX (30023 posts) -

@MonsieurX said:

@mdraven said:

I just brought Bose companion 5 . I don't like when people say Bose are not for audiophile listeners if it looks good it is good looking if it sounds good than the speakers are good speakers . my companion 5 are the best thing i have heard in long time for a computer setup it rocks . one think though you have to get rid of your sound card as it uses a usb slot. the sound card is in the speaker system and its one hell of a sound system . for 150 i think you can get the BOSE companion 3 it still rocks and it uses normal jack

You can always get much better for the same price.

This. I've owned Bose before. They are overpriced. They aren't "terrible" but there are better quality speakers out there that's in the same price range.

Buy Other Sound Equipment

#17 Posted by kraken2109 (13030 posts) -

You can often tell if a speaker will be good simply from size, i.e. small drivers cannot deliver good bass.

It also says something that bose don't publish specs on their website...