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shannon
10-30-2008, 06:19 AM
For the longest time, I've been running my computer sound through a rather large stereo system. Now that my JBL speakers on my stereo system have died, I'm thinking it's time to get a kickass set of computer speakers.

I just got this computer.....
CLICK (http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/desktop-studio-mini?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&~oid=us~en~29~catalog_studiodt2~~)

The specs say it'll support 7.1 channel sound. Not that I actually need a 7.1 system, but the computer is capable of it.

Say hey, Computer Geeks, what should I get? I'm hunting for recommendations.

Uber_Mega
10-30-2008, 02:10 PM
Being an audiophile I recommend getting an interface and some studio monitor speakers :D Depends on your budget I guess?

noodles
10-30-2008, 02:19 PM
You're a musician, which means that you are going to hate everything out there being marketed as "computer speakers". Just replace your JBLs with something nice. If you have an LCD monitor, you don't need shielded speakers.

courtney2018
10-30-2008, 02:51 PM
This is what I bought (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/224&cl=us,en) a few years ago. The only thing that's changed between then and now is now they're including a remote and the styling is different. I love mine. If something happened to them I would buy another set.

jaxadam
10-30-2008, 03:01 PM
I just got these (http://reviews.cnet.com/pc-speakers/logitech-z-2300/4505-3179_7-30993080.html) a few weeks ago, and eventhough they are 2.1, they are absolutely fantastic. The sub is actually quite bigger than I was anticipating, and I almost didn't get it because of that reason, but I am thrilled I got them. Well worth the $100 I paid for them.

shannon
10-30-2008, 05:27 PM
Courtney & Jaxadam,

Hehe, after posting this thread last night, the Logitech Z-2300 & Z-5500 were the main speaker sets I was debating on. :lol:

jaxadam
10-30-2008, 05:38 PM
For a price point of $399, I really like the Bose Companion 5 (http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/speakers/computer_speakers/companion_5/index.jsp). They really sound incredible for a 5.1 system.

BUT one of the important things to remember it that the sound card will make all of the difference in the world. Standard sound cards support 7.1, but something like the Creative X-Fi will make a 2.1 set sound killer.

zimbloth
10-30-2008, 06:06 PM
I dont recommend ANY computer speakers when you can get 5, 6 or 8" studio monitors which will sound better than just about any consumer speakers on the market. Check out the M-Audio BX series for an affordable solution.

They're just wonderful, it's been over 5 years now but changing to monitors was the best purchase I've ever made. Music sounds so crisp and accurate, perfect balance, just the way it was meant to sound - almost no coloring or need for any eqing. You can also get a monitoring crossover sub if you need super punchy lifelike sub-bass. But, if you go with the 8" models I think those have plenty of bass as is.

shannon
10-30-2008, 06:07 PM
For a price point of $399, I really like the Bose Companion 5. They really sound incredible for a 5.1 system.

BUT one of the important things to remember it that the sound card will make all of the difference in the world. Standard sound cards support 7.1, but something like the Creative X-Fi will make a 2.1 set sound killer.

I'm looking into the possibility of getting a different soundcard as well, but 7.1 is more for gaming from my understanding (which I'm not a gamer). I'm mostly concerned about basic internet playback & cranking my music.

As for the Bose, they were my top contenders until I started reading up on the Logitech Z series. All the Logitech reviews basically stomped the Bose in terms of value & overall performance. I've read that although the Bose are REALLY nice & clear, they are a bit overpriced & the bass & overall volume output just isn't there compared to the Logitech.


I dont recommend ANY computer speakers when you can get 5 or 8" studio monitors which will sound better than just about any consumer speakers on the market. Check out the M-Audio BX series for an affordable solution.

They're just wonderful, it's been over 5 years now but changing to monitors was the best purchase I've ever made. Music sounds so crisp and accurate, perfect balance, just the way it was meant to sound - almost no coloring or need for any eqing. You can also get a monitoring crossover sub if you need super punchy lifelike bass. But, if you go with the 8" models I think those have plenty of bass as is.
Got a sub to recommend?

Valtteri
10-30-2008, 06:12 PM
I just happened to get the Z-5500 today and I think it pretty much kicks ass. :yesway:

jaxadam
10-30-2008, 06:16 PM
I'm looking into the possibility of getting a different soundcard as well, but 7.1 is more for gaming from my understanding (which I'm not a gamer). I'm mostly concerned about basic internet playback & cranking my music.

As for the Bose, they were my top contenders until I started reading up on the Logitech Z series. All the Logitech reviews basically stomped the Bose in terms of value & overall performance. I've read that although the Bose are REALLY nice & clear, they are a bit overpriced & the bass & overall volume output just isn't there compared to the Logitech.

I have the Creative X-Fi and the Z-2300, and I swear, I am hearing things in songs I've never heard before. At low to medium volumes, it is the best I've heard music come out of my computer. Plus, gaming really kicks ass as well.

Eventhough it's a 400 watt rated system, I will say that it will crank pretty good and fill the room, but it's not gonna pump the jams throughout the house.

And all of this for $100...

shannon
10-30-2008, 06:19 PM
I have the Creative X-Fi and the Z-2300, and I swear, I am hearing things in songs I've never heard before. At low to medium volumes, it is the best I've heard music come out of my computer. Plus, gaming really kicks ass as well.

Eventhough it's a 400 watt rated system, I will say that it will crank pretty good and fill the room, but it's not gonna pump the jams throughout the house.

And all of this for $100...

Thanks, man. I did find a 4 month old Z-5500 on Craigslist for $200. I should problably go for it, eh?

jaxadam
10-30-2008, 06:26 PM
Thanks, man. I did find a 4 month old Z-5500 on Craigslist for $200. I should problably go for it, eh?

Yeah, I would probably do that. That's a pretty good deal.

courtney2018
10-30-2008, 08:40 PM
All the Logitech reviews basically stomped the Bose in terms of value & overall performance. I've read that although the Bose are REALLY nice & clear, they are a bit overpriced & the bass & overall volume output just isn't there compared to the Logitech.


Thanks, man. I did find a 4 month old Z-5500 on Craigslist for $200. I should problably go for it, eh?



The Logitech sub that comes with this set will blow you away. I can turn this thing up half way and you can hear the windows rattling across the street. The amp they put in there is very good. You should jump all over that Craigslist advert. That's a really good price. Like I said, if something happened to mine I'd by buying another set.

Blankplank
11-03-2008, 11:44 PM
I'm running the Creative X-fi Fata1ty and the Razer Mako. I'm never changing my speakers if I don't need to. Outstanding, just pricey at $399 for you lot, or 239 at my end

JBroll
11-04-2008, 02:33 AM
No biscuit for Bose. Consider studio monitors very strongly.

Jeff

Josh
11-04-2008, 02:43 AM
I splurged back when I worked at Best Buy and bought the Klipsch ProMedia 5.1. Pretty kickass set, more bass than you could ever want with a ton of clarity and excellent satellites. Only issue was carting it to and from my dorm room... the whole system weighed more than my guitar amp!

Drew
11-06-2008, 01:29 AM
I used a Kliptch ProMedia 2.1 set for years, which sounded awesome.

Studio monitors are certainly an option, but it's worth keeping in mind that monitors are designed for maximum transparency, while audiophile-grade listening speakers are designed for maximum "shit, these sound good" effect, and those two things aren't necessarily one and the same. :2c:

Ken
11-06-2008, 01:57 AM
I would agree with the studio monitors option.

All I have left of my studio is my Alesis Matica 500 power amp and Alesis Monitor One monitors. Yeah, they're old, but they work great.

I guess it really depends on what you'll be doing with your new machine. If you're going to do music production, go with monitors. If it's 95% porn and some music here and there, go with "computer speakers". :lol:

HaGGuS
11-06-2008, 02:25 PM
Z5500,s are great for gaming and movies.
I use the optical feature. Its great. :yesway: