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    Please recommend me some 2.1 speakers

    I'm in no rush, but I'm thinking of upgrading my computer speakers at somepoint in the future.

    Previously I've run sound through my hi-fi but current house situation means that's not possible, and going back to my cheap speakers is a bit annoying.

    I don't have the space for a 5.1 solution, so I'm just looking for a good, non-rip-off 2.1 setup. Of course I don't expect hi-fi quality, but I'd like something close to it - I'm not arsed about loud booms either - the sub should be crisp rather than loud, it's more the mid-range quality that I'm bothered with. Also not a fan of huge subs.

    Edit: or infact just some good 2.0 speakers
    Last edited by kalniel; 09-03-2006 at 05:33 PM.

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    Check out the Altec Lansing MX5021...... there are plenty of 'rave revies' and I cot a set last week and am well pleased... not a match for my HiFi sound system (though some reviws will tell you they are....) - but each of my Monitor Audio HiFi speakers cost twice the cost of a full Altec Lansing MX5021 set, plus amp, plus CD, plus interconnects, so thay can'r be fairly compared.

    Yup, check out Altec Lansing MX5021

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    Thanks for the recommendation. Good reviews, but tiny bit pricer than I was hoping for. I can't quite justify 100 quid for computer sound (don't use it for movies, just games and stuff). Guess I should revise the request for near hi-fi, to near micro-hi-fi sound
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    OK, if £94 is too much, do you want a big booming base unit??? if not then the MX5020 (2.0) is only £40...???

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    The logitech X230's are ok....but I'd get some Altec Lansangs

    http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/...eakers_31.html
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    Heard good things about the Altec!!!!

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    iv had my altec lansing ada885 2.1 speakers for almost 3 years now - still going strong and sound awesome I bought a set of logitech z680's...and sold them cos they didnt sound as nice for music

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    KustomPC are expensive compared to
    LOW http://www.lowestonweb.com/Products/...F-EA007A46F99D (great service and free postage)

    and

    Scan http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=112146

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    What do you all think of hte Logitech Z2300
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    Quote Originally Posted by EtheAv8r
    OK, if £94 is too much, do you want a big booming base unit??? if not then the MX5020 (2.0) is only £40...???
    I definately do not want a big booming base unit, I'll have a look at the MX5020, thanks!

    (I've got a 12inch cone subwoofer that's the size of a small house for serious things - but I'm looking for something to go with my computer - more compact and more sharp than boomy)

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    Deffo go for the Altecs if you want something small, compact and sounding good
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    Well I think I'm narrowing down my options:

    Logitech X230 - &#163;24
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=281082
    Bottom of the range, but good value for money

    Altec Lansing 5020 - &#163;36
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=154700
    Only a 2.0 setup and not very powerful. Good for music perhaps but games?

    Logitech X530 - &#163;39
    More speakers than I need, but better quality (supposedly, a little) than the X230, so I could just keep the spare speakers in a cupboard and wire up as 2/3.1 perhaps?


    Creative I-trigue 3500 - &#163;44
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=147321
    Don't like the idea of micro drivers - tend to be good for bass (sub) and high range (microdrivers) and pants at mid range.

    Logitech Z4 - &#163;50
    Slightly better quality than the creative, but still a sub + microdrivers setup.

    Philips MMS321 - &#163;60
    Also a 2.0 setup, but more powerful and better bass production than the 5020's.. but worth 60?

    Altec Lansing CS21 - &#163;74
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=115457
    Now we're getting there - decent speakers, but too boomy bass/too large a sub unit?

    Logitech Z2300 - &#163;85
    Really good reviews. Just too expensive I think Sub is a bit big as well.

    I think I can actually get it down to three choices. X230 - cheap, does the minimal job. I won't be very pleased with the quality I know, but if I'm not going to pleased with the quality of any of the others either, I'd rather at least get a bargain. Logitech Z4's - not sure I can get over the sub/micro-driver thing - I want the sounds to be connected and zero delay on sub stuff. Philips MMS321 - perfectly connected and no worries about mid-range.. just a question of whether there would be enough kick for the explosions/bullets (and it's just a kick I'm after, not ground shaking).

    ahh.. decisions. Any more comments very welcome.

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    If quality on a budget is the issue, go with the Altec Lansing 5020.

    If you are considering the Altec Lansing CS21 as a viable option, then go the extra £20 and get the Altec Lansing MX5020 - THX Certified.

    If you don't, and get the cheaper 2.1 - you will wish you had I feel....

    Good luck.....

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