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downhere 28th October 2001 10:22 AM

Just to know, what speakers do you ppl have connected to your computer? : ^) I'm looking for a cheap and good set, wondering what's popular out there.

Super 28th October 2001 03:46 PM

I use an older pair of AR's that were designed for multimedia use. I think the same design is used by Advent now. If you want a cheap way to outperform most commercial offerings, just build some smaller monitors and a subwoofer, and connect them to an inexpensive surround sound processor or receiver. Some sound cards now have output for surround sound, but most can use the auxilary inputs on these stereo/surround receivers.

dutch diy 28th October 2001 05:57 PM

Computer Speakers
I use a pair of Pioneer SF-21 bookshelf-type speakers.
(bought them second hand)
Amplifier is (still) Marantz SR-1100 receiver..
More than enough, reasonable sound!!


BAM 28th October 2001 07:24 PM

I use Altec Lansing ACS33s, but I hope to get some of the new JBL Sonnet speakers. The harman/kardon Odyssey microdrivers are just plain cool. When I'm doing something that demands real audio muscle, I hook up my big Sherwood RVD6090R reciever, Pioneer/Fried hybrid speakers and 150-watt subwoofer amplifier from Parts Express. Soon I'll be building a subwoofer with a 10" Blueprint Drivers 1001 woofer.

Ignite 29th October 2001 06:44 AM

In terms of bang for buck I haven't seen anything quite like the Altec Lansing AVS300. I've heard basically every system from MidiLand, Cambridge SoundWorks (Creative) and Altec Lansing, as I've built computer systems for people for several years now. For the price there's nothing that comes close. They sound as good as some of the most expensive Altec Lansing systems save the better bass performance they offer. And they certainly sound better than anything available for less than $150 CDN. The satellites in this system offer better midrange/mid bass than older models. I picked them up for $60 CDN, and I highly recommend them.

downhere 29th October 2001 11:57 AM

R U sure thats rite?
AVS300 seems pretty underpowered to me...
10W sub and 7W sats... Still if it's good I'll go listen for myself I'm rather inclined towards the ACS45.1 and the ACS48(still more than I like to spend)
I'm currently using Mini compo speakers
quite good, measured them down to 80 or so hz
but they don't do 150hz and below clearly enough for my liking... so looking toards 2.1 systems with accurate low bass. Volume's not a factor. : ^) Price is. A cheap hifi sub would be overkill I think.

Ignite 29th October 2001 03:02 PM

power ratings
These kits always have low low power ratings. All I can say is I imagine they have high efficiency ratings. Usually they're loud enough. 1-5W per channel is not uncommon in computer speakers. I've even seen some that operate on the line level output of your soundcard with no amplification. Granted, they're rather quiet. But they still do the job.

I'm no expert in the mass production of audio equipment, but it seems to me a set of high efficiency drivers with extremely trivial amplification is more cost-effective than perhaps cheaper or easier to produce lower efficiency drivers with more signifigant amplification.

On the other hand, you're not going to get room-shaking SPL from this set. I suggest you try this set or similar products out at a computer store to see how they perform.

downhere 29th October 2001 03:10 PM

problem is its hard to hear clearly with all the human traffic about. Anyone had both ACS33 and AVS300? any differences between them?

John L 29th October 2001 03:35 PM

Computer Speakers
I have found that the most cost effective and top notch way to set up one's computer system is to get some vintage stereo equipment. Much of this you may already have laying around. Here is what I have. I have a NIKKO 7075 receiver, which allows me to listen to AM, FM, and any other means of input to the computer. If you are using a CD burner and want to record from records or tapes, then a receiver is almost essential. Next, I am presently using a pair of older bookshelf speakers made by Harman/Kardon(HK-20). These vintage speakers work fine and cost me $9.99 plus S/H from E-Bay. To get the low frequencies, I am using a Radio Shack SW-12 subwoofer positioned under the counter. I have had this around for some time, and just went to the storage bedroom and pulled it out, dusted it off and hooked it up. Now, the sound is not audiophile quality, but it certainly beats anything you can get at the computer store. Also, another great thing about the receiver, is the headphone jack. If the Better Half gets on to you about the sound level, plug in your best headphones, I use Sony MDR-V6's, and can puree my brains out is I want to. Now if you don't have what you need, try the local garage sales, classifies adds in the newspaper, or better yet, go to E-Bay and ty a rope around yourself, so someone can pull you away from the screen before you starve to death. That's what I'd do if I were in your shoes. John

Sawzall 29th October 2001 06:12 PM

I use a set of Wharfedale's that were probably built before or at the time of the first PC. They work wonderfully.

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