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post Nov 18 2008, 00:37
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I'm looking for a set of 2.1 computer speakers in the sub-$100 range, and I was wondering if there are any models that are particularly good relative to the competition. They are going to be a gift for someone who is not into high-end audio. They will be mainly used for casual music listening (definitely no ABX'ing!).

For example, for those familiar with headphones, the Koss KSC50's sound great for only $20. In other words I am looking for the Koss KSC50 of computer speakers.

Alternatively, does anyone know any good sites that might have a guide to the best speakers for different price ranges, similar to the way head-fi.org has guides for the best headphones in different budget ranges?
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post Nov 18 2008, 01:18
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http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-Multim...7423&sr=1-2

seem to have good reviews, id say any speaker by creative or logitech or any other pc peripheral company would fit the bill


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post Nov 18 2008, 01:53
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QUOTE (thundat00th @ Nov 17 2008, 20:18) *
http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-Multim...7423&sr=1-2

seem to have good reviews, id say any speaker by creative or logitech or any other pc peripheral company would fit the bill

Thanks for the input, but to be fair it's impossible for "any speaker by creative or logitech or any other pc peripheral company" to be "particularly good relative to the competition." Just like it's impossible for everyone in the world to be above average.
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post Nov 18 2008, 10:49
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QUOTE (WellPaidScientist @ Nov 18 2008, 01:53) *
Thanks for the input, but to be fair it's impossible for "any speaker by creative or logitech or any other pc peripheral company" to be "particularly good relative to the competition." Just like it's impossible for everyone in the world to be above average.

I think you might have this the wrong way round. The only companies that will manufacturer on a large enough scale to be able to offer good value in the sub $100 range for the parameters you consider important are likely to be the companies that are "mass producing in China". Whether they choose to do so will depend on how many people they judge have a similar set of tastes.

It is not clear what is going to determine good or bad in your case since all sub-woofers in very cheap 2.1 systems are not going to sound good. If sound quality is an issue then you are almost certainly going to be better off with a 2.0 system with a 5" or so mid/woofer.

If ugly is not a problem, then a Behringer MS20 offers quite a lot (if it is the right lot for your needs) for around $100 or so:

http://www.jr.com/behringer-ms20-digital-s...rs/pe/BEH_MS20/

There a number of other similar products at this price point from other music companies (the innards of which may well be all produced in the same Chinese factory). They are perhaps a step up in terms of sound quality but a step down in terms of looks compared to typical offerings from computer companies.
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