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Discussion in 'Other hardware discussions' started by Martin, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. Martin

    Martin Member

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    hey guys! im updating my room audio, and i was thinking that rather than buying those expensive mini-components, id just use my sister's old discman/mp3 player, and just hook it up with computer speakers. i tried checking an altec lansing which sounded really good...would you guys recommend any good speakers? thanks guys:)
     
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    You may also want to demo a pair of Klipsch ProMedia speakers. They are available at Sony Avid stores.
     
  3. scooter

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    im using the altec lansing ATP3, around 3k

    sounds nice, quite powerful...

    here:

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  4. right_stuff

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    also check out JBL Creature II (2 colors to match your Mac, silver and white) :) goodluck....
     
  5. Jughead

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    Check out the Creative speakers, Martin. They're cheaper and sounds as great as Altec Lansings. :)
     
  6. Henjie

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    Another vote for Klipsch ProMedia speakers. I'm gonna buy me a set of Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 soon (replacement for my aging Altec Lansing ACS 45.1 set). :)


    ~Henjie
     
  7. Martin

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    thanks guys...so there are more choices now...hehe...nice to be shopping for these :) for the klipsch(?) my concern about that is the pricing...how much would the damage be? :roll:
     
  8. hannibal

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    @right stuff:

    how much for this brand? these are the ones displayed at apple centers right?
     
  9. Adel

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    Actually, Edwin - they don't. I don't mean to be a contrarian, but they traditionally have muddy bass, and the high end tends to be shrill and on the sharp end. Decades in radio have trained my ears pretty well to detect good speakers. Creatives are on the low end of the spectrum. Further, the diaphragm mountings seem to be poorly made; they eventually jar themselves loose and start to hum or buzz with moderate to high volumes. I've heard many of them go belly-up in under six months, specially those who tend to listen to loud music or thumpy games often. Creative's speakers are just a few steps up from the generic, included-in-the-box-with-the-computer speakers, and they sound like it.

    They're ok for casual or short-term use, and with care should last a while. Should be fine if you don't have discerning ears. But IMHO any money spent for Creative speakers would be better used towards the purchase of something better, and in the end would be more value for your money.

    Better bets would certainly be the Klipschs, HKs or ALs. And the prices aren't all that far from the Creative line. Save your money, Martin, and wait til you have enough for a better quality set. (BTW, the JBL Creature IIs don't impress me much, but they sure look cool. Henj, the ProMedia 2.1s are a good choice - and would be great for your Metallica stuff).

    It's always good to find more inexpensive alternatives, but that isn't the case with everything. With speakers, you usually get what you pay for.
     
  10. jofab

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    I'm putting in a good word for the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 as well! :)

    I've been using these since i got my first Mac a few years ago, and until today they are still kickin' hard! I read so many good reviews--i just had to get them. At that time, they were the only THX certified computer speakers on the market (not that i really knew what that meant.:) ).
    They cost me around 9-10K back then. I'm not quite sure how much they are today. But they are worth it!



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  11. elbert

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    We're talking multimedia speakers, right?

    Martin, keep Creative out of your list of choices. I like brands like Altec Lansing, Klipsch and JBL, as mentioned above. With those, you can't go wrong. But I recommend another brand. I sampled them in the U.S. when I was there a couple months ago. I was blown away. They're flat panel multimedia speakers called the Monsoon MM-2000.

    There's an interesting review here..

    At $300, it's a great buy.

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  12. jdawg

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    Add Acoustic Energy AEGO 2 to your list. Highly recommended.
     
  13. danieldy

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    I put in another vote for the Monsoons! I used to own a pair of Monsoons, but then later upgraded to the Sirocco Crossfires (excellent excellent speakers).

    I would recommend the Klipsch Promedia 2.1s if you are on a budget, the Monsoons if you can spend a little more, then the Sirocco Crossfires. The speakers cost $200, $300, and $450 respectively.
     
  14. hypersomniac

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    i wonder if the AE Aego is available locally ? im using AE Aegis Ones attached to an old Pioneer amp for the eMac in my bedroom. Pretty bulky siyempre. Ive seen some decent looking Boston Acoustics multimedia speakers but havent tested them. Im leaning toward the white Altec Lansing MX 5021. 11k sa Shoemart Appliance center sa Megamall, kita ko last Saturday. Perfect complement for a new iMac G5(or an iPod). Liked the remote control. Solid Bass and THX Certified daw.:cool:

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  15. hypersomniac

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    the Black version would fit nicely with a U2 iPod

    btw this is may be a nice feature :

    Auxiliary Input Jack – Connect two different audio sources – your CD player and MP3 jukebox – at the same time.

    One Channel for the Mac when watching DVDs and another for the iPod for Music :lol:

    Actually , bigla kong naisip may Itunes ka na din naman sa Mac so wala masyado use. ...sana na lang may mixer function so u can have two iPod and puwede ka na mag iPod DJ sa room. now thats a reason to get two iPods!
    :beer::beer:

    Oh for couples na may Mac book each, sharing ng speakers. tapos salitan ng songs. puwede din sa parties..oh well..:party:

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  16. wari_aktiv

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    Since we're on the topic, quick question:

    How are the Harman Kardon Soundsticks II?

    Would appreciate any feedback since I've been thinking of getting them ever since the iSub first appeared... I'm not much of an audiophile, and aesthetics are a priority.

    So along those lines, can anyone recommend a system that both looks and sounds good?

    I just checked out the white Creature Speakers at the Rockwell Apple store and I didn't quite like them. :wound:
     
  17. jdawg

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    You could probably try Upscale Audio in Parksquare for AE speakers? That's the last place I saw selling AE. FYI, the AE AEGO 2 speakers are selling for roughly S$300 here in SG (approx PHP9,800). If only I didn't bring my Acoustic Research Powered Partners with me when I relocated here, I would have gotten the AEGO 2 in a heartbeat. These are really really versatile multimedia speakers. I wouldn't go as far as saying they are audiophile material, but suffice it to say that they will definitely kick the arse of the run-of-the-mill Klipsch, JBLs and Altecs. :beer:
     
  18. alfa

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    another way

    Another way would be to get 2.1 non powered speakers. I dont know how much the JBL's come out and just buy a used stereo or A/V receiver or integrated amp with a remote control in PinoyDVD.com or wiredstate.com

    It'll be a little more expensive but the sound will be tons better than amplified computer speakers.

    Warning though amps are notorious for broke down selectors so make sure that you test the amp thoroughly before buying one.
     
  19. hypersomniac

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    better yet , get a decent tube amp and then look for old classic speakers like the LS3/5As now you have a mix of old and new. just not quite sure if it will produce a sound to your liking. Martin, give us an idea of your budget...we maybe moving to high for your requirements here. here's a link of the PC Express Catalog for speakers:

    http://www.pcx.com.ph/catalog/products.asp?id=66
     
  20. Kelvin

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    Hmmm mp3 / CD player connected to tube amps doesn't sound right :) sayang naman! :eek:

    I personally use the Bose Mediamates, not too great for gaming but the mids are rich and the highs are extremely warm, well balanced tuning for listening to music (which seems to be the main function you would use it for anyways). It lacked some punch so I added a Yamaha YSTMS10 Subwoofer (which is not available anymore as a standalone product, you have to buy the separates with it).

    I've listened to the Klipsch and personally found it lacking warmth in the high frequencies and the woofer a bit too overpowering... well baka sa timpla lang :)
     

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