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« on: January 03, 2014, 03:59:55 AM »

My trusted Altec Lansing 5.1 speakers of over 15 years bit the dust this week.  I only used the front speakers and sub on my Altec Lansings due to the room set up.  I bought the Logitech Z200's as a cheap replacement knowing that it wouldn't sound as good.  These were getting good reviews on amazon and it was spoken highly of.  So I bought them.  My brother had logitechs before so I know it was a decent brand.  With that said, they sound horrible.

Any recommendations on speakers priced no more than $40?  I don't need a sub but would use it if it was cheap enough and didn't sacrifice sound quality.  Or are <$40 speakers supposed to sound bad....
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2014, 04:07:13 AM »

Earphones. 8322 from monoprice iirc. ~20bux
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 04:10:11 AM »

Quote from: Purge on January 03, 2014, 04:07:13 AM

Earphones. 8322 from monoprice iirc. ~20bux

Yeah, I need speakers....
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 07:35:07 PM »

I have found alot of the newer Logitech speakers sound pretty crappy, I have an older set of X220's (2.1) and they sound really good. They are discontinued of course, but there are some on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Logitech-Computer-Speaker-Set-X-220-Surround-Sound-2-1-Tested-Working-/190995944986?pt=US_Computer_Speakers&hash=item2c783ed61a

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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014, 08:22:55 PM »

Quote from: naednek on January 03, 2014, 04:10:11 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 03, 2014, 04:07:13 AM

Earphones. 8322 from monoprice iirc. ~20bux

Yeah, I need speakers....
just curious... why do you need speakers instead of headphones?
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 08:40:49 PM »

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=8323&seq=1&format=2


sound reproduction for $23 is really, really good.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2014, 12:55:40 AM »

My 10 year old 2.1 Klipsch's were giving me trouble so I went with Audioengine 5+. Not cheap ($400), but pretty amazing speakers. They sell a separate subwoofer, but I didn't get it and haven't missed it. Living in an apartment I have to watch the bass anyway. My computer is more for music while working at the computer than games, but they obviously work great for both. They do sell a cheaper desktop set which gets really good reviews as well.

For those recommending really cheap headphones, guess they are fine for games, but probably not for music.
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2014, 12:58:09 AM »

I have z5500's as well.
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2014, 05:18:16 AM »

The last time I was shopping around for speakers, it was to replace an Altec Lansing set as well. Went to the store and I was sold on another Altec Lansing set, but I returned it as I felt the range just wasn't there, with the sound being rather thin. Ended up getting some Bose Companion IIs, but that might be outside your price range. What I like about them is that they still do have a subwoofer, but built into them, so they don't take up a lot of space, and they have a sound and warmness to them similar to my old Altec Lansing set.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 05:12:27 PM »

I bought a set of z320s for my sons PC. They have decent range for the on sale price of 45 bux.
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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2014, 10:37:05 PM »

Quote from: Purge on January 03, 2014, 08:40:49 PM


i have these, and while the sound quality is ok for the price point (or even good, for bass-y music), i was concerned about the build quality when i got them. adjustment is more about flexing the cheapy-feeling plastic to fit than using joints and hinges, and it seemed like they would break if flexed a little to far. i use them exclusively at work, and for no more than 4-5 hours a day (many days not at all) and even with this moderate usage, my suspicion turned out to be correct - the right adjustment band cracked almost in half after about 16 months of use. it is epoxied now (albeit with reduced adjustability from the glue repair) and i intend to keep using them, but i am seeing new cracks appear.

some people may not care for $23, but i would rather not replace my headphones every year and a half if i can help it.
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2014, 04:00:54 AM »

16 months of use? I would also consider that they may have changed the manufacturing on them - the hinges feel solid (if a bit bulky).

But considering the cost, they're an easy recommendation. The risk is low, and since you're not tied to a cable but instead have a jack on the headphones it offers a flexibility I wasn't expecting. I have a pair of Nox Specialists which did the same thing, BTW.
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2014, 06:16:12 AM »

yeah, i had no problem with the hinges... i just wish there were more of them. the extending bands (the parts that extend from the main body of the headphone band) are what i had a problem with - cheap, thin plastic. i looked up the reviews on monoprice.com and there are numerous complaints about this.
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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2014, 06:18:48 AM »

The non-padded outer segments or the part that slides in?

Mine seem pretty firm, though the plastic may be a bit thin on the housing.
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Quote from: Punisher on January 03, 2014, 08:22:55 PM

Quote from: naednek on January 03, 2014, 04:10:11 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 03, 2014, 04:07:13 AM

Earphones. 8322 from monoprice iirc. ~20bux

Yeah, I need speakers....
just curious... why do you need speakers instead of headphones?

Because
a: I like to play games without something in my ears when I can (IE when kids aren't asleep)
b: my son likes to listen my music on my desktop.  I can't access my mp3s on my home theatre
c: why does it matter about my needs, other than I just want speakers...
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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2014, 09:42:02 PM »

The X200's sound fine in game, but playing music sounds really flat and muffled.  Tried using EQ's but it didn't help
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2014, 09:53:49 PM »

Quote from: Purge on January 04, 2014, 05:12:27 PM

I bought a set of z320s for my sons PC. They have decent range for the on sale price of 45 bux.

These ones:

http://www.logitech.com/en-ca/product/speaker-system-z320?crid=47



You looking to avoid having a sub?
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« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2014, 11:26:09 PM »

Quote from: Purge on January 06, 2014, 09:53:49 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 04, 2014, 05:12:27 PM

I bought a set of z320s for my sons PC. They have decent range for the on sale price of 45 bux.

These ones:

http://www.logitech.com/en-ca/product/speaker-system-z320?crid=47



You looking to avoid having a sub?

not necessarily, just figured it would drive up the price.
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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2014, 01:37:07 PM »

X220 Review

Z320 Review

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« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2014, 02:00:23 PM »

This is for my son and I needed to go simple - no sub to complicate it - and there aren't any "wow" speakers in the $35CAD price range (price above includes taxes). It was a sale price - they normally charge a lot more for them.

Ken, what did you end up going with?
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« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2014, 07:41:06 PM »

Quote from: Purge on January 07, 2014, 02:00:23 PM

This is for my son and I needed to go simple - no sub to complicate it - and there aren't any "wow" speakers in the $35CAD price range (price above includes taxes). It was a sale price - they normally charge a lot more for them.

Ken, what did you end up going with?


http://gamingtrend.com/forums/hardware-software-hell/pc-speakers-recommendation/msg952052/#msg952052

That's what I purchased.  I haven't made a decision on what I want to do...  So far it seems at the $<40 price range I'm not going to find anything that is nice in sound....  So I'm just going to have to live with these speakers or wait and buy something more expensive. 
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« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2014, 08:52:44 PM »

Ha, obviously when I read your post I read $40 as 400. Reading comprehension isn't my strong suit.
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« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2014, 04:51:29 AM »

Quote from: Purge on January 06, 2014, 06:18:48 AM

The non-padded outer segments or the part that slides in?

Mine seem pretty firm, though the plastic may be a bit thin on the housing.

the part that slides in (to which the hinges are attached). i wrote monoprice and lodged a customer complaint on these. not sure what good it'll do, but i feel better now. wish they'd replace them... i slathered superglue on the new cracks, maybe it'll do something.

anyways, in my researching of cheap-but-good headphones, these newish models look like winners:

http://www.amazon.com/TASCAM-TH02-B-Closed-Back-Stylish-Headphone/dp/B00B1N06PO
http://www.amazon.com/TASCAM-Series-TH-MX2-Studio-Headphones/dp/B00GBATPIG
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« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2014, 07:37:02 AM »

Realize this is an old thread, but Creative Labs speakers are pretty great. You also get to have the fun of realizing that Creative Labs is still a company that exists in the world.
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