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« on: September 03, 2005, 11:10:34 PM »

Which should I get for the most "oomph" in sound (I'm not too concerned about the quality of sound)? A mini component stereo system

Here's a picture of one of those, so we're clear on what we're talking about...

Or a computer speaker/subwoofer system like the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1? Which type should I get?
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2005, 12:11:17 AM »

Get some logitechs. they'll blow everything else away. I love my old Z-560s. They rattle all my windows.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2005, 06:44:37 AM »

I recommend Logitech too.  I have a set of Logitech Z-680s for my PC and even with a 2.1 setup, they can get really loud.  I love them. smile
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2005, 06:50:54 AM »

I would imagine what you want to use them for.  I play music primarily on my PC so that was an easy choice for me.  I have a neat little shelf system that even plays MP3 CDs but I never use it.

Your music is probably eaither on your computer or playable on it, and since you are usually there why not just get the good computer speakers?  Then you can use that mini as a dedicated music box when you upgrade biggrin

Oh yeah, the "oomp" is definately going to be lacking in the shelf systems that you are looking at.  They might sound okay but they aren't going to sound good when cranked up.

As for quality, I'm not your man.  My "systems" are a $20 2.1 system and the Dell SoundBar.  I do my "serious" listening in the car!  That said, I've heard nothing but good things about the Logitech stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2005, 08:29:40 AM »

I've essentially decided on buying a stereo system. The question is which.

I'm using it for games and movie primarily. I'll be hooking it up to my Mac mini (headphone minijack), and my game consoles.

I'm mainly looking for speakers that have good BASS. I don't really care about the sound, it's the BASS and the RUMBLE I want. You know when you're in a movie theater (with a good sound system), and when an explosion happens, you FEEL it? That's what I want.

My budget limit is $200, although I can stretch it if the stereo is THAT good.

Any recommendations?
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2005, 03:42:49 PM »

Dont know anything about stereos these days. But BASS is why I got my logitechs. Glad I did. Best BASS I ever heard. Vibrates my heart. THUMP THUMP. The Sub alone is like 288 watts. and its ported well.
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2005, 04:12:22 PM »

as others have said, i think you would be much happier with the sound from a good set of PC speakers with a subwoofer.  i don't have any experience with recent stereo systems, but just about anything without a dedicated sub is going to sound inferior to a set of nice PC speakers.  i highly recommend stopping in at your local BestBuy, Circuit City, or similar store and having a listen to some speakers by Logitech or Klipsch before you buy.
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2005, 06:53:55 PM »

Yeah, if you only want to spend $200 then you are going to get much better power/performance with a decent set of computer speakers (Logitech or Klipsch) than you will for any "normal" speaker set you could get for $200.  A decent real subwoofer is going to cost at least $200 as it is.
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2005, 07:03:37 PM »

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I've essentially decided on buying a stereo system. The question is which.

My budget limit is $200, although I can stretch it if the stereo is THAT good.

Any recommendations?


Yeah. stay away from mini component stereos.

Your 200 goes into tape decks, cds  etc... go with a logitech 5.1 system (the one with the THX is what I have).

My speakers kick .. loud!

You should look for what kind of hookup connections you need.
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2005, 07:11:38 PM »

Do the computer speakers you all speak of have audio inputs for things like DVD players?  Just regular composite audio, not digital.

From talking to him, these will be used more for watching DVDs and playing games on his television through the PS2 (though occasionally watching movies/playing music on his Mac).

Just trying to help cover all the bases.
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2005, 07:53:26 PM »

Just wanted to note that I can only do 2.1 systems, surround sound isn't an issue for me, and isn't an option as far as placement goes.

So 2.1 is the only route I will go with speakers. And frankly, I still prefer stereo systems, they integrate subwoofers into the speakers, and they are more versatile - the system will spend about 1/2 of it's time in the living room hooked up to a TV, and the other 1/2 hooked up to the computer for music and the occasional movie. So I'm pretty firm on getting a stereo system, not a computer speaker system.

I'm absolutely drooling over this system,



This system is just insane. All kinds of video-out, plays DVDs, USB input, and all kinds of features you can think of. Reviews praise it for it's bass. It's about $100 over my budget, though. Dammit.
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2005, 08:15:30 PM »

Looks like the engines on a space ship.
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2005, 09:21:40 PM »

As much as I love the JVC, I'm still looking.

I'd like one that has good bass, and has inputs in the back. The Sharp has excellent bass at an amazing price (The model CD-ES770, only $130), but it has inputs in the front. Can anyone recommend one with similar stylings (the picture is in the first post of this thread), and has inputs in the BACK? Are Sony's good? A tad overpriced for the name, but I saw one that's similar for $150... Is it any good?
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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2005, 12:49:27 AM »

You could also go for something like this :

Binaura single speaker dolby 5.1 sound system

It takes all the standard audio inputs (stereo, digital co-axial S/PDIF, optical), and with one speaker and the sub / amplifier, it produces the 5.1 effects a-frickin-mazing.

The sound is solid and spaced well, I was soo impressed (saving private ryan was superb with the bullet whizzing etc).

Here's a few pics:


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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2005, 01:58:44 AM »

Bose or Logitech. Thats the way to go.
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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2005, 02:52:46 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2005, 12:22:33 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2005, 04:51:32 AM »

I think I'm getting this one.

Panasonic SC-AK630
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« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2005, 09:31:34 PM »

I thought you said you didn't like that one when we were looking this weekend!

Must have found a good review somewhere.  I thought you were set on that Sharp ES-900...
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« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2005, 10:49:54 PM »

Yeah, I thought I didn't want that because it has a second component, a subwoofer. But a few reviews later, I'm sold. One even says this one has more bass than the JVC spaceship.
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« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2005, 10:54:31 PM »

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Yeah, I thought I didn't want that because it has a second component, a subwoofer. But a few reviews later, I'm sold. One even says this one has more bass than the JVC spaceship.


I think if it is bass you want then the seperate sub is a good idea!
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« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2005, 02:47:32 PM »

Separate sub = exactly what you want.  I have a Panasonic bookshelf system (no separate sub though) that I also use for audio when watching DVDs, and the sound is very good.  Just don't put those speakers anywhere near a CRT.  :shock:
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