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Best 2.1 computer speakers ($500 max)

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
hey guys
im looking for the best 2.1 computer speakers. I have done hours of research and i still can decide.
from what i have read, the best ones are klipsch promedia 2.1 (not gmx), alltec mx5021 or fx6021 and the m-audio studiophile lx4 are also mentioned but they seem to be for professional use mostly.

can anyone tell me which 2.1 setup is the best (i listen to mostly electronic music like house and trance), i am willing to spend up to $500 for the setup.

thanks
post #2 of 17
I have heard the swans are pretty damn good...you can get them from newegg...
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by bigneeker View Post

hey guys
im looking for the best 2.1 computer speakers. I have done hours of research and i still can decide.
from what i have read, the best ones are klipsch promedia 2.1 (not gmx), alltec mx5021 or fx6021 and the m-audio studiophile lx4 are also mentioned but they seem to be for professional use mostly.

can anyone tell me which 2.1 setup is the best (i listen to mostly electronic music like house and trance), i am willing to spend up to $500 for the setup.

thanks

Check out Samson Resolv line. I heard some kind of crazy synth stuff on them that sounded awesome -- might suit your tastes well. They sounded way better than computer speakers I've heard at CC or BB, but I can't say that I've heard the ones you are considering. If you are near a music store you should be able to find the Samsons or something similar to at least hear live. 2.1 Samson set up from Sweetwater for $350. That site has lots of other choices as well, but I think many will be north of $500.
post #4 of 17
I'd say the Klipsch speakers. Most widely available as well.
post #5 of 17
cambridge has some nice pc speakers.
post #6 of 17
I just build a 2.1 system with a pair of Infinity Primus 150s, Bic H-100 sub, and Onkyo TX-SR504 receiver. Once my receiver gets back from the repair shop I'll hook it up to my computer via SPDIF from my Audigy 2. The speakers, sub, receiver, and adapters/wiring came in around the bottom-to-mid $400s. If you're willing to spend upwards of $500 for 2.1, you might as well skip the "computer only" speaker sets and get something you can upgrade as you see fit. That was my train of thought a few weeks ago when I was in your shoes, anyway.
post #7 of 17


Klipsch iFi!
post #8 of 17
I agree with THATONEGUY, $500 can get you a lot for 2.1, dont confine youself to lousy PC speakers.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
thanks for the suggestions.
the thing is im trying to avoid getting a receiver or anything that takes up too much space and makes it too complicated (i have a receiver and 5 satelites/sub setup for my tv and its been a very complicated thing to deal with).

i heard the problem with the monitor type speakers like m-audio, swans and samson is that it makes the music sound a little flat and non exciting because its made for professionals. i will use them mainly for listening to music.

i will try to find a store that has them and see how they sound. i just heard the promedia today at bb but they didnt have a cable hookup so that i can put my own music but they sounded pretty good.


astrallite: is the klipsch ifi better than the promedia 2.1?
post #10 of 17
Personally, I liked the ifi's better
post #11 of 17
Don't worry about getting speakers with receiver for your computer. Do yourself a favor and go with the Klipsch. I have never seen those iFi ones and I don't know how much you'll ever need that iPod dock. I'd say go for these ones: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836119101. 289 reviews on newegg is pretty damn sharp if you ask me. These are regarded as the best sounding PC speakers. Plus you'll save yourself some money.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by bigneeker View Post

i heard the problem with the monitor type speakers like m-audio, swans and samson is that it makes the music sound a little flat and non exciting because its made for professionals. i will use them mainly for listening to music.

Promonitors are generally designed to be accurate just like the very best engineered consumer speakers. They are a great option if you want something above and beyond typical pc speakers but don't want to a full blown system with a receiver, subwoofer and bookshelf speakers. I have the M-Audio LX4 and they blow away the Promedia 2.1 I used to have by a wide margin. The Klipsch 6" sub just doesn't compete with the 8" in the M-Audio. If you have $500 to spend I would recommend the Blue Sky Media Desk 2.1

http://www.abluesky.com/asp/catalogu...prodcode=00012
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
is the mediadesk really worth the premium over the m-audio lx4?

does it matter that the material im using (mostly 128-320kbps mp3) isnt really studio quality tracks?

if it wasnt so cold here in nyc i would go to store hopping and listen to some of those studio monitors and compare it to the consumer models
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by bigneeker View Post

is the mediadesk really worth the premium over the m-audio lx4?

does it matter that the material im using (mostly 128-320kbps mp3) isnt really studio quality tracks?

if it wasnt so cold here in nyc i would go to store hopping and listen to some of those studio monitors and compare it to the consumer models

I think if your just doing casually listening then the LX4 will be fine. I bought mine at samash.com at a really great price but it seems most places have been out of stock for a while.
post #15 of 17
I am using the cambridge Megaworks THX 2.1 system. I replaced the smallish cubes with a couple of the Insignia bookshelves from BB. It actually sounds fantastic. Running digital coax off an audigy platinum pro.

-Eli
post #16 of 17
I really don't think those Klipsch Pro Media satellites are gonna compare to the RSX-3s on the iFi.

The iFi sats are rated at +/-3db at 113hz. Your average 3" PC midrange driver is closer 130hz. The thing about the iFi is it doesn't have the "crossover hole" that standard sub/sat systems with 3" midranges have in the 110-130hz range, with the much better 3.5" midrange drivers on the iFis.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by ABSiNTH View Post

I have heard the swans are pretty damn good...you can get them from newegg...

Judging by the reviews on the M200 , I'd say you may be right. Add an S200 sub to make a large, high-output 2.1 rig.

But to be accurate, this system isn't a multimedia system in the usual sense of the word. This is a studio monitor pair with a full-output powered subwoofer. No comparison...
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