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Audio illiterate looking for advice on decent speakers

By macx
Oct 30, 2005
  1. ASUS P4C800E-Deluxe board with on-board audio

    Beyond that, I don't know much about the capabilities
    of that on-board audio, such as how many watts will
    it comfortably support for speakers, etc.

    (480W PSU)

    Not looking for anything exotic, no "home theater"
    or anything - just some decent plain stereo speakers
    for a reasonable price - maybe in the range of $50
    to $75 - if there ARE any "decent" speakers in that
    price range (!) - mostly just for decent audio when
    watching movie DVDs and music programs on TV,
    and maybe an occasional music CD.

    I'm basically aware of speaker frequency ranges
    etc, but - - . I know there's good and there's junk
    to be had.

    And I'm not in a situation to be able to go listen
    to any - will have to order online.

    I'm on a job in a small town in Montana - need
    I say more?

    Thanks!!

    (EDIT)

    Been poking around CNET & other review places

    Probly a silly question - I've got a pair of "decent"
    6" round 2 way midrange auto speakers - would
    they work just to get going, or are the volts or
    whatever wrong - or does it matter? Is a speaker
    a speaker as far as hooking it up to something?

    I've got 2 sets of pretty good quality speakers
    at home that one normally would hook up to
    an amplifier, would those general type of
    speakers work (volts etc?), and at what point would I
    need to run the signal from the board thru
    an amplifier? Don't want to overdraw the board.

    Still at the bottom of the learning curve here :)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Decent 2.1 speaker kits can be had from Altec Lansing, Logitech and Creative.

    Altec Lansing 2.1 kit here- really nice, deep bass for 2.1's: $59
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836113138

    Logitech's set, which I also like a lot: $69
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836121114

    Another nice Logitech set, but much cheaper:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836121119

    Of those three, I'd ay the middle Logitechs are my favorite for 2.1 set. They have very nice, crisp highs and thundering lows. Great for music, games and movies.
     
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I`d personally recommend Logitech speakers. They come in a range of prices to suit most pockets, and I believe they are of good quality.

    I have the Logitech 2.1 Z3e they have an output of 40watts rms and sound nice and rich with some decent low frequency responses.

    Your soundcard doesn`t control the ammount of wattage, as most computer speakers are active, and therefore produce their own power output.

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/productlist/US/EN,crid=2171&categoryid=421

    Another make of speakers I have heard good things about, are Creative. These also come in a range of prices and configurations.

    http://www.creative.com/products/speakers/

    Regards Howard :) :)
     
  4. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 712

    Now THAT's what I call "sound" advice! :rolleyes:

    Appreciate that! Just what I needed, specific
    info AND specific recommendations!

    Much appreciated!

    (So - my car speakers are out, huh? :))

    (EDIT) - Glad you informed me that the
    speakers are "active" (found out what that
    means by going to that link - "power cord"
    was the clincher! :))

    35hz is a pretty decent output for small
    speakers!

    Think I'll give them a try.

    THANKS!!!
     
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