Speakers, Klipsch, Altec, Logitech

By boeingfixer · 51 replies
Mar 17, 2002
  1. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    See, once you get out of college and get a job in your field, you'll be able to spend 1500.00 any which way you please!

    Or you can just rack up another credit card...
  2. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah TS Rookie Posts: 709

    Believe me on the credit card deal...been there done that, not going to do it again :)

    Yeah, maybe some day I'll get out of college and be able to blow money at will!!! ;)
  3. harpy82

    harpy82 TS Rookie

    does anyone hav any comments on my Monsoon MM-2000 ? :)

    i really love the sound coming from it...... better than all altec and creative out there.......... sad to say... my friend who has a 4.2 klipsch system...... trashed my speaker....
  4. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    There is a set of Monsoon Flat panel speakers at my work that are really nice sounding. They dont save much space, but they are very clear and the subwoofer hits pretty hard. I dont know the model name. They are just a 2 piece set with a sub. I think they used to sell for about 80.00 or so..
  5. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,006


    I went to CompUsa today to look at speakers, I saw the Klipsch and the Logitech side by side. I listened to the Klipsch and the Logitech and I agree that the Logitech are much better. i also held both sets and the Logitech's feel alot better built than the Klipsch. I have come down to either the Z-540's or 560's. I may wait a month or so and see if they drop in price a bit. I have seen new ones on E-bay for about $150 so I may go that route. Thanks for all your help gang !!
  6. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Good to hear you like them...Gotta get the 560's
  7. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,006

    Yeah I knew you would say that ;) those are the ones I am leaning towards. I just need about $75 more and I can get them. I liked the way they where constructed. They felt rock solid in my hands !!
  8. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Just save up a bit more then because if you buy them now you wont wish that you bought them later.
  9. groovewerx

    groovewerx TS Rookie Posts: 16

    i'm a little late but i thought i'd add a nickle (2 cents+inflation):

    mine are the event 20/20+20/20/15 surround monitors.

    these may be a bit extreme for you but i figured you may want to see whats available outside of the traditional pc market.

    i use these for mixing and recording on my daw. they are the best sounding speakers i've heard in their price range (i paid $800 for the set).

    the accuracy and response blows away all competition. in fact, the only speakers that sound better are the bose 901s i have in my den. but they're way out of the price range at $1400 -without the subwoofer.

    just a friendly post from a bass playing ex-777 wingline mechanic
  10. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,674   +990

    Hasn't anyone tried Videologic speakers around here? I know distribution of them is sort of limited compared to Cambridge for example, but I would like to hear more opinions, I remember that when I tested them they sounded absolutely great compared to anything else available at the time (only Klipsch and cheaper Cambridge 4.1 systems were available back then), but now there are so many other choices out there and unfortunately I haven't had a chance of taking a peek at any of them.

    IMHO the best site dedicated to 'pc audio' out there, 3DSS, still have Videologic speakers (both 4.1 and 5.1 systems) as the ones to be beat, but then again, I want users opinions.
  11. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah TS Rookie Posts: 709

    Can't say I have 3DSJulio. If I come across some newfound wealth soon I'll more than likely upgrade to 5.1 speakers from the 4 I have now. Thanks for the site recommendation, it really is a very quality site! I'm going to look into the Videologic speakers some more and then make my decision. Price is definitely a concern for my though, as my wallet is pretty flat right now. Once I hit the Big Game jackpot tomorrow night I'll be set for life though. ;)

    I've definitely lost interest in Klipsch lately but the Logitech's have caught me eye. I'm more interested in great sound from my Audigy Gamer card when I'm playing games and watching DVD's.
  12. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas TS Rookie Posts: 1,319

    I should have a review of the Inspire 5300 this week, finishing it up now.
    Decent enough for the cost, though would like to test another one or 2 of course to see how it compared to them. The Hercules XPS 510 are supposed to be pretty good though
  13. Goofy Newfie

    Goofy Newfie TS Rookie Posts: 199

    Maximum PC has a great article that compares different speaker systems this month. You should check it out.
  14. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,006

    It is the ONLY computer mag I get and I did check it out. I have made up my mind about 88% on the Logitech Z-560's !!
  15. psychoff

    psychoff TS Rookie

    I actually own the Z-560's and coupled with an Audigy they're great. Very clear, crisp sound. A bit on the bassy side. The only thing I don't like about them is that the fade control just raises and lowers the volume on the rear speakers. Other than that, they've been great. Especially when used for gaming. Soldier of Fortune 2 and JK2 sound just great with the AdvancedHD from the Audigy on. I bet they'd also be great with practically any sound card out there that's more or less good.

    BTW I once had one of my speakers fall from a height of about 3½-4 feet and I thought it was done for. Well, I'm happy to tell that it still works flawlessly, proving the great build quality these speakers pack.

    I found a little review over at AVault that you might be interested in.
  16. thissiterocks

    thissiterocks TS Rookie Posts: 16

    dude up there must rock... that probably makes an awesome couple of sound card and speakers.

    just wanted to say that i've got (don';t laugh cause they're almost no name) volcano YZ-1000 (probably none of you guys even heard about this brand) but they sound ok with my integrated 3d-sound card. the volcano has 36W rms woofer and 5 rms watts on each satelite. sound good to me. so i've never actually heard these 5.1's and z560's . so comparing those to mine... is it a whole lot more bassy... cause i love bass (with quality of course)

    oh yes my main question..
    if i've got this speaker set... and i get a better sound card like 5.1 audigy mp3 or something in the 80 - 200 dollar zone. is my sound gonna be better? and do sound cards overheat? so am i gonna have to buy a heat/fan for my sound card? and last qustion...can you overclock them :D
  17. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

  18. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I also need to get speakers, My CS FPS2k's took a downward spiral and are now shot.

    I'm also looking into the Z-560's. Over at Logitech's site, they now have Z-640's which are 5.1, but less power. Which should I consider? And what about the Creative Inspires? Having read what everyone has said about the Z-560's I'm kind of favoring them. But what about 5.1? Does it hold a major advantage over 4.1? The 560's are also twice as much as the 640's, 200$ and 100$ respectively. I'm sure I could afford the 560's, but are they not worth it? The external volume pod on the 560's also get me - on the 640's the controls are built into the center speaker. Do any of these have headphone jacks? I think I can see one on both of them - but I'm not sure. I'm currently reading the huge long comprehensive article by Tom's Hardware...very interesting.

    The Creative Inspire 5700's look quite tempting...
  19. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

  20. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Hey Vehementi,

    Personally, I'm planning to get Altec Lansing 641 soon. One concern about Z560 is build quality. The build quality of Z560 has been often critized by some of its owner although i m not sure. Rumours has it that staff from Klispch are trying to bring down Logitech by writing negative reviews. Well reviews about z560 and 641 are great and impressive. It would be worthwhile to check out 641.....i m sure you'll have a hard time to choose!
    Most people would agree that since the take over of Cambridge Soundworks by creative, the quality has degraded. So expect to see similiar reviews of 5700(designed by Cambridge Soundworks.

    Well you ought to keep in mine that choosing speakers is a subjective issues. You need to have a look your self and listen to the speakers before decide which to get. Your pair of ears decides them.;)
  21. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Thx y&w...

    Actually, all of the reviews I read about the Z-560's were positive. They highly praised them for their build quality, and very aesthetically pleasing, with the grill on or off (which is very easy to remove). And it's not like I'm going to be throwing my speakers around the room, I have a pretty big computer table and they won't be teetering on the edge. They look very appealing to me in my current situation, although I probably won't end up buying them for 2 months...

    I'll start reading reviews of the Altec 641's, the massive speaker roundup over at Tom's praised them.

    I tried stopping at Best Buy yesterday, but I couldn't. I will sometime before Christmas, and I know by their commercials they support people trying stuff before they buy it :D
  22. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Oh man y&w - those speakers are nice too. I skipped over their section in the Tom's review - but I'm reading it now...

    They're also the same price as the Z-560's :eek:

    The deciding factor is probably the lack of tweeters in the Logitech's...

    My dad has the Klipsch 4.1's. I've used them alot, and he's been having problems with them. Their design quality is awful. I mean, it's a very nice speaker setup, but...ugh. I don't even like the look of them.

    The Altec subwoofer is huge...about the same size as my case! And I have a huge case! Two 6.5" drivers! :eek:

    I'm starting to like this set...Darn you y&w, you've got me torn!

    My ears will decide.
  23. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Hi Vehmenti,

    Oh about the negative reviews written are not professional ones but just customer's opinion. Sorry about the confusion! Hehe...you're starting to like the 641.:) This large subwoofer gives you the feel of the music.

    Anyway may your good pairs of ears decide the right set of speakers.
  24. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I'm serious, I REALLY can't decide. Taking a trip to Best Buy will probably decide between the two. Ugh...
  25. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Having a hard time...lol :). Try play your favourite CD Tracks?
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