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Richardd150
20-04-2011, 02:23 PM
Hi all.

The volume control on my Dell speakers has died so I'm looking at some new ones. Any recs for 5.1 speakers under $150.00? General use with some gaming and music listening but I'm no music buff so doesn't need to be too flash.

Cheers!

wratterus
20-04-2011, 02:31 PM
Logitech Z-506, the successor to the hugely popular X-530.

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=13718

Richardd150
20-04-2011, 09:49 PM
Thanks Wratterus. I'd liked the look of that model.

dugimodo
21-04-2011, 11:01 AM
I decided I don'tlike 5.1 myself, I'd go a nice set of stereo speakers like http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=7975

But it's a matter of preference.

My reasons:
Windows 7 refused to use the rear speakers for music in any meaningful way
Positional audio on games just didn't work like i thought it would
Finding a spot for the speakers and running the wires is a nusiance

In the lounge i have a decent 5.1 setup for movies, on the PC I have an awesome little amp and a pair of bookshelf speakers - no cheapo 5.1 setup could compare :)

Richardd150
21-04-2011, 12:17 PM
I decided I don'tlike 5.1 myself, I'd go a nice set of stereo speakers like http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=7975

But it's a matter of preference.

My reasons:
Windows 7 refused to use the rear speakers for music in any meaningful way
Positional audio on games just didn't work like i thought it would
Finding a spot for the speakers and running the wires is a nusiance

In the lounge i have a decent 5.1 setup for movies, on the PC I have an awesome little amp and a pair of bookshelf speakers - no cheapo 5.1 setup could compare :)
It's probably a good point - I probably don't have the room (desk is a 100cm wide and 60 odd deep and no shelves to put speakers on) to set out 5.1 speakers in a way that I can actually benefit from them.
I tend to use headphones for gaming but my wife likes to Skype and listen to music while in our kitchen/living room area (we have a small house, 89 Sq metres)- For a 2 speaker set up would you recommend that product (I ask as you wrote "I'd go a nice set of stereo speakers like..."? What make and model do you actually have?

ruup
21-04-2011, 02:52 PM
Love my Logitech z5500, only have two draw backs:

Price - expensive
Size - huge

Still great sound...

Richardd150
21-04-2011, 03:18 PM
Love my Logitech z5500, only have two draw backs:

Price - expensive
Size - huge

Still great sound...

That... looks very nice:drool - I'm sure if I bought one my manliness would be vastly improved (at least until my wife saw the Visa bill and Bobitted me;))

But where would I put them - the speakers, I mean.

dugimodo
21-04-2011, 03:23 PM
what I actually have is a little Kama bay amp and a pair of wharfdale speakers. I can't find it for sale any more but http://www.pbtechnz.com/?item=SPKKCF13723 is very similar (I already had speakers hiding out in the shed so i just got the amp) these amps are "only" 10 watts which limits the volume but it fills the little room and can be heard all round the house.

The ones I linked where on my list as I had read very positive reviews on them, I haven't heard them myself though and if you are a bass Junkie or like any sorta techo or dance music you may prefer a 2.1 setup. Myself I like bass but not to extremes.

edit: this http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA24853 is what I actually have but they are not in stock.

Richardd150
23-04-2011, 08:47 PM
Thanks all.

I'm gonna save up for some decent gear so have (don't shoot me) bought a DSE 2.1 system that is surprisingly good (that may say something about my ears rather than the quality of the product) in the meantime for $40 (on special, of course!).

Your advice has been heeded and will be used.

gum digger
24-04-2011, 01:36 AM
what I actually have is a little Kama bay amp and a pair of wharfdale speakers. I can't find it for sale any more but http://www.pbtechnz.com/?item=SPKKCF13723 is very similar (I already had speakers hiding out in the shed so i just got the amp) these amps are "only" 10 watts which limits the volume but it fills the little room and can be heard all round the house.

The ones I linked where on my list as I had read very positive reviews on them, I haven't heard them myself though and if you are a bass Junkie or like any sorta techo or dance music you may prefer a 2.1 setup. Myself I like bass but not to extremes.

edit: this http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA24853 is what I actually have but they are not in stock.

Was actually looking for something like an and desktop speakers, however something with digital coax/optical in and a subwoofer out.

mikebartnz
24-04-2011, 01:45 AM
IMy reasons:
Windows 7 refused to use the rear speakers for music in any meaningful way.
That sounds more like a problem with Win7 than the speakers or possibly the music files just weren't good enough.

Snorkbox
24-04-2011, 03:02 AM
I have a desk. Tower case on top along with a monitor and a phone. Above that I screwed shelves that hold speakers to the wall. I refuse to put the tower case on the floor. But then as I live alone I can do what I want when I want.

dugimodo
25-04-2011, 01:46 AM
That sounds more like a problem with Win7 than the speakers or possibly the music files just weren't good enough.

The speakers were fine, and tested fine with front and rear functioning properly. However from a stereo source such as music only the front ones made any noise, rendering the rear completely useless. There were ways to use them as virtual surround or effects but this did not sound good.

You may consider this as functioning properly, however XP fed the left and right to the rear speakers as well and it sounded a lot better.

When I looked into and considered what I actually listen to, I went back to stereo speakers and I'm happy with it. Surround just doest work on a corner desk anyway (not mine at least)