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Good Stereo speakers for PC?

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Double07, May 22, 2020.

  1. Double07

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    Looking for a half decent set of speakers for my PC as my cheap numbers are starting to look out of the place with the other stuff I've spent a small fortune on!

    Im not bothered about 5.1 or surround or any of that jazz, just a good pair of stereo speakers, possibly 2.1 if anyone knows of something that the sub makes an actual difference given Im not going to be spending a fortune here.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Gray2233

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    What's your budget?
     
  3. Double07

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    Tough to answer as I honestly have no clue what something decent even costs as audio has never been something I have paid much attention to over the years unlike GPU/CPU. With that in mind I am no audiophile but something decent would be good. Maybe about 100 quid or there abouts?
     
  4. maj

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    First of all I would avoid getting any 'gaming' ones, you want studio monitors or hifi speakers. You then have two options - powered or passive. Powered run off mains and passive you would need a t-amp. For powered speakers I'd recommend Presonus Eris or Edifier. Some models have bluetooth, some don't. Some are bigger than others so that's something to consider too.

    For passive you can't go wrong with the Wharfdale Diamond 9's and a SMSL amp.
     
  5. Gray2233

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    Edifier make some solid active 2.0 setups.

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £179.98 (includes shipping: £0.00)
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    Unfortunately the 1600T's aren't in stock at the moment or they'd be a good buy at £90.

    Otherwise you're looking at Wharfedale Diamond 9.0's and an AMP for a little more money if you go the passive route, as mentioned by @maj . You could always check the second hand market and see if you can get a bargain, I managed to pick up some Wharfedale Diamond 10.1's awhile back for £60. Monitor Audio Bronze stuff is often decently priced second hand.
     
  6. Double07

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    Thanks for the input, yeah I would probably be looking at the kind of things that you have recommended as I would stay away from the "game" stuff and just prefer a decent pair of solid sounding stereo speakers. I had looked at the edifier stuff and was sort of where I was thinking but wasnt sure if they were decent so its good to get some feedback and know I am on the right track :)
     
  7. mrbell1984

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    These sort of speakers are some of the best ones out there. I wish I owned a set of them.
     
  8. sgoaty

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    If going passive its worth looking at the Nobsound NS-01G I was in the market for some speakers but I didn't want to spend much and sub £30 speakers generally aren't great. I had an old par of hifi speakers in the loft and paired with the little amp they sound great (for the price)
     
  9. montymint

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    My Creative T20 II's cost about £70 and produce a very nice sound (to me anyways) for less desk space.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FDRfFWJty8

    the eidfers are probably better if it's music that you want to listen to mostly - but again, depends on the desk space you have !
     
  10. sgoaty

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    I have a set of those speakers on another pc and can also recommend them if your happy to spend that.
     
  11. Double07

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    Ended up getting a pair of presonus Eris 4.5s. Was a bit more than my initial £100 budget but not too much and I was going around in circles so just bought something and I can learn from there :)
     
  12. Harnser

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    Good stuff in this thread but I wanted to comment on these. I've owned 3 pairs of Creative speakers (2x T40s, 1x T20) spread across 2 computers, and in all I've started off really impressed with the sound, and then a year or so later they start to develop problems.

    The first T40 developed a tweeter that you could always hear, oscillating at high pitch. They went back under warranty, they said there wasn't a problem, then repaired them. Didn't last much longer before failing. The second T40 (bought because I liked the sound) and the T20 (bought because I wouldn't buy another T40 - so maybe a different model would be better?) both developed the same problem: the speaker where the power comes in would stop working, so you'd lose stereo. If you turn the volume up to deafening it would come back on; and go off again when you turn it back down. Sometimes that wouldn't work; otehrtimes it would work perfectly.
     
  13. JasonM

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    For speakers buy from a company that actually specialises in speakers. Things to look for.

    Wooden speaker encloser.
    At least a 4" centre driver, else your mids will be poor.
    Front ported if possible, this way you can place them closer to a wall. This last thing is not that important, but choose front ported if it's an option.

    Personally I would be getting a separate amp, then pick up some good desktop speakers such as Denon, Yamana, Poke etc. There are places that sell surplus stock and you can source yesterdays model speakers at 50% off, however rules don't allow to me post links. This path would give you best bang for your money.

    However if you don't want all this messing around and want one stop for everything - then Edifiers I would choose. The Edifiers are good for money, however compared to say a Yamaha desktop speaker the encloses are not constructed as good, and Yamaha's will typically have better quality tweeters than an Edifier.

    Then any money left over, speaker isolation foam, reasonable quality pure copper cable, then speaker stands would help also.
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2020
  14. Super-Spy

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    I would go for Active Monitors, similar to ones used in sound studios. A few to choose from including Adam, Yamaha, Rokit etc
     
  15. Silicon Si

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    I have been toying with the idea of buying some Edifier S3000Pro's but they come in at around £569, they have some very good reviews, maybe one night when I have had a few beers i will wake up next day and realize i ordered a pair!
     
  16. JasonM

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    There a lot of money for what they are. I would want them on discount or offer before buying.

    For that amount of money you could get a seperate amp, and some good passive speakers, then money left over for external dac or good sound card.
     
  17. Super-Spy

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    Agreed for that price, you can pick up a very nice pair of Active Monitors
     
  18. PapaLazaru

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    OP, how are you finding them? I'm in exactly the same boat. My beloved Monitor Audio WS100's are on the way out and space is at a premium.

    Looking at these, the smaller ones or the Wharfedale DS-2.
     
  19. LabR@t

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    Blue tooth amp? Or blue tooth speaker? Budget £200
     
  20. arknor

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    I bought the same a few months back.
    more than happy with them as long as they last a good few years.


    I saw on some sites in the comments people saying they got a bluetooth version of the speaker presonus ceres 4.5 when they actually ordered eris.

    Here's what presonus say the difference is
    So I guess you have to be careful where you order from if you want actual monitor speakers, sounds like ceres modify the sound a bit to be more hifi and probably have less base because the internal space is smaller