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New 2.1 Speakers

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by shredgodxp, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. shredgodxp

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    Been using some really old Creative speakers (2.1 system) which are cheap and on the way out (1 speaker has stopped working completely) so looking at getting a new set.

    However i'm at a bit of a loss as to what is good for the money. I do a lot of gaming and occasionally listen to Music at my PC but that's about it so any tips would be useful, budget is around £100-150
     
  2. hornetstinger

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    Q acoustics 2000 series with a t-amp. Don't bother with getting a sub as well in your budget
     
  3. Marsman

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    To be honest, 2.1 PC speakers are fine for gaming, even the cheap ones. When it comes to music though, the cheap ones are rubbish and the better quality ones don't hold a candle to a decent pair of stereo speakers such as the Q Acoustics mentioned above. It depends where the user's priorities lie.

    If you wanted something for mainly music with some gaming, then I'd suggest getting stereo speakers; but for mainly gaming with a bit of music, then the better 2.1 PC speakers are worth looking at.

    I've got some stereo bookshelf speakers connected to a small amp. If I used them mainly for gaming, then I could probably switch them for a 2.1 set and wouldn't be any worse off really. The vast majority of use though is music, which is an entirely different ball game. Metaphorically speaking, I'd rather cut my own arm off than swap them for 2.1 speakers.

    There are a lot of crap 2.1 speakers though, that can't do any music justice unless it's all just one bass line. £50 buys rubbish, £100-150, something much better. The slight problem is that cheap rubbish 2.1 speakers are ten a penny, whereas as better quality ones are few and far between.

    Harman Kardon Sounsticks III are very good, but the styling is a stumbling block for some people; you either like it or you don't.

    Edifier C2XD are decent. They got good comments from 2 forum members who bought them after their Corsair SP2500 speakers failed.

    A few other good ones have long since disappeared and either haven't been replaced, or were by something a bit too expensive, such as Acoustic Energy Aego 3.

    I suppose though you probably can't go far wrong with any £100+ 2.1 speakers, as long as they are reliable.

    Using stereo speakers for gaming, coming from 2.1 speakers, I think you'd find them somewhat hollow. Another forum member found this after he bought some Ruark MR1 speakers to replace a cheap 2.1 set. Fantastic for music, a bit hollow when it comes to gaming.
     
  4. hornetstinger

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    You can always add a good sub to a stereo set of speakers later on, so get better sound later rather than cheap and nasty 2.1 now
     
  5. Kaelsin

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    Hi all,

    I'm also interested in getting a set of 2.0 / 2.1 speakers (I only have a Sound Blaster AE-5 and AKGs 712 headphones at the moment).

    Reviews for the Q acoustics 2010i speakers look really positive. Would I be able to use the blaster with them? Would it be better for me to get an external amp for them? If so, what amp would people recommend?
     
  6. shredgodxp

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    The Harmans look good for what i'm after (as do the Edifiers) however i'm a bit concerned about fitting them on my desk! Will have to crack out the tape measure and see
     
  7. Marsman

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    They are passive speakers, so they need an amplifier; they can't just connect to a sound card without one.

    Depends what you're looking to spend and what space you have for an amp. If you want something small SMSL SA36 or SA50 is a good option.