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Old November 24, 2012, 09:19 AM
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Hey all,

I want to buy new speakers for my parents' computer for Christmas, but I'm having a tough time choosing. I'd like to get the best possible sound for under $100, which I know is cheap, and that I could get much better sound for more, but I'm on a budget.

I've mainly been looking at 2.1 sets because there's no place to put "surround" rear speakers where my parents have their computer.

These are the ones I've read about so far, but any and all suggestions are VERY welcome:

Cyber Acoustics Subwoofer Satellite System (CA-3602)

Genius SW-G2.1 1250 2.1 Speaker System

Logitech Speaker System Z623

And finally, a related question: Would sub $100 speakers such as these benefit from a dedicated sound card, or is onboard sound fine?

Thanks so much!
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Old November 24, 2012, 09:47 AM
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I don't have experience with the Genius or CA speakers, but the Logitech speakers are excellent, well worth the $99 sale price. I would not hesitate to buy them again.

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Hey all,

I want to buy new speakers for my parents' computer for Christmas, but I'm having a tough time choosing. I'd like to get the best possible sound for under $100, which I know is cheap, and that I could get much better sound for more, but I'm on a budget.

I've mainly been looking at 2.1 sets because there's no place to put "surround" rear speakers where my parents have their computer.

These are the ones I've read about so far, but any and all suggestions are VERY welcome:

Cyber Acoustics Subwoofer Satellite System (CA-3602)

Genius SW-G2.1 1250 2.1 Speaker System

Logitech Speaker System Z623

And finally, a related question: Would sub $100 speakers such as these benefit from a dedicated sound card, or is onboard sound fine?

Thanks so much!
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Old November 24, 2012, 09:55 AM
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Thanks, Canker. I'll move those to the top of my list. Do you see any added benefit from a dedicated soundcard with those speakers?
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Old November 24, 2012, 10:23 AM
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I would go with Edifier over any of those:
Edifier M3300SF 2.1 Speaker Set 54W RMS Black
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I would go for the Logitech from that list.
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Old November 24, 2012, 12:42 PM
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Okay, so far it's logitech up against that edifier. Feel free to add any others to the list you think are better. I'm still wide open on this. I'll look into some reviews of the Edifier M3300SF 2.1. Thanks for all the help so far!
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Old November 24, 2012, 02:22 PM
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I don't think there would be any benefit. You have to remember in most cases audio is being carried and pushed through a mini plug.

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Thanks, Canker. I'll move those to the top of my list. Do you see any added benefit from a dedicated soundcard with those speakers?
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Old November 24, 2012, 03:22 PM
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I don't think there would be any benefit. You have to remember in most cases audio is being carried and pushed through a mini plug.
Right on, I appreciate the feedback. That helps too, because I can put money $$$ towards the speakers that way.
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Old November 24, 2012, 07:23 PM
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Dude, I really don't know much about speakers... But I can tell you, I've owned these: Dell A525 Zylux MultiMedia Speaker System Ships Free!!***** 041268144365 | eBay

For around 5 years, and the sound better than my 7.1 Sony Surround Sound Home Theater, at least the Bass is way richer on them... Provided you place them in sort of an small environment... They are old, but really cheap and durable, the only con I have for them is the Volume control wheel, it sucks and its unusable (in my case...) either way you can probably pick them up for under $30 US on ebay (worth a try maybe? xD)
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Old November 24, 2012, 08:49 PM
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Thanks, I'll take a look!
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