inexpensive quality computer speakers?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by silentstranger, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. Okay, I've had enough of listening to music through my crappy little harman/kardon PC speakers; I need to actually hear some bass so I can learn covers I'm gonna be playing. I just want a half-decent 2.1 system, no screwing around with placing five little speakers on stands in the middle of the floor for me, thanks... So, any recommendations? I remember my freshman-year roommate had these Monsoon flat-panels that sounded great, and when he cranked it, it was damn loud all the way at the other end of the hall...I believe those were a little pricey however. I'm poor and unemployed, so I can't afford much more than about fifty bucks. Ebay is a definite possibility however. So tell me what you use and why it rocks (or doesn't)!
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    My brother has a set of altec lansings 2.1, I think it cost him 40 bucks...sounds fine.

    not the greatest in the world, but the are perfectly fine for gaming, or listening to music.

    Monsoons are pretty pricy, if I remember correctly, but they do sound great.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Why don't you just hook it up to your hifi stereo?
    Beats any computer speaker and it's great for bass - even slap.
  4. Wow guys, fast replies, I like it! :)

    I'll look into the Altecs, I believe I've heard good things about that brand from others too. Gaming isn't my thing (and when I do it, sound quality isn't my concern), but listening to music definitely is...might consider playing my bass through it occasionally too, but prerecorded music is my main purpose with this system.

    That's a good suggestion, but it assumes I have a hifi stereo ;) Sadly, my (subless) stereo is crappy too; certainly better than my PC speakers, but still weak and thin compared to most 2.1s I've heard.

    And now the reason I returned to this thread so fast: I found a really cheap 2.1 rig made by Monsoon, model number MH-500. Has anyone ever used these? I know Monsoon is a good name, but do these speakers live up to the name? Why so cheap?
  5. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I also use an Altec Lansing 2.1 They cost $80 new, or did at the Staples they were purchased at.

    Never had a problem with volume, the sub is pretty kickin'. They don't feel "cheap" and look snappy.
  6. Albini_Fan

    Albini_Fan Banned

    Jan 26, 2003
    Beneath Below
    I just run my computer into my stereo :/
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Well, I imagine for quite a few people, their computer IS their stereo. Myself included.
  8. Wow, there are a LOT of Altec 2.1 systems... know any specific models that are good?? I see a lot of ATP3 rigs for cheap (but $20 shipping :spit: ), and an alluring 345 that's actually only a few miles away from me.

    Important question: when a model is advertised as intended for gaming, is it going to be significantly different from a similarly-powered system intended for music or general use? Different voicing, or some such thing? Blah, too many choices.
  9. iplaybass

    iplaybass Guest

    Feb 13, 2000
    Germantown, TN
    Yup... I bought a JVC reciever with a USB input and it was the best decision I've ever made.
  10. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    I have Altec Lansing Surround Sound with a subwoofer. It kicks.