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Old 03-01-2009, 12:19 AM
 
Location: NM
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I've been researching this for about 2 yrs now but the technology changes so fast I've gotten lost. Now my research invariably leads me to reviews of computer speakers that are good for TV and video games. I DONT care about that stuff! I want computer speakers for MUSIC. MP3s sound awful, yes, but what does the best job making them sound better? I have to stop buying vinyl

I was leaning towards Bose out of brand-loyalty but I realize brand-loyalty is just successful zombiefication. Anyone have any experience with such a situation?

Thanks
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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What hardware are you playing your MP3's on? Any decent 3 speaker setup should sound pretty good. I was using Microsoft's USB speaker/subwoofer for the last 4 or 5 years and it sounded great, just recently upgraded to a Logitec 5.1 setup. Granted I'm by no means an audiophile, but it would play alot louder than I wanted without diftortion, had great bass too.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: NM
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What hardware are you playing your MP3's on? Any decent 3 speaker setup should sound pretty good. I was using Microsoft's USB speaker/subwoofer for the last 4 or 5 years and it sounded great, just recently upgraded to a Logitec 5.1 setup. Granted I'm by no means an audiophile, but it would play alot louder than I wanted without diftortion, had great bass too.
I just have a little laptop, but I have sooooooooooooooooooo much music. (In all formats too!)
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Bose is probably overkill with a laptop. Not knowing specs it's hard to say.

I bought Logitech speakers from Office Max for $40 on sale - they sound really good. My daughter (15) is happy with them, she doesn't even use her stereo any more. If you want the model number let me know
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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My GF has a 2.1 set by Altec Lansing. I just went behind the computer desk to find the model number for you. It is AVS300. We have been enjoying these speakers for years so I doubt you can find them anywhere except used. They flat out rock. Or Classical or Jazz for that matter. Mp3's need not sound terrible just as CD's didn't neccessarily sound worse than vinyl. Some you tube video's are unwatchable while some are near broadcast quality. It all has to do with the bit rate used to encode the original file and also how many times it has been kicked back and forth and encoded and reencoded. I agree with the earlier poster that Logitech makes some fine 2.1 systems. For music I think you can't go wrong if the subwoofer is at least the size of the Altec-Lansing or Logitech subwoofers, roughly 14"h x 8"W x 8"D. If I were buying a speaker system for music on a PC it would be the Logitech system.

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Old 03-01-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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I second the Altec Lansing speakers, they are great! I don't even bother with my stereo since I got them.
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: NM
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Bose is probably overkill with a laptop. Not knowing specs it's hard to say.

I bought Logitech speakers from Office Max for $40 on sale - they sound really good. My daughter (15) is happy with them, she doesn't even use her stereo any more. If you want the model number let me know
Probably no sub woofer though right?
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:15 PM
 
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My GF has a 2.1 set by Altec Lansing. I just went behind the computer desk to find the model number for you. It is AVS300. We have been enjoying these speakers for years so I doubt you can find them anywhere except used. They flat out rock. Or Classical or Jazz for that matter. Mp3's need not sound terrible just as CD's didn't neccessarily sound worse than vinyl. Some you tube video's are unwatchable while some are near broadcast quality. It all has to do with the bit rate used to encode the original file and also how many times it has been kicked back and forth and encoded and reencoded. I agree with the earlier poster that Logitech makes some fine 2.1 systems. For music I think you can't go wrong if the subwoofer is at least the size of the Altec-Lansing or Logitech subwoofers, roughly 14"h x 8"W x 8"D. If I were buying a speaker system for music on a PC it would be the Logitech system.

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I'll try and find them. There was a listing for them I found using Froogle, but it said Etronics had them and that company never has anything in stock. And after digging some more, cant seem to find 'em. Might have to go w the LogiT then... Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Probably no sub woofer though right?
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:35 PM
 
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