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2.1 speakers to buy

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Sudden, 7 Jul 2006.

  1. Sudden

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    I'm looking to replace my sony 2.0 speakers with some new 2.1 ones so thought i'd ask for some advice :)
    Now I know that everyone here highly recommends the Aego M's, but was just wondering about some other choices too.
    If anyone has heard or has the following ones, could I have your opinions please?
    Bose companion 3
    Logitech Z 2300
    Altec Lansing VS4221

    Also, any other recommendations are welcome :)
    Thanks
     
  2. Eliot

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    acoustic energy aego m are the best
    full stop
    but i think those logitechs are good too
     
  3. tom_nieto

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    What's your budget?
     
  4. Sudden

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    Don't have a particular budget as such, so go wild!
    Isn't the bose companion 3 the most expensive as far as 2.1 go though? I wasn't aware something more expensive was there.
     
  5. Eliot

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    i wouldnt buy the boses, the aego m's are widely known for their greatness EDIT, Just saw the price of the boses, dont buy.
     
  6. tom_nieto

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    Well, if you're looking in the region of £200 you can't go wrong with an amp and hi-fi speakers.
     
  7. Stormrider

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    I'd vote for the Aegos as well. Got to be one of my best buys - absolutely superb and stunning the sound you get out of the little things.
     
  8. fish99

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    My current PC sound setup is - Sonic Impact t-amp (£30 + £20 for a power adaptor) connected to Eltax Monitor 3 hi-fi bookshelf speakers (£60). Superb for music and games alike.
     
  9. Eliot

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    ooOoo i dint think of that, thats a very good idea
     
  10. Sudden

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    I don't really want an amp and hifi setup though, looking specifically for a 2.1 speaker system and want the best. Despite the Aego M's glowing reviews across the board here, I don't like the look of it that much and the fact that it doesn't have a headphone jack puts me off a bit. That's one of the annoyances I have with my current sony 2.0 setup.

    Are there any other 2.1 systems that are almost as good as the Aego's in terms of sound quality? I don't want something overly loud, and by the looks of it, taht rules out the Logitech Z 2300. Any other options available? without comprimising too much on the quality.
     
  11. Eliot

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    i does have a headphoine jack doesnt it?, or do u mean a headphone output?
     
  12. Sudden

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    Sorry, I think i'm a bit confused with the terms, must mean output :p
    A place on the speaker itself to plug in the headphones basically, instead of plugging them out of the CPU and plugging in the headphones there.

    Now that I think about it, output makes a lot more sense :p
     
  13. fish99

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    An amp doesn't have to be enormous and use tons of power btw, the t-amp is just 6*4*2 inch, weighs next to nothing and it's only 12V 2A, so power usage is very low (10W average maybe). Hi-fi speakers don't have to be huge either.

    Anyway, if it's not what you're after that's fair enough.
     
  14. Dr.EM

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    I wouldn't rule out the Logitech's for being "overly loud", you can always put the volume lower, you just have the power there if you want it. A freind has them and from what I heard they would be a good choice.
     
  15. Eliot

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    i just looked up the t amp and some guy is saying its freakishly good and compares it with amps 30x its price, is it really that good?
     
  16. Yewen

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    Maybe not that good, but T-amps are insanely good for the money, easily be able to beat anything you could get running PC Speaker wise, by a long way.
     
  17. Participant

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    Pfff, amps just take a signal and increase the amplitude. Good amp / bad amp - they all sound the same! :p
     
  18. fish99

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    They are very good, but surely not as good as something 30x the price. That would be something like £450 which would get you a Rotel RA01 and leave you with £200 change :)
     
  19. Eliot

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    say i got a t amp what speakers should i get for around 50
     
  20. fish99

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    Dunno really, I haven't used many of the sets around that price, just the JBL Control 1's which I didn't rate, and Eltax Monitor 3's which are capable, clean and uncoloured (neutral). I'm not saying get them though, there could well be something better for the money. Have a look at Kef Cresta 10s too.

    £50-60 will get you some nice used speakers off ebay, maybe some Missions, they always seem to go for bargain prices.

    If they're going next to a CRT you need them to be shielded. Not an issue with a TFT.