I have never bought speakers before so i dont really know what im looking for. I know that i want a 2.1 system and i have been looking at the creative i-trigue range. I know that creative are a good make for speakers.
I will use my speakers for mainly gaming. I have been looking at these:
i had an old sony shelf system that i bought in college. it wasn't quite loud enough for the living room theatre system, but those speakers on my computer desk pointed at my head are freakin' awesome! recycle, reduce, reuse.
Wireless Headphones will not give you the same impact as good set of surround speakers. 5.1 Speakers will give you far more impact and quality then any other set of speakers. 4.1 speakers are pointless and practically non existant on the market today esp with consoles and many PC games supporting Dolby Digital Live and 5.1 sound formats.
Creative Labs or Logtech Speakers are a good bet. Slightly more costly than the average no name brand that comes bundled with a PC but the quality is worth the money. My Creative Inspire 6700s are nearly 4 years old and they are still giving great sound.
If you only want to spend around £50 then these speakers will be a good bet:
There is another version of these speakers where the rear speakers are wireless. However I would steer clear of wireless speakers tbh - they are expensive and quality will suffer ever so slightly. Only consider them if the circumstances really warrant them (i.e. your missus doesnt want wires trailing across the living room! :-P)
The more you spend the better the sound quality. I have provided some choice here so now its a matter of how much can you spend.
Also make sure your sound card is up to scratch. If you play lots of games, especially those with EAX make sure you have at least an Audigy 2 ZS or above. You can have the best speakers in the world but if you are using onboard AC97 audio be it HD or not, then you will seriously create a bottleneck for your speakers.
Indeed. I have to keep mine around 25% volume most of the time. I bought some nice "super-aural" headphones recently and that allows me to crank the volume. Even at rediculous volume levels, the speakers stay crisp and clean.
randomizer is half true about 7.1. When listening to Dolby Digital movies or DTS movies, then all 7.1 will do is clone the surround speakers into the extra two back speakers
However with the advent of Blu Ray and HD DVD movies actually using those extra channels, 7.1 would prove useful. Also EAX Advanced HD sound formats especially on the X-fi gamer would use 7.1 speakers as they use positional audio technologies that are decoded live, especially in games like BF2.
There's Dolby Digital and DTS which are 5.1 + Surround that randomizer trying to explain and as marshahu mentioned there's also True Dolby Digital and True DTS which is going to use for High Definition format.