I'm looking to replace my blown Logitech speakers. $150 is what I want to spend, but I can go a tiny bit over if it gets me a lot better quality. I use them for gaming and music mostly (I don't want 5.1 though, since my room/computer isn't set up to place speakers around). I'm not an audiophile in the sense that I know what to look for in sound, but I do appreciate great quality.
I second those Logitech Z-2300, although the price has gone up significantly. They were $99 about 5 years ago. They are really good speakers. Nice and loud. The base is clean and booming. If you live in an apartment or condo, then I would not recommend these because you will get the cops called on you for disturbing the peace. I live in a single family house and I barely have them up to half an the house is rockin'.
1) I've used Logitech for years and been happy with them, but only just now am I starting to care about quality and am starting to become an actual "audiophile". My concern with Logitech is if it is just one of those brands that are mass produced and highly marketed (like Dell stuff). Non informed people may not see a difference, but most everyone who knows a lot about it knows that there are better things out there for the price.
2) masterasia mentioned they were cheaper 5 years ago....does that mean they are old speakers? There hasn't been anything better made in 5 years?
3) The speakers point "up". Is this going to be an issue if the sound is shooting upwards instead of forwards like most speakers?
I just listened to the Klipsch setup at Best Buy today. The logitechs they had set up were blown, so I couldn't compare, but they sounded pretty good. When I first started listening to them, it sounded like the high's overpowered the low's a little too much. Like there was too much treble or something. Do you notice that at all?
The Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 are the best for around $150. I enjoy high quality audio and I have a strong dislike for Logitech speakers. My old Altec Lansing sound much better and don't have the muffled sound the Logitech speakers have. The Klipsch are available at Best Buy. A great buy at that price point. You won't be disappointed.