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Can someone recommend a set of speakers for $100?

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March 18, 2010 2:38:17 AM

I need a set of speakers, and my budget is $100. I'd prefer 5.1, but I'd be fine with 2.1. Importance is 75% gaming, 25% music. It also needs to have a sub-woofer.

I'm thinking 2.1 would be better for me since I won't be properly setting up a surround sound system if I go with 5.1, but I'm afraid I'll miss the center channel if I don't go with 5.1.

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March 18, 2010 3:24:55 AM

The center channel usually separates the vocal audio from the rest of it, correct? That's why I felt like it might be something I'd like. At any rate, I'll check those out.
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March 18, 2010 6:21:58 PM

The center channel is its own source. It operates as a dipole (point source). When a center channel is lacking, the sound is mixed in both left and right channels, so vocals are reinforced. This means there is more vocal output at the seating position.

Center channels were designed for home theater seating where a point source is necessary to prevent lobing or comb filtering. Having left/right both playing back center channel material produces more output at the "sweet spot" like a horizontal D'appolito MTM design. It just is a bad idea for extreme sitting angles. You don't need it nearfield.
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March 18, 2010 9:15:48 PM

Ah, thanks a lot for the clarification. I've been looking around and; the Klipsch Promedia 2.1's seem to be quite popular. Do you have an opinion on them?
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March 18, 2010 11:09:22 PM

They are pretty good for computer speakers. The horn tweeter may be a little harsh if you have sensitive hearing. It's a good subwoofer for the price though.

What is your budget?

If you have $160 you are willing to put down, these are my favorite in that price range:

http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php/loudspe...
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March 18, 2010 11:56:33 PM

I wanted to spend about $90 tops, but I might consider going over. $160 isn't too bad if it's going to get me a better system. Those look pretty good, but I'm totally lost when it comes to audio equipment..
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March 19, 2010 5:29:07 AM

Bookshelf/Monitor speakers like the one I linked are sonically a step above your typical satellite/subwoofer speakers but they are bigger than satellites--that's the trade off.

I have yet to hear any satellite/subwoofer system that sounds any good. The Klipsch iFi is the only one I might consider listening to for extended amounts of time. I've owned numerous PC speakers: altec lansing atp5, mx5020, z-560, z-680, klipsch promedia ultra 2.0...Now that I reflect on it, I realize they were pretty much all garbage.

Compared to larger speakers that is.
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March 19, 2010 3:19:45 PM

Oh, I see. Thanks for the advice, I think I might just stretch my budget for those speakers you mentioned then.

Thanks again.
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March 19, 2010 3:19:51 PM

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