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QOTD: What Speakers Do You Use for Your PC?

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While CPUs, GPUs and other components of a computer have come a long way and continually move at a face pace, computer speakers haven't evolved too much over the past several years. But, that's the nature of sound.

Sound cards themselves, haven't developed much recently either. With onboard sound the norm, and Creative not doing much, we've pretty much reached a plateau in the growth curve. However, that's not to say you can improve your listening experience with a great set of speakers. For me, I attach the digital output from my sound card into a receiver. From there, I use a customized home theater setup.

The question of the day is: What speakers do you use for your PC?

2? 2.1? 5.1? 7.1?--Or something even more insane?

I remember attaching my first pair of Labtec speakers back in the early 486 days, when the term "multimedia" just started becoming popular. It put such a smile on my face to have real sound coming out of my computer, instead of just those lame beeps. Sometimes though, I miss those beeps!

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    Anonymous , March 25, 2009 7:00 PM
    Klipsch Pro-Media 2.1
    Best ever!
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2009 7:01 PM
    Logitech Z-5500 ftw

    paired with Auzentech prelude sound card
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    antiacid , March 25, 2009 7:01 PM
    I used to have 4.0 altec lansing (from the early 2000's) and recently moved to a pair of Polk Audio rti a9 and eD a2-300 sub for 2.1 sound system plugged into a Yamaha rx-v663 through optic cable (the sound card is a fatal1ty x-fi). Soon there'll be a pari of rti a3 for the rears and a csi a6 for the center channel. That should last me a while ;) 
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    rodney_ws , March 25, 2009 7:01 PM
    Altec Lansing. Hey, it's a laptop... I gots no choice! That said... for a laptop, they sound ok. 4 speakers + subwoofer... no, I don't rattle the walls, but it's adequate for what I do.
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    Spanky Deluxe , March 25, 2009 7:03 PM
    I use my old amp and speakers from the 5.1 surround setup I used to have in my lounge. Its nothing special and was an all-in-one kit (Sony HT-6500D) about six years ago but the sound qualities good. I only use the front three speakers and the sub though.

    When I needed new speakers for my computer I figured I'd rather put the money towards a really nice new kit for the lounge.
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    MoUsE-WiZ , March 25, 2009 7:03 PM
    Speakers? I use a headset. I blame the growing popularity of vent for this; people with speakers are annoying on vent, nobody wants to hear your game sounds.
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2009 7:03 PM
    I have some awesome JBL Near-Field monitors. Kind of over kill for a computer, but essential for a music studio.
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    dravis12 , March 25, 2009 7:03 PM
    Genius SW-i 2.1 with X-fi sound card.
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    jeremyrailton , March 25, 2009 7:03 PM
    A Sony shelf system I bought years ago. Sounds great!
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2009 7:06 PM
    Creative SoundBlaster Live 24-Bit external tied to my toshiba tablet, piping the audio out to a Sharp stereo reciever with two Yorx S57 speakers (40w per channel) and a Pioneer 10in 100w subwoofer.
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2009 7:07 PM
    Klipch 4.1's I bought in 2000.
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    gamerk316 , March 25, 2009 7:10 PM
    5.1 headsets; currently the Razer Barracuda HP-1.
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    ryaninomaha , March 25, 2009 7:15 PM
    Logitech G51 5.1---155 watts of audio bliss. Picked them up off Newegg last year and I've been rocking out ever since. They do very well at near max valume w/ no distortion. I mostly listen to Mp3's but do a fair amount of gaming as well. Good times.
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    thespamness , March 25, 2009 7:16 PM
    Klipch 5.1 Ultras (pictured above) with a Audigy 2ZS Platinum.
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2009 7:16 PM
    Yamaha Monitor Speaker MSP5
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    xnem3s1sx , March 25, 2009 7:16 PM
    I use a Samsung home theater system, the HT-DB600, its 500W, and 5.1, and I love it, though i need to get a sound card with a on chip DTS compressor for optical...
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    A Stoner , March 25, 2009 7:23 PM
    AggSeriously? Does a Question of the Day benefit ANYONE at all?!?!

    I like them. I get to see what other people think, or use.

    I use Klipsch 5.1, although, because of house moving, they are really 3.1 with the rear speakers sitting just in front of the front speakers.

    My wife has Altec Lansing 2.1 speakers and she likes them very much.

    I ahve to admit that I am not an audiophile person and would not be able to determine if sound had a slight bias in any direction.
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    Onus , March 25, 2009 7:26 PM
    I'm deaf in one ear. I appreciate the base of a subwoofer, so I've got a $50-$60 2.1 setup. I also use a mono headset, especially if my wife is watching TV in the room, and it also works well on Teamspeak.
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    aalkema , March 25, 2009 7:27 PM
    Altec Lansing VS4121 2.1, and an older RCA 2.1 Stereo with Amp, both hooked up to my computer.

    Great sound for our dorm room... and the rest of the hallway.
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    mactruck , March 25, 2009 7:27 PM
    My HTPC (7.1) has a Creative X-Fi Music connected to a Harmon Kardon AVR235 feeding 7 Polk M-series speakers and a 150w Sony sub. My gaming rig uses either Logitech G51 speakers or a Sennheiser headset depending on the game/onlookers. I'm still waiting for the day my neighbors call the cops after hearing both PCs playing Left 4 Dead :) 
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