PC Speakers

Can anyone make a suggestion for PC speakers?

My old Boston 2.1's are dying a slow death (being 6 years old), so I'm looking for a new set. I've got a Realtek AL C850 onboard, so I'm not looking for the ringing tinnitus or the woofiest tweets or whatever. However, I use my PC as my game machine, DVD player, and jukebox together, so I'd prefer something with good quality, but more importantly, good price.

I'm leaning toward a nice 2.1 or a cheaper 5.1.

Can anyone make a better suggestion? Or heck, any suggestion?

Thanks, Goodjers.

I found the Creative stuff incredibly boomy for my tastes. If all you do with them is game, its fine....but any music is going to be very heavy on the low end. They are the epitomy of why people complain about subwoofers.

I have a Klipsch 2.1set that I like pretty well....they replaced an old Boston Acoustics 2.1 set that finally gave out on me. I've been pretty happy with them so far.

I would really suggest going down to a retail shop and giving different sets a listen though....audio is arguably more subjective than video.

Klipsch speakers are great, and I really like Logitech's offerings as well.

That being said, I'm still rocking a set of 11 or 12 year old Boston Acoustics 2.1's that I loved from the minute I first plugged them in.

I'm starting to lose the left speaker though, so I think I'll be in the upgrade boat on this one pretty soon too.

I have this 2.1 setup and use it for pretty much what you use your own setup for. Solid setup for this price. Inexpensive so you can upgrade to a nicer 5.1 later on.


I have those logitech 5.1 speakers. I don't know much about audio but I'm pretty happy with them so far. The only gripe I've had is that the rear speakers are a little quiet, though this is easily adjusted.

Thanks for the suggestions guys.

My current Boston 2.1's are really dying. Last night one speaker finally died. One speaker has faded in and out before, but I have to position it just right to have sound out of both now. Probably loose connections or wiring's going faulty, I imagine.

Just to give you an idea of the set-up: http://artpad.art.com/?iyqykwvs3nk

I'm using the TV as a second monitor (for DVD purposes), then gaming on the LCD. Currently, I have the speakers flanking the TV (X's), with the subwoofer in front of the bottom of the bookshelf corner.
I'm still wondering how I'd get the best coverage. Would a 2.1 work best? Or a 5.1?
Its not a huge room, and I don't need overwhelming sound, since I there are other apartments around, but when everyone else is out, I like to crank it up...

So, I bought the Logitech 5.1. The cords are long enough to go everywhere I want them to, and the sound is good... out of the four side speakers & subwoofer. Where's my center channel is the question? This is really the first time I've had to mess with onboard audio, so I'm alittle clueless. (Like that's stopped me before.)

Downloading the latest Realtek 850 drivers now. Should it matter that its onboard?

EDIT: Nevermind. It worked. =) Genius.

I'd love to hear if there are any alternatives to Logitech of you want a good 5.1 setup in the $200-$300 range.

I've had two Logitech systems in the past 3-4 years, and BOTH have had the left channel go out after about 12-16 months. My current system, the Z-680 (had for about a year), still works, but I have to wiggle the connector frequently on the main control unti to get it to 'activate' the left channel. Plus, the hiss at even low volumes is rather crazy; if I didn't have a loud protein skimmer in the same room (CPR Backpack II) I'd probably be in a straight jacket by now, clapping and singing about 5.1 surround sound rattlesnakes.

The Z-680's are that noisy at low volume?

I'd never heard that before. Is there anyplace in your wiring or otherwise in your audio setup that the system might be drawing some line noise from or does it just do it no matter what?

That's really discouraging, as I've wanted a set of 680's for a while.

I actually have never had a single problem with my 680s. With no signal, they make no noise whatsoever even when cranked. When signal's applied, I notive no distortion or noise not directly attributable to source. (In other words, while I get a little low volume distortion from my computer, it's because I'm using low-quality onboard sound. When I play my Treo through it (which I use as my MP3 player) there is zero hiss. Even when volume is cranked and there's a dead spot in a track.

Also never had any QC type issues. And I've *abused* these puppies.

I admit it's quite possible I just got lucky.