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I'm having a hard time deciding between 2.0 and 2.1 setups and I'm not sure whether the 2.0 systems I have selected would match the 2.1 ones for sound, hence I ask your advice. The speakers would b… Read More
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
I'm having a hard time deciding between 2.0 and 2.1 setups and I'm not sure whether the 2.0 systems I have selected would match the 2.1 ones for sound, hence I ask your advice.

The speakers would be used for watching movies, listening to music AND gaming but I can't really get a 5.1 setup as I'm in uni halls of residence so am a bit limited for space although a large 2.0 or 2.1 setup would be good.

Altec Lansing MX5021 2.1 - £74.99 - http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/7011237/-/Product.html

M-Audio Studiophile AV40 - £91 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/M-AUDIO-Studiophile-AV40-Hi-Fi-Speakers/dp/B000RPT0UE

Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II - £63.60 - http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/888084

Which of these or any others would you personally recommend or suggest?

Thanks a lot for your help :)
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II - £63.60 - http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/888084

Really good speakers mate. I recommend these.
#2
If you have a bit of space, thought about perhaps a small amp and bookshelf speakers instead? Those would be better quality and hook up nicely through your PC, and your MP3s would be nicely streamed through a decent set of speakers.

An amp and a decent pair of bookshelf speakers would sound far better as a 2.0 setup.
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cicobuff, to be honest I'm not very "up" on hi-fi's and such, how would one go about finding a small amp and bookshelf speakers that were compatible with each other? Also, what sort of price would you say the setup would come to?
#4
Harman Kardon Soundsticks II - look like something out of Ann Summers but BRILLIANT sound from em!
#5
Would not having a sub make much difference in a good 2.0 set?

mbgringo
Harman Kardon Soundsticks II - look like something out of Ann Summers but BRILLIANT sound from em!


Those look... interesting although in my research they have come up quite a lot and I'm trying to figure out which is best between those and the Altec Lansing MX5021
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JustExtreme
cicobuff, to be honest I'm not very "up" on hi-fi's and such, how would one go about finding a small amp and bookshelf speakers that were compatible with each other? Also, what sort of price would you say the setup would come to?


No problem, really you dont need to be that up on them, notice your location is wolves, perhaps try a trip to B'ham and go to the Smallbrook Queensway (just off the bullring) and check out both Superfi and Richer Sounds, however you would be a little overbudget by £40-50, although Richer Sounds would have some second hand amplifiers so you may be able to get the price down to just a little over a ton.

Superfi have the following speakers for just under £70 which would be ideal budget speakers...

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/4204

http://www.superfi.co.uk/images/main/Wharfedale_VR100_black_front_1200.jpg

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/4195

http://www.superfi.co.uk/images/main/Mission_MV2_pair_black_1200.jpg

I would recommend getting either of those, then getting the following decent budget amp from Richer Sounds

http://www.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=CAMB-A1V3-BLK

http://www.richersounds.com/common/productpictures/301415.jpg

Then two lengths of speaker cable for left and right speakers, depending on the size of your room just measure in metres how much you need, and ask them at Richer Sounds to cut the two lengths and pre strip the ends for you which they would be happy to do.

http://www.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=GALE-SYMPHONY-200

http://www.richersounds.com/common/productpictures/303671.jpg

Then all you would need is a 3.5mm plug to phono lead to connect the pc sound card output to your amplifier...and I guarantee the sound would be better than any pc speaker set by far....not only that you have something that will last you and should you so wish attach a dedicated cd player to in the future etc etc.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41HTN2C69GL._SL500_AA280_.jpg
#7
Very nice monsier cicobuff, I am actually located near Norwich in Norfolk at the moment, its my home, but I go to uni in Wolverhampton and stay in halls, am going back tommorow and have plenty of free time so I think I'll visit that shop you mentioned, I can't seem to find any second hand amps on that site at the moment though.

Also, is there such thing as a more compact amp? It looks kinda large...
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JustExtreme
Very nice monsier cicobuff, I am actually located near Norwich in Norfolk at the moment, its my home, but I go to uni in Wolverhampton and stay in halls, am going back tommorow and have plenty of free time so I think I'll visit that shop you mentioned, I can't seem to find any second hand amps on that site at the moment though.

Also, is there such thing as a more compact amp? It looks kinda large...


430W x 300D x 90H mm , isn't large particularly, you could find a micro amp I am sure, but at what cost I do not know, certainly more costly than that. Really though 43 cm wide is not bad at all (most Hi-Fi equipment are standard width, its no bigger than a standard dvd player. Do you use a desktop or a laptop in your dorm? I mean, if you use a desktop pc, this amp would most certainly fit comfortably underneath a LCD monitor stand on your destop, whilst not being ideal for sound dampening against vibration, its at least an option.

Second hand amps are for sale within Richer Sounds, not on their website....as far as speakers go, I generally find the deals are better at Superfi, which is just up from Richer Sounds on the other side of the road, get them to match website prices...also its better to buy new speakers rather than second hand I find.

If you are travelling to B'ham from Wolves, either get the train to Moor St rather than Snow Hill as its closer to the Bull Ring and SmallBrook Queensway....or do the dreaded longwinded jaunt on the 126 bus, unless you are a lucky student with a car!

Another more expensive option to consider is buying a receiver, and providing your soundcard in your pc has optical or coaxial digital output would support surround sound, cheapest Richer Sounds do receiver wise though is the Yamaha RXV361 at £120, then the cheapest way of having surround sound speakers is to buy a package, the Yamaha NSP110 at £59 being the cheapest there.

Depends really what you want the most, multimedia or music, if music and a low budget, then certainly a quality amp and a pair of decent bookshelf speakers would be the best sounding option in a 2.0 setup.

However, if its a multimedia 5.1 setup for playing movies and games you are more after, then you could compromise by going for the yamaha option (compromising with those cheaper speakers)

Whichever would still sound far better than some £100 pc speakers, or one of those cheap all in one surround sound bundles you could buy for £100, but would cost you between £150-200..but certainly I would consider it if you appreciate a better sound.
#9
You're right about the size, I didn't think much about where I would put it. I use a desktop in my dorm. I could probably put it above my desk on 1 of the shelves.

I think I'll have a look at Superfi and Richer Sounds in Birmingham. I am a lucky student and do have a car although I hate to think what parking is like in Birmingham. I seem to recall the Bullring is easily accessible from New Street Station? I have been there a couple of times for concerts. Or is the Bullring so massive that it is worth going to Moore Street?

I mainly use my computer for music, movies and gaming, so everything really, but I'm not sure I have enough room for a 5.1 system, hence why I'm looking for a 2.0/2.1 option to save space although I don't want to compromise on sound.
#10
I went to Birmingham and visited Richer Sounds and Superfi today.

They had no second hand amplifiers at Richer Sounds and I checked out the speakers at Superfi and was a bit suprised by how massive they were so I also tried out some Q Acoustics 1010i which were a bit smaller and £83.15, sounded pretty good though. Not sure which to get to be honest.

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/4565

Trying to make up my mind, as for the amp I'm keeping an eye on fleabay :)

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