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My old Altec Lansing speakers took a crap on me after 7 good years of quality sound. Although they only cost me about $50 bucks, they were crystal clear and very loud. (great for me since I'm mostly deaf in one ear)

After reading the reviews and talking to people, I gave the Logitech Z313s a shot. Holy shit, these things suck like a 12 year old girl in Bangkok. The sound quality is horrid, if you turn them up past half way they crack and distort and worst of all, no bass or treble knob. All sound modifications have to be done through my EQ. This wouldn't be horrible, but I would rather twist a knob for small changes than open up a program.

Either way, I'm looking for some help since I don't want to go through another return process. I'm looking to spend $150 max and would like to find a set with a bass and treble knob if possible. The louder the better!

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This is what I would choose. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121044

BTW, bass and treble can all be controlled right from the computer and often times from the program playing the music.

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I've heard some good stuff about the Z506 set. It's not perfect but for under $100 it's the best you can get.

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Surro.../dp/B003VAK1FA

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This is what I would choose. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121044

BTW, bass and treble can all be controlled right from the computer and often times from the program playing the music.
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I've heard some good stuff about the Z506 set. It's not perfect but for under $100 it's the best you can get.

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Surro.../dp/B003VAK1FA
Ive got the previous version of these. The x540, I like em. Good sound, no issues a loud volumes.

If you have crackling above a certain amount, I would check your sound card and output. When my old speakers died, they took out the sound card as well.
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Why not just find a cheap old receiver and get some nice bookshelf speakers? Why get hung up on "computer speakers"?

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Why not just find a cheap old receiver and get some nice bookshelf speakers? Why get hung up on "computer speakers"?
That's a good question... I'm a newb at all this stuff, so that may be an idea if I knew where to start.
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Why not just find a cheap old receiver and get some nice bookshelf speakers? Why get hung up on "computer speakers"?

This is how I have always done it so I can get optical audio. I always picked up intereference with analog cables so I would use optical to get rid of the fuzzzz.


But AIO kits I like the klipsch setups, I have a 2.1 in the garage for when I am working in there and it really kicks bass!
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Why not just find a cheap old receiver and get some nice bookshelf speakers? Why get hung up on "computer speakers"?
Also, you could look at a small digital amp instead of a receiver and some small speakers as well

something like this package might work fairly well for under $60
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-650

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Also, you could look at a small digital amp instead of a receiver and some small speakers as well

something like this package might work fairly well for under $60
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-650
That is genius.

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That is genius.
I have never used that, the reviews on the AMP is generally all good, but the speakers get mixed reviews. So I might consider looking for a nicer set of bookshelf speakers and just sticking with the AMP and speakers. Also, keep in mind that this won't have a sub woofer, so if that is what you are looking for, this solution won't provide that.

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That is a good idea Chris, and along the lines I was thinking of.

Keep in mind though, the only drawback to using a receiver/amp and bookshelf speakers, is that it gets more complex if you decide to go surround sound for gaming/movies off your computer. At that point, you're basically building a home theater with a PC. At that point, computer speakers have the advantage that they are designed to be a couple plugs and done - 5.1

But I still think a receiver/amp and pair of bookshelf speakers kill an off the shelf "computer speaker" in sound quality. Computer speakers are typically made to be small, and inexpensive, with very little focus on sound quality.

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That is a good idea Chris, and along the lines I was thinking of.

Keep in mind though, the only drawback to using a receiver/amp and bookshelf speakers, is that it gets more complex if you decide to go surround sound for gaming/movies off your computer. At that point, you're basically building a home theater with a PC. At that point, computer speakers have the advantage that they are designed to be a couple plugs and done - 5.1

But I still think a receiver/amp and pair of bookshelf speakers kill an off the shelf "computer speaker" in sound quality. Computer speakers are typically made to be small, and inexpensive, with very little focus on sound quality.
I basically just updated your idea. THe only thing that I don't like about a receiver as an AMP is that its unnecessarily large. You end up with alot of inputs that you don't really need and if you are never going to drive more than 2 speakers it is a lot of desktop real estate. Depending on how cluttered somebody's workspace is they may not want to have a large stereo on the desk.

I do like the idea of using speakers that are designed to sound good rather than speakers designed to look good on the desk, or in a pretty box at the store (most computer speakers and anything made by bose)

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