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Sep 12, 2008 6:52 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
trish123
trish123trish123Macclesfield, Cheshire, England UK231 Threads 6 Polls 19,911 Posts
OK, soon I have to buy new ones for mine, theres only one of these working at the mo and though I have a unit with its own volume control, I cant get any decibels going at all - its very frustrating to say the least as I do love my sounds......... the windows library is totally messed up too but I have found a freeware prog that deals with duplicates....... Im going to sort out the library then do a complete reinstallation of windows - and need new speakers for when this is all done - how much dosh am I looking at spending for some reasonably good output? any ideas anybody

and while Im on the subjects of music and comps, Ive seen some usb type turntables, is there anything I need to be aware of before buying one of those too confused


bouquet
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Sep 12, 2008 8:09 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
woody636
woody636woody636Elgin, Illinois USA4 Threads 1,810 Posts
trish123: OK, soon I have to buy new ones for mine, theres only one of these working at the mo and though I have a unit with its own volume control, I cant get any decibels going at all - its very frustrating to say the least as I do love my sounds......... the windows library is totally messed up too but I have found a freeware prog that deals with duplicates....... Im going to sort out the library then do a complete reinstallation of windows - and need new speakers for when this is all done - how much dosh am I looking at spending for some reasonably good output? any ideas anybody

and while Im on the subjects of music and comps, Ive seen some usb type turntables, is there anything I need to be aware of before buying one of those too


Can't help you out on the turntable, but the speakers will probably run you somewhere in the neighborhood of 150-200 pounds for a good 5.1 surround sound. Creative labs are decent; same with Harmon. Running a set of Klipsch myself but they took them off the market a while back. Great sound.
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Sep 12, 2008 9:47 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
trish123
trish123trish123Macclesfield, Cheshire, England UK231 Threads 6 Polls 19,911 Posts
woody636: Can't help you out on the turntable, but the speakers will probably run you somewhere in the neighborhood of 150-200 pounds for a good 5.1 surround sound. Creative labs are decent; same with Harmon. Running a set of Klipsch myself but they took them off the market a while back. Great sound.


Thanks Woody, Im looking to turn the comp which is round 1000 gig with my ext hd included into my sound system too - I have had loads of speakrs around the 40 dollar mark but nothing yet has made a mark on that crystal clarity sound Im looking for - I was really lookin for something not quite so costly but needs must as they say - looks like im gonna have to splash out big style to get the sound I want...........
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Nov 9, 2008 1:37 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
lorax111
lorax111lorax111richmond, Virginia USA30 Threads 2 Polls 1,772 Posts
Right now i'm just using a pair of cheep ones($35 ) that plug into my sound card. I don't do much with sound so its fine for me. If you have a nice home stero componet system then get an adapter cord for rc and plug your computer into it.


Dennis
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Nov 9, 2008 1:54 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
RobbieM
RobbieMRobbieMHertford, Hertfordshire, England UK172 Threads 10 Polls 7,930 Posts
I'd suggest you get an external audio Z card, and you can pretty much connect anything to it, to input and output the audio.

USB turntables are terrible, but again i'd point you at some other equipment that will definately do the job, i'd go for one of the czech made turntables, there really well made and there models for all budgets.

As for the windows library..i have a solution that i've done myself......its called a Cyrus Linkserver! Plug that into your network, add all your cds to the library and you'll have a brilliant system.

Mines on right now as i type, now the downside....the main unit costs £3500 and each client about £650......plus networking.....speakers and a router if you dont have one.

The beast even checks unlabelled cds and finds the cd covers on the internet.

You get what you pay for when it comes to sound...and the pile in this place cost more than an average car!
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Nov 9, 2008 1:58 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
omurchu22
omurchu22omurchu22Dundalk, Louth Ireland16 Threads 1,030 Posts
If your going to get any speakers dont buy any American ones, they tend to make too much noise and cause problems all the time devil besides you cant beat the Asians when it comes to electronoics or any thing Technical
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Nov 9, 2008 2:03 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
RobbieM
RobbieMRobbieMHertford, Hertfordshire, England UK172 Threads 10 Polls 7,930 Posts
omurchu22: If your going to get any speakers dont buy any American ones, they tend to make too much noise and cause problems all the time besides you cant beat the Asians when it comes to electronoics or any thing Technical


I've a set of Sony Ones...there fine but don't have the poer or delivery of normal speakers.

Harmon Kardon are ones i'd recommend, but compressed music is crap without a DAC unit and nice speakers...it will always sound tinny.
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Nov 9, 2008 2:08 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
omurchu22
omurchu22omurchu22Dundalk, Louth Ireland16 Threads 1,030 Posts
RobbieM: I've a set of Sony Ones...there fine but don't have the poer or delivery of normal speakers.

Harmon Kardon are ones i'd recommend, but compressed music is crap without a DAC unit and nice speakers...it will always sound tinny.


I always buy Jap or German when it comes to my Electronics or cars....ive a cheap set of sony speakers on my pc at the minute and there much superior to the rubbish i had before.....
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Nov 9, 2008 2:12 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
patrickthomas
patrickthomaspatrickthomasMullingar, Westmeath Ireland45 Threads 4 Polls 3,001 Posts
woody636: Can't help you out on the turntable, but the speakers will probably run you somewhere in the neighborhood of 150-200 pounds for a good 5.1 surround sound. Creative labs are decent; same with Harmon. Running a set of Klipsch myself but they took them off the market a while back. Great sound.


I think you pay a lot just for the design on the Harmon, Creative labs have come out on top in almost every review as best sound quality and value for money, I am listening to them right now, basic 2.1 set-up and they are really good.thumbs up
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Nov 9, 2008 2:14 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
RobbieM
RobbieMRobbieMHertford, Hertfordshire, England UK172 Threads 10 Polls 7,930 Posts
omurchu22: I always buy Jap or German when it comes to my Electronics or cars....ive a cheap set of sony speakers on my pc at the minute and there much superior to the rubbish i had before.....


I agree. I only buy German cars...well only Audi.

British is best as far as audio goes though.....have a nose at Cyrus or Arcam, it makes the likes of Sony, Denon and the like sound absolute crap.

If you have a high end Hifi shop nearby that sells either go have a nose and you'll be rewarded with breathtaking performance.

That said my linkservers client is coming out of an Marantz AV amp at the minute, through B & W speakers...and i cant fault marantz.....they make brilliant kit, and its about 8k cheaper than the british stuff i have upstairs!

That and we need to support local companies to us in these times of impending financial doom.

I do also own Bose speakers...i'd recommend them.
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Nov 9, 2008 2:16 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
omurchu22
omurchu22omurchu22Dundalk, Louth Ireland16 Threads 1,030 Posts
patrickthomas: I think you pay a lot just for the design on the Harmon, Creative labs have come out on top in almost every review as best sound quality and value for money, I am listening to them right now, basic 2.1 set-up and they are really good.


Ive got a big woofer and 2 nice chrome smaller speakers i bought from harvey norman last year for about 120 yoyos for my zen mp4 but have them in storage and have never listened to them doh ..are they any good????
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Nov 9, 2008 2:17 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
patrickthomas
patrickthomaspatrickthomasMullingar, Westmeath Ireland45 Threads 4 Polls 3,001 Posts
RobbieM: I'd suggest you get an external audio Z card, and you can pretty much connect anything to it, to input and output the audio.

USB turntables are terrible, but again i'd point you at some other equipment that will definately do the job, i'd go for one of the czech made turntables, there really well made and there models for all budgets.

As for the windows library..i have a solution that i've done myself......its called a Cyrus Linkserver! Plug that into your network, add all your cds to the library and you'll have a brilliant system.

Mines on right now as i type, now the downside....the main unit costs £3500 and each client about £650......plus networking.....speakers and a router if you dont have one.

The beast even checks unlabelled cds and finds the cd covers on the internet.

You get what you pay for when it comes to sound...and the pile in this place cost more than an average car!


I have a set of hand-built Dual speakers in a system downstairs Robbie that cost a small mortgage, and I have to admit that the cheaper systems that people like Harmon and Creative are producing have an amazingly good sound for the price.
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Nov 9, 2008 2:18 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
RobbieM
RobbieMRobbieMHertford, Hertfordshire, England UK172 Threads 10 Polls 7,930 Posts
patrickthomas: I think you pay a lot just for the design on the Harmon, Creative labs have come out on top in almost every review as best sound quality and value for money, I am listening to them right now, basic 2.1 set-up and they are really good.


I'd agree, but with musical fidelity and compressed music its like calling MP3s champagne when their nearer the netto home brand of lambrini when it somes to audio.

The difference is in the hearing, and music from pcs isnt very good.

The best way to output it is through a creative labs audio Z then using a digital optical cable to an amp and through normal speakers...the difference is a lot more than noticeable.
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Nov 9, 2008 2:18 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
patrickthomas
patrickthomaspatrickthomasMullingar, Westmeath Ireland45 Threads 4 Polls 3,001 Posts
omurchu22: Ive got a big woofer and 2 nice chrome smaller speakers i bought from harvey norman last year for about 120 yoyos for my zen mp4 but have them in storage and have never listened to them ..are they any good????


What make are they?
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Nov 9, 2008 2:21 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
omurchu22
omurchu22omurchu22Dundalk, Louth Ireland16 Threads 1,030 Posts
RobbieM: I agree. I only buy German cars...well only Audi.

British is best as far as audio goes though.....have a nose at Cyrus or Arcam, it makes the likes of Sony, Denon and the like sound absolute crap.

If you have a high end Hifi shop nearby that sells either go have a nose and you'll be rewarded with breathtaking performance.

That said my linkservers client is coming out of an Marantz AV amp at the minute, through B & W speakers...and i cant fault marantz.....they make brilliant kit, and its about 8k cheaper than the british stuff i have upstairs!

That and we need to support local companies to us in these times of impending financial doom.

I do also own Bose speakers...i'd recommend them.


Hey fellow Audi man beer .mines a nice A4 black se thumbs up

they used to make Bose speakers here for a while but the place closed down...
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Nov 9, 2008 2:21 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
omurchu22: If your going to get any speakers dont buy any American ones, they tend to make too much noise and cause problems all the time besides you cant beat the Asians when it comes to electronoics or any thing Technical
better get Austrian,or Deutch ones,Arnie could advise you on the Austrian ones!rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing wave
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Nov 9, 2008 2:22 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
patrickthomas
patrickthomaspatrickthomasMullingar, Westmeath Ireland45 Threads 4 Polls 3,001 Posts
RobbieM: I'd agree, but with musical fidelity and compressed music its like calling MP3s champagne when their nearer the netto home brand of lambrini when it somes to audio.

The difference is in the hearing, and music from pcs isnt very good.

The best way to output it is through a creative labs audio Z then using a digital optical cable to an amp and through normal speakers...the difference is a lot more than noticeable.


This is changing faster than you can blink Robbie, Logic audio (Sound engineer software) now regard 192kbs mp3 as pro quality, I am using 320kbs and it is impossible to tell the difference from a CD, Vinyl still has the dynamics though.
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Nov 9, 2008 2:23 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
RobbieM
RobbieMRobbieMHertford, Hertfordshire, England UK172 Threads 10 Polls 7,930 Posts
patrickthomas: I have a set of hand-built Dual speakers in a system downstairs Robbie that cost a small mortgage, and I have to admit that the cheaper systems that people like Harmon and Creative are producing have an amazingly good sound for the price.


I was being nosey earlier looking at Wilson bench speakers for another audio client for my linkserver in the spare room.

Sadly my days of pissing away money are over, though if i won the lottery i'd be onto B & W for some Nautilous speakers tomorrow....but at £15k a pair its not going to happen here while i'm working for virtually nothing.

One day, one day.........
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Nov 9, 2008 2:23 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
patrickthomas
patrickthomaspatrickthomasMullingar, Westmeath Ireland45 Threads 4 Polls 3,001 Posts
omurchu22: Hey fellow Audi man .mines a nice A4 black se

they used to make Bose speakers here for a while but the place closed down...


Yes and I had a pair of them Bose 301's really clear soundthumbs up
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Nov 9, 2008 2:23 PM CST Speakers for the computer......
omurchu22
omurchu22omurchu22Dundalk, Louth Ireland16 Threads 1,030 Posts
patrickthomas: What make are they?


Creative .........a black woofer and 2 smaller speakers in chrome
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