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Best 2.1 Speakers for approx £30?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by alexp999, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Ketxxx

    Ketxxx Heedless Psychic

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    Seriously dude... don't. I've done a uni course on electronics I know how all that stuff works lol. Even if you don't use the X540s as a 5.1 you can still use them as a decent 2.1 setup, eitherway your throwing money away on just a 2.1 setup.
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    I always love your big posts Kursah, the amount you right each post is worth 2, you should be on 10,000 posts.

    And @ Ketxxx I also did an A-Level physics course so I'm not just making stuff up, I spent ages piecing my HiFi together, I had an 800W RMS MIDI system before, now I have separates driven by a 140W amp, which sounds better? Had greater bass repsonse, etc. The seperates.

    But anyway, spending double the amount on 5.1 seems a waste to me, even if it did sound better, I cant personally see the point in having them if I cant have them in a 5.1 config
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    I agree that was my mistake buying a 5.1 without thinking where to set those speakers. You can get a much powerful 2.1 for the price of a midrange 5.1 speaker. I'd go with Logitech brand
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    For futureproofing. Look at it as burning £30 with a lighter and spending £50 somewhen else instead of just spending a extra £20 now. Comparing a amp is also massively inaccurate and a unfair comparison to PC speakers setups, each have their own design purposes in the same ballpark, but under different conditions.
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    I was comparing a MIDI system to separates, and all speakers work on the same principal, they all have an amp somewhere :)

    I think I'm going to go for the X-230s, seems to be the best choice, I'd rather buy these now, then if I ever want 5.1 and can set it up properly I will buy a new set.
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    The power of the amp is the difference. Its a extreme example but it highlights my point. A amp used by a DJ in a club, and the kind of amp you would get with PC speakers. The difference is night and day, PC speakers you just can't give that much power to for a multitude of reasons. On the flipside of the coin PC speakers do other things which help make them more universal than a straight amp which soul purpose is to output a loud sound. Eitherway, do what you will. Most people will probably just find it weird that you opt for a 2.1 setup when you could easily store the other speakers for when you have room and in the meantime still have a killer 2.1 setup and be saving money in the long run. TBH I don't think you will notice much of a difference at all buying another 2.1 setup over your existing set.
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    What makes the X-540s so much better than the X-230s if in a 2.1 setup? :confused:
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    I have a set of 5.1 X-540's and I can't fault them.

    The higher you turn them up, the better quality they are :)

    :nutkick:
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    Thing is, what I dont get, is that the X-540s are not much more than a redesign of the X-530s, and the X530s, are just a 5.1 version of the X-230s. So if I'm only going to be using a X-540s in 2.1, doesnt it make sense to save £20-30 and get the X-230s?
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    Trust me, go for the Logitechs ;)

    http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/1107554/-/Product.html?searchstring=logitech x-230&searchsource=0

    I used to have the exact same set on my gaming PC and they are awesome :rockout:

    You could also consider these (if your trying to save some cash)

    http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/904740/Logitech-X-210-Speakers/Product.html

    They are the baby brothers of the X-230 :) My daughter has them attached to her XBOX360 / MP3 player and they sound amazing for such tiny speakers.
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    yes mate that makes perfect sense!

    go with the logitech, my misses has them for her rig and they are pretty decent!

    or even better save up and get the creative S750's or the logitech powerful version's

    digital or analogue doesn't mean shit, cant tell the difference
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    I decided to spend twice as much for 5.1s and I'm happy

    My Youtube review of my new X-540s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1tDgMKBT-M

    Check out Logitech. I'm not going back to Altec Lansing or Creative for my speakers again!
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    My next speaker would be Logitech :toast: Logitech has one of the best looking design I've seen.
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    i hate pretty speakers!!!

    I like one's that look uglier than steven hawking!
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    Would you still agree if I only want 2.1, the X-230s would be just as good?

    :toast:
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    their the same anyway tbh +the extra 3 speaker's

    get the 2.1 mate you wont be disappointed, trust me!
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    You get 10 more watts from the 5.1s sub.

    And also dude when you have 2 speakers in the rear, and you hit the Matrix button to convert Stereo to Surround. HA-HA-HA!!! Surround sound is like weed, it makes EVERYTHING better.

    Spend the $90.
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    I'd say get the X-230's

    X-230

    # Main Specifications:
    # Total RMS power: 32 watts RMS
    # Satellites: 12 watts RMS (6W x 2)
    # Subwoofer: 20 watts RMS
    # Total peak power: 64 watts
    # Frequency response: 40Hz - 20kHz
    # Drivers Satellites: (2) 2" drivers per satellite
    # Drivers Subwoofer: 5.25" ported driver
    # Satellites Dimensions: 8" x 2.5" x 3"
    # Subwoofer Dimensions: 9" x 6" x 9.25"
    # Signal-to-noise ratio: >96dB

    X-540

    Technical Specifications

    o Total RMS power: 70 watts RMS
    Satellites: 45 watts RMS (2 x 7.4W front, 15.4W centre, 2 x 7.4W rear)
    Subwoofer: 25 watts RMS
    o Total peak power: 140 watts
    o Frequency response: 40 Hz - 20 kHz


    The center & rear speakers of X-540 gives the boost and the sub gets a +5W over X-230
    The X-230 is a powerful speaker despite of being a 2.1 for the last time get the X-230!

    Studabaker

    ya the matrix mode is a + for X-540's
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    I cant have the X-540s rear speakers behing me so it seems a waste, that and I have just found the X-230s for £24.99 delivered :rockout:
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    Rock on man, I think all that matters is that you're about to feel the power and quality of a nice set of Logitechs. For cheap, too!
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    Get the X-230s.

    Unless ... These? lol
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    :roll:

    Who would want those :wtf:

    I really cant see the X-230s getting beat for £24.99, I have also found the Z-4s for £45 delivered, but it doesnt seem worth the extra £20 to me
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    Save money on the X-230s, then get a TX1000!
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    Its a HX1000 :p

    I have just bought a load of extras for my new case from scan, so I need to save the money on speakers.

    X-230s it is! :D

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