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Old Dec 12th, 2004, 01:57 AM   #1
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I need to get some decent speakers for a VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE

My inital idea was to sell some stuff and get the $200 M-Audio's from apple.ca but thats WAY out of my price range.. unless my weekly garage sales pick up...

So, im looking for suggestions,, id like to spend $100 MAX.. a bit more if I need to or a bit less.

Just somethin descent sounding and looking next to the mdd...
sugeestionss pleaaaaaseeee
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Old Dec 12th, 2004, 08:40 AM   #2
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Find yourself a pair of the Apple Pro speakers... look great, sound great.

Ok, I'm not an audio professional, so if you're looking for professional level stuff then don't listen to me. But I got an MDD back in July and was in the same boat, looking for speakers. I have an iMac G4 at work and the Apple Pros do great, so that's what I got for the MDD.

They're capable of some good room-filling volume, I can crank em up in my living room and hear them just fine from the kitchen when I'm cooking. They'll never get loud enough to annoy the neighbors though, so if you're looking to shake walls or physically damage eardrums, they won't do that.

Anyhow, that's my lay-person opinion. You can get them at a good price too via the trading post or ebay.

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The JBL Creature II Speakers are very nice for their $100 price tag.
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Old Dec 12th, 2004, 10:11 AM   #4
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I picked up these Altec Lansings (although they've redesigned the case and up'd the price from the $99 I paid to $129 but you may find them cheaper). I didn't intend to buy these guys but when I heard them I was very impressed. I recommend you go listen to some yourself before you make up your mind.

Try not to get too distracted by sexy speakers and concentrate on sound instead...I know I wanted the really cool looking ones too but I was too cheap and just focused on sound - it is the main thing, no?
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MBD is right about concentrating on sound and not appearance. I have seen some very cool looking speakers that sound like crap.

In my opinion, she is also right about Altec Lansing speakers.

I have a set I bought back in 1999 and visitors to my study are still blown away by the sound these tiny speakers can produce.

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Old Dec 12th, 2004, 10:32 AM   #6
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I would recommend Cambridge Soundworks model "SoundWorks " 2ch + sub system. Currently on sale for US$ 55.00.


Cambridge sells direct, and uses BorderFree to ship to Canada (prices will be in $C; they have a GST number, so no brokerage fees are due when they arrive).
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Old Dec 12th, 2004, 10:33 AM   #7
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Cool

I see alot of altec lansings around...

UNfortunatley, look is very important to sound as well....im just like that... lookin for the best mix of price/look/sound....

I like the Bose ones at Bestbuy but again, I dont want to spend $229 bucks on a set of speakers...
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I've got a set of the original Creature speakers connected to my G5 - they're very good. My brother uses a set of Altec Lansing speakers with his iMac; they're also very nice.

Probably what you should do is go out and compare whatever speakers fit your budget, and get the ones that sound best to you...
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A few considerations to keep in mind...

1: The analog output of the MDD towers is pretty horrendous: noisy and dirty with high pitched whining associated with mouse moves and windows. The best solution for this is to bypass the built-in analog audio using a sound card or USB interface. The cheapest one I can find is the iMic for $51. but you might pick up something used for less - or better for a similar price.



2: the MDDs are LOUD! so you won't derive that much enjoyment from your speakers unless they are able to overpower the noise of the computer. You could invest in some extension cables for your monitor and keyboard, drill a hole in the wall and put the computer in the closet or another room. Another solution may be to bypass speakers and get a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.



In any case... probably a good idea to wait untill your computer is set up before making a decision on what to do with sound. In the speaker department, these might be worth checking out:



Tascam VL-S21

A local Toronto retailer has them listed at $120. A bit more than your MAX - but a small premium if they sound significantly better. and they seem to match the poise of the iMac G5 and iPod - but not the colour. Tascam markets them "to be used for home recording and multimedia" - so they should sound significantly better than what you'd find in a computer store. But as always - let your ear be the judge.

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Old Dec 12th, 2004, 12:12 PM   #10
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A word of warning though. The analog output of the MDD towers is pretty horrendous: noisy and dirty with high pitched whining associated with mouse moves and windows. The best solution for this is to bypass the built-in analog audio using a sound card or USB interface. The cheapest one I can find is the iMic for $51. but you might pick up something used for less - or better for a similar price.
Well I sold my iMic? It cant be worse then the G3 can it? Maybe you just have a dud? Can anyone confirm this?
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