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$265.04 list($399.99)
1. Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 5-Piece
$199.88 list($299.99)
2. Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 Digital
$121.59 list($199.99)
3. Sony SRS-D4100 4.1 Multimedia
list($129.99)
4. PARENTAltec Lansing 2100 AND 4100
list($199.99)
5. Logitech Z560 4.1 Computer Speakers
$32.95
6. Cyber Acstcs CA-4400 5PC SUBWOOFER
$32.29 $28.03 list($29.99)
7. Cyber Acoustics CA-4400 5-Piece
$67.89 list($79.99)
8. Logitech Z540 4.1 Computer Speakers
$94.99
9. Altec Lansing 251 5.1 Speakers
$37.57 list($49.95)
10. Kinyo TA-927 4.1 Game Zone Computer
list($54.99)
11. Cyber Acoustics CA-4100 4.1 Flat
$44.28
12. Creative Labs SBS 4.1 450 Computer
$64.99 $60.52 list($79.99)
13. Cyber Acoustics High-Performance
$29.99
14. Midiland Mli-452 5pc System with
15. OEM AVS500W 5PC SPEAKER SYSTEM
$179.99 list($149.99)
16. JBL Invader 4.1 Surround Speaker
list($18.99)
17. 4.1 Surround Sound Speaker System
18. 5 PC MULTIMEDIA AMPLIFIED
19. 5 PC MULTIMEDIA AMPLIFIED SUB
list($149.99)
20. Altec Lansing 5100 5.1 Computer

1. Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 5-Piece Speaker System with Subwoofer
by Logitech
list price: $399.99
our price: $265.04
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Asin: B0002WPSBC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 500
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System ... Read more

Features

  • 505 watts total system power (62 watts x 4, plus 69-watt center speaker and 188-watt subwoofer)
  • 5.1 speaker system with 4 satellite speakers, center speaker, subwoofer, and Digital SoundTouch control center
  • Connects to PCs, DVD players, CD players, portable MP3 players, and game consoles
  • Digital SoundTouch unit controls volume, surround sound effects, and more
  • Supports Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS 96/24, and Dolby Pro Logic

Reviews (57)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Speakers On The Market Today for the price
Right now these things are shaking my desk so violently that I can barely type. The scary thing is, the volume is only at 50%. You could cause some serious damage with these things. The sonic quality is excellent at all levels. The detail is so great that I can now hear all of the imperfections in my mp3's.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best computer speakers
I've had these speakers for half a year. At first, I was hesitant spending $300 on computer speakers. I haven't regretted it since. These speakers are worth the money. The sound effects are amazing whether you're watching movies or playing games. You won't believe the size (and weight) of the subwoofer. At 1000-Watt peak performance even your next street neighbor will complain about the noise. The volume can be increased/decreased consistently without jumps. Setting volume to whisper-quiet while someone is sleeping in the next room works pretty nicely.

A few accessories you should consider buying (assuming you already have good quality sound card which supports digital out):
1. Digital Coaxial or Fiber Optics cable for digital quality sound.
2. Advanced surge protector which filters power noise. Otherwise you're likely to hear constant background noise from the subwoofer and loud clicking when light switch is flipped.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Audio
I consider myself a big audiophile and nothing is more important than jamming to some high-end tunes while working at my PC on 3d or Flash designs. It was time to trade up the Cambridge Soundworks system I was using for this one and my experience was nothing but great. The package shipped a week early and was so heavy I needed to drag it into the elevator to get it to my apartment. Installation was a breeze and my first taste of DTS from the Gladiator DVD was breath-taking. You cannot beat this price for a set of computer system speakers that will do Dolby Digital and DTS. The only downfall is the fact these speaker manufactures haven't fully integrated Creative Labs Digital DIN plug which means it requires multiple wiring for digital decoding then for analogue to play games via EAX. The sub woofer is bass pounding and it is gigantic. There is no better set of speakers for the price anywhere and shipping was so fast I couldn't believe it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awsome (after the Sub Woofer loosens-up)
Have had this system for a week now and it performs very well.While it is plug-and-play out of the box (a very LARGE box - 27 Kg) the number of possible settings makes you just want to fiddle with things.When combined with a high-end sound card like Creative's Audigy 4 Pro, you need to decide which system provides the effects - the card or the Z-5500.If you don't, the sound will get very bad, very fast and tweaking gets extremely difficult.

The reviews of "shaking things off of shelves and walls" are a little far fetched (or indicative of pervasive poor building construction).The system is capable of extreme volumes and retains clarity - even sounds better - at higher volumes.However, the earth shaking must be highly dependent on the room acoustics as I have yet to rattle anything off the wall or shelves (and YES, I have cranked it to the max until my vision became blurred).

The tuned-port sub woofer sounds muddy at lower volumes unless I tweak the settings and it is getting better as it breaks in.Again, I chalk most of this up to my room acoustics albeit tuned-ports are notoriously "muddy" when compared to acoustic suspension speakers at lower volumes.The sub is incredible at medium to higher volumes - especially with movies in Dolby DTS.

The satellites are very good on their own - they lack any bass capability but the mid-range and treble are crisp and clear at all volume levels.

Overall - no regrets. I would recommend this system for someone looking for an alternative to an AV/amplifier home theater sound system or a very high-end PC sound system.

You should have some advanced knowledge of how to configure the sound settings of both your computer (or other sources) and these speakers to be completely amazed by their capability - if you don't know what a TOSLINK cable is for, you need to study a bit before you need these.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than I expected!
Being an owner of the Z-560's (4.1) I had been wanting to upgrade to the Z-680's for the center channel capability and the option of going digital. I have beeen watching the Z-5500 reviews and prices since this products introduction.

The only drawback was that I saw some reviews that indicated that the speaker connectors were using the RCA type connectors. That was the only thing that had been a bone of contention for me. My splicing and mechanical skills are good so I could deal with it.
Well, I went ahead and took the plunge and found them on Amazon for a better price than other places I had been considering. I recieved the package in 24 hours with standard UPS ground! Mostly because the wherehouse was only 40 minutes from my location. It came as an unmarked box, but the real retail box was inside. (good idea)
Once I got it to my home, I began the transition and noticed the speakers had the better pushlock type connector as opposed to the RCA jack type I had seen in the reviews! :happynod: I immediately stopped and went to my local electronics store and got some monster cable!

Another thing I noticed is the direct analog cables are a little short for my liking. It is a little prohibitive with my placement preference. I'd like to see a few feet added to the cable. Of couse making my own is not a big deal.

Setup was a breeze, it looks much more refined than the 680/560's and I believe the sound is better over the 680's but I have only been in someone elses house and listening to it on their own setup and configuration so, while you might see reviews saying the 680's are better, don't forget that everyones setup/soundsource/tone levels & room acoustics are different. But from the 560's the one noticible difference is the bass...obviously. Shakes your britches! I haven't had a chance to play anything at high levels yet but I really am happy with my purchase.

So if you were concerned about the speaker connectors, don't worry, it looks as if Logitech listened.

I think you'll love them. ... Read more


2. Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 Digital Speaker System
by Klipsch
list price: $299.99
our price: $199.88
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Asin: B00008UA3C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Klipsch
Sales Rank: 14094
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 computer speaker system is designed primarily for use with game consoles such as Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube, and Sony PlayStation 2, but it can also be used to deliver excellent, home theater sound from your PC or stereo system. It features 5.1-channel surround sound with Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, and it includes five small, identical satellites and a 100-watt, 6.5" fiber-composite cone subwoofer.

Each satellite speaker comes with a self-supporting, ball-joint pedestal that allows a 45-degree range of motion for optimal sound directing. All five satellite speakers easily connect to the subwoofer via the included 4m and 6m RCA connection cables.

The control module features a standard analog stereo audio input and two digital audio inputs--one coaxial and one Toslink optical. It also includes separate main, center, surround, and subwoofer volume controls; mute and on/off power buttons; and input, surround mode and Dolby Digital dynamic compression LED indicators. The controller can also connect to the subwoofer via the included DIN connection cable.

The GMX D-5.1 system delivers 108-decibel output through its 0.75-inch metalized polymer tweeter and 3-inch metalized fiber-composite midbass woofer. The tweeter is coupled to an exclusive Klipsch MicroTractrix Horn, which increases sensitivity while minimizing room interactions that blur the sonic detail and imaging of conventional speakers. Other features include a ported enclosure for reduced distortion even with boosted bass output and magnetic shielding to protect your TV or monitor from interference. ... Read more

Features

  • Delivers home-theater sound from your game console
  • 5.1 surround sound supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and five-channel stereo
  • Satellite speakers feature 0.75-inch metalized polymer tweeter and 3-inch metalized fiber-composite midbass woofer
  • 100-watt, 6.5" fiber-composite cone subwoofer
  • Satellites have self-supporting ball-joint pedestals with 45-degree range of motion

Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sleek Speakers, Crystal Clear!
These speakers look way better than the competing logitech 5.1 systems.Although Logitech may claim higher power and wattage rating, the differences are minor.These speakers are powerful, clear and the bass is exceptional!Asthetics and specifications combined sold it for me!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth it!
These speakers are awsome. I just got them, and am very glad I chose this set. Its a steal! Only $146 for this 5.1 system. They sound very crisp and clear. I would highly reccomend these to anyone wanting a sweet in-room surround sound system.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best "Small Home Theatre System"
My mom recently purchased these speakers for very cheap (149 USD).I just love the sound it gives out.Movies, games and my music collection sound incredible through these wonderful speakers.They have design and versatility in mind.When I have friends over (17+) they ask me, "What in the world are these?Are these some fancy speakers... and they're 5.1 SURROUND SOUND??"I answer, "why, yes!" and smile.The first time I heard them was like if I were in heaven, I was listening to music tracks that came included in this sound-card adapter (M-Audio Sonica) I needed for my PowerBook in order to truly get the surround sound experience; I couldn't believe my ears.A couple of tears litellaly came down my eyes when I heard how wonderful my Promedia GMX D-5.1 sounded.I highly recommend them.Make great gifts!

2-0 out of 5 stars Reasonable sound, but not really computer speakers
When I got these speakers, I was under the impression that, with theses speakers, I would finally get the 5.1 sound my sound card could produce. Unfortunately, it turns out that there are only a coulple of soundcards out there that can output dolby digital, and mine wasn't one of them. So it comes down to this: While these speakers sound great, they will NOT work with almost any soundcard (even if they have toslink outputs, most soundcards only output 2 channels through toslink). If you are looking for computer speakers, these are a really bad choice. On the other hand, it will probably be great with game consoles.

While connectivity is a serious problem, sound is pretty good. The sub is a little weak, and total power is not all that high. Also, there is a steady hiss (this might have been because of a bad connection or a problem with my setup... i don't know) which is irritating when there is no sound. Sound reproduction is very good though.

Overall, if you own a game console, want to spend the money, and don't mind the lack of power, then this may be what you want. Otherwise, try something else, especially if you want computer speakers.

1-0 out of 5 stars Garbage Speakers
I don't personally have these but when purchasing my speakers, I listened to many different models before deciding on the Logitech Z-680s.

I saw the price tag on these and thought they must be good. So I turned them on, and what do I hear? sound no better than from a $20 boombox. Not the slightest hint of bass, and forget clarity. All you get is muffled sound. And it wan't just a broke set from being on display (though it sounded like one) since I listened to them at four different stores.

These speakers I would have to say are even worse than that Bose 2.1 system they are trying to get $200 for.

If you really want to buy a speaker system, buy anything from Logitech, best being the Z-680s. They have amazing bass output and are very clear and crisp sounding. Plus they are only $250-$300 where you buy it.

And look at the review by someone else, if an Aiwa sub is better sounding than this, its not saying too much for klipsch.

Like I said, don't buy them, buy the z680s and save money and get a much better system. ... Read more


3. Sony SRS-D4100 4.1 Multimedia and Gaming Speaker System
by Sony
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0001RM9D8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 19275
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

bass-reflex powered subwoofer/satellite system * video-shielded satellites * 12 watts x 4, plus 80-watt sub * dual line inputs * selectable 2.1 sound, dual stereo sound, or 4.1 gaming surround sound * wired remote with controls for volume, bass, and sound modes * headphone minijack * AC power cord * frequency response 30-20,000 Hz * wall-mountable satellites * satellites: 3-3/4"W x 5-1/8"H x 5-15/16"D * subwoofer: 11-1/4"W x 11-1/4"H x 18-3/16"D * wired controller: 5-1/8"W x 1-5/8"H x 2-7/8"D * warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor ... Read more

Features

  • 2 stereo analog line-level inputs let you connect a PC and 1 additional device such as an MP3, minidisc, or CD player
  • 2 sound modes for input 1: 5.1-channel processing or direct stereo; headphone jack affords private listening
  • Complete 5-piece (4.1-channel) multimedia speaker system with wired remote control module and all requisite cabling
  • 4 satellite speakers with 2.2-inch drivers and 12 watts per channel
  • 80-watt powered subwoofer with 6.3-inch cone

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product!!
I searched all over the net for a review of these speakers, couldn't find any that were informative enough (there were two short reviews for the D2100) so i chose to buy the speakers and see for myself. Apparently the only difference between the D2100, D4100 and D5100 is the number of satellite speakers...I got the D4100 today and these speakers ROCK!!

The box was f%$#ing heavy and took forever to drag to my dorm, but once in, it took 5mins to set it up/clear clutter on my desk and play my songs from itunes. I have a laptop with only one input, so i bought a koss splitter and the sound from the rear speakers seems to be good...also, if you are using itunes you will need to play with the settings on the equalizer and on the remote for the speakers to find what works for you...

All in all, these speakers are a steal for $76 and im glad i took the plunge...I find that i have not had any problems with my system, unlike the people who reviewed the D2100... ... Read more


4. PARENTAltec Lansing 2100 AND 4100
by Altec Lansing
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B00005V6GS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (48)

3-0 out of 5 stars great system for your money
this speaker system is excellent for the price. The subwoofer pumps out great bass, and the speakers give off crisp sound. If you listen closly you can tell that they struggle slightly at mid range but overall very good sound.The only con. to this system is that they don't have a headphone jack which on most computers doesn't make a difference because of front panel audio but it is still a nice feature.This is the best speaker system i think that you can buy for the cost.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING SOUND!
I bought these amazing speakers, about 3 months ago.
I paid only $40.00, at Newegg.com, I must have gotten
the last pair, WHAT A DEAL! The power these little
speakers pump out, is absolutely amazing! You will not
believe it! They're really cool looking, and a breeze
to hook up. Search around on the internet for the lowest
price, you should be able to buy them for $40.00- $60.00.
Whatever price you get them for THEY'RE WORTH EVERY PENNY!

5-0 out of 5 stars THE "Deal Of The Decade"-- on sale!
If I told you what Amazon charged me for these (with FREE shipping) right before the holidays--they'd probably censor this review...so I'll just say "WHAT A DEAL"!!!I purchased them just for the awesome price, so I wasn't prepared to "quibble".After connecting them to a aging "boom box", loading a nice-sounding CD, and cranking them up...I was floored!

The bass is awesome;Total undistorted volume is very good;Highs are plentiful although a bit "metallic"; and the midrange is fair.I agree with the previous reviewer's observation regarding the "remote control" volume and power unit.What ever happened to a simple rotary-style control...but the "cool" slim design of the desktop drivers make that arrangement impractical.I did not notice the peculiar behavior of this control though.

Connected to a nice PC sound card, this speaker set kicks tail.At $80, you may wish to consider other options, but on sale--the Altec 2100 is very fulfilling for a typical computer audio setup, and presents some good "utility" options for other small audio devices such as "Walkman" radios and portable MP3 players used at home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Theater like sound from the subwoofer!
I gave these speakers as gift to my parents, to connect to their laptop.They popped in the Pirates of the Caribbean in their laptop and were blown away by the impressive theater like sound, especially from the subwoofer.They liked the speakers so much they want to connect them to the DVD player in their living room, for an inexpensive home theater experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
I've had very good experiences with Altec Lansing in the past with a 2.0 system sitting in my room. I wanted another speaker set with a subwoofer, so I got these 2100 ones. These certainly didn't disappoint. I really like the clarity and quality of the sound. As for the subwoofer, as a mostly classical/jazz listener, I turn my subwoofer level down so it still is manageable. While listening to rock and such, the subwoofer certainly does its job. The only minor quip I have is not knowing the volume level when you use the remote as all there is on the remote are volume and power buttons. Nevertheless, I definitely recommend these speakers as Altec Lansing steps up again with another set of excellent speakers. ... Read more


5. Logitech Z560 4.1 Computer Speakers (5-Speaker, Black)
by Logitech
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00006B9CN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 22629
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Logitech THX certified Z-560 4.1 surround sound system provides 400 watts of awesome power for PC games, music and DVDs. The brute force subwoofer design delivers huge, room-thumping bass while the revolutionary satellite drivers enhance mid and high-range tones. The SoundTouch Control Center lets you "fine tune" your listening environment with separate controls for volume, fader and bass. ... Read more

Features

  • Total power output: 400 watts RWS
  • Five-piece system including powered subwoofer and four satellite speakers
  • Satellite speaker power output: 53 watts RWS per channel
  • Subwoofer power output: 188 watts RWS
  • System frequency response: 35 MHz-20 MHz

Reviews (64)

5-0 out of 5 stars These speakers are awsome
I bought my speakers refurbished, even though they're refurbished I can not complain.I love the way the bass sounds.The highs are clear and there is no distortion.I recommend these speakers to anyone who wants to buy them.I tried the altec lansing 200watt speakers and truly they can't compete with the Logitech z-560's.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST ON THE PLANET
These speakers do it all crazzzzzzzzzzyyyyy bass and awesome crisp and clear sound at all high levels no distortion watsoever. Logitech gets 10 outa 5 stars for these speakers, Delivers pure surround sound with M3D feature. if logitech made these for car systems i would not hesitate a bit to buy it. OH and the price is so cheap now since they are couple of year old i got mine for 90 canadian dollar from futurshop with free shipping :) AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME go get ures today.........

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny.Use it right, it will work great.
I bought mine refurbished(...).I figure mine is probably one of the unit some dim bulb blew out, and Logitech fixed it.

I have the volume turned up 60% on my PC.I turn off any effects since I want my sound natural.I turn the bass all the way down and use the 4.1 from my sound.

The sound gets extremely loud at only 30% on the knob, that's with only 60% on the OS volume.I figure, some people have it on full on their PC and when they turn it up on the speaker, it blows it out.

The back of my unit doesn't really get that hot.

I have the grilles removed since they do color the sound a bit.The sub is under my desk in a corner so despite the bass knob all the way down, it still shakes the wall.


So far I have NO complaints about this.The highs aren't as smooth as the Pro-Medias, but these kick the pro medias (...)in the mid range-bass department.After they've been broken in, it becomes nearly indishtinguisable from the highs of the Pro-Media.These are barely breaking a sweat where the Klipschs start to crackle.


Follow the volume settings and these things will last you forever.I've had mine for almost a year now and it continues to sound better every day.

It's so powerful that I don't think I'll ever get to fully use it (That's like owning a Formula 1 car and driving it around city streets) or my Wife will kill me.

5-0 out of 5 stars It goes BOOM!
Great speaker setup.It's wonderful.I love them, and hate to listen to music on anything but them.
With that little bit out of the way, let's try a better, more balanced review.I've read some of the other reviews, and they make good points.The key to getting good results out of this product is attention to details.Make sure that you go through and set up everything properly.Make sure the sound options are setup correctly on your computer.Try to fine tune the fade to that sweet spot level.Fiddle with the bass until it's perfect.This may sound like a lot, and it can be, but it isn't too much for an experienced user.If doing more than just plugging the system into computer sounds like too much, then pass this product up.However, if you aren't afraid to get dirty or enjoy tweaking sound levels until they're perfect, then these are wonderful speakers, especially since the price has dropped a ton due to the release of the Z-680.
But, the bass goes BOOM! And the sound is great.They help immerse you into games, let you hear things on all sides.And, the M3D feature works as advertised.I've plugges them into my MP3 player, and they still sounded great, with sound out of all four speakers.They go BOOM, and they go BOOM well.

5-0 out of 5 stars High-Quality Speakers
I bought these speakers in December 2003 as an early Christmas present to myself. I was intending to buy a cheap 2.0 speaker setup for my Sony CD walkman. I went to CompUSA(But didn't buy from them) to check prices, power, frequency responses, and other criteria. The store had many speaker systems set up for availiable testing. I, being intrigued with the speakers on display(and their high prices) tested them out. the setups on display included the Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 system(hailed by many as the best), many Harmann Kardon systems, and the Logitech Z-640 and a 2.1 system(this was before the Z-680, Z-5300, Z-2200, and other more recent Logitech Z-series came out.) of all these systems I tested(the audio track the store had looping was of a variety of genres, jazz, classical, rock, techno, and others), the Z-560's were the best by far I tested. I tried the M3D setting, and it worked quite well. I adjusted the bass, fade, both with and without M3D and the speakers were distortion free up until a very high volume. The top-of-the-line klipsch speakers I tried did not sound very good to me, and the Harman Kardon ones did not sound nearly as good to me. I was so impressed with the Z-560s that I knew I had to have them. (...). As soon as I got the money, I bought them and use them everyday. They sound phenomenal, even playing multiple genres of music, DVDs, and games(since buying them I have put them on my computer, after buying one with a working soundcard). I am also very glad there is no hiss while idle as has been reported with other Logitech speakers. The sattelite speakers can also use any type of speaker wire(non RCA type) so I have been able to put the speakers around the computer way beyond the length of the supplied cord. All in all, these are the best speakers I have heard, especially for the price. Oh, did I mention that it is also THX certified? this means that the distortion levels are much lower for the speakers causing them to sound better. It also means that the speakers have a wide frequency range with high-quality audio from the speakers at all frequencies. I am very impressed with them and would recommend them in a heartbeat to anybody.

By the way, the speakers do not have to be very loud to be powerful(400watts RMS means 400 watts flowing throughout the system at any volume.) I have never taken the speakers past 1/2 volume as they get painfully loud, still without distortion. ... Read more


6. Cyber Acstcs CA-4400 5PC SUBWOOFER SYSTEM ( CA-4400 )
by CYBER ACOUSTICS

(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006HPSW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CYBER ACOUSTICS
Sales Rank: 17587
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Our new game series CA-4400, offers true 4.1 surround sound with flat panel satellites.

Front & rear volume controls are positioned on the front right satellite for ease of use.Features and specifications:

  • Space saving design with flat panel satellite speakers
  • Convenient desktop controls on satellite ( master volume & surround volume control)
  • Cloth Grill Cover
  • Bass reflex wooden subwoofer cabinet
  • Custom mounting brackets for rear channel satellites
  • Power ON/OFF Indicator
  • Power output 45 watts
  • Subwoofer: 4" carbon, high excursion subwoofer
  • Satellites: 2.5" high frequency satellite radiators
  • 15 Volt AC/DC power adapter included >UL/UCL listed
  • Y cable video game adapter included.
... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Sound
Pros-Great sound, loud bass, sleek look for the price.

cons-wires are a littel messey.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, Great Price!
I purchased a set of these speakers over a year ago,and they are still going strong. Don't be fooled by the lower watts output rating, these speakers will crank! They have more than enough power for the average user. The subwoofer and satellite speakers are small enough to place anywhere, but the sound is anything but small. Very clear tones and minimal distortion, even when played loud. They will work with either mono or stereo channel soundcards, no adapters are needed. I have been very pleased with these speakers. ... Read more


7. Cyber Acoustics CA-4400 5-Piece 4.1 Surround Sound Speaker System
by Cyber Acoustics
list price: $29.99
our price: $32.29
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Asin: B00007G37L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Cyber Acoustics
Sales Rank: 36518
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Product Description

The Cyber series CA-4400 is a 30-watt, 5 piece amplified speaker system for games, DVD movies, music, and additional multimedia requirements ... Read more

Features

  • 30 watts nominal RMS output power; 1-year warranty
  • 5-piece surround sound speaker system with 4 satellite speakers and subwoofer
  • Ideal for PC and Mac games, but also appropriate for movies and music
  • 2.5-inch high-/mid-range satellite drivers and 4-inch subwoofer driver
  • Master volume and rear volume controls located on right front satellite

8. Logitech Z540 4.1 Computer Speakers (5-Speaker, Black)
by Logitech
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B000063ILA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 31795
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Logitech Z540 enhances the PC gaming experience through a revolutionary subwoofer design delivering twice the bass energy of similar systems. The 5-piece system utilizes patented M3D for realistic surround sound. Innovative satellites stand on desk or mount on the wall and provide silky smooth mid and high frequencies. Convenient controls include volume control and fader while an internal power supply eliminates bulky wall adaptors. ... Read more

Features

  • Satellite speakers provide silky smooth mid and high frequencies
  • Revolutionary subwoofer delivers twice the bass energy
  • Innovative satellites stand on desk or mount on wall
  • M3D delivers powerfully realistic surround sound
  • Dual chamber subwoofer plays louder and goes lower for unbelievable bass

Reviews (20)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased, especially with the price
I bought these refurbished off of amazon, and was skeptical at first.But when I listened to them I was amazed at what I heard!I'm into a big booming bass sound, and the sub did a great job.The speakers also sound good, its cool how they are padded with rubber on the bottom, so they wont slide around on your desk.These were a great buy and the quality is awesome!Definetly buy them, you can't beat the price!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value For the Money
I recently purchased a set of these speakers and I could not be happier with their performance and quality. Up until now I have used a set of Logitech Z-340s for several years, and I can attest to their longevity.
-These speakers do indeed have a lot of bass - some would say too much, but I find that by adjusting the woofer knob and the windows bass setting I can bring it to the point that it is not overpowering.
-They are remarkably clear at reproducing music, but as someone else mentioned, if you are just listening to music, then pick up a good 2.1 pair and save some money.
-The real value comes in movies and 3d audio games where the separate channels create a truly stellar experience. Watching lord of the rings with these speakers and a nice flat panel is an amazing experience, as is playing half life with positional audio. The sound really immerses you.
-Lastly, the price is very good for a solid set of speakers. I have not found any down side to them thus far, and I believe that they are of comparable quality to speakers twice as expensive. Do your ears a favor - buy these speakers, test them out, and if you don't like them - ship them back to Amazon - that's what guarantees are for! You won't be dissapointed!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Enough, Lots of Bass
Nice speakers, nothing special.Wouldn't recomend if only used for listening to music (but if your only listening to music, why get 4 speakers?) but the speakersare fine for general use with gaming, movies, music...I have the bass turned all the way down on the bass unit and its still enough bass for me.Overall i'm very happy with them for the price i paid [$] but would recomend a higher end system for someone more serious about sound.A solid budget 4.1 speaker set up.

4-0 out of 5 stars I will rate it 4.5 stars if i could...
Since i'd used Altec Lansing 2.1 speakers before, I would like to compare this 2 products:

1. Treble, Mid range and Bass
Logitech speakers are better at huge and thumping Bass, especially while watching movies. However, Altec Lansing speakers have better treble and midrange sound compared to the logitech. I would say that Altec Lansing speakers are much more crisp and clearer for treble, and in the other hand, Logitech speakers have a better bass. However, sometimes the bass is too huge for music (even it's at minimum). The balancing between treble and bass can be done in "Volume" setup with good sound cards.

2. Price
It's pretty obvious that Logitech speakers are much cheaper than Altec Lansing. You can compare the price for logitech 4.1 speakers with Altec Lansing ones, and even for 2.1, 5.1 ..etc

3. Quality
In terms of quality, I would say that depends on individuals. (For instance, what type of music u like) Some people may prefer a larger bass in logitech (especially in movies, dance, techno, R&B..) but some may prefer a more crisp treble in Altecs. ** IF u do not have a soundcard that is able to adjust the treble/bass, and u don't like really huge bass, the Logitech's bass might be a problem for u.

Some Comments:
The M3D function in Logitech speakers claimed to produce a surround environment but it doens't really work. In fact it works, but the sound produced is much more unclear, blur and with distortions. I've bought a Creative Extigy soundcard and I've used CMSS (Creative media speaker surround) instead (and turned off M3D) to listen to MP3s. It really produces surround effects and without distorting the sound quality. I would recommend anyone to buy a good soundcard before buying this and other 4.1/5.1 products. IF not, go for 2.1 speakers as the 4.1 ones couldn't produce the desired surround effect even with M3D (or called Matrix for Z-640)

IF you have a soundcard that supports 5.1 speakers and looking for a good 4.1 speakers, go for Z-540. But I would recommend at least go for Z-640(6 speakers system) to fully utilize your sound card and have a more complete sound for DVD movies...

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Bass, Midrange and Treble Unacceptable
UPSIDES:
The Logitech z540 has a sturdy subwoofer and produces wonderful bass. I'm not really an audiophile but I know sufficient bass when I hear it. The z540 should have enough for you, whether you're watching Lord of the Rings (quite impressive on that opening battle scene when Sauron explodes) or listening to Nelly. Rap, R&B, and Techno sounds quite good with the bass. If you will be primarily playing games with this system, then you should buy it. The 20W acts as though it is 50. I don't know if it goes down to 35 Khz like they claim, but its close. What's also great about the subwoofer is that the power supply is built into the cabinet, so there is no need to hog three inputs on a power strip.

The speakers are also fairly attractive and compliment any system well, especially if you have a two-tone black and silver monitor (many Compaqs' do).

The length of the cords is adequate, with 15 feet for the back speakers. That was a nice idea.

DOWNSIDES:
The following reason is why I am taking the speakers back. Quite simply, the satellites sound like tin cans at about 50% volume and above. I tried adjusting them via my onboard sound, in Windows Media Player, and in games, but to no avail. It does not help that Logitech neglected to put treble and bass dials on the control satellite. Treble is terrible and distorts easily, and the midrange tries to make up for the lack, but can't. If you like treble and listen to Classical, Country, Soft Rock, Celtic (my favorite), then I would not recommend buying these.

Other complaints: The blue LED is blinding - it's beyond me why they made it so bright. Also, the cord that goes from the control sattelite to the subwoofer is really thick and difficult to hide. That's just aesthetics, though.

In all, buy the z540 if you like modern music with thumping beats and will use the unit primarily for games. Don't buy it if you like treble, which includes a gamut of music, or if you plan to watch DVDs with classical score in it. Choose wisely! ... Read more


9. Altec Lansing 251 5.1 Speakers (6-Speaker, Black & Silver)
by Altec Lansing

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Asin: B00007FS3M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 34836
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • System response: 35 Hz to 18 kHz (-10 dB)
  • Deep-bass, compact subwoofer
  • 6-speaker surround sound
  • 60 watts RMS
  • Signal to Noise ratio at 1 KHz input: >70 dB

Reviews (20)

4-0 out of 5 stars They are a good deal for the money but...
The Altec 251s are a very good deal for the money.The satellites sound acceptable for games, and the sub-woofer is surprisingly good sounding.I was expecting thump thump boom boom, and I am surprised to hear some well controlled bass (in a small room).Corner placement of the sub definitely helps.The built-in headphone jack works okay though it is not a high fidelity amp and you can hear some noise and distoration at louder volumes.Now the but... I have a pair of older Altec Lansing studio monitors here (10" woofers, and silk dome tweeters) and a pair of large cabinet Electro Voices for the rear.Couple that with a 100 watt per channel receiver and you realize that there is just no way that little plastic box speakers can put out the power, or pure smooth sound of full range speakers.Mind you the 251's don't sound bad or anything, but they sound like little speakers.No fault to them, they are.Fortunately in a small room, playing 3-D games, they are adequate, if not down right awesome sounding at times.As some have noted the rear speaker cords are on the short side.Plan accordingly.At higher volume levels the system distorts, but in a small room (12x10 or so) they play loud enough that you should be satisfied.The mid-bass is more or less missing, and the mid-range is weak at times, but I suspect this is true of most inexpensive computer speakers.What these do have going for them is a a good balance of features, sound, 5.1 convience, and a great price for what you get.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Speakers EVER
I just got these speakers today after only waiting a DAY! Now thats what i call speed. Okay to the speakers, they have to be the best speakers ive ever owned. If your a gamer or watch movies on your computer these are a must have! And you cant beat the price, 70 bucks!
If you where pondering wether to get this or not you defenitly should. Best speakers u can get, that are under $100.

2-0 out of 5 stars So-so performance for a low price
My ears are quite sensitive, so the audible hum the speakers produce when on but not playing music is extremely annoying. I can ignore the noise of the computer fans, but I cannot tune the hum out for some reason--perhaps subconsciously I just don't expect them from speakers, plus the noise is pretty harsh.

The noise also submerges some of the finer details when playing music, especially at low volumes. It doesn't matter too much, since the detail level isn't high at all.

I agree that these speakers are good for people who don't care much about music quality. The bass is strong, though, so if you like bass-heavy music and don't mind the hum and poor midrange/high-end, get these.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great For Gaming, Movies, Electric--Bad for Acoustic
These sound like high quality bookshelf speakers. That is their downside. They don't reproduce string acoustic music well. You can't hear the vibrations of the wood accurately, if at all. You can't tell if you are listening to a violin worth millions or an electric toy in the hands of your novices on the popular music radio stations.

They do have have great range on the low-end. A low note on a cello will cause involuntary tears. They do lack on the high-end. You can forget having involuntary tears from the high note of a mandolin.

If you want low-range, distortion-free, and booming sound for movies, gaming, and electric music, as well as your wind instruments if you don't care about the details of the material of the wind instrument, these are the speakers to own. They are incredible for that. They are designed for electric noises and explosions. You can't beat the sound or price. I will continue to use these for that purpose while I'll keep the acoustic music in the car's system.

As far as the buzz. Yes, it does exist. Play with your computer and speaker volumes to reduce this buzz, as well as enable noise reduction filters. All speakers have this. It is more pronounced in these speakers, probably because of the bookshelf design.

As far as styling, I bought these speakers for the 70s retro styling. Altec Lansing offers comparable speakers in 40s/50s/60s retro styling and modern styles. Logitech and Creative have no sense of style. If you own a Lazy Boy and $2 Starry Night print in a $2 frame, you probably don't understand that Logitech and Creative have no style.

I do wish I gave up the low-end of the cello for the reproduction quality of acoustic string instruments by going with the 5100s from Altec Lansing. The have a SouthWestern style that would blend well with the rustic woods and leathers, mahogany, and black leather.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than "The Best"
First, I have to say that I do not own these speakers -- not yet.However, I've spent hours auditioning computer speakers in various stores, and I am just amazed at how good these sound compared to almost all of the others, especially those that cost over 4 times more!Also, I spent all of my time auditioning with *music* and not with games, and the music on these was just leaps and bounds above the rest.It is my view that you should buy speakers based on the way various types of music sound, and the games/home theater will be good as well.The kicker for me is in the bass -- no bass is supposed to sound boomy, and these have a nice, tight/accurate bass on music.Almost all of the others -- Logitech, Creative Labs, and even Klipsch -- sounded too boomy, even after several adjustments/placement/etc.And I personally like very crisp highs/mids, and the satellites did a nice job there as well.So, bottom line:

Good = overall sound (especially the tight bass), reasonable size

Bad = styling, low power

Unfortunately, since I haven't owned these, I cannot comment on the build quality or how easy it is to blow them.But for the money, I was just shocked at how good they sounded.Only other speaker that came close IMHO is the Bose (and generally I am not a Bose fan), but it's only a 2.1-channel system.Lastly, the only reason I haven't bought these yet is because I still have an old pair of Advent 2-channel computer speakers that still rivals most of the sub/sat systems I've listened to.But if I must have multi-channel in the near future, this one will be at the top of my list. ... Read more


10. Kinyo TA-927 4.1 Game Zone Computer Speakers (5-Speaker, Black)
by Kinyo Co., Inc
list price: $49.95
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Asin: B00007B3UY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Kinyo Co., Inc
Sales Rank: 52166
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed for gaming systems such as PS2, PSone, Xbox, GameCube, N64 and Dreamcast, the mighty Kinyo TA-927 speaker system features a dedicated wood cabinet subwoofer and four pre-amplified satellite speakers that deliver a whopping 850 Watts of total power to your game experience. The wooden woofer enclosure enhances the sub's heavy bass performance, and the unit is magnetically shielded to protect your monitor and other magnetic soft disc media. You even get a separate wired control that controls power and volume.

The system is easy to set up; a multi-function adapter is included to make it easy to connect with anything, including your DVD player, TV, or VCR; any PC with a sound card including Macs, even your portable CD and MP3 players. The Kinyo TA-927 comes with a one year warranty.

What's in the Box
Four satellite speakers, wooden cabinet subwoofer, multi-function adaptor, 6-foot RCA cable, wired power on/off, volume front and rear controls ... Read more

Features

  • Includes separate wired power on/off and volume front & rear controls.
  • Gaming audio speakers featuring dedicated subwoofer and four pre-amplified satellite speakers
  • 850 Watts total power output
  • Wooden woofer enclosure enhances solid bass performance
  • Magnetically shielded to protect monitor and soft disc media

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Best sound anywhere for the price
First, as a sound tech & engineer, these are NOT 850 watt amplified speakers. Not even close to 10% of what they say it is. More like a 20 watt RMS subwoofer & 4-3 watt satellite speakers. For such an outright outragous lie, I give them 4 stars instead of 5. If they'd been truthful, I'd given 5 stars. After all, I already saw & heard the unit long before I ordered it (on display at Walgreens, but Amazon had a better price with shipping).

This is not a super-fantastic system. But it's the best sounding you'll find anywhere new, for the price.

If you like it loud, rattle the windows, & blow 'em away, they will distort if you exceed it's power limits... again, about 20 watts of subwoofer, & about 12 watts of hi-end. But if you're a normal person litening to music & video at normall levels, & don't want to be deaf by 40, there's more than enough sound here for any small room.

The subwoofer, if you don't blast it sounds very good, & is high quality. The 4 satellite speaker's frequency response leaves much to be desired, but again, for the price you won't find anything new better. It's also very small & portable so won't take up much space in a small room.

I use it in my bedroom. I have it connected to a switch box, which connects it to my computer, TV, mp3 player, & a mini radio. I'm very happy with it, but would like to upgrade the mini speakers someday.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bait and switch tactics
I am sure this is one reveiw you will not post. After placing an order with Amazon they sent a product that was not the one on THERE Web site and after contacting Amazon they tried to push it off on Game Stop. I feel like since it was Amazons web sight and it was Amazon that collected the money that they are the one at fault and as a customer I should not have to deal with Game Stop. But like most on-line companys such as Amazon and E-bay there customer service really sucks.

4-0 out of 5 stars There only 50 bucks...
These speaker for 50 bucks are great.I have them hooked up to my computer and have left them connected since I got my room hooked up to surround sound from Panasonic.I still like how they sound, nice sub and the sats aren't bad.THe only problem I have with them is when I blast my music they become unclear, but really I only paid 50 bucks for them and they sound great when I make them loud.Nice bass, nice sats, I highly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars great buy
these speakers perform very well for my DVDs, computer games and MP3 songs; have been using these for past 2 months and absolutely no problems !!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Horrible
I was expecting more because of the good reviews, but these are the worst sounding speakers I have ever heard. It comes with a wired remote that controls volume for the front and rear. The front speakers and sub are controled by the same knob. Every time you turn up the volume you turn up the sub, which is the most muffled sounding sub I have ever heard in my life. It sounds like it's blown. I tried playing music on my comp and the only way to make it sound close to decent is adjusting the sound using an EQ. The sound was just as bad when I tried watching a DVD. The sub made each characters voice sound like "burr burr burrr". Avoid buying these speakers. I will be returning mine as soon as possible. Invest in some better quality ones. I previously had a set of "Altec Lansing ATP3 2.1" . Those sounded awesome and were about the same price. ... Read more


11. Cyber Acoustics CA-4100 4.1 Flat Panel Computer Speakers (5-Speaker, White)
by Cyber Acoustics
list price: $54.99
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Asin: B00005BC0F
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Cyber Acoustics
Sales Rank: 42093
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The CA-4100 offers true 4.1 surround sound with flat-panel-design satellites that take up minimal space. Compatible with four-channel and two-channel input, these speakers work with the latest sound cards to produce enhanced audio quality for the latest music and digital audio applications.

Convenient desktop controls on the satellite let you adjust master volume and rear channel surround volume to create the most comfortable audio experience. Magnetically shielded satellites and custom mounting brackets for the rear channel satellites give you control over how and where you place your speakers. ... Read more

Features

  • Custom mounting brackets for rear channel satellites
  • Flat-panel satellite speakers save desk space
  • Convenient desktop access to master volume and rear channel volume on satellite
  • 30 watts total power output
  • Magnetically-shielded satellite speakers to prevent video distortion

Reviews (22)

1-0 out of 5 stars Many alternatives available at the market
I bought this product (cost 40) for company use (that's why it's cost 40) base on coworker's recommendation from another office. The quality is disappointed after I installed & tested it. It's not shielded so the interference is quite a serious problem, but I won't get blame afterall since this is not my decision.
Don't be fool by the 4.1 speakers, compare to my another set of 2.1 speakers (cost 20) it's not impressing at all.
There are many good speakers out there, do your researching and will happy with what you got.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please, spare yourself the trouble
Well first the description is very overstated. I went out looking for some surround sound speakers to replace my ones i have now (which arent bad), and found something that looked good on paper (the box), but dont sound nearly as good. I didnt set it up in the room, I noticed the wires are very short, I like to atest the speakers just out of the box rather than set it up and be dissapointed, i put on one song (rap), and it sounded at first like a pleaser, but when I turned the volume up, the bass distorted. The flat panel (and somewhat heavy) speakers aren't really that bad, but the sub isn't that good. It distorts very easily and I dont reccomend this to music- people. The bass isn't bad at low volume though, but you really can't push this system far without it interfering with you (attempting) to enjoy your music.

2-0 out of 5 stars you get what you pay for
subwoofer should not be called that: it's tiny, and distorts if the slightest bass is put through it. Not good for music, not good for gaming. Steer clear.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good speakers for money
These speakers are an ok analog 4.1 system.I am pleased that the speakers do not hiss or make popping noises.They do have some distortion at higher volumes.This speakers lack bass power however the subwoofer submits a small amount of high quality bass that doesn't stick out in a bad way.These speakers have too much treble and not enough mid range as is common on many CA systems.The rear speakers are somewhat quiet.There is no subwoofer volumer control....Just be warned that there are many many better speakers systems....I do not regret buying these speakers as they are a nice addition to my 8.2 speaker mess :)

4-0 out of 5 stars You Get What You Pay For!
Its Not the Greatest System out there, but for $40 what do you expect.The sound is loud and the bass isn't bad, but if you want hard hitting bass for your music youd be better off with a real subwoofer.I cannot complain about this system I have had it for a week and think it is a very nice system on my desk.The 4 speakers are small and hardly noticeable which i like and the sub just goes below my desk.The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because I expected flatter speakers (they are about .75" thick) and I expect just a tad bit more from the sub.Other than that its great for games and movies and music, and what not.So if you think this is the equivalent of a $150 speaker system then you are lost and mistaken.If you want good bang for your buck this is a great system to get. ... Read more


12. Creative Labs SBS 4.1 450 Computer Speaker System (5 Speakers)
by Creative Labs

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Asin: B000095IMR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 38716
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Creative's SBS 4.1 450 speaker system boasts 41 watts RMS total system power (66 watts peak), a powerful gaming system consisting of four compact speakers--left/right front and left/right rear--that enveloping you in glorious, full-bodied, and dynamic sound. You'll hear surprisingly realistic gunshots ricocheting off walls around you and enemies creeping up from behind.

The 17-watt, wood-enclosure subwoofer offers an adjustable level control so you can tailor its thunderous effects to your gaming environment. You'll also get a wired remote control that you can place anywhere on your desktop for convenient and easy volume adjustments. And with its simple, .125-inch minijack connections to your PC, the SBS 4.1 450 is a cinch to setup.

What's in the Box
Two front speakers with attached 6.5-foot cables, two rear speakers with attached 13-foot cables, one subwoofer, one wired remote control, one power supply adapter, a user's manual, and a registration card. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes all requisite cabling and a handy wired remote control
  • 4-channel surround sound from compact satellite speakers and a 17-watt RMS powered subwoofer
  • 41 watts RMS total system power
  • Reinforced-wood Subwoofer adds dramatic bass effects for explosive gaming action
  • 40 to 20,000 Hz system frequency response, 75 dB signal-to-noise ratio

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good
They are sort of good at least they work but not varry high good sound I would get better speakers.Good for $50.00

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent but it would be better
Never imagine i could get it so soon. I think the soud effect is satisfactory. But if the manufacturer were considerate enough to encase two Y-plugs, it would be better. The customer always wanna get a best sound effect. But for the moment the speakers can not brought into a full display , what a pity!
I have to go to War-mart to get two. sigh

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Sound Quality! Highly Recommended!
When I got a new computer several months ago, with DVD compatability, I got rid of my television.Now I only watch movies on the computer.But the speakers which came with the computer were horrible to say the least.

When I finally purchased this particular speaker system, I was amazed at the sound quality.I'm not an electronics guru or anything like that, so I am easily intimidated by stuff like this.But the setup was very easy, straightforward, and self-explanatory.Very little instruction was required.One thing which was required (and is not included in the package) was a Y-plug.This may be required for most computers.If you end up needing one and don't have one, you can still enjoy quality sound from two of the four speakers.But Y-plugs are very inexpensive.

I highly recommend this system.

5-0 out of 5 stars great 4.1 surround!!
if you want every dollar to count go for this 4.1 surround sound system. I searched best buy and circuit city for an adaquate surround system for under $65... could only find 2.1 for $50. so i went to walmart and saw this 4.1 surround system. wat do u think when you purchase any electronics at walmart? no so great, 66watts didn't seem so great to share between 4 speakers and a sub huh? hahaha well i was wrong i use this to play all my music (ditched my sterio) my games and any other multimedia experience. the sub delivers clear and sharp frequencies and the the speakers deliver clear sharp sound... don't hesitate you can't to wrong. also the adjustable master volume is very useful for adjusting volume without having to click on ur desktop... love it, wat more can i say
by the way this i am using a 16 sound card... wait till i get my new sound blaster 24 bit!! ")

5-0 out of 5 stars this 4.1 surround sound speaker systemis awsome!!
if you want every dollar to count go for this 4.1 surround sound system. I searched best buy and circuit city for an adaquate surround system for under $65... could only find 2.1 for $50. so i went to walmart and saw this 4.1 surround system. wat do u think when you purchase any electronics at walmart? no so great, 66watts didn't seem so great to share between 4 speakers and a sub huh? hahaha well i was wrong i use this to play all my music (ditched my sterio) my games and any other multimedia experience. the sub delivers clear and sharp frequencies and the the speakers deliver clear sharp sound... don't hesitate you can't to wrong. also the adjustable master volume is very useful for adjusting volume without having to click on ur desktop... love it, wat more can i say

by the way this i am using a 16 sound card... wait till i get my new sound blaster 24 bit!!") ... Read more


13. Cyber Acoustics High-Performance Loudspeaker System, 80 Watts, 6 Piece
by Cyber Accoustic
list price: $79.99
our price: $64.99
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Asin: B00007GRKR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Cyber Accoustic
Sales Rank: 69476
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Product Description

Digital Ready Subwoofer and Satellite System The Cyber series CA-5001 speaker system is great for games, DVD movies, music, and additional multimedia requirements. Features four rear satellites, one center satellite and a subwoofer. The CA-5001 is designed to achieve a true 5.1 surround sound effect for games and movies. It has the compatibility to hook up to all 2 channel and 4 channel sound cards or sound chip sets.Fader control allows you to adjust front and rear volume to your preference. Bass volume control and video game adapter help make this the ultimate system from Cyber Acoustics. A great speaker system at a wonderful price! ... Read more

Features

  • 5.1, 4.1 or 2 channel inputs
  • Convenient desktop controls
  • Custom mounting brackets for center and rear satellite speakers
  • Subwoofer: Wood enclosed, dual ported
  • "Gold plated 3.5mm plugs; Y cable video game adapter included

14. Midiland Mli-452 5pc System with Contr Box
by MIDILAND

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Asin: B00006B6QZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: MIDILAND
Sales Rank: 82953
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15. OEM AVS500W 5PC SPEAKER SYSTEM
by Altec Lansing

Asin: B00006HQYC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 91018
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

AVS500 5-piece speaker system delivers high-quality audio for music, gaming, MP3, and home entertainment. Engineered with ultra-low THD, it offers accurate, realistic sound. Four-channel gaming output adds excitement and surround sound effects for gaming realism. A powered ported wood cabinet subwoofer adds big bass and full rich sound for low-frequency realism. The patented EQ circuitry provides dynamic bass response. AVS500 has volume control with logarithmic output, and long-excursion 3-inch drivers with high-performance foam surrounds. Transform your MP3 player into a high-end stereo system or turn your personal CD player into a Hi-Fi system. AVS500 delivers powerful PC audio. Hear all the power and action from your games.This system is compatible with Sony PlayStation (1 and 2) and other popular gaming systems, portable music systems and any other device with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm line-out jack or RCA left and right outputs (AAC1 add-on adapter is required in some cases). ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars inexpensive, but not bad
The sound is pretty good for a sub 30 dollar system, but overall, they need more adjustable sound. Sometimes the bass is perfect (techno music) and sometimes it's too much (dvd's) Overall, worth the money, but you get what you pay for. ... Read more


16. JBL Invader 4.1 Surround Speaker
by JBL
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00008V9F0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JBL
Sales Rank: 36292
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This stylish-looking, full 4.1 surround sound multimedia speaker system is designed to deliver a rich, full sound from your PC, whether you're playing music, movies, or games. Compatible with all analog stereo and multi-channel soundcards, as well as laptops and MP3 players, the Invader delivers 80 Watts of power, and its subwoofer and APG technology port design provides a clean, low bass output, You'll also enjoy its easy-to-find controls; with the volume control located on the right front satellite and the bass and treble controls on the front of the subwoofer. ... Read more

Features

  • Stylish enough to go with any computer system
  • Full 4.1 surround sound multimedia speaker system
  • Compatible with analog stereo and multi-channel soundcards, laptops, and MP3 players
  • 80 Watts nominal total power output
  • Clean, low bass output

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't lose the cables, Horrible Customer Service
I've had my Invader speakers for a little over a year now and I absolutely love them. Unfortunately, I lost the AC Power Adapter and Audio Input Cable while moving into a new apartment. My first probelm was finding a phone number to call the manufacturer, instead I found an e-mail address. I got a response telling me which product #'s I needed to order as well as the order form. I sent it in and when I finally got the package in the mail it contained only the AC adapter, but it was for the wrong type of speakers. I found a phone number on the shipping package and told them they shipped me the wrong product. I asked to exchange the product and he said they don't sell those two products separately from the system and I would have to go to some other store and buy some generic product that's compatible with the speakers. The customer service was just horrible. The guy talked down to me and treated me like an idiot, then wondered why I was getting angry. After about 10 minutes he finally offered to refund my money. I am very disappointed with this whole expreience.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best systems I've ever seen
I just got this system for Christmas a few weeks ago and I could not be more pleased with it. Not enough good things can be said about the subwoofer. It is nearly half the size of the subwoofer from my roommate's system, but it is just as loud, if not louder. It fits very comfortably and discreetly under any desk, but it is not so discreet once you begin playing your music. The treble/bass controls are on the face of the woofer and easy enough to control. Whereas the subwoofer is the key to the sound, the satellites complete the system with their amazing look. Sleek, silver, stylish, and space-age, they match my silver HP laptop perfectly, but still stand out in my room. They do a exceptional job of producing the mid to high range sounds. The volume control is conveniently located on the face of the right front satellite. There is more than enough wire on the rear speakers to position them farther away from your desk. Although this system has the need for 2 audio inputs (one for front and rear) from your computer, laptop users and desktop users with only one audio line-out port need not worry. The system includes a Y adapter which separates the audio from the single line-out/headphone into front and rear outputs. Setup is extremely easy, although I will say I had one issue in that I found the color coding for the inputs on the back of the subwoofer to be inane. Two of the colors, a light orange and tan looked similar under low lighting so I incorrectly plugged in those 2 some speakers and spent a while trying to figure out what was wrong.

Only cons are that there is no headphone jack on one of the satellites and that power switch should be anywhere but the back of the subwoofer.

Also, the price for the system tends to fluctuate on this site dramatically. I bought this system brand-new for $80 in early December '04, but now the price has risen nearly $60. If you're interested in this system, watch the price fluctuations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Value
For the price I enjoy these speakers very much so. I use them on a PC despite JBL's association with Apple, but I found them very easy to set up and once set up they have a terrific sound, very clear and good bass response. I bought them mainly for the purpose of listening to my large music library and for that they have been wonderful.

I see the reviews where people had problems with these speakers and the lack of customer service, and maybe I was lucky, but I have not experienced any problems and I would recommend them to someone who wants good sound for their computer but is on a budget.

1-0 out of 5 stars No customer service
The speakers stopped working after 4 months and then the customer service was terrible. I couldn't get a hold of anyone. Don't buy unless you want your speakers to break and then not have anyone help you!

1-0 out of 5 stars VERY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
I bought these speakers for my wife as a Christmas present .

My wife is a art director and has considerable knowledge with the Mac OS and networking. She installed the speakers on Christmas morning and immediately RAVED about the sound quality. I have no problems with the sound qualityor outward appearance of thisspeaker system.

OUR problem is customer service. This is the first electronic purchase for which we have had a problem--ever.AND WE CAN'T GET SOMEONE TO RESPOND.!!!

The subwoofer part of the system that also serves as the base (brain) overheated last weekend ( it is less than 2 months old) --after just 4 hours of continuious use. The sound was not overly loud nor were the trebble or base controls set above a normal level. The system now no longer functions. My wife has barely had the chance to enjoy the speakers because she works so much.

Herein lies the problem-- we have repeatedly tried to contact the company by email and support phone number for service. A company as large as Harman and JBL does not have an automated support line nor do they appear to have the ability to allow you to stay on hold while"they assist" other customers.Your only option is to leave a phone message which I have now done 4 times in the past 3 days. I have called numerous other times withoutleaving a message in an attempt to get a "real" person.

Additionally, My wife has emailed the support line with all ofOS and situation specifics several times without an acknowledgement.

NO ONE has contacted us.

I ordered the system from APPLE since I was ordering other Apple products.I am sorry I did not purchace from Amazon sinceit looks like it wouldhave been 40.00 less.

We are both VERY disappointed. ... Read more


17. 4.1 Surround Sound Speaker System with Subwoofer and Wired Remote
by FMI
list price: $18.99
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Asin: B0007D2F3U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: FMI
Sales Rank: 101720
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Product Description

Min Frequency Response: 30 Hz Max Frequency Response: 20 kHz Watts per speaker: Satellite 3w, SubWoofer 10w Total Power Output: 16 W Satellite Driver: 4x 2.25 inch Satellite Power Output: 6 W Satellite Height: 3.74 in Satellite Width: 3.15 in Satellite Depth: 2.68 in Sub-Woofer Driver: 1x 3.0 inch Sub-Woofer Power Output: 10 W Sub-Woofer Height: 145 Sub-Woofer Width: 130 Sub-Woofer Depth: 162 External Color: Black In the Box: Four Satellite Speakers One 10W Wood Subwoofer One Wire Remote Control ... Read more

Features

  • PC and Mac Compatible
  • MP3 Ready, Plug & Play
  • Wire Remote control
  • Great Value With One 10w Wood Subwoofer, Four 3W Satellites

18. 5 PC MULTIMEDIA AMPLIFIED
by Logitech Electronics Inc.

Asin: B00006B73R
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech Electronics Inc.
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Product Description

SW/500 4.1D interactive subwoofer system is compatible with 4-channel sound cards, but also includes Y-adapter for use with standard stereo sound cards. It consists of four full bandwidth satellite speakers with removable grills, and woofer with wooden cabinet that provides greater dynamic bass. Subwoofer and satellite speakers are magnetically shielded to protect monitor and magnetic media. This versatile system allows horizontal or vertical speaker positioning. It includes unique speaker stands for desk top mounting, and 4 brackets to provide convenient mounting on the wall. Color-coded jacks and plugs designed for easy set up. SW/500 features separate wired power controller with on/off and volume front and back controls. ... Read more


19. 5 PC MULTIMEDIA AMPLIFIED SUB
by Logitech Electronics Inc.

Asin: B00006JHVE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech Electronics Inc.
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20. Altec Lansing 5100 5.1 Computer Speakers (6-Speaker, Black)
by Altec Lansing
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00006B9T5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 37201
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Whether you're watching movies, playing games or listening to music on your PC, you demand big sound. Two- and three-speaker systems just don't cut it. The Altec Lansing 5100 was designed for audio fanatics like you. This highly stylized, six-speaker system features five sets of 1" neodymium drivers for thrilling highs. A dynamic center speaker makes you feel like you're part of the on-screen dialogue. Plus, the subwoofer cranks out deep, rumbling bass that makes action movies and gaming truly intense. With 100 watts of total system power, get ready to strap yourself in for a wild ride. ... Read more

Features

  • Cast Alloy Stands
  • 73 Watts total continuous power RMS (4x7 with Satellites; 22.5 with Center; 22.5 with Subwoofer)
  • 100 Watts Total Peak Power
  • 6-Speaker Surround
  • Headphone Jack

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very stylish set of speakers, lacking in the mid department
73Watt RMS continuous and 100 Watt RMS Peak sounds great. Speakers really have a great look to them. Don't take up much space at all. Decent Base and treble, though the mid range department is a lil lacking..

YOu might find yourself tweaking your card or software equalizers to produce a decent mid range sound. Luckily I have additional Mid range speakers connected to this system to compensate for this (using a Channel Splitter)

I am def. happy with this purchase and for only R799, you won't have to break the bank.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Speakers
I love these speakers. They're extremely easy to set up since they come with color-coded cables and everything is clearly marked. Once they're set up, they have great sound and excellent bass. Bass is sparse in cheaper speaker systems, but these have plenty of punch. They sound great, and work well for movies too. Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase and highly recommend them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price
Well, I found these on ebay for $90 including shipping, and received them today.

The sound is excellent.Much better than my mini-stereo system I use upstairs with the tv/dvd.There are entire instruments that I hear now listening to music that were not picked up at all on my old creative labs system.Unlike most systems designed to be used with a computer, the midrange is quite strong.

When I first received them, the bass and treble were too high, but the handy remote control allows those to be adjusted.I found that for me a level of 3 worked nicely for both the bass and treble.If you like your bass more subtle, you may want to drop it lower.I like to hear the bass but without it shaking the floor.

The look of the system is very sharp, and it is exceedingly easy to hook up.

I take off one star because even when off, there is a slight hiss from the speakers if you put your ears up to it.I am incredibly sensitive to noise, but have to admit that I did not hear the hiss at all when listening to music or even when not having any music or sound and just using the computer for work.

I highly recommend these speakers.

3-0 out of 5 stars More disappointed than pleased...
I purchased these speakers back in September 2003.I had previously owned the Altec Lansing ATP3 3-Piece Speaker System and was immensely pleased with it.I wanted to upgrade, go surround-sound, and add more speakers for larger sound.Since I'd had good experience with Altec Lansing before, I chose them again over Logitech and Creative, and expected good quality from them.

My first gripe: too much bass.The subwoofer is overpowering.These speakers come with the ability to adjust both treble and bass.I have the bass set all the way to zero.I also set my bass through the Windows sound settings all the way to zero.I adjusted my media player equalizer the best I could to eliminate bass.The bass is still overpowering, to the point where, unless I am sitting directly in front of the central speaker, that is all I hear.I can hear/feel it all the way in my bathroom.It detracts from my audio enjoyment, as well as worries me that I'm disturbing my roommate and neighbors.The speaker volume has 5 points (with 'ticks' in between).I cannot play my speakers over 3, or the bass becomes floor-shaking.It seems that the default bass setting (ie 3 out of 5) should be an average bass output, while 0 should make it barely there and 5 should give it this intense bass that I'm getting now.This is the main reason I'm giving these 3/5 stars.

My second gripe is: distortion.At around volume 3, I will begin experiencing distortion.The audio begins to vibrate and warble just slightly, but it's enough to be noticeable and distracting.An audiophile (which I'm not) would be very unpleased, I think.Also, these speakers come with three 'sound schemes': Stereo x 2, 4.1 Gaming, and 5.1.Most noticeably when I'm in Stereo x 2, but also in 5.1 if my equalizer isn't set at default (ie. +0dB across the board), I will get ticks and squeaks during audio playback.Sometimes this doesn't happen, sometimes it happens constantly throughout a song, unless I turn the volume down.I haven't figured out if this might depend on the recording quality/volume of the mp3.

Overall, they have good sound, if kept at low volumes.But they don't seem to sound any better than a 2.1 system would, and they're definitely not of the quality I expect from a set of 130 dollar speakers.My recommendation: pass them up for something different.I really am more disappointed than pleased with these speakers.The bass really bothers me and, because of that, I'm probably gonna be looking for another speaker set sometime soon, unfortunately.

5-0 out of 5 stars altec 5100 speakers
The Altec Lansing 5100 speakers are excellent.They are stylish and compact with good sound and more than adequate power. The control module allows a multitude of adjustments (the headphone jack is on the back of the module but this isn't really an issue).The speaker market seems to be divided between low-end and high-end with very little in the middle. These speakers fit the bill nicely. Highly recommended. ... Read more


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