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1. Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 5-Piece
Too low to display $92.75 list($149.99)
2. Etymotic Research ER6i Isolator
Too low to display list($249.99)
3. Harman Kardon Soundsticks 2
$47.99 $47.88 list($149.99)
4. Plantronics DSP-500 Digitally-Enhanced
$99.99
5. Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 PC
$67.30 $55.00 list($129.99)
6. JBL Creature II Self-Powered Satellite
$41.17 $37.51 list($69.99)
7. Sennheiser PC150 Noise CancellingPC
$119.69 $104.59 list($149.99)
8. Logitech Z-2300 2.1 THX-Certified
$38.90 $38.04 list($129.99)
9. Plantronics DSP-400 Digitally-Enhanced
$204.24 list($279.99)
10. Altec Lansing FX6021 3-Piece System
$199.88 list($299.99)
11. Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 Digital
$76.82 list($149.99)
12. Creative Labs I-trigue L3500 2.1
$15.99 $11.99 list($24.99)
13. Logitech 980158-0403 Internet
$18.94 $17.81 list($34.95)
14. Plantronics Audio 90 Multimedia
$249.00
15. BOSE Companion 3 Multimedia Speaker
Too low to display $58.75 list($89.99)
16. Sennheiser RS-110 Wireless Headphones
$99.00
17. BOSE Companion 2 Speakers
$67.87 list($99.99)
18. JBL Creature II Powered 3-Piece
$42.95
19. Creative TravelSound 200 Portable
$42.22 list($79.99)
20. Creative Inspire T3000 3-Piece

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. Etymotic Research ER6i Isolator Earphones
by Etymotic Research
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002ZW5W4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Etymotic Research
Sales Rank: 109
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

6i isolator earphones are designed specifically for use with the Apple iPod and other small portable players, offering 8 dB higher overall sensitivity and increased bass response. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes 5 ft. cord with 3.5 mm stereo plug / 1 pair eartips / 1 pair foam eartips / 2 replacement filters / Filter changing tool / Shirt clip / Zippered pouch
  • Includes shirt clip and zippered storage pouch
  • Use with MP3, CD, DVD players and personal computers
  • Lightweight, compact, fits in your pocket; no battery required
  • Highest noise isolation (15 to 35dB)

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect: A Bit Tinny, But That Problem Is Solvable
Here is how you solve it...Go to Radio Shack and for about 20 dollars pick up one of their little headphone amps.Looks like half a stick of dynamite with a cable at the end of it. Attach the cable into your audio device and the Etymotics into the amp.Makes the 6i's sound like the 4'P's, which cost three times as much.Really, this works.Without the amp, the 6i's are four stars, but with the little amp, well....outrageously good.

5-0 out of 5 stars They work like they are supposed to work
The other reviewers have said pretty much what needs to be said.They are a little bright, meaning there isn't much bass.If you want more bass, crank it up on your player.The highs and midrange are perfect.If I could "define" their sound, I would say that they sound "precise."That is, music comes through super clear -- you will hear everything (e.g., a guitarist shifting his hand along the strings of his guitar).If you have low bitrate mp3's, you will notice the compression noise with the Etymotics because of their clarity (even though you cannot hear the noise in cheaper headphones or speakers).Thus, with the Etymotics, it pays to have higher quality sound files.

They isolate sounds very well.After a long day, they are fun to listen to when relaxing because all background noise disappears and you can immerse yourself in your music.This isolation is great for loud environments (e.g., plane trips), but the drawback is that you will not hear background sounds, so be careful using them in environments where you need to be cognizant of ambient sounds.For comparison, I have Sennheiser noise isolation headphones, which sound good, but do not sound as good as the Etymotics and do not isolate sound as well as the Etymotics.

The Etymotics are relatively comfortable.Even if you don't plug them into your ears deeply, they "stick" well and don't fall out.I'm not a big earbud person at all (e.g., I cannot wear the standard Sony earbuds because they will not stay in my ears), but the Etymotics are comfortable & do not fall out.If you have a chance, try them out before buying to make sure they are comfortable to you.

Bottom line: they sound great, but are a little bright and are a little expensive.I bought mine during a sale for $82 shipped.While this is still expensive, they are a very high quality product.With the Etymotics, you get a quality set of earbuds with precise sound and super isolation.If this is what you are looking for, the Etymotics are about as good as they come.

4-0 out of 5 stars What are you using your Etymotics for?
Etymotic ER-6is (white)
MSRP: $149.00 / Street Price: $90-105 / I paid: $81 (New)

Reviews on these are mixed and I'm going to throw in my two cents as an unbiased review from a graduate student.
I spent two weeks researching earbuds for my Creative Zen Micro and here is what I've determined about the Etymotics.

What they are best at:
Drowning out ambient noise without needing active noise-cancelling features.

Where they work best:
Airplanes, work (self-directed, quiet settings) where people aren't talking to you, book reading, etc.

I originally wanted my earbuds to do 2 things:
1.Be portable.
Yes.These are pretty portable, although they have a 5-ft cord, which is nice for stationary settings, these tend to get tangled.I wind the extra cord around my belt-clip which is a lot cheaper than buying accessories.

2.Use them while running/biking.
Now, this I have a very mixed review on.They DO drown out ambient noise.Thus, running or biking with them on means that you have to be VERY ALERT.For someone like me who likes both bike trails (paved/non-paved) and the road, this is slightly dangerous.You aren't going to hear cars, sirens, or hear the guy behind you yell, "ON YOUR LEFT!"

You are going to hear a lot of stuff rattling around in your head because the inner ear space is sealed off.That means, when your teeth chatter, or when you chew, you're going to hear it over your music if you don't have your volume up loud enough.When you're going over bumpy road on a bike, you hear "WHUPwhupWHUPwhup."I turn my "cPod" up to about volume level 10 at work, and 14 outside to combat this. (Max is 24)

Sadly, I might just go back to the Creative-included headphones (surprisingly decent sound but a little big for my ears), or my cheapo $9 SONY earbuds.Both give me a little more peace of mind for their relatively "open" sound.As I bought these earbuds for their "multi-functionality," I was sort of bummed out.

**Other thoughts**

I thought the bass was still a little "tinny" for what it was, but Etymotic explains it as "true sound."I found that the cure (at least for CREATIVE owners), is to change your equalizer settings if you want "hotter" bass.

It really sends shivers down my spine to listen to piano rock on it.The notes are well-defined and just gorgeous; for example, Ben Folds is nuanced and nice.The surround-sound left-ear to right-ear channel effect that some bands do literally makes me dizzy with these 'buds.

I do think some of the problems people are finding with these earphones comes from the fact that they're probably also listening to middle quality mp3s (read: 64-128 kbps).I have noticed a definite quality difference in comparison vs 192/VBR (variable bit rate) mp3s.

Pluses: The customer service people are NICE!!!You can get smaller/bigger earpieces by calling, and they are terrificaly nice about it.

Bottom-line:
If you can actually use these, if they fit your lifestyle,and if you not pay $149.00 MSRP, they may be worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing.....
If you are reading this wondering wether or not to get these i would highly suggest you get them! I switched to these headphones from my origional ipod headphones which were terrible.Once i got these i instantly recognized the difference, their simply great. They are worth every penny, the only downside about them is you can start to tell that your mp3's are not all quality sound, but the headphones are suberb i would reccomend them to anyone looking to buy a pair of noise canceling headphones in a small package.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yow wow! Nice earphones
My doctor said I had some low-frequency hearing loss. I figured that, as I don't listen to loud music, it might be the thundering noise of full-throttle locomotives in enclosed train stations, busses racing past two feet away, and the sound of the Chicago El clattering deafeningly overhead. Just a guess. I needed noise reduction!

These earphones are great. Noise reduction is at better than with earplugs - these things fit deep in your ear - and you can listen to the music softly while still hearing the subtlties of the tune. All this as you stand next to a locomotive at Union station. What more could you ask?

The bass is, as reported, nothing spectacular, but it is sufficient and seemingly accurate. Most players have an "add bass" button, by the way, so if you're into distorting music with headphones with extra bass, you might as well just distort the music at the source.

The headphones seem quite efficient. I run my non-ipod at "4" on a scale of 25 of loudness. Those little speakers are right next to your eardrums, so you don't need much out of them.

I can see how earplugs might bother some people. If you find somebody putting a wet finger in your ear to be kinky rather than irritating, then you will be okay with them. Hmm, you might even find them exciting. I say a wet finger because the best way to put them in is to slightly moisten them first. Too moist, of course, and they squoosh around in your ear a lot.

Now for the warning: when listening to music with these, you will not hear the car beeping at you. You will not hear the bus driving past. You will not hear the train bearing down on you. You will not hear the cop yelling "stop or I'll shoot." You will not hear the announcement saying your train is on a different track. You will not hear your wife screaming that the house is on fire. It all sounds funny, but we use sounds all the time for context and safety, and you need to take extra care when using these. ... Read more


3. Harman Kardon Soundsticks 2
by JBL
list price: $249.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001DBEM4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JBL
Sales Rank: 358
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Harman Kardon's SoundSticks II three-piece speaker system produces high-quality stereo sound for Music, MP3's, movies and gaming experiences.

SoundSticks II encourages consumers to step out of the ordinary speaker world and offers sound in an original and unique package. The system, described as curvy, sleek and sexy, provides consumers with sound that is loud and clear.

SoundSticks II employs a new computer-optimized multi-band parametric equalization and Harman’s unique capacitance touch control buttons on the right satellite allow for direct access to volume control

... Read more

Features

  • Capacitance touch control buttons provide direct access to volume control
  • 20 Watts RMS subwoofer power output
  • 3-piece plug and play multimedia speaker system
  • Stunning, original design with great sound
  • Features computer-optimized multi-band parametric equalization

Reviews (30)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Style, Could Sound Better
The Soundsticks look nice and complement my new Mac Mini well.But they don't look quite as nice as the well-lit picture.The beads in the satellites aren't sky-blue like in the picture either.Mine are more of a dark-purple, which aren't as attractive.

Sound-wise, the satellites sound good.The subwoofer however, is a little lacking.For music where the melody is carried by the bass, these speakers won't do a good job at reproducing the sound.Instead of low musical notes, you'll hear little poofs of bass.Since much of the sound from a subwoofer is produced by the enclosure, and they sound similar to another speaker set I had with a plastic subwoofer enclosure, I think it's a matter of physics that thin plastic enclosures cannot reproduce good bass.

If you like the style, these are good.However, for a similar price I would recommend the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 which have a more traditional look, but sound much, much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed
Looks as advertised - actually cooler in person I think.Sound quality is very high, much better than expected.Only complaint, could be louder, but certainly loud enough for anyone working at the computer which is the whole point.

***** for bang for the buck.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound - a few more details would have made it 5 stars
I went through a ton of reviews from several sites and finally settled on these speakers.I am immensely satisfied with the product - the sound is great, the look is great, but a couple things kept it from getting 5 stars and they have been mentioned in other reviews here.Why they opted not to add an on off switch is puzzling ( you have to pull the plug to turn the set off );there is a nice blue light to add some character to the subwoofer in low light setting, they could have added that feature to the soundsticks themselves, but again opted not to.All in all a great set of speakers for a decent price whether you are plugging them into your computer or mp3 player for some room filling sound. ... Read more


4. Plantronics DSP-500 Digitally-Enhanced USB Gaming/Multimedia Stereo Headset and Software
by Plantronics
list price: $149.99
our price: $47.99
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Asin: B00005A9AV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plantronics
Sales Rank: 1000
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MODEL- DSP500 VENDOR- PLANTRONICS FEATURES- Digitally-Enhanced USB Gaming/Multimedia Headset & Software DSP-500 digitally-enhanced gaming/multimedia headset with full-range stereo sound. Perfect for multimedia applications such as games CDs and MP3 music speech recognition and voice applications. The 40mm speakers provide dynamic bass response. Software includes Plantronics PerSono Audio Control Center Software as well as leading speech recognition voice and gaming applications. The Plantronics PerSono audio control software provides a single interface for controlling all computer audio settings from adjust- ing the headsets microphone and speaker settings to providing a convenient way for launching and controlling MP3 CD and DVD files. The PerSono software lets the user adjust audio settings for your audio applications including Internet telephony chat and games. Plantronics PerSono audio control software has eliminated the need for separate interfaces that until now had to be accessed in the computers control panel to adjust these multiple audio functions. The single interface allows the user to quickly and easily adjust volume balance bass and treble for output sound as well as mute and volume adjustment for the microphone. This capability makes it simple to set personal preferences and obtain the best performance no matter what the application (i.e. Web chat speech recognition PC gaming.) The user can also select EQ presets for different music styles (i.e. rock jazz R&B classical.) * Digital Signal Processor for digitally-enhanced stereo sound. * Aggressive cool design with strong appeal to gamers. * 40mm speakers provide greater bass response. * Digital Signal Processor provides full-range digital audio. * PerSono Audio Control Software for easy control of all your audio needs. * QuickAdjust microphone boom allows the user to position the microphone easily and consistently for uniform performance and higher accuracy. * New lightweight materials for ultimate ... ... Read more

Features

  • Digital Signal Processor for digitally-enhanced stereo sound in multimedia applications
  • 40 mm speakers for superior bass response
  • High quality microphone with QuickAdjust boom
  • Aggressive, cool design with strong appeal to gamers

Reviews (39)

1-0 out of 5 stars Plantronics is way over rated
I had this headset working for only 1 day before the mic on it broke and wouldn't input any audio. This is the second Plantronics headset that I've had that has broken quickly. I am not at all happy with this.

I bought instead the Logitech USB 300 model and although it seems to have worse reviews, I'm quite happy with it. The audio quality seems comparable and more importantly, it's still working. The Plantronics seems to me more fragile and prone to breaking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing performance with Dragon Naturally Speaking
For those of you using or planning to use voice dictation programs this is your microphone.As a user of Dragon for over 10 years I've researched and examined numerous microphones.None compare with the performance of the DSP500. The recognition/performance of Dragon drastically increases.When using Plantronics I typically have several errors per paragraph; usually do to mispronounciation or accent.With competitors, I can encounter several errors per sentence.

Dragon has a program where it adjusts the volume of mic and tests noise to speech ration.According to ScanSoft anything between 20-24 is good.The DSP 500 comes in at a 27.

Any users of voice dictation software or those planning to use microphones for voice commands in games must try the DSP 500!


(The DSP 400 was rather good as well.I used this microphone for quite a long time. The portability was rather nice.Unfortunately the headset was a bitbig for my head.:-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound Playback/Recording - Not very practical !
Had this one for over a year for online gaming, dictating to a word document, listening to music etc..Overall I'm satisfied, althought for the money I think they could have done a much better job in every aspect. I only payed $65 online while it was $90 at the store. Had best reviews at the time, and indeed, it sounds almost as good as my $200 sony studio phones (when I play my stereo). drivers are stable and it sounds very good.

Digital Remote volume control is VERY handy! you'll love it.

BAD THINGS:

1. since it's basically a USB sound card, I have to keep flipping between DSP500 for games and my Audigy2 if I want to listen to music in the house .. maybe it's WinXP fault, I was able to use 2 sound cards at wonce under Win2000Pro. This gotten very annoying. Platronics tech support said that's the way it is!
2. Although construction is very solid, and the ear muffs are comphy, it's an UGLY LOOKING headset and is not snugg on my head. If I shake my head fast it'll fly off !

I wish they'd make the ear pieces much bigger for more noise canceling, hugging the whole ear and used 50mm magnets for greater base reproduction. Why is it always one or the other? Why can't americans learn to make practial things that also look good? :)

(...) I realized nobody sees me playing games at night so if I hang it under the desk it doesn't bother me much. If you don't care about the looks, THIS IS THE BEST HEADSET YOU CAN BUY FOR GAMING

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Product....Looking for more
These headphones worked great with my sound system. It could use a little more volume, but the bass boost on this is nice! I use this constantly for musical recordings with my friends & blending the recording with the instrumental makes the newly formed track almost 100% clear.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!After using others I HIGHLY recommend these now.
3.21.04: First off, I will say that I am an on-line gamer and prefer the best when it comes to my electronics. I purchased the Plantronics 500 headset in March of 2003 and I'm now looking for a replacement. About a month ago, the audio from the left ear of the unit started to go in and out. I decided to dismantle the unit tonight after the left side finally quit on me and I found two places where the very thin wiring has almost completely frayed apart in the actual housing of the unit and where it connects into the headset itself. The sound and microphone on these is VERY good but I am disappointed that just after a year of pampering that they have given out (sorry, only a one year warranty on non-commercial items from Plantronics - which these are).

I also had a few small complaints about the inability to switch back to my computer speakers easily, or that the cord can really get in the way at times due to its long length.This may be good for some applications but the cord will stretch for a good 5 feet, alot more than I needed.They are very comfortable though and even after all night gaming, they still felt decent, unless I had my glasses on and then they can really start to hurt after an hour or two.In conclusion, if they would have lasted me at least another year, I would have rated them 4 or maybe even 5 stars but after only one year of use, I have them falling to 3 stars.

10.25.04:Well, I am back to buy another DSP-500 headset.I went through two different sets since I last purchased these and they do not compare to the sound quality of the DSP-500.I would have to give these an excellent rating when it comes to the sound/microphone/ease of use/etc... they just need to work on how long they last but I have been told by friends that I use them ALOT so an average user will easily get more time out of them than I did.A year for me was pretty good from what my friends say... so I am revising my review to give them "5 stars".This is an excellent headset and easily outperforms others in the $50 range. ... Read more


5. Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 PC Speaker System
by Klipsch
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B0006TIEZS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Klipsch
Sales Rank: 1624
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Tired of computer speakers that sound tinny and weak even when combined with a good sound card? Introducing the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 system, which is designed to deliver deep bass performance from a compact two-speaker setup. The system features a pair of two-way magnetically shielded satellite speakers, each employing dual 2.5-inch fiber-composite cone drivers and a 1-inch metalized polymer tweeter with exclusive MicroTractrix horns. Combined, the drivers produce rich midrange tones, clear and efficient highs, and a satisfying bass punch for pure and total balance throughout the audio spectrum.

Listeners can control the main volume and bass level from a module on one of the satellite speakers, which also includes a headphone jack and auxiliary input jack for convenience. The system is versatile, too, connecting to more than just laptops and desktop computers, including such portable devices as Apple iPods, other MP3 players, mini-TVs, and portable CD and DVD players. Listeners can even feed a simultaneous laptop PC and MP3 signal to the speakers for mixed sound playback, making the system a great choice for both multimedia presentations and entertainment. The sleek satellites also feature floating grilles and undercone termination, which hides the voice coil leads for a cleaner look.

Whether you're setting up a kitchen system for your iPod or building a multimedia system for your office presentations, the ProMedia Ultra 2.0 delivers impressive, full-bodied sound.

What's in the Box
ProMedia Ultra 2.0 speakers, stereo mini-plug cable, 22-gauge speaker wire with RCA terminals, AC power supply, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Pair of compact multimedia speakers for PCs and portable audio devices
  • Dual 2.5-inch fiber-composite cone drivers and 1-inch metallic polymer tweeters
  • Delivers satisfying bass punch and rich midrange tones
  • Main volume and bass level controls; headphone jack and auxiliary input
  • 30 watts total RMS power (15 watts x 2); 1-year warranty

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Well-balanced sound, especially good for classical music
I use these speakers in a small office to listen to news and classical music. The most impressive thing about them is their overall balance and clarity. Male voices are clear and completely free of upper-bass boominess. Classical music is accurately reproduced. As I type this, I am listening to Schubert's Trout Quintet. The double bass is clearly audible without distortion or undue emphasis in the upper range. The piano and strings come through naturally with low distortion. Other classical music also sounds great. Even harpsichord music is cleanly reproduced, with sparkling high frequency overtones. I listened to many other speakers, some costing several times more before deciding on these. All of the others were annoying in one way or another: many had exaggerated bass and some had piercing highs. These Klipsch would be a good bargain, even at a much higher price, if you're looking for clean, natural sound.

4-0 out of 5 stars An affordable speaker designed for accurate sound
Let's face it, most computer speakers are the pits. Most of these sub/sat system comprise of a low quality satellite speaker coupled with a tiny subwoofer with an emphasis on making one note boomy sounds. So now we have a boomy loose sounding sub, with a huge gap in the midrange tones.

So along comes Klipsch with this Ultra 2.0 system. Finally a speaker designed for best accuracy, not volume. A nice change among a whole bunch of mediocre 2.1 and 5.1 entries. The speaker itself is tall and deep, but not too wide, most people won't find it overbearing on their desks. This speaker uses a horn loaded tweeter, and two metallic 2.5 bass/mid drivers. Suffice it to say that you won't be rocking the house with bass with these tiny drivers, but what does come out is pretty even and clean. Just enough that you can hear the bass instead of saying "where's the bass?", and the rest of the sound is quite flat. Klipsch themselves say the frequency response is plus or minus 5 decibels, which is a rare spec among computer speakers. I measured the frequency response and I found that the response started to roll off below 100 Hz, with a hump at 130Hz, but in all, the frequency response is considerably flatter than any of the other speakers you'll find in this price range. I'm satisfied with the bass for the most part keeping in mind the size of the speakers.

The sound is crisp and lively. You can hear all the details, and vocals are nicely voiced, even in tone with good presence. The bass is somewhat limited, but what's there is pretty tight sounding, and not overemphasized just to make a quick sale at the in-store demo. These little speakers are good enough that one can enjoy them even if you are used to much better sound from a home system.

Even though these speakers aren't cheap compared to many other offerings. I'll still give them four stars. Actually a rating of five isn't out of line, but I only give five stars when I know that *everybody* will like them. To get better, you could always buy some real home audio bookshelf speakers, and an amplifier, but then you've spent a lot more. If you don't want to go through that much trouble, these are really a good compromise between most of the junky satellite systems, and a full home setup.

4-0 out of 5 stars pretty good speakers
First let me say that my computer 2002 Sony Vaio laptop with a generic sound card in it so maybe I can't give these speakers a fair test. I was expecting a lot more from these speakers 'cause of all the great reviews I saw here, and all the talk about "rich bass sound" for me these speakers sound great at low to med volume , but even at med. the bass starts to distort, listening to classical and pop. So I guess that for $99.00 they are about as good as you can get for a 2.0 speaker sys..So until I dish out $125 bucks for an Audigy sound card to plug into the PCMCIA slot on my laptop maybe then I can get the better sound I am looking for.I other words if you have a newer computer with a good quality sound card in it you will no doubt get better sound than I did.-Scott

5-0 out of 5 stars great & booming sound from a 2.0 system
We all know the first pair of speakers we got for our computers.Probably paid $20 for two satellites and that's it (unless you're an audiophile -- if that's the case you're probably not reading this in the first place).

The sound was tinny and it didn't take much to blast out the cones.What did you expect from a $20 investment?

Well, these aren't your grandpa's cheapo speakers -- just look at the price.Given, you can probably get a decent 5.1 system (no THX, no Dolby) for $99, but you're probably looking for something a little more portable; maybe you've got a laptop, maybe you just hate those powered subwoofers.Well, let me tell you the sound from the ProMedia Ultra 2.0s is INCREDIBLE [for a 2.0 system].I think we all need to realize the limits of 2.0 systems, since they are all-in-one boxes (subs, midrange, tweeters), but Klipsch stays true to its history and has produced some of the best sounding 2.0 computer boxes I've ever heard.The lows are surprisingly low and the highs are crisp.My favorite thing is that you can turn the master volume on the computer up and still crank up the volume on the speakers -- these things will get VERY loud and can easily drown a bedroom with loud music!And it's not just loud, but it's high quality sound -- as long as you keep the audio source's volume lower than the speaker volume (a general rule), you'll be hard pressed to hear distortion.

The bass can be overwhelming -- sometimes you've got to fiddle around with it, especially if you've got the EQ going on with whatever audio player you use for your computer.I'm used to just jacking the bass all the way up on 2.0 systems, but in this regard the ProMedias really are comparable to a x.1 system in that the bass is true to a powered amplifier.Not as strong, but it reacts in the same way.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good - but don't kid your self
I read the reviews.I was looking for a really good 2 speaker setup.The family room computer is above my bedroom and the idea of a sub woofer on the floor did not seem like a good one.While I would say that these are good computer speakers, don't fool yourself into thinking that these will substitute for a good stereo.The quality of a $300 mointor size stereo speaker attached to an amp are light years ahead of these speakers.

Some commented on their size. I did not find them overly big placed on either side of our 17" LCD.I don't regret buying them, but I have to admit I was hoping for more based on some of extravegant praise this speaker has recieved.Yeah - I know, there "only" $99. ... Read more


6. JBL Creature II Self-Powered Satellite Speakers (White)
by JBL
list price: $129.99
our price: $67.30
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Asin: B0001DQ5YG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JBL
Sales Rank: 868
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

video-shielded * 9 watts x 2, plus 27-watt sub * frequency response 35-20,000 Hz * satellites: 3"W x 2-3/4"H x 3"D * subwoofer: 9"W x 8-7/8"H x 9"D * ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with any Windows or Macintosh desktop or laptop personal computers equipped with audio output or a headphone jack
  • Also great to use with portable MP3 players, discmans and walkmans ? again, simply plug into the headphone jack
  • Right satellite features unique Capacitance Touch volume control buttons
  • Bass and treble are adjusted via controls on the subwoofer
  • Both satellites have downfiring green LEDs, for a cool desktop look in minimum lighting environments

Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Addition for Your Computer
Simply put these speakers sound and look great.While the subwoofer's size is about average the two speakers are very small and don't clutter up your desktop.Although you'll be surprised listening to these little speekers as they pack a powerful punch and sound great at any volume.Final note, if you own a Mac these speakers are exactely what its been waiting for, if you use a PC then they're still a great additon.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but GREAT deal for the price
Well, you know that saying that you get what you pay for? Don't expect miracles with these speakers - they're under $100, which means that they will not sound as full as many other brands. As an audiophile, I admit that this bothers me somewhat, especially since the middle ranges are lacking, and the bass can easily be overwhelming.

But on that note, it is under $100, and for that price, these are a great deal. They sound quite decent, are easy to set up (you just plug it into your laptop/iPod. No drivers needed. Nothing fancy) and are aesthetically pleasing with my iBook and iPod.

I keep my iPod 40GB on its dock, and then I plug in the green speaker cord to the little jack on the back of the dock. When I want to listen from my laptop, I easily take that same green cord out of the dock jack, and stick it into my iBook headphone jack. Easy as pie, and since the cord is long, there is a lot of flexibility.

Looks wise, it matches very well with my Apple gear, plus the two small speakers have an other-wordly green light that emanates from the bottom. I hate to sound shallow and stupid, but stuff like that amuses me to no end!

FInal verdict: if you live in a small apartment or have a small room or a small bank account, these are the speakers for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars They may not be perfect, but for the price...
I just bought these speakers for my iMac.First off, they match perfectly to apple products.They look phenomenal with my computer and my iPod, and everyone that sees them thinks they are cool looking.

Now for the important part: sound.Right out of the box, I was disappointed with the sound.Wayyy too much treble, solid bass, but like many other reviewers have said, not a lot of middle range.However, after playing with the equalizer in iTunes, I got these to sound exactly how I like.Everyone has a different taste for sound, and personally by turning down the treble knob on the sub and instead playing with the treble on the equalizer, it created a more full sound.When they are plugged into my iPod, they are a little bass heavy, but when I'm listening to my iPod with these it's usually in a large group setting, where it doesnt really matter if they sound perfect.

Overall, if you are looking for a set of speakers for your computer for a good price, and know a little bit about how to fool with an equalizer in your main audio program, then definatley go for these.However, if you are focusing mainly on listening to an iPod with these, I'd recommend looking into different speakrs (JBL makes a cool speaker system with a dock that suits the iPod much better)

2-0 out of 5 stars Big sound but then............
My problem is that the "touch" sensitive volume controls on the little speakers gets stuck, either too loud or no sound at all.
Oh yeah, you can't do anything to FIX the problem. So, Get a good deal, and then not be able to use them. Ever ask yourself WHY the price deal??? Now you know why!

1-0 out of 5 stars beautiful, but acoustically flawed
my friends proudly showed me these speakers that they are able to plug right into their Ipod.the futuristic design is wonderful.trouble is, they sound terrible.my old $58 boom box has a far fuller sound then these.these kinda sound like my childhood AM transistor radio - tinny, no mid-range.if you want decent sounding speakers and not just pretty things, keep looking... ... Read more


7. Sennheiser PC150 Noise CancellingPC Headset
by Sennheiser
list price: $69.99
our price: $41.17
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Asin: B0000DCRHA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sennheiser
Sales Rank: 463
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Designed for Action Sennheiser PC150 Noise Cancelling Headset The extra-comfortable headset makes hours of PC-Gaming not just amusing but effortless. The microphone with noise-cancelling function improves understanding with other players. With Voice over IP technology, this Sennheiser Headset provides comfort for hours of conversation over the Internet at a bargain. ... Read more

Features

  • Microphone Uni-directional
  • Freq resp 18-22,000Hz
  • Impedence 32 Ohms
  • SPL 114 dB
  • Connector 2 x 3.5 mm for PC/laptop

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent
Up until a year ago, I had been using the Plantronics Audio 90 headset.I was pretty satisfied with that, as it had decent sound quality and a decent microphone.However, its main problem was its durability.I had them replaced a couple of times and when it broke after the warranty, I decided to spend a few extra dollars and splurge on a higher quality headset.

WOW!All I can say is that the Sennheiser PC150 is superior in every way.I used to think Audio 90 sound quality was good, but the PC150 blew them away.At a recent LAN, my friend wanted to test out my headset, so we swapped for a bit.I was astounded at how bad his Audio 90 in comparison to my PC150.Likewise, he was impressed.Since then, I have bought high quality headphones for travel and their sound quality is only slightly better despite having a significantly higher pricetag.

The microphone on my PC150 is also very good.I've listened to my recorded voice and it's crystal clear.On the other hand, there is a noticable amount of static coming from some of my friends' mics when we're on Ventrilo.I know it's not a server issue, as a friend who also owns a PC150 sounds crystal clear.

But the PC150's durability impressed me more than anything else.The Audio 90 is notorious for its breakability; there are accounts of them breaking even when the owner takes perfect care of them.Well, I treat my PC150 like crap.Drop them on the table, drop them on the floor, roll over the cables in my chair, you name it.But they've taken these beatings and have continued to deliver.

Congrats to Sennheiser for making such a great product.If you want a headset with outstanding sound, microphone, and structural quality, you won't go wrong with the PC150.It may cose twice as much as an Audio 90, but this one has lasted me longer than three of them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great overall
They sound great and the microphone works flawlessly with Ventrilo, but the headset is a bit too heavy for my taste and hurts my ears after about an hour of use. Otherwise I'd give them 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good headphone and great microphone
I have had this for over 6 months, no problems so far. The product quality is very good. It feels comfortable when u put it on vs the other headsets I have used. The only issue is probabaly that this is not very portable and can get a bit too big for everyday use. But it does everything it advertises to do exceptionally well.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good microphone, poor headphones.
I bought this in hopes that I could use this set to replace my desktop mic and Sennheiser HD497 headphones.The mic is impressive.Everyone on ventrilo says I sound 100 times better than I did with my 15 dollar mic.However, my problem is with the headphones.

While I am no audiophile, I do like for my music to sound good.These headphones are no where near quality headphones.My 20 dollar Sony's sound better than these headphones.If you are just going to use these for gaming, they are fine.If you want to listen to music and game, get something else.If I find that something else, I will post it.3 stars for the mic but it wasn't worth 42 bucks.0 stars for the headphones.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best headsets
Pros:
-Best headset/headphones/earphones I have ever owned (though I am no audiophile)
-Crystal clear sound at all levels
-Awesome bass, very clear and loud
-Very clear sounding mic, doesn't pick up background noise
-Very comfortable, even if worn for 5 hours straight
-Fits securely on my head, won't fall off
-Good mic placement, away from face so there are no breathing sounds
-Nice, long cord
-Remote is very useful

Cons (I'm nitpicking):
-Most expensive headset/headphones/earphones I have ever owned
-Maximum volume is not loud as I would like it, although I would never listen to it that loud.
-Heavier than most cheaper headsets
-Foam is a bit hard
-Might hurt after a few hours if you have glasses, they don't cup around your ears like high quality headphones

Overall, this was a great buy and I am very satisfied with this item and I would recommend it for anyone who needs a excellent headset. ... Read more


8. Logitech Z-2300 2.1 THX-Certified 200-Watt Speaker System
by Logitech
list price: $149.99
our price: $119.69
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Asin: B0002SQ2P2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1590
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

If you love music, you'll love the Logitech Z-2300, a 2.1 speaker system that combines everything you need in a sound system: THX®-certified performance and quality, beautiful looks, and more than enough power to fill your room with great sound.

  • 200 watts of RMS power (400 watts of peak power) deliver thunderous audio for music, movies, and games
  • 8-inch long-throw subwoofer driver with flared bass port pounds out powerful, distortion-free bass
  • Polished aluminum phase plug at the center of the driver outperforms conventional 2-way designs
  • Included adapter lets you connect the speakers directly to your DVD player, CD player, or video game console
Full-featured SoundTouch™ wired remote control

Exercise complete control over your listening experience with controls for both master volume and subwoofer, plus a headphone jack and power/standby button.

What is THX certification?

THX certification is the ultimate mark of quality for speaker systems. It means speakers have been tested and approved by THX based upon a set of rigorous technical specifications. Few computer speaker systems meet these rigid standards.

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Features

  • 200 watts total system power (40 watts x 2, plus 120-watt subwoofer)
  • THX-certified 2.1-channel speaker system with ported subwoofer
  • Delivers superior audio with distortion-free bass for movies, music, and games
  • Wired remote control offers master volume and subwoofer volume, plus headphone jack and standby button
  • Includes adapter for direct connection to DVD player, CD player, or video game console

Reviews (51)

4-0 out of 5 stars good computer speakers for the price
There is a lack of mid and slight tinniness which becomes more apparent with certain types of music.This will be irritating to some people.As the rest of the sound is actually quite good this fault is furthur highlighted.The other problem is loss of detail and quality at lower volumes but not enough to call the speakers bad by any means.
The bass is very good.When you turn down the subwoofer though, you lose yet more richness in the mids.A way to compensate is to play around with the equaliser on your computer and/or soundcard.
The wow factor begins at higher volumes.These speakers can really pump it out.If you mainly want loud volume speakers that work and aren't too expensive then you've found them.If it's just low volumes you're going to be basking in then the subwoofer isn't worth the space and the lack of warmth at lower volumes might be an issue.If like me you go to both lower and higher volumes than give them a listen to before buying.
The bottom line is that they will not replace an expensive sound system.If you're looking for the best speakers ever than be prepared to add another zero to what you're spending.If you want a good enough, powerful sound for about $110 than these will do you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good 2.1 Speakers; Real Loud
Excellent speakers at an excellent price. I tried them with music on my computer and with a DVD player, sounds great with both. Mids are slightly lacking, but no big deal. The remote is great, 10x better than using computer controls.

Also, I only turn up the volume halfway, because that's about as loud as I would ever want to listen to music. I turned them up 3/4 once, with the bass all the way up, with my fingers in my ears. I could feel my rib cage vibrate like at concerts! I think it even squeezed out some of that new speaker smell from the bass, because there was a bit of that smell after I had them going at that volume for about a minute, and they didn't seem to be damaged.

Sometimes I think the bass on this thing gets so low I can feel it more than hear it, which is great. Sort of like the devices Steven Spielberg used in Jurassic Park to make the ground shake, simulating the impact of a T-Rex footstep.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
The speaker set is much more than I had hoped.Love it!!The sound is crystal clear and the small size of the desktop speakers take up less room than the cheap ones that come with a new computer.The woofer is compact and easy to place next to the desk.You would never know the sound was coming out of my laptop it is so beautiful.I'm ordering my second set for a relative.Buy, buy, buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent bass sound with very good mid range and highs
I received the Logitech Z-2300 on a Friday afternoon. The shipment came from Dell in a brown box, and inside was the beast. It was not much inside except what I desired. I installed it as soon as I got opened the box.

After installation, which was a breeze, I turned up the sound with some dance music with deep bass. The bedroom started to shake shook from the vibration of the subwoofer. I adjusted the sub to get the sound I wanted and it was crystal clear from that point. I found the speakers to have excellent deep bass, decent mid range, and great highs. The sound is actually pretty balanced to me, but then again I am not an expert. I just know what I like.

Way to go Logitech.

5-0 out of 5 stars incredible speakers for more than a reasonable price
i've had these speakers for about a week now and i can't get over how awesome they are. that other reviewer mentioned "lifeless" sound at lower volumes. what the heck is that all about? i haven't noticed anything of the sort. besides, these speakers are meant to be played LOUD! (why not use headphones instead, if you like it soft?) the woofie is massive, heavier than a friggin' steamroller, and its 120 watts are more than enough to reduce your crib to rubble just like that. off topic, pics make these speakers seem smaller than they are. okay, the satellites are, relatively speaking, "small", but the sound these babies emit is incredible. however, the subwoofer is pretty huge, so make sure you check out the dimensions to see if it'll fit wherever you want to put it. the overall sound is chrystal clear, no matter the volume, and the bass is so thumpin' it'll make the ladies reach climax in no time. so, if you wanna cuddle to norah friggin jones at low volume with a bottle of wine, 50-dollar speakers will do, so don't complain about these speakers cuz you don't have a clue what you're talking about. these cats are designed to ROCK! ... Read more


9. Plantronics DSP-400 Digitally-Enhanced USB Foldable Stereo Headset and Software
by Plantronics
list price: $129.99
our price: $38.90
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Asin: B00005A9AU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plantronics
Sales Rank: 792
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Plantronics DSP-400 digitally-enhanced foldable stereo headset with full-range stereo sound. The foldable design allows for easy storage and transport. Listen to your CDs, DVDs, or MP3s. The noise-canceling microphone enhances speech accuracy. Packaged with Plantronics PerSono Audio Control Center Software. ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface; 1-year warranty
  • Digitally enhanced noise-canceling microphone
  • Digital signal processor delivers the full spectrum of the human voice
  • Foldable for easy storage and transport
  • QuickAdjust microphone boom

Reviews (12)

1-0 out of 5 stars many defects
This headset is not very portable or durable.Stopped working about 4 months after purchase.suggest you try something else

5-0 out of 5 stars No drivers needed for OS X
This has to be one of the best mics I have personally owned.The first thing I did with the included driver disk was to toss it in the trash.Plugging the DSP-400 into my Powerbook G4 resulted in no pesky "driver needed" BS that currently plagues the dark side of the computer world.Bringing up the sound prefs I was delighted in seeing that not only was the DSP-400 recognized, but it was raring to go.Changing the default I/O's from the onboard line in and speakers to the USB interface was all that was needed to get it up and running.All level functions and effects are accessable and fully functional, since they are a function of the OS and not a driver.

No, the DSP-400 is not a noise cancelling headset, but the mic does a very good job of weeding out reasonable ammounts of background noise.And as for it being heavy, I did not notice any unreasonable heaviness.

Yes, the cord is a bit long, but I would rather have it a tad long than short.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not addressed yet
Probably because it takes a good 6 months to figure out what is going on with this headset. You look at it and it is compact and logically should be light as a feather, right? So maybe you've done something wrong because you can't figure out why within an hour or so it gradually starts creeping off your head?

At first you discard the fact that you have paid over 70.00 and the incredibly long cord for a portable headset. And must they put that lead weight halfway down the cord? You discount all of that because Plantronics says you have made a wise choice. It doesn't tell you that the dynamics of the "foldable" portion will not take the "silent" weight of the rest of the unit. It is not a "heavy feeling immediately. It is worse. It slowly creeps with such sneaky abandon that before you know it, it is dangling around your ankles. And you feel like a fool to try and report that.

I possibly would have rated the sound quality better, but I have not kept it on long enough to really hear it.
I think Plantronics might want to lighten the load of this puppy or else sedate the user.

heavy user???.......or heavy headset ?????

1-0 out of 5 stars Warning -- not portable!
The folding headband for this headset is nicely engineered.But don't buy this headset expecting it to be foldable to a small size for carrying with your laptop, in your carry-on bag, etc.The cord is *extremely* long--maybe 10ft (why?)--and attached to it is a plastic filter/converter box that is nearly the size of the AC power brick on my laptop power cord.By the time you have it all wrapped up for stowage the entire package is just as large as the conventional headset I was replacing with this purchase--even with the headset folded.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW - WHAT GREAT SOUND!!!
I got this headset because of problems with my soundcard and the other hardware I have in my PC system. I loaded the software first, and then installed the headphone using the ultra-easy USB plug (no way to plug it in wrong and only one plug to deal with). I played an Enya song ("Key of the Twilight") and it sounded good. I launched the included PerSomg software in the middle of listening to Enya and got hit with such a great change in the sound, I could not believe it!. This Headset is the best I have used EVER! I love having a long cord so I can move around and the carrying bag that comes with this product. IT IS THE BEST! [The MIC is good too!] ... Read more


10. Altec Lansing FX6021 3-Piece System
by Altec Lansing
list price: $279.99
our price: $204.24
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Asin: B0001EMLXE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 2106
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Amp up the power of your digital audio player or gaming console with this 3-piece music speaker system by Altec Lansing. Due to the InConcert technology, sound is directed straight ahead and to the sides, not up and down like other 3-piece speaker systems. Features two 12-1/2-watt ultra-slim, flat-profile satellites with a total of twelve 1" neodymium micro drivers, each pair powered by its own discrete amplifier; and 50-watt, 6-1/2" ported subwoofer set in a low-resonance wooden cabinet that delivers low frequency bass that rattles the room! Its wireless remote and a wired control pod controls bass, treble and master volume, and the auxiliary input jack allows you to connect to two different audio sources such as your PC and an MP3 jukebox at the same time. Includes two satellite speakers with bases; subwoofer; wired controller; wireless remote; 3.5mm audio cable; and user's manual. Made in USA. ... Read more

Features

  • 75 Watts RMS Total System Power
  • Wireless Remote and Control Pod
  • Power and Volume Bass, Treble and Standby
  • Headphone Jack
  • 105 db SPL

Reviews (14)

1-0 out of 5 stars Altec Has Done Better
I got these speakers some time ago and they sounded bad.I packed it away until I returned from a work assignment.I unplugged my old Altec's 3 way (621) and put this on hoping for better results.All I can say is that Altec has done much better.In fact, I LOVE my old Altec 3 way.So, I am placing the old ones back on and hope it doesn't blow out.The older Altec system is perfectly balanced between the boom and treble.These are just out right unbalanced.I look forward to Altec recreating the unbelieveable sound that comes out of the much cheaper 621 model (which unfortunately has been discontinued for I guess 2 years).

5-0 out of 5 stars I've found Nirvana with these speakers
This is the 3rd set of speakers I've had for my G4 Imac. The first set the Apple Pros that came wiith the Imac were fair, the second set the JBL Creatures were good but these are Great! The clarity, ease of setup and build quality are outstanding. You can also play them at high volume without any breakup.You won't be disappointed with these speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Speakers worth the splurge...
...You will love these speakers! As soon as I plugged them in, the sound brought a smile to my face. When you spend more money on your equipment, you expect to get better results. This system keeps that promise. The six speakers in each unit produce a clear crisp sound. The mid range is clear without the muddy sound I hear in less precise speakers. Musical instruments sound separate and distinct, voices have a good presence that is not drowned out by the background tracks.

This system is plugged into my Sony television. It improves the audio on cable and satellite programs but it really shines when we play DVD movies. The enhanced sound tracks come alive and we get more of a movie theater experience. The control head on this speaker system has an input jack so you can plug in an iPod or MP3 player and listen to the player without unplugging the television (or computer) - very handy and thoughtful of Altec.

Compared to the JBL Creature II speakers or the Harman/Kardon Soundsticks, this set from Altec Lansing is superior. The speakers play louder, the placement is not so critical and the sound is more pleasant to listen to over time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Sound, Terrific Value
As my previous speakers began to show some age, I spent some time at retail to see what is new and improved.As a Mac owner, a 5.1 setup is not particular advantageous (although they are impressive), so I focused my attention on 3 speaker systems (2 satellites and a sub) .I listened to a lot of brands and systems and generally came away unimpressed with two expections.The Altec Lansing FX6021 and a Klipsch setup.Both the Altec Lansing and the Klipsch were quite impressive.At the time, I gave a very slight edge to the Klipsch with cost being the primary factor.The Altec Lansing's were more expensive.

Then my girlfriend went online and found that the cost difference disappeared.Based on that, she purchased the Altec Lansing's as a gift for me.Now having spent a significiant amount of time with these speakers I can attest that these are fantastic speakers.The fact that they look so cool is just an added bonus!

The technology in the satellites is impressive.I have been absolutely amazed at the range they are capable of.As I listen to my music library I am presented with subtleties that I never new existed in a range of music genres from classical to country to rock to hip-hop.All genres sound fantastic.The much discussed bass response can be quirky at times, but I have found that spending a little time to adjust the settings for a particular genre or song results in improved response and more than adequate sound.I'm sure there are slightly better systems (Klipsch, for example) for bass response, but the Altec Lansing FX6021 is an outstanding system - an all-around winner.You will NOT be disappointed.

The price point is still relatively high for a 3 speaker system, especially at retail, but online the price becomes an incredible value.Go listen to these speakers, try them out and then come back and buy them here (Amazon).You will be impressed and your ears will love you for it!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a fantastic set of speakers
I have a Apple Studio display and a 12'' Powerbook and have researched numerous speaker offerings.After having read all of the available reviews, I chose this model because it matched Apple's latest aethetics and was loved by so many.The setup was stupid-simple and the sound was surprisingly good!I listen to a relatively wide range of music (electronic to jazz) and these speakers are able to produce great fidelity and a booming bass if needed.Do not underestimate the ability to calibrate the bass and treble separately.It makes all the difference in the listening experience.For computer speakers in the $300.00 range, these are the speakers to get! ... Read more


11. 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


12. Creative Labs I-trigue L3500 2.1 Computer Speakers (3-Speaker)
by Creative Labs
list price: $149.99
our price: $76.82
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Asin: B0000ADY4L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 1645
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Creative Labs (51MF0255AA000) I-Trigue L3500 2.1 Speaker ... Read more

Features

  • 85 Watts system power (9 Watts RMS per speaker / 30 Watts RMS Subwoofer)
  • Two high performance titanium micro drivers delivery performance far superior to conventional aluminum speaker drivers
  • Unique addition of a 2-inch mid-range Lateral Firing Transducer ( LFT ) dramatically widens the listening soundstage, enhancing lower mid-range notes
  • Bi-Amplification -One dedicated amplifier for LFT and one dedicated to the titanium mmicro drivers for precise audio reproduction
  • Full featured Audio Control Pod -Versatile wired remote with Volume, On / Off, and Bass controls also includes line-in, headphone jack, and proprietary M-Port for connecting compatible MuVo MP3 players

Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars impressive quality
Creative Labs has done well with the I-trigue L3500. I set mine up yesterday for use with my Dell Inspiron 9200, and was blown away by the clarity and power of sound that this unique speaker suite delivers. It was easy to assemble, and the compact design allows the 2 desktop speakers to fit virtually anywhere. Listen with style!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Speakers, Great Price
This is a great set of speakers!!They work better for listening to music rather than 3D gaming, but that is to be expected.The sound is great, its clear and full.No humming from these speakers is definately a plus.They arrived in 5 days, beating Amazon's estimate by over a week!!Very happy customer!!These definately pack a punch!! Good value!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Value - Good Sound
Actually I got a much better deal on these speakers at CircuitCity - they had them on sale right before Christmas for $99.00, plus with a mail in rebate of $40.00 if purchased by 12/24 - bringing my total out of pocket cost for these speakers to $49.00.Quite a steal.Setup was clear and quick.I really find the external wired volume control/headphone jack/USB port to be very handy.I wish the speaker cables were a little longer, but for most applications they should be fine.Overall, very nice speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST 2.1 speakers system in the market!
I originally owned logitech z640 speakers and was unsatisfied with them due to their lack of midrange and overpowering bass. The music sounded crappy and I hated having to deal with all the wire in a 5.1 setup. After a few days of research, i decided to go out and buy the creative l3500. I was not dissapointed! These are fantastic set of speakers with awesome design and excellent sound. The midrange and treble are extremely clear. While the bass is not as tight as that of hte z640, it's still excellent notheless. I recommend you to visit a local retail store and test them out. I garantee you will fall in love with these.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, Great Value
It's an unconventional design, but it sounds great. They're on my desk pumping out great music 12 hrs a day.I use them professionally as a first reference when it comes to audio testing.Ideal footprint.Smooth, clean, sibilence free, sub is clean without the mushy boom boom of others in this class.Easy on the eyes, great finish. I saw a curious review about break-in, can't comment on that - maybe break-in is short because after about a week I was smiling and knew these guys had hit the sweet spot.

I don't write reviews very often. These are in a class by themselves. If you are a sophisticated listener with a need for a smooth system for your PC, you won't be disappointed.
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13. Logitech 980158-0403 Internet Chat Headset
by Logitech
list price: $24.99
our price: $15.99
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Asin: B00008ZPJQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 182
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Interact over the Internet in style with the sleek, customizable Logitech Internet Chat Headset. The behind-the-head design, 10' cable and built-in noise canceling microphone make this a cool and convenient tool for crystal-clear voice and video chatting or multiplayer gaming. Features include 4 pairs of different colored plates to customize ear pieces; convenient in-line volume and mute controls; stereo sound; and user guide. ... Read more

Features

  • Ideal for voice and video chat or multiplayer gaming
  • Behind-the-head design
  • Built-in noise canceling microphone
  • 4 pairs of different colored plates to customize ear pieces
  • Convenient in-line volume and mute controls

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but you need to know some things, first
Right. First off, i bought this thing, figuring it would work with my G5 iMac.
I was wrong. Or logitech was shamefully lacking in their info for Mac users.
It SAYS it can work with a Mac, but all I got was the headphones to work.
I had to run out, and pick up this Egg looking thing, called iVoice2. It plugs
into your USB slot, and allows you to use ANY PC mic/headset with your
mac. It is $35-$50 (depending on where you buy it).
But, on plus side, after you buy the iVoice2 from Macally, you can use ANY
PC headsetwith mic you want. :)

Now, on with the headset. This headset is a bit uncomfortable. I like the
behind the ears headsets, but this one is made for big heads, or Large hair.
It has the advantage of not being able to fall off, but it feels loose.
The mic is great. It doesn't reach your mouth. It stops about 2/3rds of the way,
but it does pick up some nice clear sound. I use it for recording voices for
animation and small games I make.
You DO need to turn up the GAIN in your computer, but after that, it's GOLD.
The sound is clear,rich, and not Hissy. i prefer the mic to be closer to the mouth,
because you have to speak up, to get nice levels. If you whisper, you will get
recorded, but you will have to amplify it later in post, and my get some hiss.

All and all, a good product. At the price, you can't do much better.
The long cord is also a plus, when you have people reading from a script, and
don't want them hunched over a table to speak into a desk mic.

Another cool feature, is that the shields on the sides come off, and it comes with
4 colors to place there (black, red, blue, orange), So you know which is yours.

A better mic is the Plantronics DSP-100. It's USB, and has only one head phone,
but it sound beautiful. It also costs $45.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not reliable.
I bought this to use with my Skype (free internet phone service). Ihad high expectations and was happy with the low price. This product turned out to be horrible. After a couple months, three problems:
1. Only the right ear of the headset is working now,
2. The little volumn control thing is bad, it does not change volumn smoothly and you have to carefully turn it to some specific place for it to make the right noise.
3. Connection to the computer not good. I have to press down on the connector with my fingers to hear anything.

DO NOT BUY THIS

I am editing this review, because this pair of earphones just completely went broke on me. I am angry!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best headset for your computer
Given the price, the sound quality is very good. It's so clear & rich. You can use it only for internet chat or gaming, but also music listening.

Speaking of comfort, I have worn them for 2 hours and my ears still don't have any sign of fatigue.

I think they are worth the money.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't get these
Comfort:
Not sure if it's this brand, or all behind the neck headphones/headsets, but the are horribly uncomfortable for me.The plastic part that fits over your ear (between the top of your ear and your head) ends up hurting after about 10 mins of wearing these.My brother has a pair of altec lansing AHS-302 that are the same style, and he likes them.We are the same shape and build (6'2"), so I'm not sure if it's the brand or the style.

Sound:
The sound from these are lack luster.I mainly used them for playing online games and using teamspeak.I could hear other people's voices just fine, but the sounds on the game (BF1942) where nothing to write home about.I suppose for the price, I can't expect too much.

Microphone:
This microphone on this or horrible.It comes to the corner of your mouth (as designed) which I like.Problem is, you have to turn the sensitivity up to high to pick up your voice.Using teamspeak, the sound quality of the microphone was the worse of all friends logged in.I know that internet chat sound quality is not a great test, but everyone commented on how "tinny" the sound was from mine, as compared to everyone else (no one else was using these headsets).

Conclusion:
I would not recommend these even if you like the behind the neck headphones.The sound is rather lack luster and the microphone is one of the worse ones on the market.I took my back to the store and bought a set of over the ear (ear-cup) headsets from Altec Lansing (AHS-502).The AHS-502's where $25.They are far superior to the logitech, although the microphone one both are not as good as the Sennheiser PC-130's.I enjoy the performance of the AHS-502 sound much better than either of the other headsets though.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Headset for gaming and chatting
Fits good on your head and sounds great. There is also the volume control on the wire. Fits comfortably around your ears and the cool red ear things look great. The only drawback I have is that I wish the microphone was on the other side. ... Read more


14. Plantronics Audio 90 Multimedia Stereo PC Headset
by Plantronics
list price: $34.95
our price: $18.94
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Asin: B0000665P5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plantronics
Sales Rank: 347
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Features the highest-quality stereo sound with maximum bass responseSerious gamers and music listeners, this is the headset for you!

The noise-canceling microphone is great for speech recognition, Internet chat/telephony and video conferencing.

  • 40mm speakers for full-range stereo sound with maximum bass
  • Superior speech recognition noise-canceling microphone
  • QuickAdjust™ microphone for perfect placement
  • Inline volume and mute controls
  • Compatible with popular PC sound cards
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Features

  • Inline volume and mute controls
  • 2.9 M cord, 2.5 mm gold-plated plugs
  • Full-range stereo sound with maximum bass
  • Superior speech recognition microphone
  • QuickAdjust microphone for perfect placement

Reviews (51)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good One
I bought it thru Amazon.com last month.It has got a clear sound without any unwanted noise. I like the product.

2-0 out of 5 stars Works well for a few months, then it dies
Don't be fooled by people that review a product a few days after they buy it. I bought this headset a year ago and after 6 months ofeveryday use they began falling apart. The first thing I noticed was that the sound stopped working on one side after I dropped the headset one day. You will drop the headset, believe me. Sometimes you just forget they are on and jump out of your chair to pick up the phone or go to the bathroom. I had dropped the headset a few times before and nothing happened. After another month or so the sound in the right side would only work when the cord was positioned in a certain way. That's when I gave up on them.

The headset is worth the money if it is used in a casual way... but for people who listen to music/play games/chat online on a daily basis I would NOT recommend this.

If you think that what happened to me is a rare occurence... do a search online and read it from other people. This happens to others as well and is a design flaw in the headset.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
I have to admit normally I don't really bother too much with all the review writing when it comes to items I purchase,but in this case I feel a good review is merited. I got this headset for about half of what I would've paid had I gone to my local computer store.

I checked at several stores in fact for this headset after seeing several good reviews and couldn't find it anywhere for less than $35. Of course that means with the tax, gas, et all, I would have been spreading around $40 for the same headset elsewhere, so I was very pleased to see it on Amazon with free shipping et all.

I must admit I am impressed with the quality of the headset.

I had a Plantronics head set before, that I also paid about $30 for about two years ago that I have been using pretty much constantly due to a disability have and the need for using speech recognition to type. Because I use my headset for just about everything from doing e-mail to doing my job, usually while listening to CDs, I must admit I put considerable wear and tear on my headsets.

I actually went through several of them until I finally got the Plantronics 40 set that I had been using. Except for a bit of tightness on my ears,which I never cared for, that headset held up very well to considerable daily use. The audio quality wasn't bad, and neither was the mike, so when the earpiece, finally broke, after such a long time I must admit I was pretty dismayed.

I did my best MacGyver job, wiring the headset back on with a few garbage bag ties so that I could still use it in the meantime, but I also decided that it was time maybe to upgrade a little to a headset with some larger, more comfortable ear cups. Of course I looked at the Plantronics sets first, why wouldn't I after having such good results with the last set? But I also looked at other brands and read all the reviews there as well.

After doing a considerable bit of reading,and checking out prices online I finally decided on this headset.

What can I say except I am totally thrilled?

This headset is far more comfortable than its predecessor, and the audio quality is just superb in terms of both listening to music and speech recognition. I am sitting here right now listening to a CD and voice typing and both are being done with minimal effort and great enjoyment on my part. This headset is a big improvement, even on the last one.

Yup, I am definitely becoming a confirmed Plantronics fan!

If this headset holds up half as well as its predecessor did, I will have absolutely no complaints!

:)

Morrighan

3-0 out of 5 stars Works well, Good sound. Short life.
I've gone through two sets of these headsets. The first was good and worked fine till I accidently stepped on the cord and stood up at the same time, ripping the cord out of the headset. I ordered another pair, and they worked fine for 3 months, then the headphone parts stopped working, but the mic still works. For the price, these are pretty decent headphones, but they do not really have a long life. I think my next set of headphones will be the Logitech 980125-0403 Stereo USB Headset 200.

1-0 out of 5 stars Good sound but very poor build quality
I bought this after doing much research for a headset to use on my computer with occasional voice-to-text use. The mic works really well (great for voice applications), although the moveable boom is more marketing hype as it only moves 1 inch with little effect. It is bendable which is good. Audio quality for games and music is very good. Bass response is also surprisingly sufficient. It can output very loud music/sounds without distortion, much better than smaller headsets or earplugs.

If you wear it for longer periods 1 hour+ you may find it hurts your ears.

Also rebranded along the lines of Plantronics GAMECOM Digital Stereo PC Gaming Headset. Identical to the Audio .90 except for some extra printing and different packaging to compete with similar products from Logitech and others.

Volume control works, but isn't very good quality as at max volume you may hear some noise during adjustment. There is also a built in mic mute switch which shows a red sticker when the mic off.

There is also a small clip on the cable which you can adjust to clip to your shirt which keeps the volume control close to you or the cable away from your feet. I haven't really had a need to use it, but it does work.

The plugs are gold plated and have colour coded rings for easy identification.

BUT it is POOR QUALITY - the cable is long (great feature) but fairly thin. Cables on my previous cheapie US$10 Logitech headset were much better quality. After 3 months i noticed the left channel occasionally dropped out, then it permanently stopped working. I took it back to the shop and they took 3 weeks to get it replaced. Now 15 months later the left channel has stopped working agin!

Now this seems like a trend :( I did some research with Google and i've seen stories of other Plantronics products having the same problem. When i jiggle the wire between the headset and the volume control the sound comes on and off. The weirdest thing is that the cable comes in the left speaker then gets routed to the right speaker via the headband. But the right channel works fine and the left does not.
So I opened it up and found that they use a very small PCB to solder the wires together which is the weak spot. I ripped off all the wires, soldered the tips, twisted them together and resoldered them, such a waste of time but now it works again although the cover doesn't close properly.

Also interesting that the warranty is only for 12 months. I'm unimpressed at paying US$50 for something of such poor manufacturing quality compared to $10 headphones which last much longer (the foam ear bits wore off my old Logitech after 3 years but it still worked fine).

Recommend you try something else unless you're OK with replacing it after a year. I've seen it on sale as low as US$18! Open air-headphones are also great but leak much more sound to those around you than closed headphones. ... Read more


15. BOSE Companion 3 Multimedia Speaker System - Graphite/ Silver
by Bose

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Asin: B0006B5RAG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Bose
Sales Rank: 15767
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Companion 3 speakers represent a premium choice for all your computer audio sources. From MP3s, CDs and Internet radio to DVDs, streaming video and games. Hear full, rich sound from tiny satellite speakers designed to complementand conveniently attach toflat panel monitors. Its a unique combination of elegance and convenience, whether you place them on your desk or opt for a speaker-free desktop. A compact Acoustimass module adds impressive, resonant lows for intense movie and gaming effects. Bose proprietary TrueSpace signal processing adds enhanced spaciousness for lifelike sound that most conventional computer speakers simply cannot match. Companion 3 speakers also feature an easy-to-use, multi-function control pod, no bigger than a computer mouse. Speaker volume control, headphone jack and an auxiliary input for an additional audio source are all within reach. Available in Graphite with Silver trim, Companion 3 speakers let you hear music, movies and sound effects on your computer the way they were meant to be heard. ... Read more

Features

  • Proprietary TrueSpace stereo signal processing circuitry adds spaciousness
  • All speaker functions controlled from a control pad about the size of a computer mouse
  • Converts portable audio devices into high performance mini-systems, with one simple connection
  • Dual inputs
  • Tethered control pad and headphone jack module

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars A musician's delight
One of the main reasons I can't give this five stars is the price. It simply isn't justifiable, even with all of BOSE's hi-tech tricks. That said, since I got this as a present, I've found it to be a blessing for my rather obtuse music collection on my comp.

From what I've read in a lot of other reviews, and based on my own experiences with the set, it seems like it's not for everyone. However, if, like me, you listen mostly to Jazz, Classic Rock, and classical music, I promise you that these speakers will tickle your inner ear.

When I first got them I compared them to some other computer speakers lying around to see what they were really about. No real competition there. Then for kicks, I put them up against my father's home stereo system. The funny thing about these little buggers is that the amount of power they give off is stunning.

Listening to Dvorak's New World, we heard oboe and bassoon parts we never knew were there before. Aretha Franklin bent and shaped the notes and rhythms in such a convincing manner that we wanted to go out to a club and see some live jazz that night. And, of course, the Rolling Stones still sounded just as fun on "Satisfaction" and ACDC still rocked their guitars as if you were listening to the recording session itself.

Maybe they don't handle music made in the last few decades (excluding jazz), but if that's not what you're looking for, than these are perfect.

On a side note, as one other reviewer mentioned, dont point the satellites directly at your face; you'll hear the wonders of the BOSE delayed sound technology much better if you point them a little away from you (the folks at BOSE actually did a pretty good job with this stuff)

PROS:
- Incredibly compact, well designed sub and satellites
- Very handy volume/mute disk that responds to your touch
- Realistic, "live" reproduction of music
- With great soundcard, these are amazing for DVD's and even games
- Need to DJ a party in your dorm or apt? Look no further
- Little attachments for LCD monitors

CONS:
- Price
- Not superbly suited for all types of music

5-0 out of 5 stars 1 of the best
i can't belive some people said these were bad or even okay. Bose is the best of the best audio.(At least thats wat i think) anyway these speakers are outstanding. When i got my first ipod, i knew i needed some speakers for these. So i looked at all sorts, until i saw this one. I think this is better then the bose soundock, because these speakers can play any mp3, cd player, or etc. If i had bought the Bose soundock, den i couldn't use my cd player, or any other device i have to put it on it. It only supports the ipod or ipod mini. The best part about these speakers is that it can be used as Computer speakers, and dats so cool. The sound is good. The price tag of $250.00 may be a lil too much for some people, but i think this is worth it. These speakers can do so much, i mean if u wanted to, u can use them as t.v speakers. These are far by the best speakers i have and u won't be dissapointed with this. I saved my money up for this, and all the hard work, was worth to get these speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pricey, but worth their weight in Gold
I cannot say enough about these speakers! The clarity of these tiny Bose speakers is amazing. Just pop in your favorite CD and you're off to heaven. Jazz and classical sound drop-dead gorgeous with this setup. Even MP3s sound crisp, clear and bright!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding speaker system
I've tried many speaker systems, including the five-speaker systems that result in cables and cords everywhere, and this unit blows all of them away. Crisp highs, solid lows and pleasant midrange make the Companion 3 a best buy in my book. They sound so great they replaced a Denon stereo/Polk bookshelf speaker system in my family room, the Bose is that good. Simple tap-to-mute makes taking telephone calls simple, and the rotating black rubber dial allows accurate sound adjustments using only a finger.

3-0 out of 5 stars Like most Bose, just ok
These are some really nice looking speakers. My boyfriend bought them after I chided him for taking my old computer speakers. In a rush, he headed to Best Buy to buy a replacement set. He meant to buy the Companion 2, but realized his mistake when I was opening the box. Best Buy didn't want to take them back so here I am, listening to them and using them.

What you get are two small desktop speakers and a powered sub. The bass can be adjusted on the sub with a small dial. It can go from barely audible bass to way too much bass. Positioning of the speakers is very very important, and I've found that with some adjustments, they are passable. If you have purchased these speakers, do not direct the desktop speakers toward your face - you'll find they sound much better when directed away from you.

I personally would never spend so much on computer speakers, and if I did, they would be surround sound. These speakers are fine for watching a movie that doesn't have surround sound. For music, particularly .mp3's, they are terrible.

When you rip your CD's into compressed audio, you tend to brighten the highs (unless you are experienced in this sort of thing). The last thing you need for music with high midrange is these speakers. Go to a store that has displays of different speakers and LISTEN before you buy. ... Read more


16. Sennheiser RS-110 Wireless Headphones
by Sennheiser
list price: $89.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001FTVEA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sennheiser
Sales Rank: 1307
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

These Sennheiser entry-level headphones are an ideal choice for people who like to walk around the room while listening to their favorite tunes. The system features a 900 MHz wireless transmitter that broadcast a powerful signal throughout the room--and even through walls and ceilings. Should listeners wander upstairs or outside, they can still enjoy the headphones' warm sound and strong bass response provided they stay within range. The RS-110 headphones are also ideal for listening to late-night TV without waking up the rest of the house. And thanks to the lightweight, soft ear pads, the phones feel comfortable through hours of use. In addition, the phones include replaceable parts, so users don't have to buy new headphones each time a part wears out, along with a pair of AAA batteries. So don't get tied down by restrictive cables. With these Sennheiser headphones, users will enjoy a whole new world of wireless convenience.

What's in the Box
RS-110 headphones, two AAA batteries, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes pair of AAA batteries; 2-year warranty
  • Wireless entry-level headphones for hi-fi or TV use
  • 900 MHz wireless transmitter broadcasts through walls and ceilings
  • 22 Hz to 19.5 kHz frequency response
  • Soft, lightweight ear pads feel comfortable over long periods

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
Absolutely first rate sound.They're comfortable to wear, have good range and a robust design.They replaced an old set of Radio Shack wireless phones and the difference is night and day.

The instructions are very minimal but luckily hook up is easy.Rechargable batteries would have been nice but AAA NiMh rechargables are available at a reasonable cost.

One caution:Since the transmitter powers up atuomatically when it sees an audio input, it may not turn on or may turn off intermittently if connected to a low level audio source.If your source (TV or whatever) has an audio output that's fixed or can be set fixed you're in business.Otherwise you'll need to set the source volume above some minimum level to turn the transmitter on and keep it on.There is a green LED on the transmitter to indicate when it's on.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and great sound
So many wireless headphones on the market get bad reviews I was reluctant to try these entry level headphones. Guess what, it took a minute to figure out how to set the frequency at the base station and then fine tune the signal using the dial on the headphones. They sound great, no hum, comfortable, no wires! I prefer over-the-ear headphones because foam pressing against your ears can get tiresome, but these feel pretty darn nice. While these headphones don't use rechargeable batteries it still would have been convenient to build a cradle onto the base station, you have to find a place to lay the headphones when not in use. This is probably the one design flaw. Also, you have to turn off the headphones when you set them down for even a short time or a tremendous hum comes out of the phones due to lost signal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound! Great Value!
I researched about every wireless headphone set and foud these are best by far for the money!

5-0 out of 5 stars For the price, so much better than the others
The drawbacks are that you have to tune the rf by hand and the batteries aren't rechargable.These amenities would be nice, but it just leads to more stuff that can go wrong.I bought the Sonywireless headphones before these and they would break up whenever I went into the other room and there were certain audio frequencies they couldn't handle.The Sennheiser not only have a better sound quality, but I can leave the house without them breaking up.These can't be beat for the price and are a lot better than more expensive models (Sony, RCA).

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME HEADPHONE FOR AN AWESOME PRICE!
I bought my SENNHEISER RS 110 from Bestbuy for $79.99. It was all worth it for the price. This headphone is simply amazing! I tried both Sony and RCA models before settling for a SENNHEISER and both Sony and RCA doesnt even come close to the performance of the RS 110. The sound reproduction is very distinct, no "very highs" or "very lows" on the frequency range. Just right. The range is just about right for the indicated 300 feet. It is light enough to be worn for extended periods of time and the fit is very comfortable. You dont feel that "tightness" even after wearing it for several hours. In my point of view, the sound reproduction even comes close to the BOSE noise cancelling headphones except that the SENNHEISER doesnt cancel the noise. An upgraded model, the RS 120, can be recharged by placing the headset on the transmitter--this (the recharging feature) however is the only difference. Performance is solid both ways. After making extensive evaluation on my RS 110, the only feature I could think they can add to this model is a light indicator on the main headphone unit to "visually" see if it is turned on without actually looking at the power switch. Overall, the headphone is an excellent buy compared to other models in the same price range. I highly recommend this entry level wireless headphone from SENNHEISER if you're in the market looking for one. ... Read more


17. BOSE Companion 2 Speakers
by Bose
list price: $99.00
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Asin: B00062QY5W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Bose
Sales Rank: 3117
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Odds are, your computer is a primary source of entertainment. So why rely on standard computer speakers with so much rich content at your fingertips? Step up to Companion 2 speakers and unleash your computers true potential with powerful, full-range sound for CDs, DVDs, MP3s, streaming videos, games and more. Companion 2 speakers deliver both the subtleties in your music and the rousing resonance of movie and game sound effects. Think of them as giving new voice to your computer. And with Bose TrueSpace stereo signal processing, that voice really has some reach. Experience a spacious, dramatic soundstage that seems to extend beyond the desktop speakerswhether youve set them next to your monitor or placed them farther apart. Youll also appreciate the clear, robust response for those challenging low musical notes and sound effects. Companion 2 speakers bring more than new flair to your desktop. Theyre also designed for convenience, with both the volume control and headphone jack close at hand. All so controlling your listening experience is as simple as youd like it to be. Dual inputs enable the speakers to be used with your computer as well as a second audio source, such as a portable MP3 or CD player. And Companion 2 speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with your monitor. Now, its time to play. ... Read more

Features

  • TrueSpace stereo processing add a sense of spaciousness to music, movies and computer game soundtracks
  • Dual inputs allow speakers to be connected to a secondary media source, like a CD or MP3 player
  • Volume control, headphone jack and second source input all conveniently located on one speaker, for easy access
  • Magnetically-shielded speakers prevent interference and damage to magnetic media
  • Magnetically shielded; 1-year warranty

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Disappointed
The speakers are nice, no question about it; the sound is good for the size; the range is what you might expect from speakers this size (perhaps even better than expected). However, I am still a little disappointed when you come down to the overall feeling I get from the purchase.

To start with, I bought these for my wife to use with her iPod. There are no incompatibility problems and they work fine. I do find the lack of a way to turn them off, short of unplugging them a bit of a shortcoming. The range of response seems a little limited to me (changing the EQ setting on the iPod produces a definite change in the sound, but I would expect a little more richness in the changes). The size is a bit more than I expected from Bose, a company that excels at putting good sound in small packages. Lastly, I feel that the speakers were over priced for what I got (unless there is some inherent benefit in the Bose label that I don't know of).

Bottom line, I have a better set of speakers, in the Creative Labs I-Trigue 2200 2.0 Speakers, on my computer (at least to my ears), for less than half the cost. So think hard and shop around before you jump on the Bose name, or better yet, if you can, try them out first.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bose Companion 2 Computer Speakers
After reading several reviews, I'm amazed on what the expectations are. First off, these are desktop computer speakers. These are not speakers you put in the yard or in some auditorium. The Bose name speaks for itself. The quality and sound are superb. Quoting the Owner's guide, "Bose designed these speakers to sit on your desk, where their angled shape directs sound toward the listener."

The bass it adequet for the purpose as a desktop speaker. These speakers can provide excellent sound to an entire room and can handle all types of music from metal to classical. I'm not a gamer, but I have no doubt these speakers will outperform your current speakers. Why have the best sound card on cheap speakers anyway? Know what your intentions are before you buy. If you're looking to rock the house, upgrade to more powerful speakers.

Hope this helps.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too MUCH Bass!
I've always wondered why Bose is so obsessed with the amount of Bass they can squeeze out of small speakers. It's a neat technological feat that they can do it, but it doesn't give a very balanced sound. The Wave radio sounds that way, and these Companion 2's also have TOO MUCH Bass!(and no tone control) Not everyone who listens to music is a Teenager wanting excessive Bass Boost...

5-0 out of 5 stars what more can you want
sleek smaller than expected and amazing crisp sound. the base aint thunderous but these little itty bitty speakers go louder than a 250 dollar pair of sony speakers and have much crisper sound. i like just plugging it into the wall and plugging my ipod right in to it. which is why i bought it. excellent excellent speakers and great for those of you with an mp3 player who want to share your music with the world.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good sound when they do not buzz
For the price I paid them I am very disappointed. The sound was good and pure in the Bose tradition but sometimes in the midrange the left speaker was unpleasantly vibrating with a buzzing noise. You can get better than this with half the price. Sadly. I returned them and got a pair of "trivial" creative and feel more satisfied. I hope my review will be of help. ... Read more


18. JBL Creature II Powered 3-Piece Multimedia Speaker System (Black)
by JBL
list price: $99.99
our price: $67.87
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Asin: B0006U6GH0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JBL
Sales Rank: 3069
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Set Your Sights On Better Sound

The JBL Creature 3 piece speaker system includes two desktop speakers and a subwoofer. Both speakers and the subwoofer are magnetically shielded to provide the greatest protection against image distortion on a computer monitor.

The JBL Creature comes with unique "capacitance touch" volume control buttons on the right satellite.

Both satellites also have down firing LEDs for a cool desktop look in minimum lighting environments.

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Features

  • 50 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response; built-in volume controls and treble and bass knobs
  • 40 watts total RMS power (8 watts x 2, plus 24-watt subwoofer)
  • 3-piece multimedia speaker system with 2 powered satellite speakers and subwoofer
  • Ideal for connecting to computers, boomboxes, digital music players, and portable audio devices
  • Includes Odyssey Plus satellite drivers and 4-inch Magnum subwoofer transducer

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent mid price range
These speakers are surprisingly good quality for the price.I was very satisfied with the above average sound and the price is very reasonable.The lows sound good with average mids and highs.Overall I'm very satisfied, although I don't like the touch volume control.It doesn't want to respond very well all the time.But when it works, it does well.I would recommend this product to anyone who want's good sound at an affordable price.very good for college dorm rooms.

4-0 out of 5 stars Small Stylish Package, Big Decent Sound
I saw these speakers on the show floor at MacWorld and wanted them right away. I liked the design esthetic, plus I could actually hear them which is a bit of a miracle at a trade show.

They're definitely not audiophile quality, but for anyone who cares about bang for the buck AND look and feel these speakers will serve quite well. They give a nice rich sound for both music and game play plus they look really cool.

The only thing I'd change would be to make the downward firing LEDs brighter.

4-0 out of 5 stars great for ipod
i have a 20GB ipod and these work great.the sound that comes out of these tiny speakers sounds so huge.they are great for ipods just plug them in and your good to go.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best speakers in the world
Since the first day I saw these speakers I fell in love with them.

Awesome performance in a small pack. Excellent sound quailty. Real crisp sound for both gaming and real music.

This is really good for dorms as the woofer can take a small place and the satellite go anywhere you want.

good and sleek give a good look to your room and dorm rooms and also your friends envy you and stare at your speakers. a few of my friends bought after experiencing it too.

To top it all my father bought one too.

This is the best buy for speakers one can get in such a cheap amount.

Buy it now or regret forever when you see this at some one else's house

2-0 out of 5 stars Cool looking, cruddy sounding...
These are certainly, um, UNIQUE-looking.

Unfortunately their actual performance leaves a lot to be desired, especially if you listen to any real music not just gaming sounds.

I'd strongly recommend the more conventional looking designs by Logitech like the excellent z-2300 instead.What's the old saw, "beauty is as beauty does?"

At the very least, buy it from someplace with an easy return policy because you may well need it!

I supposed I'd buy as a gift...for my 8 year old nephew perhaps. ... Read more


19. Creative TravelSound 200 Portable Speaker System
by Creative Labs

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Asin: B0002K6XOK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 4669
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

compatible with MP3 players and other portable audio devices equipped with a minijack output * titanium micro drivers * stereo-minijack-to-stereo-minijack cable included * provides 25 hours of playback from 4 "AA" alkaline batteries (included) * warranty: 1 year * ... Read more

Features

  • Connects to any portable audio device, video player or notebook with 3.5-inch headphone output
  • Compact 10-ounce stereo speakers pack away easily for travel
  • Premium titanium micro drivers for superior audio clarity
  • Convenient volume and power controls to easily adjust to your personal listening taste
  • Adjustable and sturdy fold away stand for perfect set-up on any surface

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Uterly Amazing
got this as a christmas gift and it improves the sound quality by at least 100 times.Makes it extremely loud (not too loud though) and is great for all music or videos.I watched Anchorman using these for my laptop and the sound quality was substantially better than when I used my laptop speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW! Big things come in small packages
I needed small speakers for my Pocket PC as I use it as my Wi-Fi radio, alarm clock, and MP3 player.These speakers are unbelievable!The sound may be small but the clarity is better than my home speakers.The bass isn't bad either.This is the best accessory purchase I have made.You won't believe the sound and volume these throw out!

5-0 out of 5 stars good speakers!
I just got this speaker today, played one song, I knew it right away it's a good speaker. I have been a music fan for many years and my only concern is the sound quality. I don't know what the other reviewer is thinking who gave me a second thought. I still think that depends on the source of music. Because of the price I went ahead and bought it anyway!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great performance
As someone who travels constantly, these speakers make a perfect hotel room stereo system when paired with my laptop. They'd also make great speakers for an MP3 player. Bass is very respectable considering the size. Overall sound won't make you want to throw out the home stereo, but gets the job done very nicely. I have also found that these speakers work great for meeting room presentations, up to about 20 people.

Three considerations: The AC cord is an unwieldy mess and there is no room for it in the carrying case. The switch on top between the volume controls has little to no effect on sound. Be sure that the device you plan to use with these has bass/treble or equalizer controls. Using these speakers with "flat" sound from a Line Out jack is not recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for its size.
Excellent for its size.Highs and midrange are great!Bass is a bit lacking, but what do you expect from 1" speakers?The 150 Hz - 20 kHz spec. is accurate.The wide stereo effect works very well.Speakers really sound like they are over 2 ft apart!Nice that it comes with a carrying case and even batteries. ... Read more


20. Creative Inspire T3000 3-Piece Powered Speaker System
by Creative Labs
list price: $79.99
our price: $42.22
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Asin: B0002K6Y1C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 2138
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Capture the Essence of High Fidelity Audio

Taking a leaf from the Creative Inspire T2900, the Creative Inspire™ T3000 2.1 speaker system is more than an entry-level system for budget conscious users who need an extra boost for their music-listening. Powered by 6W satellites and 17W subwoofer, each satellite speaker comes equipped with a tweeter and 3 driver while the subwoofer sports a 5.25 driver. This total integration provides that ideal balance between the highs, mids and lows in any audio.

With the convenience of the wired remote and headphone jack, late night listening of your favorite CDs and MP3s is easily within reach, especially for laptop users, owners of MP3, CD, Jukeboxes and MD players.

Features

Two-Way Satellite Speaker Design

Each sonically refined speaker features a tweeter and a mid range driver to create a perfect tonal balance between highs and mids, ensuring accurate and clean music reproduction.

Ported Wood Subwoofer

Reinforced ported wood subwoofer provides powerful and rock solid bass reproduction.

Wired Remote Control

This versatile wired remote integrates a headphone jack, power on/off with LED indicator, and volume/bass controls for your audio playback needs.

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Features

  • Reinforced wooden subwoofer
  • Two-way satellite speaker design with midrange driver and tweeter
  • 29 watts per channel
  • Wired remote control with bass level adjust and headphone jack
  • Video game adapter included for easy connection to video game systems

Reviews (20)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for the price
OK these sound great for $50 speakers, but they're not spectacular. Reviews here had me irrationally expecting fantastic audio pumping out of my PC. They do sound great though for just $50(ish).

3-0 out of 5 stars Technical issues leave me less than impressed
It was because of these speaker's bargain price that I picked them up. I was impressed from the start, though they weren't as loud or clear as my roommate's JBL creature, they weren't far off, and the lower price makes up for what is ultimately a slight difference in volume and sound quality (I wasn't going to be competing with him over who had the best speakers). They were more than adequate for listening to my music (I didn't have a stereo, so my computer doubled as that). I kept the volume and bass at 3 o'clock, though the bass got distorted if I turned it up past that, if I left it at 3 and turned up the volume there was no problem with distortion worth mentioning. For the first year, these speakers worked great and I was happy with them.

Halfway through this year, the volume control goes on the fritz. It starts out as a minor problem; when I turn up the volume past 3:00, the speakers begin to tremelo. The volume fluctuates randomly, from very soft to way to loud. I find I can counteract this by just not touching the volume which isn't a problem because I never really used the volume control. What began as a nuisance turns into a problem, now anytime I bump or touch the volume it begins tremoloing and it's getting more and more difficult to keep the volume constant.

I know this is was a bargain speaker system, but I was hoping for it to last a bit longer than one and a half years without needing parts to be replaced or fixed. I was satisfied with this system until this whole issue with the volume came up. I don't know how common a problem this is for other owners, but buyer beware. I'm getting a JBL as soon as I can scrape up the dough.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reall Great Value
I must say that this little 3 piece system suprised me. If you looking just to upgrade your computer sound from those basic speakers that usually come with it then this is for you. The bass is great (a lot better than I expected) and the speakers have a good full range and sound clean.

For excellet quality sound at a cost-effective price I highly reccommend this set.

I must also add that I tried out a couple other systems at best buy that are priced 3 times the cost of this one and this outperformes them!

4-0 out of 5 stars Love 'em...
I'm on the really low end of sound-snobbery.I won't mess with the EQ for hours or refuse to listen to anything that's not reproduced "perfectly", but I also freak out if there's even a hint of popping, crackling, tinniness, bad bass, you get the idea.

I shopped for two weeks online before I settled on these.I read all the reviews here, and still had post-purchase anxiety while I waited for them to ship.I didn't need to worry.For the price-level they're at, these are, simply put, amazing.A major plus is the corded remote that lets you adjust the bass and volume without crawling on the floor.They have a nice full midrange.Of course you'll have to use your media player to make everything sound the way YOU like it, but that's any speaker, in my opinion. More than I expected for the price , definitely.

4-0 out of 5 stars almost perfect . . .
Pros:

Good sound

Massive upgrade if you don't already have a sub

Lightweight, durable

Cons:

Slight crackling when turned on full

2.1

Weird, random spasms, rare but annoying
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