Computer speakers: Creative Labs Inspire 5300 or Altec lansing 251 *pics*

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  1. terminator1010

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    I am deciding on a 5.1 computer speaker system. I have narrowed it down to the Creative Inspire 5300 or Altec lansing 251. [​IMG]
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    I can get both for about the same price. Which do you think would be better? They would be used mainly for games and mp3s.
     
  2. 04

    04 Guest

    A couple of questions:

    1. What is the budget?

    2. What about those models made you decide to choose them?

    3. Do you want sound quality or loudness?
     
  3. thegeneral

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    Why do you say that you want a 5.1 system if you're only going to be using it for music and games? Music is obviously not recorded in 5.1, but some games can be played through 5.1 -- you realize the only benefit of having the 5.1 setup would be for a few games, correct?

    If I were you I would just get a decent 2.1 system. If you watch a lot of DVDs on your computer I would maybe consider the 5.1. But other than that, the center channel is useless IMHO.

    Another option would be to get a nice 4.1 setup for a little extra money and place all 4 speakers up front in Stereo like I do. The extra 2 speakers will give you a little more sound. Also, 4.1 could fill your desire to have sound from all around, if that's what you want. But there really isn't a need for a center channel on a PC system if you ask me.

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  4. 04

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    One downside, however to running all 4 speakers up front is that it will affect the imaging and frequency response a bit. depedning on the placement it will vary. So I wouldnt do that unless you need more output than the 2.1 can do.
     
  5. thegeneral

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    Care to elaborate? :) Like I said I'm doing that 4.1 in stereo up front setup, so I'd really be interested in hearing this. Completly respecting your opinion. :big grin:
     
  6. 04

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    Sure. What exactly do you want to know? The problem with adding 2 sets is that at certain frequencies their will be peaks and valleys in the response of your loudspeaker. 2 pairs of speakers are not going to be able to mantain as good of a phase relationship, because there will be frequencies where their is considerable cancellation.

    I am not saying NOT to do what you are doing, just know that their are consequences to doing so. Just like their are consequences in only using 1 pair of speakers, that being you will probably have a bit less output.

    So you have to decide which scenario fits you best...

    I would actually ask Soundguy about this, the systems he designs have to use multiple sets of loudspeakers, ask him about how he overcomes the phase issues.
     
  7. terminator1010

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    I watch a few movies, but I mainly want them for games such as doom3 which is coming out next year. I actually purchased a different set of speakers off ebay: Cambridge Soundworks DTT2500. they were $102. Most games nowadays have eax support.
     
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    Well, if you are going for doom 3, then I would definatly reccomend getting a 5.1 set, because it will support 5.1 audio.
     
  9. kumar_a

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    I am clueless when it comes to speakers but you can find the Logitech Z560s for around 130.
     

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