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mi1ez 30th March 2011, 14:23 Quote
lolz at
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The subwoofer is decidedly hefty, with a huge 6.5in driver located inside.
Far from huge IMHO.

For this sort of price, why don't people go for either hi-fi components or a proper 5.1 system?
Parge 30th March 2011, 14:24 Quote
I hope some of the speaker sets you'll be reviewing over the coming weeks include the Logitech Z906s - the follow up the the ridiculously fantastic Z5500s
andrew8200m 30th March 2011, 14:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by arcticstoat
Antec's first attempt at a premium set of speakers is a hit and miss affair.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/speakers/2011/03/30/antec-rockus-3d/1

Who reviews this stuff?

i know that speakers are subjective but SP2500 as the best? Please pull the wool over someone elses eyes.. they are awful!

The antecs are better in near every way however the 3D effect needs canning as it is awful too.

Finally.. Aego Ms.

When will bit-tech/custompc review something with real substance rather than some shoddy awful rubbish like the corsair units that only sell because they have "corsair" printed all over them.

buying the name MUCH!

/rant.
SchizoFrog 30th March 2011, 14:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
I hope some of the speaker sets you'll be reviewing over the coming weeks include the Logitech Z906s - the follow up the the ridiclously fantastic Z5500s

But have you seen the current price of said Logitech Z-5500's? They are now just under £400 for a new set, up from around £250 but about a year or so ago (maybe longer) I saw them for £190.

As for the new range of Logitech's Z series speakers both 2.1 and 5.1 sets I hear that the bass is slightly flat and the satellites have a muddy mid range.

For this reason and reviews on other sets I have just bought myself a set of Logitech X-540 second hand but in brand new condition for £50... Now that is a 'Sheen'...
hbeevers 30th March 2011, 14:40 Quote
just buy a second hand amp for about £80 off ebay and get either some Mission MX1's, wharfedale diamonds (ebay) or cambridge audio S30's. Music quality would be incredible compared to any 2.1 PC system as would stereo positioning. Add a 2nd hand sub for £120 and you've got a pretty impressive Hi-fi and gaming system.
Parge 30th March 2011, 15:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by hbeevers
just buy a second hand amp for about £80 off ebay and get either some Mission MX1's, wharfedale diamonds (ebay) or cambridge audio S30's. Music quality would be incredible compared to any 2.1 PC system as would stereo positioning. Add a 2nd hand sub for £120 and you've got a pretty impressive Hi-fi and gaming system.

You've also spent over £300
B1GBUD 30th March 2011, 15:21 Quote
hbeevers has a point, I use an old Rotel Pre-Amp + 2 x Monobloc poweramps that I bought over 15 years ago, paired up with a nice pair of floorstanding Mission 733's. Okay, so the system cost about a grand but how many 2.0/2.1 systems can you go through in 15 years, still searching for audio perfection...... lots is the answer.
mi1ez 30th March 2011, 16:42 Quote
I use a Denon amp with my Mission 503 floorstanders. £150 bundle from Richer Sounds. Included a CD player too. No £150 PC speaker set comes close.
SchizoFrog 30th March 2011, 16:57 Quote
OK... I don't really pay attention to HiFi separates so I have no idea and maybe some of you can help.

The only set I would have previously considered if spending over £150 would have been the Logitech Z-5500's. But I was waiting for them to come back down in price but they have gone up and up in to stupid price ranges now.

My main concern with separates is that the speakers are so large. I know the 5500's are not tiny but they are a lot more discreet and I love the look of them. Can you get mini speakers to go with an amp within the same price range or indeed at all?
B1GBUD 30th March 2011, 17:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Can you get mini speakers to go with an amp within the same price range or indeed at all?

Most bookshelf/stand type speakers would be your best option, have a look at some of the Mission / Tannoy / Mordaunt Short range, they offer surprisingly good sound quality for their price.
[PUNK] crompers 30th March 2011, 17:24 Quote
that to me does not look like a £170 set of speakers
Jim 30th March 2011, 17:52 Quote
Agreed, looks like a £50 budget pack
SchizoFrog 30th March 2011, 17:53 Quote
Hmm... I think I'll stick with my X-540's for the near future and maybe look in to a set up in the sales early next year if I think I need to.
phuzz 30th March 2011, 18:51 Quote
Is it me or are Antec using a jam jar for the remote control?
Lizard 30th March 2011, 19:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by phuzz
Is it me or are Antec using a jam jar for the remote control?

It's about as useful for as a jam jar if you're a diabetic ;)
Floyd 30th March 2011, 19:26 Quote
Another X-540 user here. Im looking into a nice 2.1 setup because I dont use the 5.1 like I thought I would. Anyone know of something thats not horribly priced and has a nice woofer? Im no audiophile but I know what crud sounds like.
tonyd223 30th March 2011, 19:42 Quote
richer sounds is your friend
<A88> 30th March 2011, 20:32 Quote
Hate to sound snobby but they seem to be a cheaper looking but pricier competitor to the Acoustic Solutions Aego Ms which I have and adore.
http://ii.alatest.com/product/600x400/f/8/Acoustic-Energy-AE26-06B-AEGO-M-2-1-active-speaker-system-Black-0.jpg
Picarro 30th March 2011, 20:43 Quote
*Play some silly sounds while an audiophile walses in*

Okay, I'm not gonna talk about my own setup because that's in no way a fair comparison.

But - why the hate of "old-school" speaker wire connections? With those you can connect a decent pair of bookshelf speakers instead of the ridiculous small speakers supplied with the system. That was what I did when I had a Z5400 speaker system. It's a great way to get some feel for real speakers while still staying nice and dry.

A Z5400 with B&O bookshelf speakers sounds surprisingly well :)


Oh and sorry, but a "hefty" and "huge" subwoofer is my dual 15" Cerwin Vega sub - not a 6.5" single-driver OEM 'thing'..
kzinti1 30th March 2011, 20:43 Quote
Also quite commonly found for $100 less than MSRP. With free shipping. Unlike the Corsair speakers.
Sarakon 30th March 2011, 21:06 Quote
I've just ordered myself some of these: Microlab FC362 (2010 version)...look pretty sweet..

And other sites had quite positive feedback towards those antec speakers, besides the price of course
Kingsley813 30th March 2011, 22:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
*Play some silly sounds while an audiophile walses in*

Okay, I'm not gonna talk about my own setup because that's in no way a fair comparison.

But - why the hate of "old-school" speaker wire connections? With those you can connect a decent pair of bookshelf speakers instead of the ridiculous small speakers supplied with the system. That was what I did when I had a Z5400 speaker system. It's a great way to get some feel for real speakers while still staying nice and dry.

A Z5400 with B&O bookshelf speakers sounds surprisingly well :)


Oh and sorry, but a "hefty" and "huge" subwoofer is my dual 15" Cerwin Vega sub - not a 6.5" single-driver OEM 'thing'..


Wow, thanks for that, I've got the Logitech Z5400 with the speaker wire connections and currently use them now. When I can't be bothered with surround-sound I use a pair of Beyerdynamic DT250 headphones. But this might be a handy stop-gap to resurrect my Z5400 system again... What particular speakers from B&O did you use?
Picarro 30th March 2011, 23:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kingsley813
Wow, thanks for that, I've got the Logitech Z5400 with the speaker wire connections and currently use them now. When I can't be bothered with surround-sound I use a pair of Beyerdynamic DT250 headphones. But this might be a handy stop-gap to resurrect my Z5400 system again... What particular speakers from B&O did you use?

Ehh... Some old ones I found in the basement. Basically, any bookshelf speaker will do. As long as you don't expect it to power something huge and powerful like a three-way B&W speaker.
slothy89 31st March 2011, 01:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
Oh and sorry, but a "hefty" and "huge" subwoofer is my dual 15" Cerwin Vega sub - not a 6.5" single-driver OEM 'thing'..
wouldn't that be classed as a Woofer then? Rather than a Sub-Woofer?

I'm no expert, but i thought the sub part meant it was small? I saw advertised at an Audio store, Strathfield I think (Australia) claiming the worlds biggest Sub-Woofer at something like 26". That my friend is no 'sub' woofer.

To me a Sub would top out at about 12". but agreed, 6.5" is nothing "hefty" or "huge". My 8" sub is "huger".
fluxtatic 31st March 2011, 05:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro


I'm no expert, but i thought the sub part meant it was small? I saw advertised at an Audio store, Strathfield I think (Australia) claiming the worlds biggest Sub-Woofer at something like 26". That my friend is no 'sub' woofer.

It refers to the frequency it produces. Generally, subs go up to 60-80Hz. Huge ones can produce infrasonic sound (below 20Hz), if the source can provide it. Woofers handle frequencies from ~40Hz to 1kHz, although they start around 80 or so if there is a sub in the system, as well. It tends to be the bigger the better with subs, as it's hard for small speakers to produce long waves, as the excursion of the cone isn't long enough. For me, the hugest sound came from the quad-12", 2000W system a friend had in the trunk of his Monte Carlo. Turned halfway up I could hear him coming from 3 blocks away. The inside rear-view mirror was useless, and it rattled loose every fastener that wasn't Loc-Tite'd into its hole. But the sound it produced was like a sustained, full-body orgasm when he broke out the g-funk.
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