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Best sound for a dormroom?

by wKavey / September 6, 2013 7:19 AM PDT

Hey there, just signed up to ask this question. I am looking for a good, affordable, set of speakers for use in my dorm room at school. Right now the set that I am considering are the creative gigaworks t40 ( They are around the price I am looking to spend (~$150) and seem to have great reviews concerning sound quality.

Anyone else have any suggestions? The GigaWorks were released in 2009, so I hope that somewhere out there someone has released a better set for around this price point.

Thanks! Let me know.

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Clarification Request
by Pepe7 / September 7, 2013 11:09 AM PDT

It's amazing what your generation does with your audio equipment. When I was an undergrad, we shook the living crap out of most dorm floors ;).

That said, and understanding your budget and focus on digital music from the PC/iTunes/streaming/etc, you might consider not going with cheap PC speakers (the T40 is nothing spectacular, just cheap). Visit a used audio shop instead, or look online @ amazon or to find a basic receiver with digital inputs. Brand is not much of an issue at your price point/budget. Used audio shops/craigslist/etc. will also be able to hook up up with budget speakers too to match this receiver that would be able to accommodate your digital sources *and* shake the walls. If you can spend $200 that would give you more wiggle room. Why bother with subpar computer speakers when the real deal is right there for the taking(!) Wink

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Check out M-Audio
by jrhmobile / September 6, 2013 12:12 PM PDT

I have a set of M-Audio Model AV30s which I bought for a little less than $100 from

I can shake the windows of my apartment with them if I want to, but they sound sweet and powerful at low volumes. I never knew how sweet computer speakers could sound until I got them.

I recommend these speakers highly.

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I use Klipsch speakers
by itsdigger / September 6, 2013 12:16 PM PDT
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Ok now we have speakers that will shake and kill...hehe,
by Oldartq / September 7, 2013 6:19 AM PDT

The one I recommend will do neither, all it will do is gives out sweet music. I have not have a chance to listen to the T40 but I have own M-audio and Klipsch (not the particular models mentioned). I didn't care for them that much but each to his/her own...and that's why I think you should do some listening yourself and decide. While you are at it, give a listen to the Bose champion2 series III (for $99).

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