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mid-range 2.1 or low-end 5.1

by Dreamingjo / March 23, 2008 3:08 PM PDT

I'm thinking about getting new speakers for my desktop pc. Currently, I have the logitech z-640 5.1 speakers that I bought several years ago, but the rear left audio connector behind the sub box doesn't work anymore, therefore sound no longer comes out from my rear left speaker. It really bugs me that I don't have sound coming from all my speakers.

Anyway, I'm looking for new speakers. I originally thought I was going to get another 5.1 set for sure, but after reading up on some quality 2.1 sets, I'm not so sure anymore. I'm on a tight budget, no more than $100. I like to use my speakers for gaming, listening to music and watching movies. I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile, though I do appreciate good sound quality.

For 5.1, I'm looking at the logitech x-540 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121006) which can be considered a budget 5.1 system. For 2.1, I'm looking at the logitech z-2300 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121122) and the Cyber Acoustics A-3780rb (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836150038).

I've never had the chance to listen to a decent 2.1 speaker system, so I really don't know what to expect from them. So ultimately, I'm looking for some assistance on whether I should get a low-end 5.1 or a decent mid-range 2.1.

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