Looking for new PC speakers

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  1. the_randomizer
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    Heya, so I'm looking for some new PC speakers to replace the ones I have, and to make it easier, I have a limit or range of 50-70 dollars, as I don't want super high end speakers, I don't want pieces of crap either :P The speakers I currently have are Logitech Z523, and while the sound quality is very good for the price, there is one fatal flaw that has developed in less than three-four years' time, I'm not sure if it's interference, a bad connector or what, but I hear hissing/buzzing when I use the headphone jack. I know it's not my headphones as I've tested them on other devices and the issue isn't present. I also hear the same faint squeaking/buzzing when they're unplugged, so something in the speakers themselves is awry; I've tried plugging and unplugging, reseating cables multiple times, no dice. So, I come to you in hopes of getting some advice on what speakers to get ^_^

    The main things that I'm looking for are:

    - Physical knob to adjust the bass
    - Headphone jacks and red/white RCA jacks to accept console input
    - A surefire way to avoid hissing/buzzing/squeaking when using them

    Again, 50-70 dollars, I might be able to go a bit more, but I don't want to go overboard, thanks.
     
  2. FAST6191

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    By and large I find PC speakers beyond basic ones to be a complete scam. Far better to get a proper amp and just use that instead. You might also prefer a soundbar but I don't know if you will find one for the price with the connectivity you want.

    What is the hum you are hearing anyway?
    Is it something like
     
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    No, no humming, but squeaking/hissing at low to medium volumes, when nothing's going on and it's quite noticeable. I don't need anything complex, just enough to avoid the squeaking. An amp is all well and good, but that very well could go beyond my budget. So yeah, it's more of a hissing/squeaking, think of the sound like tires spinning from a really old car when revving the engine in park, that kind of odd sound, and it's not normal. What are some good brands?
     
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    On amps I tend to find there are some great things going second hand if you only want stereo speakers -- everybody wanting 5.1 and SPDIF and HDMI switching and so on seems to have driven the prices right down around here and I am picking up nice old gear at prices I am happy to instead pull it apart at rather than tweak and resell. That said I can fix amps (they are usually fairly basic electronics and have manuals out there in the world) so I tend to go that path for anything I want.

    Any chance you can open the speakers? If it is fairly modern then it is likely to have a switch mode supply in, if filtering or isolation has failed (and it does often enough) then it could inject some high frequency in there and it could be a simple replacement of a component (a $3 capacitor if you buy the fancy stuff in the real world, or pennies online or similar for ferrite inductors or something).
     
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    I know you said you are looking at speakers, but why? you could of course get some used stereo speakers from something like a cd player from craigslists etc, and use headphones for the rest of the time?. the speakers should be good enough
     
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    I go the badass way and plug my pc directly to the AMP system hahaha

    I use my headset when it's not plugged on it. :D
     
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    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer

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    I just need 2.1 speakers with bass control, Logitech or similar, 5.1 is overrated for my purposes, as long as I have good bass and decent highs/lows, that's all I really care about in the end. I've never taken apart speakers or much of any kind of electronics in depth, so I wouldn't know how to fix it, but it seems with this particular model, this is a known issue. Speakers I had before lasted 10 years before they kicked the bucket.

    Used electronics are things I try to avoid, as they could have defects and I like to have something that I know to be new and less likely to fail or wear out faster, if that makes sense, unless the used product is in near-new condition, otherwise I try to avoid secondhand if I can.

    Yeah, I don't know, I haven't tried that, but I know something's amiss with my speakers :P


    I'm just trying to get some recommended brands to go with and brands to avoid mostly.
     
  8. loco365

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    Trust me, sometimes you can find hidden gems at garage sales if you know what to look for. I managed to score a pair of Harmon/Kardon PC speakers for a mere $2 at a garage sale years ago and they sound fucking fantastic even after years of intermittent use.

    Specifically, these ones: http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=756115
     
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    heck I found a boston acoustics ba790 in the trash about 10 years and they are still working fine, a few more years and they will be 20 years old...
     
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