I am starting to think that most computer speakers are a ripoff. Tiny, TINY midrange speakers with a giant subwoofer box. They sound tiny, and no amount of equalizer tweaking produces a full sound...you can only get ringing highs and thick, boomy lows even with the subwoofer turned all the way down. It just sounds empty, and has me wanting to use my headphones just for better sound (I have good headphones).
Because of this, I recently ditched my Logitech 2.1 set (it was a $70 set) and hooked up an old Emerson bookshelf stereo (6th grade Christmas present) because the sound is so much fuller and rich (5" speakers, no sub, still good bass).
What are you all using as computer speakers? This experience has me wanting to get a pair of ~$100 powered studio monitors to use as computer speakers, just to have a bigger, fuller sound. Numark has a set that has good reviews, and there are Alesis and Akai sets that have USB and have good reviews.
2. "I use my Alesis joints for everything that comes out of my 'puter." In response to Reply # 0 Mon Jul-09-12 12:05 PM by Soon
$300 for the M1 Active set new, but they have both a nice sweet spot for sound engineering and great room-filling capacity for pure enjoyment. I don't typically hit playback with EQ bands unless I'm referencing, but they're plenty responsive to it.
Those could be excessive for pure enjoyment, though. Running the stereo out of a regular-ass sound card to a split RCA in on an amplifier, thence to some decent passive joints..that's the stuff that home media centers are made of.
I mean, keeping in mind that a computer can function perfectly as a line level media player, you can treat it like any other component. Active joints, passive setup, etc, it's all possible.