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I bought my first computer back in March 2000. I was taken for a huge ride with it. The local company put together a system for me that was comprised of "new" components (printer, monitor, scanner, speakers etc). However I found out a year or so later that while they sold me "new" stuff that had never been used, everything was years old by the time they sold it to me and completely obsolete. I'm talking a printer and a scanner that was from 1997, and sold to me in 2000!!

Anyway, in 2007 I bought a new computer, but the speakers from the old system still worked and the sound was pretty good, so I didn't get new speakers with the computer.

Last summer Chynna in her attempt to get on the desk when I was ignoring her, pulled down my speakers and must have broken something inside because the volume at full was barely audible and sometimes not audible at all.

Last week I saw some speakers at Grand and Toy stationary that were regular $25.00 on sale for $19.99. I decided to pick them up. I just hooked them up. For cheap speakers they sound pretty good!

I forgot how nice it is to have working speakers. I have loads of MP3 files on my computer and I have missed being able to play them. I used to have Winamp playing in the background while I was surfing the web.

Now I can get my Metallica fix again!!!! Much to my neighbours dismay!! LOL
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post

Last summer Chynna in her attempt to get on the desk when I was ignoring her, pulled down my speakers and must have broken something inside because the volume at full was barely audible and sometimes not audible at all.

Last week I saw some speakers at Grand and Toy stationary that were regular $25.00 on sale for $19.99. I decided to pick them up. I just hooked them up. For cheap speakers they sound pretty good!
Yup, there's not a whole lot to computer speakers..... only reason I can see spending over say $50 on speakers is if you were a musician doing stuff on your computer, or if you don't have a stereo.

Personally, my speakers cost a whopping 9.99. They are Logitech's, and pretty good... no complaints really. But then I'm not trying to use them full blast either.

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Yup, there's not a whole lot to computer speakers..... only reason I can see spending over say $50 on speakers is if you were a musician doing stuff on your computer, or if you don't have a stereo.

Personally, my speakers cost a whopping 9.99. They are Logitech's, and pretty good... no complaints really. But then I'm not trying to use them full blast either.

Where did you get your speakers? I have been holding off getting speakers because I didn't want to spend a lot of money on them. The $19.99 was the cheapest I've seen so far which is why I got them. I had even looked at WalMart and saw ones there for $39.00 or $49.00. Way more than I had wanted to spend on computer speakers.
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I need to switch mine out... we have a really nice set around here with a subwoofer but I haven't the faintest clue as to where they were put.

The problem I always have with cheaper speakers (and this includes the $50 name brand ones) is that they always develop a problem with the connection between them - the slightest bump to the volume button and I'll lose sound in the right or left one.
So for the most part I use headphones - they're a nice stereo pair that lets me hear more than the speakers do anyways.


Silly question, maybe. But instead of going without music for so long, why not just get a pair of headphones? They're nice late at night or in the am when you don't want to bother anyone else or have your music turned down so low that you can barely hear it.
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Silly question, maybe. But instead of going without music for so long, why not just get a pair of headphones?
I do have headphones, but they don't work very well. Plus I hate having something on my head covering my ears. I am not much into ear buds or those type that fit into the ear either because I'm prone to ear infections.
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^Let me guess, the wires on them are probably loose near the plug or at the base of one or both speakers? I wish they could make wiring more reliable on stuff like this - of course that would mean that we wouldn't be spending $20 + every time we have to replace headphones or speakers.
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^Let me guess, the wires on them are probably loose near the plug or at the base of one or both speakers?
For the headphones? Yeah.

Back in the day when VOIP type programs were making their appearance such as Dial Pad etc, I bought a microphone/headset combo. They were great when they were new, but as time wore on they started to cut in and out. Annoying as all heck considering I make video tutorials for various graphic programs.

The new speakers I bought seem to be well anchored where the wires exit the speakers and there is a really thick wire/cord that attaches the 2 speakers together. So they seem a better quality. We'll see how they stand up to time though.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Where did you get your speakers? I have been holding off getting speakers because I didn't want to spend a lot of money on them. The $19.99 was the cheapest I've seen so far which is why I got them. I had even looked at WalMart and saw ones there for $39.00 or $49.00. Way more than I had wanted to spend on computer speakers.
I "believe" it was at Staples.... I think they were on sale for half price (was about 2yrs ago). They aren't bad at all and I'm a fan of Logitech headphones and speakers.....nothing special but all I use em for is sometimes listening to tunes while I'm on the computer, and the kids use them for games and music videos.

ETA: I also have a Logitech headset for my voice software..... so I can always use that for music too.
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I bought my first computer back in March 2000. I was taken for a huge ride with it. The local company put together a system for me that was comprised of "new" components (printer, monitor, scanner, speakers etc). However I found out a year or so later that while they sold me "new" stuff that had never been used, everything was years old by the time they sold it to me and completely obsolete. I'm talking a printer and a scanner that was from 1997, and sold to me in 2000!!

Anyway, in 2007 I bought a new computer, but the speakers from the old system still worked and the sound was pretty good, so I didn't get new speakers with the computer.

Last summer Chynna in her attempt to get on the desk when I was ignoring her, pulled down my speakers and must have broken something inside because the volume at full was barely audible and sometimes not audible at all.

Last week I saw some speakers at Grand and Toy stationary that were regular $25.00 on sale for $19.99. I decided to pick them up. I just hooked them up. For cheap speakers they sound pretty good!

I forgot how nice it is to have working speakers. I have loads of MP3 files on my computer and I have missed being able to play them. I used to have Winamp playing in the background while I was surfing the web.

Now I can get my Metallica fix again!!!! Much to my neighbours dismay!! LOL
Glad to hear you replaced your speakers! I listen to music all night, usually while I'm typing on TCS.

~Enter Sandman~
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ETA: I also have a Logitech headset for my voice software..... so I can always use that for music too.
Ack! I bet that sounds awful! But, I'm younger and my ears are probably still a bit better than your's (despite tinnitus in my right ear). I'm probably one of the few people that can easily hear bitrate differences on audio files, buys dvd audio discs, and loves the sound of vinyl for the quality.

I have a pair of Sony stereo headphones that I spent $50-70 for, I can't remember how much they cost now because I've taken very good care of them so that they've lasted a few years.
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Ack! I bet that sounds awful! But, I'm younger and my ears are probably still a bit better than your's (despite tinnitus in my right ear). I'm probably one of the few people that can easily hear bitrate differences on audio files, buys dvd audio discs, and loves the sound of vinyl for the quality.

I have a pair of Sony stereo headphones that I spent $50-70 for, I can't remember how much they cost now because I've taken very good care of them so that they've lasted a few years.
Couple comments: actually the headset is pretty good, to me But I mainly use it for the mic, as opposed to listening. Although with school I'd listen back to what I had voiced out to study...However with my mp3 player I have $ sony earphones that I bought for work....those are really good.

Second thought: ummmmm, I didn't think you were younger than me...I'm turning 32 in May
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
Second thought: ummmmm, I didn't think you were younger than me...I'm turning 32 in May
Just to let you know, that wasn't so much a comment on your age but common knowledge about hearing sensitivity. A natural part of aging is that hearing decreases. It has to due with aging itself and just collected damage to ones ears in general.

As for not knowing my age, I took out what year I was born in my info after someone tried to pull the "I'm older thus I must be a lot smarter than you" routine.
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