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#288296 - 01/23/10 06:44 AM Help with speaker choice
Yonmin Offline

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Hi, I am getting a speaker for my iMac, will be playing music from my iTunes. I watch movies from my iMac too, but main importance is music.

Is there a need to get surround sound?
Or do I just need a 2.1 speaker.

If I get floorstanding speakers, do I still need a subwoofer?

#288344 - 01/23/10 03:27 PM Re: Help with speaker choice [Re: Yonmin]
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You have to have a receiver or amplifier to drive the speakers, how do you intend to do this with a computer?
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#288346 - 01/23/10 03:58 PM Re: Help with speaker choice [Re: SirQuack]
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Unless, of course, he's looking at Audiobytes--or other computer speakers. I guess what we need to know is if this is your primary system, or whether you're just looking for computer speakers. What's your listening distance? Just sitting in a chair in front of it, or are you going to be using this with a TV?
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#288356 - 01/23/10 06:40 PM Re: Help with speaker choice [Re: Ken.C]
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Just to add that there is never a need to go full surround, but it does enhance the overall listening experience whether it be music or movies, it is just a personal preferrence.
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#288527 - 01/25/10 10:15 AM Re: Help with speaker choice [Re: jakewash]
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For all music, I would go with just a 2.1 system for now and save my money for when you get into a home theater environment and then get an even better surround setup.

Yes, there are advantages that many people enjoy when listening to music on a good surround system but depending on your budget, you could get probably better musical sound by putting more money on a good 2.1 setup than by spreading it out thin on a 5.1 setup.

Just another angle to consider depending on budget.
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