Speakers from ALDI

  Cybermaxx 11:47 15 Dec 2005

Tevion (brand name of Medion), 5.1 speaker system, £24.99. Seems cheap enough, but are they any good? I currently have stereo Labtec speakers, 1 watt RMS each. The ALDI ones are 25 watt subwoofer and five 5 watt RMS satellites. Not sure whether I need such power, but I'm tempted nevertheless!

So, anyone actually using them? If so, is the sound quality up to scratch?

  Diodorus Siculus 17:57 15 Dec 2005

I've heard worse from more expensive speakers if that is any help... they are perfectly adequate for most users but need a decent sound chi / card.

  Cybermaxx 18:20 15 Dec 2005

You have actually tried them?

My sound card is the usual integrated Realtek AC97. Is that bad?

  PaulB2005 18:35 15 Dec 2005

"My sound card is the usual integrated Realtek AC97. Is that bad?"

Not bad. I used AC97 for the last six months - didn't think I'd need a sound card. Bought a Sound Blaster Audigy SE for about £25 and the difference is amazing even on my old Sound Blaster 4.1 speakers!!

  Cybermaxx 18:36 15 Dec 2005

Hmmm. these are the speakers in questio, although these ones are "refurbished". Hope the ALDI ones aren't second hand!

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  Stuartli 19:37 15 Dec 2005

You can buy computer speaker systems from long renowned hi-fi speaker specialists Altec Lansing from less than that price upwards depending on model.


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  Stuartli 19:42 15 Dec 2005

I used the C-Media 8738 onboard sound on my system with my IBM 2.1 speakers for four years before being given a SoundBlaster Live! Value card.

The Creative sound card does add a measure of extra body to the sound but the clarity and transparency of the C-Media output never failed to delight, along with its remarkable 3D simulation (you can download a helicopter video to test this and it's very effective even with 2.1).

Yet the 8738 can be bought in PCI form for around £5 to £10 and the better versions, such as the 9738 are supposed to be even better.

Even so, the Realtek onboard sound systems I've heard have proved probably even better sound wise.

  Cybermaxx 19:53 16 Dec 2005

Hmmm, well I've decided to forget the whole idea. I don't really need them, and it would probably be overkill.

  joethebow 20:46 16 Dec 2005

If you want a sideways take on PC speakers...

I use a technics Tuner amp and 2 12" speakers. In the past I've used a Rotel tuner amp. Both give an incredible sound the Techiics is a little more modern but the Rotel gives a much more bassy sound.

You can pick the whole lot up from a car boot for a few pounds. PC speakers, wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.

  Cybermaxx 20:53 16 Dec 2005

.but aren't PC speakers supposed to be specially shielded?

  Stuartli 23:48 16 Dec 2005

You are thinking of magnetically shielded speakers that will not affect the monitor.

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