Thinking of gettin a latop speaker system as a present for someone gettin a laptop for xmas .What do u lot recomend? around the £50/£100 mark prefferably a 2.1 system cant be doing with 5.1s with speakers everywhere!Many thanks Mark
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I have the Aego M 2.1. For the money, I think they're really rather good. See the mag's review here. Incidentally, you can get these for less than a hundred notes.The review for the A5s is here. These tend to go for about £200. Alternatives are available here.
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Sorry sorry sorry. I mean the £110 A2s...
It's interesting the review of the Aego's has recently changed to 3 stars as they claim speakers for computers have got better, referring to the AudioEngines. I've just bought the 200 quid AudioEngine A5's and they are fantastic, well worth the extra money if you can afford them. I now feel I have a decent music system after connecting them up to my Apple laptop.
The Creative T20, rrp £60, but available for £44 from Amazon and PC World.
Absolutely amazing bargain for the money, the sound is incredible for £44. I feel the mki are better built, the mkii more stylish. Travel well to, I took a pair to Portugal with an MP3 player. They have two inputs, one on back for laptop soundcard, and one on front for MP3 player.
They are in a completely different league to typical £20 computer speakers, and sound far closer to a proper hifi setup than I'd ever have thought possible (8000s, MA 9's, CD-63 KI mkii). Amazing bass for the size, in a tight controlled way you would not have expected. Reasonable stereo sound stage also. Need a good run in period tho (24 hours use before you judge them), and can fill a small/medium size room very well. Good upgrade for TV speakers etc. Very loud with a proper line out source. All round a very flexible nice speaker system.
Another alternative AudioEngine 2 ($199).
Or the Aego M 2.1 - £90 to £105. Checkout reviews on amazon.
Or for something completely different, and more expense, Yamaha M170 micro system (CD/DAB/Amp, seen recently for £120/130) with Q1010i Speakers (£8 or Clearance priced Tangent Evo speakers (£39), gives more hi-end quality.
This is very cool indeed and works very well.
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