I need a new pair of computer speakers.
I love my Harmon Kardon HK695
speakers - but they're over ten years old (they came with a long-dead computer) and are pretty much broken. The wire on the right speaker is loose at the base of the speaker, and requires lots of jiggling to make the sound come through. The volume control doesn't work on the top of the speakers anymore, which means that they're just stuck at this annoyingly almost-loud-enough volume. I use them to watch streaming Netflix TV shows and to listen to Spotify and my record player.
The thing I like most about these speakers is that they have two wires to plug in to a computer. One is black and one is green. I like this because I can leave one plugged into the computer and the other plugged in to the record player. I can also plug the record player one into my iPhone or whatever and it plays on the speakers. This is awesome and my favorite thing about the speakers - the two wires. Also I like the way they look. They look like old timey microphones.
For my new speakers, here are my requirements:
- Inexpensive (less than $40 total, incl. shipping)
- Two wires to plug in to stuff
- Long wires, because I move them around the room a lot (that is probably what made the wire eventually break, but ten years of constant use and lots of moves seems like a good life to me)
- Volume control on the speakers
- Subwoofer (I think this is nice but I don't really know what I'm talking about - is this necessary?)
- Attractive (this is not a requirement but nice to have. The old ones always got compliments!)
Sound quality is not a huge priority to me. I don't do anything listening-wise where I need great sound. If the speakers can solve that age-old problem that I always have when I watch movies - the music blares and the dialog is whispers - that would be amazing, but I think that's not really a speaker-based problem.