Speakers that can handle treble.
June 16, 2011 10:13 AM   Subscribe

Can you recommend decent but affordable (maybe around $100+?) PC speakers that won't crackle on songs that have piano?

I have an older pair of harman/kardon sound sticks that crackle on songs which include heavy piano. For example, on Ludovico Einaudi's song Uno there's quite a bit of crackling at specific parts – even at mid-volume. I figured it was just the age of the speakers and so I picked up a new pair of $40 logitech speakers. They crackle as well. So is there any pair of speakers that handle the treble well and that won't cost a fortune? I don't necessarily need a sub woofer to accompany the speakers.
posted by quadog to Technology (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Are you 100% sure that there is no crackling on the recording itself?

For the $100-ish price range, these are great for the price, and should handle most of what you throw at them: M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Studio Desktop Speakers. Behringer also has an alright pair in the same price point.
posted by Jairus at 10:19 AM on June 16, 2011

I am a huge fan of the JBL Creature. It is under $100 and I think it sounds great.
posted by prozak at 10:23 AM on June 16, 2011

Are you 100% sure that there is no crackling on the recording itself?

I'm not 100% sure, but when I stream the same songs out to my higher end speakers (Paradigms) I don't hear any crackling. It sounds like they could almost crackle, if that makes any sense, but they seem to handle it ok. I'll run some other comparisons.
posted by quadog at 10:33 AM on June 16, 2011

Jairus nails it - I have the M-Audio Studiophile AV40s, and came here specifically to recommend them. they're pretty great, especially for the price.
posted by namewithoutwords at 12:34 PM on June 16, 2011

I have these and they are totally awesome. They make another set without an extra "woofer" which is cheaper and they are also awesome.

Those M-Audio ones are also awesome, but do take up more space.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 12:36 PM on June 16, 2011

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