Buying new PC Speakers
June 21, 2012 9:01 AM   Subscribe

Recommendations for PC speakers under $50.

I'm looking for good PC speakers for my budget ~$50. I've looked at a few online sites, but I'm not really sure if they are reliable or not.

I usually listen to music or play games using headphones, however I'm looking for speakers now, because my old speakers aren't compatible. Thanks. I don't have any brand preference.
posted by chrono_rabbit to Technology (5 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've bought a couple 3 speaker sets from Altec Lansing for $50-$80 and have always been satisfied (one I've had for 6 years, the other was a gift for my folks).
posted by Beardman at 9:03 AM on June 21, 2012

for that price range I'd be tempted to look at craigslist - they're bulky and low-cost (and low-risk) enough that if someone had some nearby you'd probably get a much better deal. Also, easy to test with an mp3 player.
posted by mercredi at 9:20 AM on June 21, 2012

I second the Altec Lansing recommendation. Almost a decade ago, I bought one of their computer speaker sets with subwoofer on sale for $20, they're still going very strong, and sound great. These are around $30, and will be perfect for your needs.
posted by dbiedny at 9:30 AM on June 21, 2012

I got a previous version of these guys a few years ago on sale for $40. They're pretty great. My fella got the ones that are one step down, and while they're not as good as the ones I have, they're still pretty alright. He got them on sale for $30.
posted by esmerelda_jenkins at 9:38 AM on June 21, 2012

Check out craigslist for Klipsch 2.1 speakers. I've picked them up over the years a couple of times for myself/family/friends for ~$50-60, and they have been rock-solid and sound excellent for movies/games and adequately for music. Amazon link
posted by palionex at 7:58 AM on June 22, 2012

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