I'm desperate for a good pair of computer speakers. I've been using a pair of Harmon/Kardon speakers that came with my wife's computer 7 years ago and they've given me 7 years of great service, but they are seriously starting to give up the ghost now.
Every computer shop I go in seems to have speakers in the 500 baht to 1500 baht range and they just aren't good enough. In fact I bought some for about 1500 baht and gave them away the very next day.
I'm not looking to spend a fortune - maybe up to 10,000 baht let's say because it's only so I can watch TV and movies on my pc. I don't need sensurround and lots of bells and whistles. Just two speakers that can crank out the noise without sounding tinny.
Any good shops around?
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I would think Panthip Plaza would have everything from ฿500 to ฿20,000. Worth a check, no?
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I tend to avoid Panthip if I can.
as lomng as it has the right size headphone plug even tesco/big c et al would be fine.
I bought an Altec-Lansing set with woofer for around 4K at a shop in Pantip... amazingly good sound. I'd stay with a recognizable brand. Some of the speakers they sell at Big C have BIG noise but I wouldn't want to listen to music on them... too much distortion.
How about IT Square on Chaeng Watthana? It's huge, modern and new with a good array of shops.
if on the other hand sound quality matters, these Products look interesting. You'd need an amplifier. i've not heard them yet but they're made right here in Thailand so you can go to their place and give a listen if you're interested. there was quite a buzz among audio nerds about Norh speakers a few years ago (lots of claims about budget loudspeakers that compete with high end, etc), but the engineer who designed 'em makes more money doing computer stuff so the audio stuff is poorly marketed.
the odd shape is based on a small drum with a big sound that the engineer heard and thought might apply well to speakers. if i like what i hear i'm probably getting some for my home theater setup but it'll be a few months as i also need a receiver or they'll be no more than paperweights.
they make a speaker in a marble enclosure (instead of wood). the mass of it is supposed to reduce cabinet vibrations, and give you sharper stereo imaging (even if you set up a 7.1 speaker system you still have two ears and hear in stereo). if i can hear the difference i might go for this, but i as i said i haven't heard 'em myself yet.
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I've a second-hand set of these. Will let them go for 11,00o k baht. Each porta-potty cranks out 2-watts of sound, with a frequency range of 80Hz to 25kHz, and a supposed signal-to-noise ratio of >98dB.
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For computer speakers, I'd go Logitech, Creative Labs, or Altec Lansing (in that order). You get what you pay for with these speakers as Altec Lansing has a lot of crappy low priced models.
You won't go wrong with something like this:
Newegg.com - Logitech Z623 200 w 2.1 Speaker System, THX-Certified
Logitech has quite a few 5.1 or 7.1 setups if you need a surround system. For places to buy them, I'd check out some Fortune Town as it is a little less chaotic than Pantip but the same stuff. If you want, I'll swing by there tomorrow during lunch and see if I can find some high quality logitech setups.
Personally, I prefer buying an actual home theater system and hooking my computer up to it. I've got my computer hooked up to a Philips surround system right now. I paid about 12-13K baht for it but its nice watching movies, especially paired with a nice size lcd.
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for the 10k he wants to spend he's gonna get the same type of stuff from anywhere. just 'cos this new shop is indy and cool and tesco is a big corporation you hipster types think its the dogs bollocks.
If you're scared of Pantip. try Fortune tower for a less in your face experience.
Failing that you can buy a sony amp with small speakers that you can pulg into you Computer. You see them in the DVD palyer isles in Tesco and Big C. They really work!
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10k should get you something pretty decent, especially if they don't need built-in amplification. problem is, you'd have to forego the convenience of strolling through Lotat, do your homework and actually give a shit about what you're throwing your money at to achieve the lofty heights of adequacy.