Enjoy high-quality audio from your computer's sound system with these desktop speakers that feature 3" woofers and 3/4" tweeters for an immersive soundscape. The auxiliary input allows simple connections.
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Truly Excellent Set of Desktop Speakers
Posted by: FootDoc from: Davis, CA on
Ok, based on the reviews for the Bose C-2 speakers and C-V 2.0, it seemed that people were generally satisfied w the Bose but there was a subsegment that were dissatisfied. Bose is a favorite brand for me so the Bose thrashing was a little hard to take. OK, try both, head to head.
Both sets of speakers were purchased, and set up on the same table, and then songs were played on the C-V and then the Bose.
The Bose has excellent sound at the higher end sound spectrum. But does not have good base support. If you do not compare them, the Bose will sound fine. As my prior pair of Bose speakers did for me, for many years.
Enter the Cerwin Vega. New brand for me. Excellent quality of sound at all levels of the sound spectrum. These speakers handle the bass very well and still sound sharp in the upper registers. This was the only pair that presented a very full and robust sound quality.
Head to head testing was done using the Eagles mostly, Hotel Calif - Live, King of Hollywood, One of these Nights, Last Good Time in Town. William Tell Overture was thrown in there for good measure.
Vocals, the complex textures the Eagles put together, the beautiful guitar solos, all sounded very rich on the Cerwin Vega. Also very good with the Bose, but hands down, the Cerwin Vega was the better set.
Much to my surprise as I am a longtime Bose purchaser. Cerwin Vega is the winner.
Also, the Cerwin Vega were much more powerful than the Bose, and a little nice feature is the aux input jack in front to play from an additional sound source. Excellent.
20 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Absolutely Amazing Sound!
Posted by: ford302 from: connecticut on
ok i had some bose companion II in my room (12x12) that i thought were great, but were not loud enough and lacked bass, so i got these cerwin vegas. i was turned off at first because it said 30 watts but let me tell you these are the loudest computer speakers your going to find. i used to turn my bose up all the way and these are louder at half power..no joke! the sound quality is like none other.. i have never heard anything as good as these, not even my dads double base sony 7000 tower speakers sound as good as these. these things sound like atleast 6 inch woofers or more with all the bass they produce. bose are good for classical music and acoustic, but if you want REAL speakers for rock hip hop and rap, trust me you have to get these. they may be 100 bucks but you get what you pay for and i am telling you the sound they produce is worth more than that. simply these are amazing!
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Great, regardless of price!
Posted by: JTheTechGuy from: Muncie, IN on
I've been a fan of Cerwin Vega! speakers for years. I've used many different brands of speakers for my computer as well as my home theater, and Cerwin Vega! speakers always deliver on sound quality, regardless of price. These desktop speakers are no exception. They've amazed me and have reaffirmed my faith in Cerwin Vega!
These speakers are built insanely well, from the smooth finish, quality materials, attractive facade, and the foam rubber base that covers the entire base, unlike cheaper or lesser speakers I've used with only pads. These are designed for the audio enthusiast who doesn't have money for $500 studio monitors and doesn't want 6 speakers to achieve good sound. I've listened to all types of music (Beethoven to Metallica and everything in between) and have been amazed at the sound, not even considering they are only $100.
I wasn't impressed with how hot the built in amp can get when at medium to high levels, but this wasn't unexpected for the price, the size, and the power. I think you should replace the included speaker wire with a higher gauge wire, but otherwise it's fine at normal levels. Just remember with better wire comes less strain on the amp--it doesn't really affect quality in speakers of this grade. No reason to buy $200 speaker cable for $100 speakers!
I also wasn't impressed with the distortion I was experiencing at high volumes, but I realized I had the "Vega-Bass" feature enabled AND the equalizer in iTunes wasn't set to "Flat", as these speakers are intended to be used with Flat settings. If you modify the EQ and enable Vega-Bass, keep the volume below 75% or you will get some mild distortion. If you keep a Flat EQ and use Vega-Bass, feel comfortable at up to around 90% volume, which is insanely loud.
These aren't meant to replace $1000 home theater setups, but for a desk in a decent environment, they're fantastic. I give them a full five stars for anyone not doing mission-critical sound work, as Cerwin-Vega! speakers have a tendency to be a bit bass-heavy. Great for consuming media and monitoring recording if you keep the bass in check though.
I definitely recommend getting these, even if they're not on display at your local Best Buy. I've recommended a 100' spool of Monster Cable but you don't need 100' of this cable. Try to find around 10 feet and you'll be okay.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great speakers for a computer or mp3 player.
Posted by: hulsmsc from: Cleveland, OH on
I took back a set of Bose Companion 2 due to poor sound to purchase the Klipsch ProMedia until I noticed these on the shelf for the same price as the Bose. These speakers have more power and the sound is much clearer, and the bass is clearer. I think the previous reviewer received a bad set as I do not have any hum even at full volume and the bass is clear but not earth shaking, but that is expected from the lack of a sub woofer. The only negative I have is that the power switch is located on the back, but I was aware of that when I purchased the item.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
The perfect powered bookshelf speakers
Posted by: Vikings22 from: on
I was looking for a small pair of speakers to go with the turntable I recently purchased. I did not have an amplifier so I needed something that was self powered. The sound quality is amazing for speakers in this price range. Icky Thump by the White Stripes has never sounded so good!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
The best powered bookshelf speakers on the market
Posted by: Lazaretto22 from: on
I purchased the speakers to pair with a turntable that I recently purchased so I could give vinyl a try. Since I do not have an amplifier in my office, I wanted something that was self powered so I wouldn't need an extra component to listen to records. Set up was quick and easy with very clear directions. Opening the Amazon packaging took longer then The speaker set up itself! I connected the speakers to my turntable and chose Icky Thump by The White Stripes as my first track with this setup. Let me put it this way, I am definitely not an audio file, but it was practically a religious experience when I heard Jack's guitar and Megs pounding kick drum pumping from these powerful little speakers! I did a lot of research before making this purchase and if I had it to do all over again I would pick these speakers 10 out of 10 times. I Would highly recommend especially for somebody that is trying to get an affordable pair of quality speakers to try with a record player.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Big sound from a computer speaker!
Posted by: speedls1 from: portland, or on
I have always loved the sound from Cerwin Vega and I am very impressed with their first endeavour in the computer speaker world.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Best Speakers to Amplify Computer
Posted by: wephaus from: Piney Woods on
We needed speakers to help us hear You Tube and DVD instructional videos more clearly as the built-in computer speakers were not up to the task.
We were favorably impressed with these in the Bust Buy showroom when compared to the lower priced sets. These Cerwin-Vega speakers have great bass and midrange. Really amazing speakers for the size and price. Unless you are some sort of audio purist (and audio purists wouldn't buy a $99 speaker set anyway) you are going to be amazed by the volume and quality of sound you will be enjoying. Don't waste your money on the lower priced computer speaker sets. Have a listen in the Best Buy store and decide for yourself. Best computer speakers for the money! We are rocking out here on Pandora in the home office as a side benefit!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Good studio monitors for the cheap
Posted by: aknuckle235 from: Leicester MA on
I picked these up so I could have a more consistent sound from my mac. I have to mix a audio podcast weekly and I noticed that going from episode to episode the mix sounded different. The speakers I had were not cutting it because they had a internal eq. These have a rather flat response, you can boost the low end but i like how they sound without it. They are a very solid speaker and for the money I would recommend them to someone looking for better sound on a budget.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Best computer speakers
Posted by: from: Bellingham, WA on
These speakers are the best quality for the money I could find. They have wood speaker boxes, like nice stereo speakers. The sound is full and not tinny.