Wanting to buy a decent pc speakers confused with all the terms used.

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  1. LunchBox

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    I want to get a new set of speakers. But I am confused with all the terms being used. I tried looking it up but I just got confused even more. Can someone in Layman's term help me out?

    When looking at a speaker's Wattage for example, Companies use, RMS, P.M.P.O., Average Music Power Output, and Dynamic Output. What do they exactly mean?

    What other things should I look into other than the Speaker's Watts rating?

    I'm looking into these at the moment:

    http://www.thespeakercompany.com/MS516-51-PC-Speaker-System-P13C16.aspx

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9105443&type=product&id=1218023506854

    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Speaker-System-Subwoofer-Black/dp/B000AM6QHE

    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Z-23.../B0002SQ2P2/ref=pd_cp_e_1/192-5493778-3251040

    http://www.amazon.com/Harman-SoundSticks-II-Multimedia-Speaker/dp/B0001DBEM4/ref=pd_cp_e_3
     
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  2. ShaidarHaran

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    The only "serious" speakers on that list are at the 2nd from bottom.
     
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    serious speakers are measure in rms
    pmpo is usually 1/4 of rms
    eg: a speaker rated 25 watts rms would be 100 watts pmpo

    anything THX-Certified is usually decent like kiplisch and cambridge soundworks
     
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    Yup, make that two votes for the Logitech Z-2300. I almost picked those up a few months ago for the wife's system, but she got impatient and picked up some cheapies. :???:

    Those Z-2300s are really nice, I recommend.
     
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    well the speakers without the sub sell for $70 each (down from $99 each)
     
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    Just from the stats and a quick look at the reviews I think I'd lean towards the Cambridge ones, but I don't think you'll be at all disapointed with either set...they're both excellent.

    Pick yer poison. :)
     
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    Went ahead with the Cambridge Speakers! Thanks guys for all the input :)
     
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    We expect a review
     
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    Sorry for the long delay. I forgot to check the thread again. The Cambridge speakers I bought were really nice! It really shines when the volume is at 40% minimum. I am using it for music and I've never heard this type of quality coming from a subwoofer. The Bass is really clean. The construction is pretty solid as well. The only thing I can complain about is that I can't use it to anything more than 25% at the moment because my neighbors complain. (I moved to an apartment.)> I am planning on soundproofing the wall between my neighbor and my flat. It is a major jump in quality to what I was using, which was an An Altec Lansing that i got for 30 bucks.
     
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