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chris newman
best desktop speakers
on Jul 4, 2007 at 4:52:11 pm

this may not be the usual question for this forum but i'm looking for reasonably priced desktop speakers for my computers at work. i currently have very inexpensive (10-20 dollar) speakers on each workstation and honestly, for sound quality, they are just fine. this isn't for video/audio editing these are just desktop speakers. the problem i'm having is that since everyone now has cell phones, whenever one rings, the speakers spew this loud almost morse code kind of feedback out of them that's very annoying. i'm assuming it's some kind of shielding issue (or lack thereof). basically, i'm just looking for desktop speakers that don't cost an arm and a leg but won't freak out when cell phones ring.

can anyone point me in the right direction? possibly give me the reason this is happening if you know it or tell me what specifications to look for when shopping. maybe throw a few brands or even specific models. (all these need is a standard stereo speaker connection that would go into any desktop computer...we are currently on PowerMac G5 towers but hopefully within a year or so, will have MacPro's).

thank you


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Ty Ford
Re: best desktop speakers
on Jul 5, 2007 at 11:09:47 am

You are presuming that the phone rf is entering the speakers. Maybe not.

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Ty Ford
Re: best desktop speakers
on Jul 5, 2007 at 11:19:52 am

Chris,

Sorry for the short answer...

Anyway.

Thre are shielded speakers out there. You won't find them at $100.
The RF could be getting into the cable between the speaker and the computer.

Radio Shack sells a line of small speakers, the Minimus Series. Some of them have metal housings. The old Minimus Seven are highly regarded as actually sounding pretty good for traditional TV set comparisons.

You DO lose a LOT of low end information because little speakers of any sort simply don't have the physical capability to reproduce low frequencies.

If you're doing serious professional video, you need to know what's going on down there. Small main speakers with a subwoofer can do that. The MAckie 826 are larger but also have pretty good low end response.

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Rodney M
Re: best desktop speakers
on Jul 5, 2007 at 1:15:17 pm

Chris,
I don't think the problem is with the shielding of the speakers (or even with the cables, though they're more likely to be allowing interferences in). I believe it has more to do with the type of network the cells are on. GSM networks seem to be the problem. I have a GSM phone and I have troubles all the time even with professional equipment that is well shielded.



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