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post #1 of 27
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Hi there!

What soundsystem would you recommend?

Harman/Kardon's SoundSticks or JBL's recently announced Creature?
post #2 of 27
after hearing both @ MWNY... it would depend on how far away you would be from the speakers at any given moment... If you are going to be relativly close to your speakers ALL the time, the Creatures will work fine... but if they are going to be more then 2-3 feet away, you are 100Xs better off with the soundsticks, the Creatures sound tinny from longer distances...
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post #3 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Paul:
<strong>after hearing both @ MWNY... it would depend on how far away you would be from the speakers at any given moment... If you are going to be relativly close to your speakers ALL the time, the Creatures will work fine... but if they are going to be more then 2-3 feet away, you are 100Xs better off with the soundsticks, the Creatures sound tinny from longer distances...</strong><hr></blockquote>

Have to go with Paul on this one
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I love soundsticks, and my Cubes both have theirs, but for the iMac I opted for white Creatures. The touch and mute is nice, but for DVDs A Cinema Display and SoundSticks does it.
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post #4 of 27
i just ordered some creatures. are you supposed to place the subwoofer on the floor for best sound?
post #5 of 27
the soundsticks are so much cooler looking. . . the creatures are better quieter and closer though.
post #6 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by burningwheel:
<strong>i just ordered some creatures. are you supposed to place the subwoofer on the floor for best sound?</strong><hr></blockquote>

It was enginered to run on your desktop.
post #7 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by xionja:
<strong>the soundsticks are so much cooler looking. . . the creatures are better quieter and closer though.</strong><hr></blockquote>

i'm sick the soundsticks look, so i didn't get them. but that's interesting you say the creatures sound better quiet and up-close. that's the way i'll be using them
post #8 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by serrano:
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It was enginered to run on your desktop.</strong><hr></blockquote>

cool, i can admire their beauty more now
post #9 of 27
I'd get neither. If you're going to spend the money, but other speakers that are actually worth the money. But if it's one or the other, go for the Creatures.
post #10 of 27
i've had my creatures for about 6 months, and yeah the sub is engineered to be on your desktop (treble & bass controls are on it) but i moved it under my table with no sound quality deterioration.
i got them because they don't disturb the rest of the house even when they're fairly loud in my office.
post #11 of 27
I think I'd rather have Klipsh Promedia 2.1 speakers instead of either the Soundsticks or the Creatures. A friend of mine has those and they are very powerful, they're not too big (or too small either) but they really put out a lot of sound, and good quality too. The Soundsticks seem frail and weak in comparison. Get your money's worth! I don't think the Soundsticks are worth $200.
post #12 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Luca Rescigno:
<strong>I think I'd rather have Klipsh Promedia 2.1 speakers instead of either the Soundsticks or the Creatures. A friend of mine has those and they are very powerful, they're not too big (or too small either) but they really put out a lot of sound, and good quality too. The Soundsticks seem frail and weak in comparison. Get your money's worth! I don't think the Soundsticks are worth $200.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I'd have to agree with this one. I have the Promedia 4.1, and it's an incredible powerful and clear system. The 2.1 and 4.1 both have mute and a second input, so you could hookup your ipod or cd player at the same time as your computer. The sub blows the iSub out of the water as well, and they look pretty sweet too. If you check the specials on Klipsch's site, you might be able to find a pair of refurbished 4.1s for cheap. That's how I got mine, and for less than the sound sticks.
post #13 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Luca Rescigno:
<strong>I think I'd rather have Klipsh Promedia 2.1 speakers instead of either the Soundsticks or the Creatures. A friend of mine has those and they are very powerful, they're not too big (or too small either) but they really put out a lot of sound, and good quality too. The Soundsticks seem frail and weak in comparison. Get your money's worth! I don't think the Soundsticks are worth $200.</strong><hr></blockquote>

you can get soundsticks for $150 just about anywhere
post #14 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by EmAn:
<strong>I'd get neither. If you're going to spend the money, but other speakers that are actually worth the money. But if it's one or the other, go for the Creatures.</strong><hr></blockquote>

why not? well these speakers are just for listening to music casually. i use my main stero system for serious listening
post #15 of 27
One consideration to make is that the soundsticks uses a usb port, while the creature uses the audio out port. Not very significant if u have lotsa usb ports to spare, but a point to note nevertheless.

I would go with the soundsticks. Its much cooler looking and it sounds good.
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post #16 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by burningwheel:
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why not? well these speakers are just for listening to music casually. i use my main stero system for serious listening </strong><hr></blockquote>
Because for the money you can get better speakers. If you just want the speakers for looks, then go ahead and get the Creatures.
post #17 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by stunned:
<strong>One consideration to make is that the soundsticks uses a usb port, while the creature uses the audio out port. Not very significant if u have lotsa usb ports to spare, but a point to note nevertheless.

I would go with the soundsticks. Its much cooler looking and it sounds good. </strong><hr></blockquote>

too late,ordered them last week. i used to like the soundsticks but i think i like the creatures better

as i said these are just for casual listening. oh forgot to metnion these were a gift

[ 02-25-2003: Message edited by: burningwheel ]</p>
post #18 of 27
well i just got the creatures and so far i'm please, they sound great!

one added benefit of having speakers is that the irritating Mac start-up chime is gone!
post #19 of 27
I got my Creatures a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't be more pleased. I've bought 5-6 new CDs just because listening to my Mac is so much more enjoyable now.

Plus they look really cool. I don't love the transparent-plastic look of the Soundsticks (kinda 1999). The Creatures have chrome accents and blue LEDs on the bottom that make them look as rich as they sound. You can order them from Amazon now for under $100.
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post #20 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by burningwheel:
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one added benefit of having speakers is that the irritating Mac start-up chime is gone! </strong><hr></blockquote>
Why's the startup chime gone?
post #21 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by EmAn:
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Why's the startup chime gone?</strong><hr></blockquote>

because you can mute the sound independently of the computer's system... that is you can mute it manually, just before you start the computer.
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post #22 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Paul:
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because you can mute the sound independently of the computer's system... that is you can mute it manually, just before you start the computer.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Ok, my question was really stupid. I totally forgot about that.
post #23 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by EmAn:
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Ok, my question was really stupid. I totally forgot about that.</strong><hr></blockquote>

heh its no big deal... holy shit when did you hit 8k?!
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post #24 of 27
Now that I have a real sound card, I think I'd rather take something that can use it, and that means no Soundsticks.
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post #25 of 27
I have the Sound Sricks on my Mac and the Creatures on my PC.
Ordinarilly the Sound Sticks are better speakers, but I recently installed the Creative Labs Audigy 2 soundcard on the PC, now the Creartures sound better than the Sound Sticks!
post #26 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by Paul:
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heh its no big deal... holy shit when did you hit 8k?!</strong><hr></blockquote>
Sometime this afternoon I guess, I didn't even notice.
post #27 of 27
[quote]Originally posted by RolandG:
<strong>Hi there!

What soundsystem would you recommend?

Harman/Kardon's SoundSticks or JBL's recently announced Creature?</strong><hr></blockquote>

I had the soundsticks for 2 years. Very good and great design. Then I got a new mac a week ago, so i bought a cheaper set of 2100 altec lansing speakers (50% of price). This was going to be my speakers for teh backup computer.

Low and behold, they actually sound much better and are much more powerfull than the soundsticks!!!!!!!!!!!! So go with these:

Here is a link to UK site with photo/pricing/etc. But you can get in states:

<a href="http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/935/wo/JM02v1aosFkxnKZZyf/1.3.0.3.27.8" target="_blank">http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/935/wo/JM02v1aosFkxnKZZyf/1.3.0.3.27.8</a>


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