I just bought new 2.1 channel speakers. I had an old set, but due to a problem with the power supply, I decided to scrap it and buy a new set. I missed listening to music during the mornings, and the built-in speakers of my laptops were unsatisfactory.
I knew that the usual two-speaker systems didn't give me the right sound-- I didn't get any bass. But I didn't know what I wanted exactly. My brother was the one who liked playing with speakers-- while I lived with him, his home theater system had surround sound, and he was the one who set it up. I did know that my speakers needed a subwoofer, so I decided to get the simplest cdrking system with a subwoofer.
Looking at the available products on the net was helpful, because I learned what was available. I also learned how much speakers cost. the cheapest I could find at cdrking costs PhP 200 or around USD 4.8. The more expensive ones (which I bought), with a subwoofer, costs about PhP 700 or USD 17. I even found 5.1 channel speakers on their catalog!
Since I planned to use the speakers in my room (it's a small room!), and the input would be from my laptop, I didn't need an expensive set, so I settled for a 2.1 channel system. I brought my netbook along to test the speakers, and was disappointed with how it sounded while I was at the store. But then, we had a noisy background, so even though the speakers didn't sound good while I was at the store, I decided to get them anyway, since I knew that the components worked. I figured that as soon as I got home and tried it, I should be able to tune it so that it would sound right to me.
Once I got home, I set-up the speakers, and played some music by Sitti Navarro. I played with the controls, just to see what the effect of eliminating the subwoofer would be like, and having the subwoofer really makes a difference. I'm quite content with the sound right now, although I do plan to get a 5.1 channel system later... Maybe when I move to another university? :-)