a computer without a CD-ROM now days, is a hard task. Because
of this, you probably already have a great CD player just waiting
to be listened too. Turning your computer into a music powerhouse
can be as simple as some new software and some nice speakers.
Where many surround sound systems cost over $400, getting incredible
digital surround sound speakers for a computer only costs a
fourth of that. The Creative labs FPS2000 speaker system has
been a cornerstone in computer audio. Clear digital output,
high frequency response, and a powerful subwoofer make these
an excellent choice for computer audio.
music playback, nothing beats the ever so popular winamp.
Pairing winamp with a good MP3 collection, and a cd/dvd-rom
is the perfect tool for music enthusiasts. Not only does winamp
have great sound quality to begin with, there are several output
tweaks available for winamp on the net. Including DFX,
Output, to SoftDSP. Each plug-in allows you to tweak your
sound response to perfection. Winamp boasts a hefty media support
list, ranging from CD's, mp3s, to even mod files. Too push your
musical experience even further, several visual plug-ins are
available for free download as well. It's easy to find incredible
visual plug-ins that put the old disco ball to shame.
Setup Cost: $115 - $140
Retail System Cost: $400 - $700
Saved: $285 - $585