first of all, thanks for everyone's input.
the brands i can get here, based on some internet browsing, are:
Altec Lansing, Creative, Logitech, Phillips, Sony, Yamaha, plus lots of no-names etc.
no Klipsch Promedia, no Cambridge SoundWorks (are these the same as Creative?).
Altec Lansing - no 621 (it would probably be too expensive anyway).
i'm deliberating between the Altec Lansing ATP3, which i've heard good things of, and the slightly more expensive Altec Lansing 2100.
(ATP3: $120, 2100: $140).
anyone heard of the 2100? have an opinion?
know any good websites for reading up on speakers/speaker reviews?
also, i find a set called Altec Lansing PS 330 (2.1) which is not on AL's website, anyone know what this is, how good it is?
also, i can get for more or less the same price the Logitec Z540-Z640. (Z540: $100, Z640: $140), the Z560,Z680 are WAY more expensive. i don't game, just want to listen to some music, so i don't really think i need 4.1/5.1, just want to get a good sound, so i think 2.1 is good enough for me. but do these Logitechs sound better? (i mean better than a 2.1 Altec Lansing set)
(i'm thinking of this:
After about 6 years of the same Altec Lansing speakers, I picked up some Logitech Z-540's at Target when they had them on clearance. Its like night and day. Very nice speakers.
did you refer to the Altec Lansing ATP3 vs. Logitec Z540?)
the Yamaha YST-MS50 is some $20 more expensive than the ATP3. so i think i'll stick with the Altec Lansing.
thanks in advance for any input, opinions, ideas and URLs