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    Computer surround sound subwoofer -- good deal or bad deal?



    Yesterday I picked up a Dell subwoofer at an antique store for $10. It's not an antique, but the man that owns the shop buys entire estates, and he just got this unloaded from his trailer on Monday.

    Did I get a good deal? I plugged it in and it works -- for bass, of course. It looks as though the ports on the back for the surround speakers (front and back) are RCA type.

    Does anyone have an opinion if I should go online to try and find the rest of the speakers for this to make an entire sound system? Should I just return it and get my $10 back?

    It's as big as a computer tower, and weighs a good 20 pounds. No scratches.

    The man at the antique shop said this is all there was -- no other speakers.

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    Depends if you want to have surround sound or not. Dell doesn't make speakers, they just re-brand someone else's product so it could be a pretty decent subwoofer.

    You can either find the set or you should be able to find other compatible speakers. Is there anything on the back or the bottom that would indicate who made it (besides Dell)?
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    Hi OracleGuy,

    Thanks for the reply. On the front at the bottom it says "LUCASFILM THX" and on the other side at the bottom it says "Altec Lansing."

    Would it help give you more information if I took a photo of the back of the box?

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    Sorry for the delayed response. Sounds like it is an Altec Lansing speaker set so you might be able to find Dell or Altec branded speakers to go with it if you want the matching set.

    Do you play games or watch movies on your computer?
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    Hi Oracleguy,

    No problem on the getting back to me. I watch movies on my computer when I'm collating or stitching booklets on the weekends. We have do have a nice television to whcih we could add the subwoofer system.

    I have several sets of computer speakers that I picked up at garage sales and whatnot. I'm thinking about buying some RCA jacks from RadioShack or online and replace the ends of the cheap speakers before I buy anything nice. I did try the subwoofer by itself, but just on a video of my printing press. This isn't a real test, as there's no intentional bass or stereo.

    If you think the RCA jacks on the regular speakers won't work, please let me know so I don't blow any money on an idea that won't work.

    For Valentine's Day my wife gave me the entire box set of The Twilight Zone. I'm in heaven. So far I have the box sets of King of Queens, Star Trek (original), Hogan's Heroes, and Gilligan's Island. I tell you, I'm going to find a programing app and buy a box set of 1950, '60, and '70's commercials (if they make them) and set up my very own television network in our home. Very little of today's television is worth watching. We live about 30 miles from the signal tower and pull in on average about 25 stations. We erected a HDTV RCA antenna on our roof a couple of years ago.

    Thanks for the interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_M_Schafer View Post


    Yesterday I picked up a Dell subwoofer at an antique store for $10. It's not an antique, but the man that owns the shop buys entire estates, and he just got this unloaded from his trailer on Monday.

    Did I get a good deal? I plugged it in and it works -- for bass, of course. It looks as though the ports on the back for the surround speakers (front and back) are RCA type.

    Does anyone have an opinion if I should go online to try and find the rest of the speakers for this to make an entire sound system? Should I just return it and get my $10 back?

    It's as big as a computer tower, and weighs a good 20 pounds. No scratches.

    The man at the antique shop said this is all there was -- no other speakers.

    --Kevin

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    Can you send me a picture of that sub , I had an old dell surround system with a huge sub like the one you are describing and I sold it with the computer I built but now i wish I had kept the surround system , can you give me the model number of it also ?

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    if it is from the system like i use to have , I would keep it and find the other components .


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