questionsare there any good sound systems for both tv and…

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Does your solution need to be mobile? If not, you can plug your laptop into a sound system using a headphone to RCA stereo adapter just like you would any other stereo component.

Do you have a budget in mind?

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Well, durk's got my questions down, but I'll venture to throw out a suggestion while we wait for actual parameters...

http://www.amazon.com/Altec-Lansing-VS2621-Channel-Speaker/dp/B0025VKUQQ
This is an excellent entry-level set for the price. It's not anywhere on the very high end (this from an audiophile), but it's simple to use and performs very well across the range, with enough power to make any TV speakers squawk and sizzle in shame. The bass is clean and clear, while the treble is great - the mid-range isn't the strongest, but it's better than most speakers I've heard for considerably higher prices.

And did I mention that it's easy to use? For the wires-illiterate, this just requires power, and a basic headphone jack (3.5mm).

Let us know what further requirements you had in mind!

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@durkzilla: I'd prefer a mobile solution, but it is NOT a requirement.

Budget: I'd like to stay under $500 samoleans

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@arosiriak: Have that already. Decent. But in the end there are just a ton of things wrong with the whole set up. From fuzzy sound quality, to cable longevity, to just overall speaker design... meh.

I want a minimum of 2.1 channel, prefer 5.1.
I DO NOT want sattelite speakers that point upward. Gosh that's such a stupid idea.
BASSSSSSSSS
:P Really, I'm not too terribly picky. You link me, I lookie, I tell ya if I likey or not.

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@mmaurice01: Do you have your heart set on "New"?

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@duckcake: Nope, but I'd prefer not USED. Refurb, lightly used, or new is fine. :]

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http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/home-pc-speakers/devices/224

Take a look at these 5.1s

I have the 2.1 model, it does a great job for all types of media. Powerful highs, mid-range can get overpowered by treble but it is decent, and solid, thumping bass.

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I use an Ilive It188B sound bar. I think I got it on Woot a while back. It has 2.1 , so I use a strong sub-woofer. I has multiple AUX inputs and built in radio. I think the inputs are all RCA, so an RCA to mini adapt may be needed. It also has a slide in and slide out Apple dock which is nice since I don't use an iPod the dock is completely hidden. It looks great and is indistinguishable from similar bars costing $400-800. It can aslo be easily wall mounted.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&safe=off&q=sound+bar+ilive&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=3494320808408801379&ei=iWQoTfTxOYGBlAeSrISzAQ&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDMQ8wIwAg#

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@edwinmcq: What are you using for a sub with them? Any complaints about losing mids or highs? What about cracking and whatnot because of papercones or wiring?

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Short answer: no
Long answer: you can use your regular old sound system to get sound from your laptop via either a 3.5mm male/male cord if your receiver has a 3.5mm jack, or a 3.5mm to RCA adapter. The reason my short answer was "no" was that I'm assuming you wanted something portable, in which case you're really better off just getting a good pair of headphones.
And stay away from Logitech speakers.
Terrible, terrible things they are.

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@stryker4526: Logitech's are poor? Back that statement up. I have a Logitech bluetooth headset (above-par for the $) and the Logitech Z-2300. The speakers beat the crap out of any other competitor in that price range. Klipsch ProMedia speakers didn't compete either. I'm not going to argue the THX certification, because we all know that it means nothing. But come on. The only problem I've found with my system was that at full bass and high volume, the edge of the cone would occasionally hit the grille under certain frequencies. The reviews are just as positive. Excellent 400W speakers for $115 sale price.

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@nate800: Logitech speakers typically have a terrible frequency response curve and distorted sound. There's a reason they're cheap speakers, and it's not because they're good.

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Logitech Z-5500. I've used it for both for over 5 years, have no reason to buy anything else.