I am currently working on a PC games project, and would like to know how it sounds on an average PC speaker system. But I don\'t know what I should use a reference. I was thinking about the Altec Lansing ATP3 - any ideas?
I gave up trying to find a typical PC speaker, there are just so many of them. None of them are very good and I certainly wouldn\'t make adjustments to eq or balance on them.
In preference I would rather use my main monitors and listen to the mix in mono at a very (and I mean very) low level.
My theory is that if a game player really cares about audio quality they are going to be using a decent home cinema/hi fi system. They will not want to listen to a mix that is compromised to sound good on a crappy $30 PC speaker. And if you adjust the mix to sound good on any PC speakers you buy, that adjustment probably won\'t work on another brand of speaker anyway.
Simon, I agree with Dave. By all means grab some crap speakers and se what happens to your mix, but right now the standard for PC speakers doesn\'t really exist. You\'ve got everything from built-ins to 5.1 systems. Listening at very low level in mono on something like an old Auratone will help you see what needs to be addressed.