Altec Lansing 2100's dont like me!
I bought a set of Altec Lansing 2100's (2.1 speakers) and they worked great for a couple days then suddenly wouldn't power on any more.. Took them back and exchanged them for another set, not even a day later they wouldn't power on anymore... I guess it wasn't meant to be. Maybe they didn't like the inverter or something, but I guess I'm on the lookout for a new sound setup again.. I thought I found it, but obviously not..
I used them in my van with my PC and an inverter...
If this is all the kind of sound you want/need, just get a cheap car deck with an aux-in or a 2 channel amp and a couple car speakers. You can probably buy it used even..
Sounds like probably your "speakers dont like the inverter" is the correct hypothesis. The square or stepped wave AC is probalby just toasting them to bits. Get an amp designed to run on 12VDC or alternatively buy a true sine wave inverter ($$$!) I'm suprised you did not get a terrible hum or whine when using desktop speakers like this with an inverter to begin with!
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actually, I got a very faint buzz when they were connected to the computer. At first it was a very loud intolerable buzz, but then I grounded my PC case to the frame and 90% of the buzz went away... When driving I couldn't even hear the buzz and they sounded great, and had excellent bass.
I'll probably just buy an amp and some speakers next... I'm not about to go toasting another set of these altec's... they are nice speakers and it's a shame they died in the van. I'm using a set in my house as well, I hope they dont die...
why would the inverter hurt the speakers? is it hurting my PC??