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First post, by furan

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I've developed an interest in multimedia computers from the 92-95 time frame that have built in stereo speakers. Feel free to share info about any of these (images nabbed from PC Magazine and google image search), or share your own. I really want to find #4 in good condition.

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Reply 1 of 23, by Anonymous Coward

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I remember commodore had one around 1994 or so. I think they had both 486 and P60 versions.

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Reply 2 of 23, by brostenen

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I remember number 5 from shops back in the days. Never seen one in action though. They were all the rage back then, when introduced, and I remember that one of all those cases had poor magnetic shielding. This led to some serious loss of data for some users.

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Reply 3 of 23, by bjwil1991

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I've seen those on eBay (too pricey), yet, it'll be nice to have a case like that for my Socket 7 system, and if there's an ATX version, for my FX-6300 system.

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Reply 4 of 23, by pleonard

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Not stereo, unfortunately, but the Ultimedia line of IBM PS/2's circa 1992 had a well-amplified, full-range speaker as part of the case, complete with volume control knob and 1/4" (!) headphone and microphone jacks.

While normally coupled to an oddball DSP-based MWAVE card, which was nearly useless outside of Windows or OS/2, you could replace that with an even-rarer SoundPiper 16. This SoundBlaster clone used the same 14-pin cable standard that IBM specified, so you could play DOS games with really high quality (mono) results.

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Reply 5 of 23, by yawetaG

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NEC made some old-school looking LPX systems that had the speakers in front of the case (one of them in a door that hid the CD-ROM and floppy drives) in their ValueStar NX range:

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(Japan-only models, unfortunately - Pentium II/III based)

Reply 6 of 23, by 386_junkie

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Great for DOS gaming!

I only have the one case with built in speakers (below) which was part of a previous build... but now have it empty for a soon to be new 386 build.

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Reply 7 of 23, by bjwil1991

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386_junkie wrote:

Great for DOS gaming!

I only have the one case with built in speakers (below) which was part of a previous build... but now have it empty for a soon to be new 386 build.

Lovely case, man. Question: how does one simply hook up the internal speakers to the sound card? Is it straight up 1/8" (3.5mm for the metric people) jacks, or is it a proprietary cable?

I'm interested in something like that for my Socket 7 build and if there's an ATX version of the case, for my FX-6300, but, I have no idea if there's a case like that.

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Reply 9 of 23, by Thermalwrong

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This one is odd, apparently it has a Celeron 400 in it but it's definitely an AT case. I guess the speakers must've been pretty bad because it came up for sale again not long after.

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Reply 10 of 23, by Ciderman

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Hi there,

I've just registered after having read this interesting thread and seeing my own computer case from the 1990s here. 😀

Does anybody know who the manufacturer of #1 is? Or where I could still get that case? I already have a retro PC in my very first Escom computer case but a second one in this multimedia housing would make my day.

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Reply 11 of 23, by Deksor

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Oh I've never seen this thread before ! Well here's my case

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I opened it because I was building my DX4 system in it at the time. Unfortunately it got damaged during shipping so it got cracked in the corner and also it's quite yellowed. For all of these reasons I might paint it someday. Oh and also one of the speakers isn't working at the moment, I'll need to check that out as well.

Reply 12 of 23, by HanJammer

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I own this one...

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For sale (2019.12.01 - new items!!!): 8088, 286 stuff | 386, 486 stuff | Socket 5-8 stuff | Old HDDs and 5.25" FDDs

Reply 15 of 23, by Caluser2000

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Comaq had a nice all-in-one Presario CDS series This is my CDS 524, a 486DX2/66. I also have have the Pentium 75 variant as well.

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Reply 17 of 23, by zlee12

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I have the Number #10 and Want to Price it

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Reply 19 of 23, by HanJammer

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Found another one. I will move my current 430HX w/ 233MMX build into this case.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAX_4xAQtBQ

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