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MoonJelly

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#1 10 years ago

On a new PC I plan on buying, after it's ready to go, I want to have screaming sound for my music. My room is in the basement, and its a good size. I was just wondering who makes the best speakers for either 7.1 or 5.1. I want some seriously loud speakers, but I also want the quality to be absolutely PERFECT. No ugliness. I'm willing to pay big $$$ for it too.

And of course I want a sound card to produce the top-of-the-line audio. Just some flawless sound is what I ask for.

Thanks guys




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#2 10 years ago

There is another thread that I started just a week or so ago on the same topic. Some of the input on it may be helpful to you. You can find it here.




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#3 10 years ago

You my friend want a set of Logitech Z-5500's. They're 5.1 and sound absolutely amazing. Typically cost about $250-$300. Make sure you hook them up to a really good sound card though (like an X-Fi or better). Hooking these up to onboard sound would be an absolute tragedy.

Link: Logitech Z-5500

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#4 10 years ago

M-Audio makes some pretty damn good cards, the only downside is that there drivers are pretty old now, and they don't have Vista drivers yet IIRC:

Newegg.com - M-AUDIO High-Definition 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface High-Definition Surround Sound Card - Retail

Creative cards are pretty good as well, but the sound quality on at least the lower end Audigy cards isn't really that great. The old integrated Texas Instruments TAS3001C chipset in my Power Mac puts my Audigy 2 ZS in my PC to shame in music. I can't say about the high end cards like that X-Fi as i've not had any experience with those.




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#5 10 years ago

I used to have an Audigy 2 sound card and I currently have an X-fi Fatal1ty Pro. The 2 of them are like night and day. While the Audigy 2 was better than the on-board sound I had at the time, it wasn't by much. The X-fi Fatal1ty Pro is fantastic as far as I am concerned. That said, I am no audiophile. I have heard/read on more than one occasion that M-Audio cards at the very least, edge out the high-end X-fi's.




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#6 10 years ago

I agree with Apollo on the sound card, I have the 5.1 version of the M-Audio and it's Via Envy DSP is about the best you can get without going ridiculously expensive. For speakers I recommend these, They far exceed anything by Logitech: [COLOR=blue]http://www.shentech.com/gws750v1bb.html[/COLOR] I have the 5.1 version of these speakers which are no longer made and they're great.




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#7 10 years ago

oh nice, i will look into these




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#8 10 years ago

im sure Logitech makes great speakers, but I can't imagine them being anything close to Onkyo, Boston Acoustics, Harmon Kardon, or Infinity.

*edit* - sorry for the double post, i don't even know how it happened lol




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#9 10 years ago

>Omen<;4150720For speakers I recommend these, They far exceed anything by Logitech: [COLOR=blue]http://www.shentech.com/gws750v1bb.html[/COLOR] I have the 5.1 version of these speakers which are no longer made and they're great.[/QUOTE]Those are supposed to sound great too, but FYI, the GigaWorks line are known to have a high failure rate. Go check the Creative forums, newegg reviews or just google them.

As far as them sounding better than the 5500's, that's for you to decide. I'm not sure why they'd far exceed the Logi's, as I've heard folks state just the opposite too. There are plenty of side by side comparisons to go check out as well, so don't take our word on it. I know from what I've read and heard of them, I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending any speaker sets by Creative at this point, and I myself have a decent set made by them. [QUOTE=MoonJelly;4150843]im sure Logitech makes great speakers, but I can't imagine them being anything close to Onkyo, Boston Acoustics, Harmon Kardon, or Infinity. l

Supposedly, these high end sets by Creative and Logitech sound absolutely amazing, and can be compared to $800-$1000 home audio setups, or that you'd have to spend that much to get a surround sound sytem that sounds any better.




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#10 10 years ago

Assuming you're serious about having a neverending pocketbook...

You will purchase either an M-Audio Revo 5.1 or an M-Audio Audiophile 192. The decision between these two will be driven by your need: the former is going to be more compatible with gaming, though the latter is a better card. The 'Phile 192 also lacks minijacks, but features balanced stereo I/O. You will avoid the Revo 7.1. Although it sports an extra two channels, the quality is not as good as the 5.1. You may also consider an ESI Juli@, but I honestly have no idea how that reacts with games.

You will use the digital out on your soundcard to feed a quality receiver. Take your pick here. You'll probably wind up with something that's designed for a home theatre, which is fine. Maybe you'll be hit with the urge to use a 60" plasma for a monitor. I personally would recommend Outlaw Audio's Model 990 Preamp/Processor. The Model 970 will work as well. Both feature digital inputs (coax and optical) which they will receive from your soundcard. Both also feature eight channel RCA preamp outs. You'll be using those.

You'll get cables from Blue Jeans Cable in whatever model you please. These cables will run from the preamp outs of the processor/preamp (above) to your amplifiers.

Personally, I love Outlaw Audio's Model 2200 M-Block. It's a 200W monoblock with a balanced and unablanced inputs and standard binding posts. You'd need seven of these, or one Model 7700. No amp is necessary for the sub, as you'll see shortly.

More cable from Blue Jeans, this time in the form of speaker cable, to connect up your speakers. You need either five or seven runs.

Finally, the speakers. Axiom Audio Epic 80 - 500. The amp will accept either a balanced XLR or unabalanced RCA input. The balanced input would require the Model 990 preamp. If you want a 7.1 setup, add a second pair of QS8s to the mix, and you're set.

Total cost for a balanced 7.1 setup, done right, is only about $7500.

Or you could just settle on a Revo 5.1 and a boxed 5.1 set. I don't really know how much you have to sink on all this...




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