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kow_ciller

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#11 10 years ago
GateCrusher420;4933611Creative's Xi-Fi is by far the best one that I've used so far, and that's what I use on my home computer to power my Z-5500s.

X-Fi is FAR from being the best, there are a ton of sound cards out there that have superior sound quality. X-Fi isn't liked by many people for a reason..




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#12 10 years ago

I concur that the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1s in the apparent given price range you're shopping in (though you should have specified) is the way to go, IF you can do without 5.1, which is far more than surround.

The sound quality on the Klipsch midrange is unparalleled in it's price range, and the satellites have the benefit of a two way design that can separate mids from highs better than Logitech's full range drivers.

Personally I think it's worth it to go 5.1, even if you have to get by with headphones for a month or two to afford it. Besides getting the advantage of rear speakers to hear enemies and ambients, the center channel really adds a lot to games with lots of dialog and sound that comes from the player's proximity. The center channel is also a must have if you play movies at all.

The Z 5500s can be had at a pretty reasonable price and offer Dolby and DTS hardware decoding for movies. The Z 5500s don't have the midrange quality of the Klipsch 2.1s though, which play music a lot better.




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#13 10 years ago

The Klipsch speakers may have better mids, but Uwsar specifically said he's looking for something to "rattle his teeth". That means lots of bass power, which the Logitech Z-2300/5500 can do quite well. The Z-2300 has an 8" subwoofer compared to the ProMedia 2.1's 6.5", despite the same RMS power. That translates directly to teeth-rattling. =p

Edit - for that matter, the Z-5500 has an even bigger 10" subwoofer.




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#14 10 years ago

Well either one is going to be loud. Just because the sub is bigger doesn't mean it will sound as good at a high volume which is something the klipsch speakers do amazingly well.




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#15 10 years ago

And so do the Z-2300's I have.




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#16 10 years ago

In comparison to the Promedia's, not so much




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#17 10 years ago

Zamamee;4933735The Klipsch speakers may have better mids, but Uwsar specifically said he's looking for something to "rattle his teeth". That means lots of bass power, which the Logitech Z-2300/5500 can do quite well. The Z-2300 has an 8" subwoofer compared to the ProMedia 2.1's 6.5", despite the same RMS power. That translates directly to teeth-rattling. =p

Edit - for that matter, the Z-5500 has an even bigger 10" subwoofer.

Right, a 10", and I already knew that before you had to edit it in.:lol: The thing is though, 10" @ 120 watts (Z 2300) vs a 6.5" @ 130 watts (Pro Med 2.1), which is MUCH more realistic as far as adequate amplification for GOOD bass sound. The Z 5500s however have 188 watts to the sub, but the THD is a whopping 10 times that of the Pro Media sub at 10% vs 1%.

I never thought of the first criteria of buying speakers as being, "Will they be loud enough"? You quite often end up with boomy bass that way and a sub and/or amp that ends up blowing out on you. Loud is also relative to how large a room they're played in.

That being said, the Achilles heal with the Klipsch is poor amp cooling. They don't use massive external heatsinks like the Z 5500s and my Creative Gigaworks do and even their 2.1s can get fairly hot, though not hot enough to overheat the amp parts quite as easily as their 5.1 set.




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#18 10 years ago

kow_ciller;4933758In comparison to the Promedia's, not so much[/QUOTE] Have you ever heard a Z-2300/5500 and a Klipsch ProMedia side by side in a small room? Back at my university dorm, one of the guys down the hall from me had a set of ProMedia 2.1's, in a room more or less identical to mine. I'm not knocking their sound at all; they were excellent, but they just lacked some of the wall-shaking capability of my Z-2300. [QUOTE=>Omen<;4933768]Right, a 10", and I already knew that before you had to edit it in.:lol: The thing is though, 10" @ 120 watts (Z 2300) vs a 6.5" @ 130 watts (Pro Med 2.1), which is MUCH more realistic as far as adequate amplification for GOOD bass sound. The Z 5500s however have 188 watts to the sub, but the THD is a whopping 10 times that of the Pro Media sub at 10% vs 1%.

I never thought of the first criteria of buying speakers as being, "Will they be loud enough"? You quite often end up with boomy bass that way and a sub and/or amp that ends up blowing out on you. Loud is also relative to how large a room they're played in.

That being said, the Achilles heal with the Klipsch is poor amp cooling. They don't use massive external heatsinks like the Z 5500s and my Creative Gigaworks do and even their 2.1s can get fairly hot, though not hot enough to overheat the amp parts quite as easily as their 5.1 set.

Of course it's not the first criteria; my Z-2300's are excellent speakers. And it's not like they blow out every other day either; the only reviews I've read about them blowing out are from kids who try to test them out by blasting 20 Hz at maximum volume.

And you're right about the heatsink, it's definitely doing its job on my sub. After an hour of relatively loud sound, that thing gets pretty hot to the touch.




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#19 10 years ago

I've been admiring the Audioengine speakers lately, but they don't make a 5.1 set. You can however assemble your own 2.1 kit with a pair of their satellites and their sub. It would run over $600 just for that though.




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#20 10 years ago

Ultimate Speakers? Seriously...Buy a Car 12" 1000W sub and amp. Combine that with a few pissy 100W speakers (4 of them) and you have yourself a wicked 5.1 Audio System. I'm doing the same with my car speakers when I sell my car for a Ute. Hardest problem is connected the Amp to 240V mains (Compared to 10V car lol)