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jimbo_0002

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#1 8 years ago

Hi I'm looking to upgrade my speakers Currently i have the Logitech x-540 5.1 they are about 2-3 years old they cost about $100 when i got them so they are not all that great.

I'm unsure if i want to get another 5.1 set or just a 2.0 or 2.1 with 2 monitors on my desk and my computer there's not a whole lot of room left i manage to get 5.1 but everything is pretty close together and I kinda of think I loose the benefit of 5.1 surround sound when there not really surrounding me.

I use my speakers for gaming and movies not so much music. I don't have a sound card I will be using my mobo on board sound unless buying a sound card and using my current speakers is a better option, I only just really thought about that.

As for price I will spend up to $300-$350 if i have to, cheaper the better if there decent quality

I'm just looking for suggestions for brand, any speakers you might have and really like.

so far I've looked at

Audioengine 2 they are a 2.0 set, I can get them for $250 Audioengine 2 (A2) Premium Powered Desktop Speakers

and had a brief look at the Z-5500 they are $350ish Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System




*Daedalus

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#2 8 years ago

If you have a 5.1 set now, getting a 2.1 isn't going to clear up any more space... unless... please, please, don't tell me you have all five speakers on your desk.




kow_ciller

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#3 8 years ago

Get a 2.0/ 2.1 set of bookshelf speakers instead of a mediocre 5.1 set.

Audioengine, Mwave, Klipsch are the way to go for a nice set.




jimbo_0002

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#4 8 years ago

sorry daed but I do, I have never bothered to get more cabling to route them around my room, my desk is a U shape kinda of and i just have them spread around and my sub on the floor.

I had a razer barracuda AC1 sound card at one stage but I couldn't really tell much of a difference so I sent it back. Thats why I'm not %100 on buying a sound card, maybe my speakers are not high enough quality to make use of a sound card I dont know.




*Daedalus

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#5 8 years ago

jimbo_0002;5433581sorry daed but I do, I have never bothered to get more cabling to route them around my room, my desk is a U shape kinda of and i just have them spread around and my sub on the floor.

I had a razer barracuda AC1 sound card at one stage but I couldn't really tell much of a difference so I sent it back. Thats why I'm not %100 on buying a sound card, maybe my speakers are not high enough quality to make use of a sound card I dont know.

So you're wondering why the five speakers, that are in front of you, don't sound very "surround" to you? Well that's why! Spend the $10 on some extension table, $2 on some good wall plugs, and you're good to go! Seriously man... a fantastically expensive 5.1 set, all in front of you, isn't going to sound any better than the $100 set you have now, all in front of you.




jimbo_0002

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#6 8 years ago

You make a good point I guess I've got some speakers to mount then, would you recommend a sound using my current speakers or is onboard on the UD5 alright for them?




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#7 8 years ago

I haven't tried out sound on the UD5 myself. I'm using an X-Fi XtremeGamer, and it was quite a step up from the sound on my 750i FTW. Then again, I'm pretty picky when it comes to sound quality.




jimbo_0002

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#8 8 years ago

Alright thanks Daed, So all ready set my speakers up haha just need an extension for one speaker and its done I feel bad for how easy it was and that i hadn't done it yet. I might look into getting a sound card now too




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#9 8 years ago
Audioengine 2 they are a 2.0 set, I can get them for $250 Audioengine 2 (A2) Premium Powered Desktop Speakers

You are getting ripped off for $250. The THD is nice for a set of speakers, but nearly any 2 channel amp can do %.05 THD.

If you still have your mind set on a new set up, look at buying a separate amp and speakers. For under $200 you can get a far nicer setup.

Amp: Insignia™ - 200W 2.0 Channel Stereo Receiver - NS-R2001

Speakers: Newegg.com - Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Cherry) Pair

$190 for the setup which will blow away what you have right now along with that setup from Audioengine.

However I would suggest that you try out setting up your 5.1 system properly first.




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#10 8 years ago

These are by far THE most raved about in a 2.1 PC speaker set here and on other forums I've chatted on. They also have a 4.5/5 rating on Amazon with 1142 reviews: Amazon.com: Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer: Electronics

Considering the build list you mentioned in your "Goodies" thread and the scenario you described above, I wouldn't bother paying too much for ANY speaker set, esp if you're just using onboard sound. These will save you a ton of dough and sound very good from what I've read.

^, Klipsch sound pretty good, but the internal amps in their subs are very poorly cooled with no external heatsink, which has led to numerous failures within their PC speaker product line. Some claim it was mainly with the 5.1 sets, but I would still be very cautious. There are cases of some of their 2.1 set amps blowing due to overheating too.