The_Daedalus;4778785Less and a minute on Google, and:
He said good sound cards, not Creative sound cards.
@ Pilla .... the hell? @ Archaon: LOL, point. I like mine, the driver support is a bitch though.
haha go BS
Try ASUS or HT|Omega sound cards, from what I hear they are pretty good...if you get the speakers.
MrFancypants;4778665I'm thinking about new speakers too. The whole surround-thing is nice, but I don't see how I can distriubute 5 boxes around me without getting entangled in cables, so a 2.1 system looks like the best choice.
Does this 2.1 system of yours have an outlet for headphones?[/quote] It sure does, it's right on the wired volume remote.
The remote itself is actually pretty neat; it has knobs for both the main volume and the subwoofer, so you don't have to grope your subwoofer to adjust the bass.
I highly recommend this set. 200 Watts, THX-certified. Sounds nothing short of awesome with either music or movies/games. [quote=The_Daedalus;4778721]Forget both of those. If you're leaning towards the speakers, save yourself a lot of pain an just get a sound card for god's sake. I could tell the difference with shite 2.0 speakers, and I sure as hell can with 4.1. Admittedly, I have very good hearing, but I'm sure you'll notice a huge difference anyway.
You won't use half the crap on the card, but EAX in games is brilliant (adapts sound to emulate the given room i.e. will sound echoy in a VTOL, or building or whatever), and thank chriest for an EQ that actually works! Along with the Crystalizer and Bass boost/cut-off, it's seriously worth it. Please don't fool yourself into thinking your onboard sound can cut it. I have a 750i FTW with 7.1 support also, and my sound card kicks it from here to Wednesday.
I'm using an integrated laptop sound card with 2.1 and it sounds amazing in games.
Sgt. D. Pilla;4778619I am thinking speakers, I just love awesome sound...
My inclination was the speakers too, esp if you keep blowing the center on the set you have now. The rule of thumb "fix what's broken first" should be applied. If you really love awesome sound though, you owe it to yourself to get a dedicated sound card. You'll not be using the full potential of ANY good speaker set unless you do. If you do end up getting a sound card, I highly recommend the Razer Barracuda AC1. Currently you can get it for as low as $115 USD.
As for the speakers, personally I prefer the Creative Gigaworks S700 set I have over the Z5500's, but sadly the 560 Watt (260 of it to the 8" sub!) 5.1 original version I have is not made anymore and the 7.1 version costs quite a bit more than the Z5500s. In their price range the Z5500s are probably the best way to go though in a 5.1 set, and they do have hardware decoding built in.
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
If I had the cash, the LCD all the way.
Zamamee;4779175I'm using an integrated laptop sound card with 2.1 and it sounds amazing in games.
It may well do, but I guarantee it would sound better with a decent sound card. Even a Creative one. Of course whether that improvement is worth the cost is a personal judgement and if you're happy with your current audio performance then the answer is probably no.
Bs|Archaon;4779249It may well do, but I guarantee it would sound better with a decent sound card. Even a Creative one. Of course whether that improvement is worth the cost is a personal judgement and if you're happy with your current audio performance then the answer is probably no.
You're probably right. I've just been using integrated audio all my life and never had any issues. Although for my next build, I think I'm going to just go all out and get a good sound card.
Thanks guys. I'm going the speakers, but not for another 2 months or so, I've sent off for a replacement X530 speaker system since this is the third time I blew my center (I really should stop cranking it so much), Logitech said they would replace the entire set, good on 'em.
I have to hold off a few months because just this sunday gone (Yesterday) I spent 1500AUD$ on 1200W speaker setup, Sub (1200W), 2 amps, new stacker, the works, Expensive dice for a car, but meh, I had to show my car some love before my 5K$ rig lol