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Old June 29, 2007, 12:13 PM
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Thanks, I'll give that a try.

I'm surprised that it isn't a standard option for one of the O/P on all computer sound cards and yeah.... I knew from the get go what overdriving the I/P would likely do and the speakers (second hand, but a kickass set of mission 770's ) didn't even last 3 months..... :( .
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Old July 1, 2007, 11:13 AM
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Improper leveling also ruins your sound quality. Let me know if that application works for you. It looks great and the small time I used it, the program seemed perfect for what you were asking. You could set it and lock it or you could set limits. This way your son can turn it up and down BUT never over the limit you set. Very slick indeed. Actually volume and fader levels are a concern for me and other X-Meridian owners as our cards produce hotter signals then alot of other soundcards. Actually double of what a regular soundcard puts out. It is a carefully monitored setting on my card.
Perhaps I will set up that Volume lock myself.
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Old July 1, 2007, 10:09 PM
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Audiophile here,
Youre looking at the best 5.1 speaker system you can get for a pc. Possibly the best computer sound system period. It has analog ins, a digital coaxial input and digital optical input. The system puts out over 500watts rms of power, most of which is from its massive 10' subwoofer (approx 280 watts i believe). The ONLY reason i dont have these is because i have no wall/stand space to put the satellites. Instead, i bought the 5500's little brother, the Z2200 (not to be confused with the newer, less powerful z2300). Same front speakers as the 5500, similiar sub (small power amp) but the same amazing sound quality and power. The logitech Z series is the way to go for your computer audio needs (and in my case, lustful desires, lol).
Used to be that I'd vehemently dispute the claim of these speakers being the best computer speakers available, but since the Klipsch and Creative 5.1/7.1 sets are both discontinued, there isn't really anything of audiophile quality remaining on the multimedia speaker market.

A couple of bookshelves with a stereo reciever will destroy the Z-5500 in sound quality for the same price, and home built speakers will easily best them in terms of bass or SPL, but looking at a combination of price, ease-of use, volume and surround capability, the Z-5500 speakers do pretty well.

I'll still happily dispute the value of Monster cable though, it's far cheaper to buy low guage reels of cables from a hardware store.
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Old July 25, 2007, 02:14 PM
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I dunno. I'm partial to klipsch. horn tweeters my man, you won't blow those even if your tried. Not saying the logitech's aren't nice. (the z-560's were THE set to have, the 5500's are as some say the lesser of the two).

Going to klipsch's site though..shows all their 5.1's as discontinued :( Who the hell wants a 2.0/2.1 anymore? Oh well.

Also i'm with you Mars.
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Old July 26, 2007, 10:18 AM
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Have a look at these:
Edifier S5.1 5.1 Speaker System 6.1 Expandable 8 Inch Subwoofer 240W Rms - DirectCanada


You may want to find a shop that sells them locally because the are over 100lbs and the shipping will kill you...
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Old July 26, 2007, 06:22 PM
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Logitech Z-680's>Z-5500's>Klipsch. The Klipsch have the best satellites, but they have a horrible design for the sub and it has a short amplifier life. The Z-680's sub sounds better than the Z-5500's, less muddling and it is just clearer. I have had my Z-680's for 2 1/2 years with no problems so far. I added some 1" automotive tweeters to the fronts and center and that sure made a big difference.

I haven't heard the Edifier's, but I have a set of the Edifier S2.1D on my wife's PC and they are amazing, especiall considering the price. If I ever changed my Z-680's I'd try those Edifier's.
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Old July 27, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Logitech Z-680's>Z-5500's>Klipsch. The Klipsch have the best satellites, but they have a horrible design for the sub and it has a short amplifier life. The Z-680's sub sounds better than the Z-5500's, less muddling and it is just clearer. I have had my Z-680's for 2 1/2 years with no problems so far. I added some 1" automotive tweeters to the fronts and center and that sure made a big difference.
Well, that's pretty much completely opposite from my experiences. What's so bad about the Klipsch sub? If you listen to any actual high-end equipment, the Klipsch sound is by far the most similar, while the Z-680 sub is all over the place.

The Creative S750 (and the 5.1 system minus 2 sattelites) had the best satellites of any computer speaker system, but it was discontinued some time ago. The sub was quite nice too, not as much power as the Klipsch, but not nearly as sloppy as the Logitech series.

For anyone who's looking to replace computer system sattelites with higher end stuff, I've recommended a pair of Boston Acoustics CR-67 bookshelves to a few people, and they've loved the results. Make sure to demo them instore first.
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i've always had this idea fo hooking my pc up to my reference series klipsch but.....then i'd have nothin' for the tv upstairs....wonder if i can con the wi....i mean talk the wife into another 5.1 setup. LOL right.
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i've always had this idea fo hooking my pc up to my reference series klipsch but.....then i'd have nothin' for the tv upstairs....wonder if i can con the wi....i mean talk the wife into another 5.1 setup. LOL right.
While hooking up real pricey systems to computers is fun, it definately shows off the weaknesses of most consumer sound cards.
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Old July 27, 2007, 04:00 PM
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True, some of the newer soundcards can show of the weaknesses of your speaker system aswell.
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