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Old July 27, 2007, 04:34 PM
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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.
Klipsch sub's eat amplifiers at an alarming rate. They are discontinued due to the high failure rate. I never said they sounded bad. I said they were very unreliable. The Z-680 sounds better than the Z-5500. Same thing, I never said it was top dog, I just said it was excellent and dependable. Creative used Cambridge Soundworks speakers and they are highly rated as well, just overpriced. As for the Logitech having a sloppy sub, you must not have ever heard the Z-680 sub in person. Hits very hard and is very accurate as long as you don't try to get too much from it. I have personally owned the 3 sets I talked about, have you?

As for replacing the satellites completely, why bother unless you go with a better amp as well. These dedicated PC sound systems serve their purpose, but if you are gonna spend the money then it would be a waste to just add different satellites to one.
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Old July 27, 2007, 04:43 PM
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The sound card also plays a very large part in the over all sound of your PC sound system. The modern soundcards available now are a large step over what was available previously.
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Old July 28, 2007, 03:33 AM
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Klipsch sub's eat amplifiers at an alarming rate. They are discontinued due to the high failure rate. I never said they sounded bad. I said they were very unreliable. The Z-680 sounds better than the Z-5500. Same thing, I never said it was top dog, I just said it was excellent and dependable. Creative used Cambridge Soundworks speakers and they are highly rated as well, just overpriced. As for the Logitech having a sloppy sub, you must not have ever heard the Z-680 sub in person. Hits very hard and is very accurate as long as you don't try to get too much from it. I have personally owned the 3 sets I talked about, have you?

As for replacing the satellites completely, why bother unless you go with a better amp as well. These dedicated PC sound systems serve their purpose, but if you are gonna spend the money then it would be a waste to just add different satellites to one.
Don't know how to guage the reliability of any of the systems, I haven't had any personally fail on me, and if you check the forums of the comparies, they all contain horror stories.

We're obviously going to disagree on the quality of the Z-680 sub, I have owned all 3 systems at different points in time, currently using a quality set of Grado cans, couldn't bring my collection of speakers to my current location.

As for replacing stock satellites... maybe because it sounds better? Satellites packed with 5.1 computer systems are worth about $20 each, replacing them with a set of $100/each satellites makes an obvious difference. Sure, they'd be improved by some degree by running them through a $200 stereo reciever, but then you lose the 5.1 effect, and are spending further money.

Edit: There were 2 different Klipsch 5.1 models, the THX had an admitted amp problem, for which they extended the warranty before discontinuing them, the Ultra had no similar problem.

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Old July 28, 2007, 03:57 PM
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there were also two versions of the 4.1's. The v4-200 or whatever it's called aka 1st generation (the one I have), lacked all kinds of things the 4.1 2nd gen had. One major thing was I believe the sub/amp 2nd was a power button on the controller. Leaving my speakers on all the time, which in turn leaves the sub powered on i'm sure isn't too good for it.

Also I do have a decent soundcard....I just don't have room in this "upgrade" to use it (there's not enough room to put it in without sitting literally on top/under? of my videocard), that card? A Creative Audigy 2 ZS.

Also reading back.....it was the Z680's were the ones i believe i was thinking of not the 5xx i said.

Ha, my 1st 4.1 speaker set I had were Cambridge Soundworks. those things in comparison to what I have now are garbage. I'm talking the very old ones.
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