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Old February 19, 2008, 07:17 PM
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I'm doing a build for a friend who's got a somewhat unique setup for his system.

His condo is pre-wired for 5.1 audio using stereo RCA jacks which run to 4 corner "stands".

What he's looking for is a set of high-end computer speakers where the sattelites are fed from the sub via rca jacks so that he can just plug the o/p from the sub into the rca jacks and then pick it up at the corner stands.

He did some window shopping at Futureshop and expressed an interest in the high end logitech speakers (Z5500 I think) so he's not adverse to spending some coin on a decent set.

Any suggestions?

If you do have suggestions, do you know if they use RCA connections to the sattelites?

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Old February 19, 2008, 07:47 PM
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Pretty sure the Z5500s use normal speaker wire, unless theres newer revisions that use RCA. The Z5300 uses RCA jacks but they don't sound very good in comparison.

Perhaps there some kind of cable that goes from RCA to speaker wire?

To be honest though, my dad has the Z5500s and I have the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 and I much prefer the sound of my system than his. He has a CMedia OxygenHD based card though (HT OMEGA Claro) and I have the X-Fi which may also make some difference, but my Klipsch seem to have crisper/tighter sound.
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Old February 19, 2008, 07:53 PM
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Pretty sure the Z5500s use normal speaker wire, unless theres newer revisions that use RCA. The Z5300 uses RCA jacks but they don't sound very good in comparison.

Perhaps there some kind of cable that goes from RCA to speaker wire?

To be honest though, my dad has the Z5500s and I have the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 and I much prefer the sound of my system than his. He has a CMedia OxygenHD based card though (HT OMEGA Claro) and I have the X-Fi which may also make some difference, but my Klipsch seem to have crisper/tighter sound.
If we have to, we can always solder some RCA jacks onto the ends, but that seems an inelegant solution. (Although certainly worth doing if those speakers are indeed the best solution).

We've also considered the possiblity of him picking up a receiver to power standard home theater speakers but I'm thinking he'll get the best bang-for-buck out of computer speakers.

One of the other questions I had was reference to the ability of the logitechs to accept a Spdif digital signal either through optical or coax......

With this ability, would it be worth buying a stand-alone audio card (I'm pointing him towards the prelude), or would on-board be fine since it's outputting a digital signal rather than analog?
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To be honest though, my dad has the Z5500s and I have the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 and I much prefer the sound of my system than his. He has a CMedia OxygenHD based card though (HT OMEGA Claro) and I have the X-Fi which may also make some difference, but my Klipsch seem to have crisper/tighter sound.
That's the kind of input I'm looking for as well.

As per my last question up top, I'm leaning more towards using an analog signal for better sound quality, so suggestions on different speaker systems are greatly appreciated. (My first high(er)-end speakers were a set of Klipsch KG-4s.... :) ).
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If we have to, we can always solder some RCA jacks onto the ends, but that seems an inelegant solution. (Although certainly worth doing if those speakers are indeed the best solution).

We've also considered the possiblity of him picking up a receiver to power standard home theater speakers but I'm thinking he'll get the best bang-for-buck out of computer speakers.

One of the other questions I had was reference to the ability of the logitechs to accept a Spdif digital signal either through optical or coax......

With this ability, would it be worth buying a stand-alone audio card (I'm pointing him towards the prelude), or would on-board be fine since it's outputting a digital signal rather than analog?
I'd think you'd still want a sound card with DTS/DD upconverting so everything will be in digital 5.1 sound. The Z5500s do have optical, coax and analog inputs, so I guess that's a plus if he's using it for TV usage too and stuff.

Though on my HTPC I just use the onboard digital out to a HTIB via coax and that works fine since the HTPC is mainly just for movies which are all in 5.1 for the most part.

If he has the money though, a receiver and speakers/subwoofer along with some modified cables would probably get the best sound with the most inputs and upgradability. Even a decent HTIB or package deal might even be better. Like this: Future Shop: Audio: Receivers & CD Players: Sony 6.1 Channel HDMI Receiver (STRDG710) & Polk Audio Home Theatre Speaker System (RM6750) (First one I saw)

BTW, the ProMedia Ultras are rather hard to find (at least in Toronto) and they do have some amplifier issues, though mine was repaired under warranty.
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The Klipsch Ultra 5.1 and the Creative S750 (that's the 7.1 set, but the 5.1 set is the exact same, minus 2 speakers) were about equally matched as being the best computer speakers ever produced. Unfortunately, they're both discontinued now.

The Logitech Z-5500 are probably the best set of computer speakers still for sale, past that, you'd be looking at a stand-alone audio gear, which probably has a price ceiling higher than your friend is willing to spend.

If you end up attaching RCA jacks yourself, check out Canadian Tire (or similar) for wire if you need any, they sell it off of spools by the meter, and it's a far better deal than buying packaged speaker wire.
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I like the receiver option too...

Even a little package like this yamaha might work for $400

Future Shop: Audio: Home Theatre In A Box: Yamaha 5.1 Channel Home Theatre System (YHT280)=

Product Sheet http://www.yamaha.ca/av/PDFs/hometheatre/YHT280NPB.pdf
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Old February 22, 2008, 07:38 PM
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Just noticed Z5500s are $249 at FS....

Future Shop: Computer Add-Ons: Computer Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Digital Speaker System


edit: Z5500s at Tiger Direct for $179 after instand rebate.

Logitech Z-5500 THX Certified 5.1 500-watt Dolby Digital & DTS Hardware Decoding Speaker System 970115-0403 in Canada at TigerDirect.ca

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this all depends. if you basically want the best bang for your buck and don't mind some creative modding then teh Z-5500's are probably going to give you the best bang for your buck. However if you decide to go the speaker / reciever route i would save more money and invest in something better than the offering's from sony. My personal setup i quite like but was on the expensive side.
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