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Old January 11, 2012, 03:57 AM
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I want to buy a high quality 5.1 sound system for my computer.Price is not the point.
Also,i have asus p8z68vpro/gen3 motherboard so if required suggest a high quality sound card also if needed.
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Old January 11, 2012, 09:29 AM
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If you are going with a discrete 5.1 receiver and speakers, you use the SPDIF connector from your mobo and a sound card is not required as the receiver's DAC does the sound processing. Some of the higher end "computer speaker" sets like the Logitech Z906 also have the onboard processor. To be honest, if I was spending $3-400 on a computer speaker set, I think I'd just get a HTIB set like this Onkyo one. Onkyo HT-S3400 660W 5.1 Channel Stereo Receiver & Speaker Package TrueHD DD+ DTS-HD 4XHDMI Black - ONKYO - HT-S3400(B)
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Old January 11, 2012, 09:40 AM
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When you say price is not the point.. do you mean unlimited budget??

Do you want to spend $300 or $2000? or $20,000? If you give us a price range, we'll be able to help..

As SugarJ noted, if you're going to get a receiver, use either COAX or toslink out, that way you can use onboard sound, instead of wasting a sound card. A sound card is only necessary if you're connected to it by analog to some computer speakers or headphones.

Let us know a price range!
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My price range is $300
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I think these would be a decent choice: Edifier S550 5.1 Speaker Set 280W RMS Black Wired Remote with LCD Display - EDIFIER - S550

Or these: Logitech Z906 Digital 5.1 Speakers 500W RMS Black Analog Coax Optical Remote Control - Logitech - 980-000467 but if I recall, they aren't as good as the Z-5500's they replace.
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If they're not as good then they must be pretty bad..

Unless you don't really care about sound quality, in that case the Z-5500 are great
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Well for $300, most HTIB's are going to sound pretty awful too, and take up considerably more space due to the receiver.

It's a shame Klipsch killed off their PC audio solutions basically. My ProMedia Ultra 5.1's are pretty nice.
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Well for $300, most HTIB's are going to sound pretty awful too, and take up considerably more space due to the receiver.

It's a shame Klipsch killed off their PC audio solutions basically. My ProMedia Ultra 5.1's are pretty nice.
This is true. They do offer the PM 2.1 still which sound fantastic.

Does squeetard still have his klipsch 5.1 for sale? That would be a perfect buy for OP

edit: Klipsch Pro Media Ultra 5.1 & Apple iPhone 3GS 16gb
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or these if you just wanna 2.1 it.

5.1 is nice if you can actually set it up nicely otherwise its a wiring nightmare.
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5.1 is nice if you can actually set it up nicely otherwise its a wiring nightmare.
Completely true, I have an Onkyo HT system, you just connect the optical output from the mobo to it and you select the modes from the receiver. Me, I found that DTS Movies/Music worked best for me. And of course the wiring is a nightmare and of course if you want to watch a movie at 10 pm you really need to consider headphones. For the moment the system is in a box, I really enjoy it much more just with my headphones, will get myself a used Audigy 2 ZS and game on.
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