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I'm not sure what you truly want but if you just want a cheap 5.1 setup you can always buy an onkyo HT-3300. I got mine for close to $300 and it's doing the job really well for my computer setup (also much better than anything creative offers and please don't let the fanboys try to tell you differently). Then you can use the rest for a decent sound card or external dac and save the rest or spend it on something else.

Also I honestly don't see a point in headphones if you have your own house and can turn up your 5.1 system without worrying about bothering anyone. I would gladly sell my $1800 pair of modified Denons and use my onkyo setup if I didn't live in an apartment and could actually turn my speakers up.

It's nice and all to have a great pair of headphones but speakers, especially in your situation, are such a more involving experience.
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I'm not sure what you truly want but if you just want a cheap 5.1 setup you can always buy an onkyo HT-3300. I got mine for close to $300 and it's doing the job really well for my computer setup (also much better than anything creative offers and please don't let the fanboys try to tell you differently). Then you can use the rest for a decent sound card or external dac and save the rest or spend it on something else.

Also I honestly don't see a point in headphones if you have your own house and can turn up your 5.1 system without worrying about bothering anyone. I would gladly sell my $1800 pair of modified Denons and use my onkyo setup if I didn't live in an apartment and could actually turn my speakers up.

It's nice and all to have a great pair of headphones but speakers, especially in your situation, are such a more involving experience.
I would only recommend a home theater in a box if he's listening solely to movies - he'll get much better performance in music with a 2.0/2.1 setup with some nice active monitors.
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I would only recommend a home theater in a box if he's listening solely to movies - he'll get much better performance in music with a 2.0/2.1 setup with some nice active monitors.
Really? So you wouldn't recommend a 5.1 setup even if he's playing games? Sure you'd get better musical accuracy with a 2.1 setup but at what cost? He is using it equally for gaming and music so you have to keep that in mind.

To the OP, I'd highly recommend getting a 5.1 setup if you're gaming as you get so much more immersed in whatever you're playing. I mean you have a great video card setup so wouldn't you want to use it to it's potential and be completely immersed? Or would you rather spend most of your money getting a decent 2.1 setup that will only half-ass immerse you in your gaming?

If you have the money I would probably get both but if you aren't an audiophile like mr iceman then it probably wouldn't be too big of a deal if you get a 5.1 setup. Like I said in a previous post I'd rather use my cheap onkyo 5.1 HTIB than my $1800 pair of Denon headphones.

Also keep in mind that people buy active monitors for an accurate and faithful reproduction of sound. The people that usually buy those are interested in producing and mixing music. I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for but just giving you a heads up.

Anyways I hope you make the right decision. $600 is a big chunk of money to spend so you have a ton of options.
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Really? So you wouldn't recommend a 5.1 setup even if he's playing games? Sure you'd get better musical accuracy with a 2.1 setup but at what cost? He is using it equally for gaming and music so you have to keep that in mind.

To the OP, I'd highly recommend getting a 5.1 setup if you're gaming as you get so much more immersed in whatever you're playing. I mean you have a great video card setup so wouldn't you want to use it to it's potential and be completely immersed? Or would you rather spend most of your money getting a decent 2.1 setup that will only half-ass immerse you in your gaming?

If you have the money I would probably get both but if you aren't an audiophile like mr iceman then it probably wouldn't be too big of a deal if you get a 5.1 setup. Like I said in a previous post I'd rather use my cheap onkyo 5.1 HTIB than my $1800 pair of Denon headphones.

Also keep in mind that people buy active monitors for an accurate and faithful reproduction of sound. The people that usually buy those are interested in producing and mixing music. I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for but just giving you a heads up.

Anyways I hope you make the right decision. $600 is a big chunk of money to spend so you have a ton of options.
I see you've gotten upset of my post for some reason, not sure why.

Anyways, yes, I would not recommend a 5.1 setup for this budget. He will be making big sacrifices - I know you like your Onkyo setup but HTIB usually aren't the best quality. This sentiment is common in ALL respected audio communites, even ones that focus on home theater rather than music.

You need to determine if positional cues are important to you or not. If FPS games are extremely important to you, you won't get the best positional clues from 2.1. But I can tell you, once you hear them sing with music, and the soundstage comes together you will never regret not going 5.1 (I didn't and I game as well). You make it seems as if active studio monitors will sound BAD because they faithfully reproduce music. If you feed them crap, yes, they won't reward you for it. But I can tell you that they will sound amazing, and I think that the many users of Swans, Audioengine, Adam, and Genelec on these forums would agree.
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Actually not at all - Denons are high sensitivity and low impedance. I can drive mine directly from an ipod or the like to full listening volume.
I meant to their full potential, sorry I wasn't clear.
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lol i dont like listening to anything directly out of an ipod. i much prefer using a line out device to an amp (like the ALO Rx, which is what i have atm and i love it.) basically the ipod amp sucks.

back on topic:
head-fi.org may be worth checking out. just go into the speaker section of the forums.

some other places you may want to go
http://audioengineusa.com/
http://aloaudio.com/
http://www.nuforce.com/hp/

lots of places to go. i would start with head-fi and see what the flavor of the month is for desktop speakers.
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Head-fi is actually pretty bad for speakers - hardly any informations. I would try Audioholics or AVS forums if you want some second opinions.
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600usd for 2.1 ? AHAHAHAHAHAHA i prefer to loose 600usd on poker !!!
    
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I'm actually shopping for the same thing and have settled on yamaha hs80m is that helps
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600usd for 2.1 ? AHAHAHAHAHAHA i prefer to loose 600usd on poker !!!
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