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well im abou to move in a week and my whole philosophy was when i move ill get a surround sound system and enjoy my movies like i used to years back when i had a sound system.

Well im moving into a small basement apartment where im not sure surround sound is going to be ideal no matter what size i get so im on the fences between keeping my Promedia 2.1 klipsch speakers and possibly upgrading the soundcard, adding 2 front speakers and receiver for stereo (like i currently have now...just better), or a surround sound like the klipsch hdt500 or boston acoustic/denon bundle)

My question is will i notice an improvement in sound if i keep my current speakers (promedia 2.1) and add a decent sound card that does dolby, and DTS? Or would i only see the improvement if i used fiber optic for those formats?
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more speakers is always an improvement but if you are just transferring connections to a card you physically cant tell (unless its a cheap card)
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I think you will get better sound with a low end 5.1. Have you looked at Onkyo HTIB's? Usually find them for a good price.
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The thing I found when switching from a 2.1 analogue jack system to a JVC 5.1 toslink (fiber) system was that the audio fidelity was far crisper. Given the speakers were a tad more expensive, but audio wise, it was pretty clear. I do not suggest getting a JVC system tho. After the first year (right after) the LED screen on the receiver died and of course... out of warranty. My cousin had the same system and because he was at home a lot, his screen died about 3 weeks sooner than mine did.

If it were me, I would start small with a starter sound system and invest in a decent sound card that does Dolby and DTS. When you move to a bigger place in the future, lay down for a good receiver and speakers.

Just my thoughts....

Oh, utter geekdom was when my cousin fixed his screen by re-wiring and old gameboy screen to the receiver. I wish I had skills like that lol!
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If I get a card with Dolby or dts will I be takig advantage of that with speakers over a stereo jack 3.5mm or is that only recognizable through optical?
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UMMM, not sure what you guys are talking about. On cheaper speakers (less than a few bills) a sound card will give you 0 benefit. Your system will will decode or pass DTS to your speaker/receiver whichever you choose. All you need is speakers, toss a budget to us .

After a quick google the klipsch looks to be about $400, you would also need a receiver (not a sound card) so add $300. I will suggest one of these HTIB for about the same price. HDMI to Onkyo then out to the TV, no s/pdif cable (coax or toslink). You will also be able to upgrade the speakers eventually if you feel you need to.

Edit - again sound card will give you no added value.
Edited by hick - 5/10/11 at 8:05pm
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your correct... but would it add to my already existing Klipsch promedia 2.1 computer speaker setup.. The quintet idea was one thrown out there in the event i decided to go dedicated surround sound which then i would team them with the pioneer 1021 receiver... i get a discount so retail prices do not play a role here. Nor does a budget... because im not asking for suggestions... more or less just for advice.
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UMMM, not sure what you guys are talking about. On cheaper speakers (less than a few bills) a sound card will give you 0 benefit. Your system will will decode or pass DTS to your speaker/receiver whichever you choose. All you need is speakers, toss a budget to us .

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Edit - again sound card will give you no added value.
this.

so many people seem to think having a sound card that decodes dd/dts is something special, they are lossy formats, and if you use optical/coax as your main connection then you hav eto have everything encoded to it on the fly... fail imo.

stick with the analogue connections unless you get a reciever with hdmi, especially if your playing blu rays as then you can pass the lossless audio from them straight to the reciever over hdmi
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this.

so many people seem to think having a sound card that decodes dd/dts is something special, they are lossy formats, and if you use optical/coax as your main connection then you hav eto have everything encoded to it on the fly... fail imo.

stick with the analogue connections unless you get a reciever with hdmi, especially if your playing blu rays as then you can pass the lossless audio from them straight to the reciever over hdmi
His onboard cant pass lossless (DTS_HD/TrueHD) but it can pass DTS/Dobly Digital.
But what he said/.
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