Originally Posted by ljason8eg
Show me one review done on the Z5500 that was performed by someone who has a history of reviewing audio. They're all done by computer/tech websites that are comparing them to more junky speakers. They get high marks for LOL LOUD BASS!!!!!!!!!
What are "computer speakers" anyway? Nowadays with motherboards all coming with optical out, just about any audio equipment will easily work with a PC.
My definition of computer speakers are just that - speakers you use for your computer. If someone does not want to blow a ton of money on a set of speakers/sub/receiver, etc the Z series from Logitech are pretty much some of the best you will be able to get for strictly computer usage piped out from just a sound card.
I never said that they are the best you can get for this sort of thing, however if budget is a factor and you want a simple set of GOOD speakers with out needing to use an amp/digital connections it does the job very well. Also if gaming is a factor and you plan on using an X-Fi for all the gaming effects, eax, etc then a good set of analogue speakers are perfect.
I would never suggest buying a set of either the Z2300's, or Z5500's if your going to use the computer as a HTPC. For that I would go with an ATI card with HDMI out that can bitstream Dolby HD, and DTS HD MA, and LPCM. OR an Auzentech HDMI sound card to a receiver. This is why I love my laptop, the HD 5730 bitstreams everything out perfectly to my HT receiver.
In the end it depends on what your going to be doing with your computer, your budget, etc.