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best computer surround sound system $1000 and under

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I'm looking to hook it up to my laptop, a brand new dell xps. I had a logitech z 5500 for a few years that recently died on me. It really had incredible sound, but as long as I need to buy something new I want to try and upgrade if I can. Some say the $1000 bang and olufsen beolab 4 speakers are great, but only relevant in a professional application. Also, it has been said that they seriously lack bass because they have no woofer (some serious qualms for a $1000 setup). Again, I wouldn't mind going with the z 5500 again, but I really want to make sure whatever I get winds up being the best.
Thanks.
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Also, is the logitech z906 better than the z5500?
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How big is the workspace? Your looking for multimedia or home theatre setup?

Velodyne BassMatrix-10 Subwoofer
Audioengine A5 Powered Bookshelf Speakers
Edited by Spooony - 6/6/11 at 6:15pm
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Do you really need a 5.1 setup? I would suggest investing money in a very good 2.1 setup. Find some good bookshelf speakers ( $400-$600 ), a good stereo receiver ( $200-$400 ), and a nice sub ($200-$400). I garuantee that a setup like this will get you a much better sound than any 5.1 system that you buy in a box. Of course it will require a little more research and time, you will feel much better about your speakers/sound. I recently just grabbed a pair of B & W 685's and the quality is amazing. paired with a decent stereo receiver/ amplifier, (Rotel, Onkyo, Nad ) you will start hearing music/movies/audio like never before. Another benefit of buying each component separately is that it allows for easy upgrades down the road, not to mention that quality audio products have great resale value. A setup similar to this is also pretty universal and adaptable, just throw on a converter to plug into your laptop for that. Or connect your CD player, DVD player, TV, Computer, speakers, headphones, etc to the receiver and switch inputs with the touch of a button. I know I am really hyping 2.1 setups a lot, but I really believe you will get so much more bang (pun intended) out of your buck this way.
    
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