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I am currently using the Logitech Z313 2.1 speaker system and a Logitech Premium Notebook headset. (I downgraded from a Logitech Z5300-e after moving into an apartment - I loved that set) My girlfriend is going to receive my hand-me-down Z313 system after we move and I am looking for a replacement of better quality. I would prefer a 2.0 or 2.1 system as I won't have room to arrange the speakers in a true surround format. I am also looking for a new headset and have a very specific preference - that it be supra-aural. I do not like headsets that cover the entire ear or sit on top of your head. I do not require audiophile caliber sound quality, I only seek a setup that will accommodate gaming audio proficiently. My budget is flexible, but I am not looking at enthusiast-grade equipment, so lets say under $100 and $50 tentatively for the speaker system and headset, respectively.

Any recommendations for either would be greatly appreciated.

Current Setup
Speakers - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121034
Headset - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104024
iAudio - Realtek ALC892

Thanks
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post #2 of 21
For speakers, adding a little more money can get you these
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/produ...products_id=89
Which will sound many times better than any Logitech setup.

I'll have to look into headsets that don't rest on the head.
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Thanks for the suggestion.

The sound caliber from quality Logitech units is more than satisfactory to me. I do not require precision sound, just quality game and multimedia sound. I am primarily trying to avoid lemon units that sound like garbage.

My girlfriend has a G330 headset. Its audio quality sounds great to me, but the headset causes discomfort after prolonged use. (An issue I do not have with my current headset) - Ideally my headset replacement would be as comfortable as my current set but with more robust sound.
    
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I listened to this set of speakers at Microcenter and thought they rocked, opinions? I fear they may be a bit heavy-handed for my intended use, given that they lack bass control.



Also, I'm still looking for suggestions on both units
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Eh, never heard of them personally, but if you like them they're certainly cheap enough. Also, if you opted for those speakers you could pickup a decent sound card with the remaining budget. Pick up a nifty little xonar sound card for Dolby Headphone on your headset.

As for a supra aural headset...hmmm... let me rifle around

Koss portapro KSC75 with zalman clipon

edit: I cant tell if the portapros are friggin behind the head or not. They look like some sort of torture device.
Edited by Shredicus - 7/23/11 at 9:44pm
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I'm still looking, could use more input.
    
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Also, regarding sound cards... I've used the Creative Soundblaster Audigy SE 7.1 and X-Fi XtremeGamer models in the past and did not really notice a significant difference in sound quality on my Z-5300e set. Would any sub-$100 sound cards be a significant step up from the Realtek ALC892 iAudio? (Eyeballing a refurbed XtremeGamer or Xonar DX)
    
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post #8 of 21
That Eagle thing is trash. Avoid it.

Swan M10's are solid.
Klipsh ProMedia's are also solid.
You could go custom with $130 for 2.0, and have room for upgrades too.

Avoid Logicrap at all expenses. The Creative Inspire T3130 will sound better, and its only $50.
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I challenge the Logitech haters to listen to the Z313 and find a better value in the sub $40 segment

Also, the T3130 looks like it'll be a step down in terms of power... I really like the Z313, so ideally I'd like something that delivers the same or more power while improving quality. I think that I'm leaning toward a 2.1 setup or a powerful 2.0.

Danke for the suggestions, Pio.
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I challenge the Logitech haters to listen to the Z313 and find a better value in the sub $40 segment

Also, the T3130 looks like it'll be a step down in terms of power... I really like the Z313, so ideally I'd like something that delivers the same or more power while improving quality. I think that I'm leaning toward a 2.1 setup or a powerful 2.0.

Danke for the suggestions, Pio.
Power doesn't mean anything when its dirty power. The Creatives will get just as loud, and they'll be cleaner doing it.
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