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I saw a nice and recommended deal on a set of 5.1 speakers at slickdeals.

http://m.slickdeals.net/forums/showt...6054&t=3140856

Does anyone know if that set of speakers paired with a budget receiver would beat my z5500 set and if its worth the upgrade?

Uses are for PC and movies/tv.

Thanks!
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I don't think so... those speakers don't look all that great. Not too bad for 100, but I'd keep just go with your Z5500's.
Edited by bfeng91 - 7/24/11 at 5:25pm
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I don't think so... those speakers don't look all that great. Not too bad for 100, but I'd keep just go with your Z5500's.
I concur.
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Uh. No. I'd actually buy it and compare both. I wouldn't be surpised at all if that Jamo beat it. It normally retailed for $300+. Don't be stupid here. Z5500 is overpriced trash.

That Jamo at that price is a steal.
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I don't think so... those speakers don't look all that great. Not too bad for 100, but I'd keep just go with your Z5500's.
Agreed.

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Uh. No. I'd actually buy it and compare both. I wouldn't be surpised at all if that Jamo beat it. It normally retailed for $300+. Don't be stupid here. Z5500 is overpriced trash.

That Jamo at that price is a steal.
Uh, no. Not these. Cheapie HITB sound worse than Z5500 honestly. And not as loud.
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Ive had both my own custom 2.0 set up with an amp (Monitor Audio BR2's driven by a Cambridge Audio 640A. I used the RCA output on my Xonar Essence STX to play my lossless ALAC & FLAC music through foobar which was configured to interface with the soundcard using ASIO.

And also a set of Z5500's using the optical output.

Sounded great, easily the best quality stereo set up Iv'e heard. But it cost me over £600/$1000 in total.

The question to ask yourself is: Will you really be able to appreciate the quality?

I say this because I feel that this sort of listening experience can only really be appreciated if you listen to "delicate" and "intricate" music.

I listen to blues, rock and metal... Most of which is not perfectly recorded to acheive the utmost clarity of each indiviual note and master track...

So this leads me to say that you must tailor your audio set up to your listening requirements. If you like classical music or lots of acoustic / ambient stuff then you will appreciate good sound quality. However if you are a metal head, you will probably appreiciate a good balance of power and quality, the balance being in favour of power and volume... this the Z5500's do brilliantly at.

Don't forget the ambient environment of the room itself as well. Recording studio's are designed to be completely flat and reverb free, this is so that the playback from the monitors is as close to what was originally recorded as possible. This won't be the case with 99.9% of peoples homes which is where you spend most of your time listening to music.

Therefore, no matter how high end your sound system may be, its still only as good as the acoustic properties of the room its in.

So if you like your music loud and want to 'feel' it as well as hear it, go for the balance in favour of power, get something powerful but still from a good manufacturer. Don't spend loads of money on speakers with the finest of silk dome tweeters and a woofer speaker for every range possible...

However if you do like the more 'delicate' end of the music spectrum, then you will appreciate a quality stereo system. Just don't go wild with spending unless you have an 'acoustically flat' room to put all the equipment in.

So taking all of that into consideration, I sold my custom set up and fell back on my Z5500's which are serving me well. Music sounds great, powerful and tight. Really what I was looking for before I fell into the bottomless money pit which is the custom audio arena.
Edited by The_Rocker - 7/28/11 at 9:42am
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I hope thats made things a bit clearer for you matey :-)
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Jamo may seem like a cheap brand but they make some pretty good speakers. Buy it and compare. The system seems like it's better than the Z5500(according to the specs)
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