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I was going to get Logitech Z523 40 Watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System from newegg for $90, what sound card would i need to take full advantage of these, would xonar dx suffice? also are these good speakers?

if they suck, i could get these speakers also, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121044 or these, one of the 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836116049
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Xonar DG will be more than enough.
Logitech isnt really a speaker brand and the only 2.1 system they have that is worth buying(z623) is $130 and only scores about a 7 out of 10 in most reviews.

Its what im using, and while its far better than the average kit, for $10 more I could have gotten some Swan M10s or the Klipsch Pro-Media kit. Both of which are far better. One of those would actually have a use for a DX. If you are getting a z525 and a DX you are wasting the sound card.
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Any sound card, onboard is fine too.
Seriously, logitech isn't hi-fi in it's real sense wink.gif
    
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Originally Posted by Skiivari;15189843 
Any sound card, onboard is fine too.
Seriously, logitech isn't hi-fi in it's real sense wink.gif

I would agree that onboard is good enough, but I know for a fact that a DG will improve what are already mediocre speakers a fair bit. I almost cant use my z623 speakers with onboard sound compared to the DG.
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got a link to any of those? the ones ya listed?
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here is a m10 for $117, that includes 2 speakers and 1 subwoofer? http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=swan-m10&products_id=89

that klipsch one ya mentioned, how much for that, and is it better?
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$90 is way too much....I paid $50 and I think they're worth that.
     
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Should be able to find them at Best Buy for ~150 but it's common for them to be on sale for 99-120. I've had mine for I think around 4 years now and still love them. Using onboard audio works fine as well.

They seem kind of hard to get right now for some reason.
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Originally Posted by thrgk;15190111 
here is a m10 for $117, that includes 2 speakers and 1 subwoofer? http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=swan-m10&products_id=89

that klipsch one ya mentioned, how much for that, and is it better?

I think the klipsch kit is a little better than the M10s, but that seems to vary depending on who you talk to. I know the fact that the volume knob on the M10 is on the woofer indicates there may be some crossover so I was leaning for the klipsch speakers before reality got in the way and I had to settle for the z623s.

I would get the klipsch ones if you can afford them, and if you can swing $30 for a DG you will not be disappointed. Onboard gets the job done, but I see no reason to spend $100+ on speakers and then not get the most out of them.

At work I have a Xonar DX in a P67 rig and a set of Swan D1080MkII08 speakers and I experimented to see how much of a difference the card really makes. I brought my DG to work, plugged it in to the computer, and tried to watch a TRON blu ray. Sounded great and didnt lose any range.
Using the onboard I was loosing bass and mid range constantly and there was quite a bit of high missing here and there. The sound of the thrusters in the Recognizers and most of the loud effects in the movie would just cut out or be horribly distorted. On speakers that are worth buying, not having a sound card means you might as well have bought lower end speakers.
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think this is a good buy? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Klipsch-Promedia-2-1-THX-Computer-Speaker-System-/280748563539?pt=PCA_Speakers&hash=item415deb1c53#ht_2796wt_1163

he has a few sets for sale, think buy his, or buy $150?
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