Originally Posted by Zero4549
Umm... no? His X-Fi can power any mainstream 7.1 setup. You only need a receiver if you're using hi-fi monitors for your surround setup, which would be orders of magnitude greater in price than what i imagine he's aiming for here, trying to build a 4.2 out of hard-wired 2.1 Phillips low-end sets
The OP seems like he is on a quest to get more sound, and doing what he is wanting to do, is going to give more sound, but there is a much, much better way to go about it. But it either takes spending money now, or over time.
Some people seem to not know there are other options then the small PC speaker sets for sale everywhere. If right now is all you can do, and do not have the patience, to build, or desire for great sound, then the small pc speakers are for you. I myslef would rather save some money, and buy quality equipment over time.
I'm just saying that a receiver is always the best way to go, if you are wanting decent sound. Buy a refurb or second hand denon or onkyo, for under 100$ and start there. Soon you can spend a little money on some decent front speakers, that will play under 200hz, all the way down to 60 HZ or so without a sub.
Your right though, sometimes I get carried away. I just hate to see people build this kind of stuff when there are such better options. To me sound is just as important as gameplay or graphics for certain types of games. With BF3, I'll play it more just for the sound then anything else. That game really draws you in with a decent sound setup, and it blows your mind with a quality one.
I do understand though that not everyone is like me, and for them PC speakers are great, and get the job done just fine. It took me time to get my system where it's at now. and some want it now and can't wait.
In all honesty I have never bought PC speakers, and sometimes kind of forget they exist when I comment on some peoples speaker setups in here. I was on the audio forums so long, and no one ever mentions anything about PC speakers there.