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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I am looking at upgrading my audio set up. For the speaker side of it I was completely set on the Corsair SP2500, unfortunately there is no way to buy them here in New Zealand so I was hoping someone could tell me what another good choice would be, something with similar features and power.

As far as sound cards go, I am only using the on board realtek 889 chip which I am very unhappy with, but I have no idea about how to find a good card so I am looking for help with this also

Final note, my budget is open, I have no price limit.
post #2 of 14
What are you wanting to listen to/do, and across how many speaker channels?
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post #3 of 14
Open budget why are u settling for boxed pc speakers Hit a nice stereo/power amp, bookshelf or floor standers and a high end 10-12" sub hehe Am sure NZ has some hifi/audio hardware shops/retailers?
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Thread Starter 
well the SP2500 is a 2.1 and I will probably be playing games (bf3 being one) and music with the odd movie aswell. I am wanting something powerful but also very crisp and clear
post #5 of 14
Hmm drop by forums like AVS/Whathifi for really musically inclined audio set up suggestions if you have the $$ hehe
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post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
ok, i am still looking at getting a pc speaker set up as I already have my 7.2 channel bluray home theatre in the room for most movies and music
post #7 of 14
Soundcard/receiver/passive speakers.

Best way to go over a boxed speaker setup imo...especially if your budget is...unlimited.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
well start me off on a good sound card
post #9 of 14
Errm.
Xonar Essence STX or SB Titanium HD.

Is this mostly music or gaming or bit of both?
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by mongoloid View Post
Errm.
Xonar Essence STX or SB Titanium HD.

Is this mostly music or gaming or bit of both?
STX often gets criticized for not being able to handle games as well as the Titanium HD, but it sounds pretty great to me.

Also, I have a STX/Rec/Passive set-up. Its definitely the way to go if you have a higher budget.
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