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Originally Posted by MaxFTW;15574195 
frown.gif I thought a AV receiver was for extra sound and more fiddly stuff plus i dont have a good place to put a AV receiver :/

Need 5.1 as sound is very important in my game as it is when i have my music very loud

You're not going to get what you're after with PC speakers. Period.

Your budget won't allow a proper 5.1 setup, it probably won't cut it for a 2.1 either. You'd have to start with a good 2.0 setup and add a subwoofer later. Then later on, add the matching center and surrounds to it.

OR, you can see if you can find a HTIB. It'll be slightly over your budget I'm sure, but it'll be worth it. Again though, you'll need an AV Receiver (HTIB will come with one). Onkyo makes some solid HTIB setups for relatively cheap (the good ones start at about $400 USD here).
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;15574310 
You're not going to get what you're after with PC speakers. Period.

Your budget won't allow a proper 5.1 setup, it probably won't cut it for a 2.1 either. You'd have to start with a good 2.0 setup and add a subwoofer later. Then later on, add the matching center and surrounds to it.

OR, you can see if you can find a HTIB. It'll be slightly over your budget I'm sure, but it'll be worth it. Again though, you'll need an AV Receiver (HTIB will come with one). Onkyo makes some solid HTIB setups for relatively cheap (the good ones start at about $400 USD here).

Well i was hoping to get some decent speakers and then after that go with a full blown set up, Im just not satisfied with my current sound i get from these anymore.

Also, apparently prices for speakers in the US usually cost almost twice as much here oddly.

/E Just found this :3 http://www.petertyson.co.uk/ebuttonz/ebz_product_pages/pioneer_dcs590.shtml
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Originally Posted by MaxFTW;15574406 
Well i was hoping to get some decent speakers and then after that go with a full blown set up, Im just not satisfied with my current sound i get from these anymore.

Also, apparently prices for speakers in the US usually cost almost twice as much here oddly.

If you get just speakers for a proper setup, you won't have any way to power them. You have no amplifier or receiver (the x540's don't count, that "amp" won't power anything decent either).

I'd start out looking for a used receiver somewhere personally, and grab a good set of bookshelfs. Just 2.0, but it'll sound 100x better than the x540's do if you get the right stuff. You'll still get decent bass response from good bookshelfs too. You can then add a subwoofer and the other 3 speakers later.

That's just what I'd do personally. If you really do want to keep to PC Speakers, then find the Corsair speakers, the z5500, or the ProMedia's. Honestly none of them are really going to satisfy you though. Nothing "PC Speaker" is going to be a high quality speaker setup.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;15574464 
If you get just speakers for a proper setup, you won't have any way to power them. You have no amplifier or receiver (the x540's don't count, that "amp" won't power anything decent either).

I'd start out looking for a used receiver somewhere personally, and grab a good set of bookshelfs. Just 2.0, but it'll sound 100x better than the x540's do if you get the right stuff. You'll still get decent bass response from good bookshelfs too. You can then add a subwoofer and the other 3 speakers later.

That's just what I'd do personally. If you really do want to keep to PC Speakers, then find the Corsair speakers, the z5500, or the ProMedia's. Honestly none of them are really going to satisfy you though. Nothing "PC Speaker" is going to be a high quality speaker setup.

Can i add a amp to most speaker setups then?
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Can i add a amp to most speaker setups then?

Only passive speakers (aka, not PC speakers). Passive speakers NEED an amp to work, as there's not one built in.

Speakers in general NEED an amplifier of some kind to function. Your x540's have an amp (a weak amp, but an amp nonetheless). It's built into your "subwoofer" unit.

However proper, good sounding speakers will require the amplifier to be seperate. Whether its an actual amplifier or a receiver is up to you. A receiver is going to be about the only way you'll get 5.1 though.

There's also "powered monitors", but that's 2.0 only. You could add a subwoofer, but you could never make them 5.1. And if you add a subwoofer, you'll be limited to using Windows to control the volume.
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Oi, you can amp active speakers too!
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Oi, you can amp active speakers too!

Yeah, but why bother? Most of the time, active speakers have the amp matched properly with the drivers.
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