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meh. HDMI -> receiver any day. People spend all this money on sound cards.

Receivers normally don't have surround sound DSPs (Yamaha's 'Silent Cinema' the exception) nor do many people have the cash for a decent receiver and what's the point of a receiver if you aren't gonna use most of the features.

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I don't personally really need it, but that's beautiful! I wonder how much it'll be. I'm think $150-250 range.
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Receivers normally don't have surround sound DSPs (Yamaha's 'Silent Cinema' the exception) nor do many people have the cash for a decent receiver and what's the point of a receiver if you aren't gonna use most of the features.

Well in all fairness....my Yamaha RX467 sounds better than any sound card I've had, and it sounds AMAZING which cost a whole 260 brand new from American. To put that in perspective people pay 150ish for a sound card then more than likely spend close to 200-300 for, as from what I've seen, some Logitech Z series speakers that cost an arm and a leg for how small the satellites are.

You can get 4 polk audio R150's for about 200 bucks and you dont' even need a subwoofer since they already put out a really good amount of base. Buy a center channel for like another 150 and you're essentially spending just as much on superior audio equipment in the end.

Now obviously you know more about audio equipment (I'm not trying to make that sound like I'm being a smart ass) but I'm essentially right no? Your speakers only sound as good as the source they come from and likewise. I sure as hell wouldn't want to be spending over 100 bucks for an audio card only to have the selection of speakers available to pc's, especially since it's mostly Logitech that dominates that part.
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Well in all fairness....my Yamaha RX467 sounds better than any sound card I've had, and it sounds AMAZING which cost a whole 260 brand new from American. To put that in perspective people pay 150ish for a sound card then more than likely spend close to 200-300 for, as from what I've seen, some Logitech Z series speakers that cost an arm and a leg for how small the satellites are.
You can get 4 polk audio R150's for about 200 bucks and you dont' even need a subwoofer since they already put out a really good amount of base. Buy a center channel for like another 150 and you're essentially spending just as much on superior audio equipment in the end.
Now obviously you know more about audio equipment (I'm not trying to make that sound like I'm being a smart ass) but I'm essentially right no? Your speakers only sound as good as the source they come from and likewise. I sure as hell wouldn't want to be spending over 100 bucks for an audio card only to have the selection of speakers available to pc's, especially since it's mostly Logitech that dominates that part.

This

There aren't many (if any) PC speakers decent enough for a high end sound card like that, and the next step up from that is a setup with a receiver and your own speakers.

Such cards are great for nice headphones, but pairing this with most PC speakers is really a waste of money.
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FUDGE! I just bought a Zonar essence STX frown.gif
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Well in all fairness....my Yamaha RX467 sounds better than any sound card I've had, and it sounds AMAZING which cost a whole 260 brand new from American. To put that in perspective people pay 150ish for a sound card then more than likely spend close to 200-300 for, as from what I've seen, some Logitech Z series speakers that cost an arm and a leg for how small the satellites are.
You can get 4 polk audio R150's for about 200 bucks and you dont' even need a subwoofer since they already put out a really good amount of base. Buy a center channel for like another 150 and you're essentially spending just as much on superior audio equipment in the end.
Now obviously you know more about audio equipment (I'm not trying to make that sound like I'm being a smart ass) but I'm essentially right no? Your speakers only sound as good as the source they come from and likewise. I sure as hell wouldn't want to be spending over 100 bucks for an audio card only to have the selection of speakers available to pc's, especially since it's mostly Logitech that dominates that part.

you do realise you can plug any active Hi-fi speakers to a soundcard right?
There are things called bookshelf speakers as you know.
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Exactly. My Audio Engine speakers sound pretty damn nice if I say so myself. Throw onto this I can now use higher quality headphones w/o having to buy a stand alone amp and I'm sold.
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omg. WHY IS TECH ALWAYS SO TEMPTING!

anyways, the sound card i currently have (which then provoked me to purchase a decent pair of headphones; my logitech speakers just will not do) has revealed to me the wonders of having a good sound system. now that the visuals/graphics dept. of my rig is where i want it, other components such as this awesome looking sound card are calling out to me...(i know, i know looks aren't everything, but you can't deny that this thing just looks cool). must resist.
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