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1. Alright so my budget is small $~125 is preferred and I'd say around $150~175 is the max.

2. I like just about every type of music. I'll listen to certain Rap, and such, if I'm feeling peckish maybe some country. But generally I avoid country music.

3. They'd be used for movies, music and gaming. Movies are first priority music and games are both in second place. I'd like to be able to hook it up to my PS3 as well, I've always wanted to.

4. Currently I have a set of M-Audio AV-20's (used to have two sets but one was fried by lightning even with all of my precautions) some Logitech 2.1 combo (it's currently setup as my center channel and subwoofer, it's only outputting sound through the left speaker and sub though) and a pair of Logitech speakers. Both the 2.1 combo and the other pair got something on the product info so it's unreadable and I don't know what models. The current setup works fairly well though apart from the center channel problem.

5. I have a couple CompUSA, BestBuy, Target(lol) and Walmart(lol?) stores nearby. CompUSA and Newegg are ok for online if necessary.

 

So one of my friends promised me some money for speakers when he came into town next and just got it recently (He gave me $125 and I can't go much over but have been needing or really wanting an upgrade) I like the M-Audio well enough and can't afford any of the recommended speakers from the stickies.  The only 5.1 combo I've seen besides a set of Bose for $400 is this Logitech set for $99.

 

So if there isn't a 5.1ch set that's anywhere remotely decent I'd settle for a subwoofer and proper center channel and deal with not having the ability to hook my PS3 up, unless there is a way to do so.

 

Almost forgot the other thing is one of my other friends (lives out of town with the one who gave me speaker money) gave me $45 dollars for headphones. So if there's anything my preffered price range I'd like to know what the best phones for ~$50 are.

 

So max budget is ~$200 maybe slightly more if it's good enough.

 

 

 


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Your friends are giving you money? Are these friends with benefits? biggrin.gif

I think an Onkyo HTIB 5.1 might be best suited for your needs, you may be able to find a better price, but you could look into the Onkyo HT-S3400 right now.
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For that logitech set, i don't see an optical input, which is needed for the 5.1...
You will need to upgrade these to a better setup with optical inputs or an HDMI receiver for the full 5.1 sound...

Even if your soundcard has an optical input, to output to the 5.1 speakers, good luck and please let me know because i've been trying to figure out how to set this up..... And the reason I bought my X-fi Titanium (Optical in and out) because i thought it would work to simply output to my 5.1 speakers...

Same goes with the headset, unless that has optical inputs, it won't work...

The $400 Bose setup(Companion 5) isn't 5.1, but 'simulates' 5.1 from the two speakers...
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Unless you actually place your 5.1 setup properly unlike most people

Like this
http://www.smartcomputing.com/images/smartcomputing/fullsize/00951963.jpg

Then a 5.1 setup isnt worth the cash. However Logitech make decent setup and im sure you wont be disappointed with them if you want some speakers that are decent for gaming and bass heavy for songs.

http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Inspire-T6160-5.1-Speakers/M/B002IJ95ZM.htm
If you can find them instore also.

How do you plan to hook up the PS3 to the speakers int eh first place? I am a bit unclear of how you plan to do that. Because ps3 outputs sound through RCA or hdmi and computer speakers are 3.5mm inputs. unless your using adapters.

If you want something with a bit more accurate then i would stay clear of 5.1 setups and get
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?products_id=89
They are 2.1 though not what you were asking for.
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For that logitech set, i don't see an optical input, which is needed for the 5.1...
You will need to upgrade these to a better setup with optical inputs or an HDMI receiver for the full 5.1 sound...
Even if your soundcard has an optical input, to output to the 5.1 speakers, good luck and please let me know because i've been trying to figure out how to set this up..... And the reason I bought my X-fi Titanium (Optical in and out) because i thought it would work to simply output to my 5.1 speakers...
Same goes with the headset, unless that has optical inputs, it won't work...
The $400 Bose setup(Companion 5) isn't 5.1, but 'simulates' 5.1 from the two speakers...


I'm having a bit of trouble following you. But I'm not going to get the full range anyway I do not believe as I'm not using an external soundcard. I believe my mobo has an optical output however

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by astrallite View Post

Your friends are giving you money? Are these friends with benefits? biggrin.gif
I think an Onkyo HTIB 5.1 might be best suited for your needs, you may be able to find a better price, but you could look into the Onkyo HT-S3400 right now.


Do you have any links for that? I found it on newegg for $249 which is unfortunately outside of my range.

 

 

@lilraver

Yeah I lol when i see people with them place wrongly. The PS3 has an optical output which I guess is how the logitech allow PS3 playback.

 

... are those creative better than the logitech?


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bump. also just noticed about the bose system lol never can trust bose the display model i saw had five speakers and what looked like a sub but could have been a huge normal speaker i suppose


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Bump...

Also my motherboard (ASUS P8P67 Pro) has the following for audio.

 

Quote:
Realtek® ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking Audio Feature :
- Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- Coaxial and Optical S/PDIF out ports at back panel

 

This would allow me to connect to the optical in on a HTIB yes? (I don't know I've never had a use for optical output on anything but setting up my parents home theater) Anyone know if there is a switcher that'd allow me to have two devices using optical audio and it switches to whichever is actively putting out the signal. I have something similar that switches my parents HDTV from HDMI cable tv and HDMI for the PS3. If I turn the PS3 on it cuts off the signal from the cable box. etc.

 

Budget still tops out around ~$200 probably a little less.

 

I found some Onkyo Speakers for $179 at big markdown on Newegg but sadly they don't include the set-top if you're interested link. They look decent but I doubt I could find a box for less than $50.

Edit: There aren't any receivers for under $50 as I thought...


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You will need to check up craigslist or ebay for a used receiver if you are looking for $50. Even with sweatshop $2/month salaries its pretty hard to build something as complex as a receiver for $50.
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I actually have the logitech speakers OP has linked to. I payed $110 CDN for them about a year ago. Honestly they served me very well. Initially they were simply connected to my mobo line out (the little green one....biggrin.gif) and I had no problem getting 5.1 sound. Its not 5.1 with 110W per channel through a reciever but it is an affordable option with decent sound...IMO. I recently did upgrade to a reciever along with a set of Bose speakers which were gifted to me thumb.gif I now connect my reciever to GPU through HDMI. Haven't messed with any optical connections yet. If you are new to 5.1 with your gaming I suggest the Logitech set-up is a very affordable option. Recievers and speakers can become very expensive if you want any sort of quality. One limitation to the logitech deal is that the speaker wires are a fixed length with factory ends on them. Good enough for a bedroom or small rec room.
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Oh no I figured there wasn't any way to find one for $50 I'm hesitant about ebay and craigslist however. I'm still looking for a better price on that Onkyo. It's a pity the local BestBuy doesn't have some of this stuff I need I could talk to some of the people I know and get at least a cheaper than normal price.

 

Actually astra would you mind checking out BestBuy's selection please and telling me if they have anything worthwhile? I think I saw three or four systems within my range although I haven't really checked into their speakers and receivers yet.

 

Thanks for the info addict. If I had the room in my bedroom this might be in there however I have a room with two AC vents which is about twice the size of my bedroom. So that might not work as well. Are the 3.5mm plugs on the logitech all spaghetti stringed together like rca cables usually are, or seperate enough that it allows some freedom in placement? I haven't been able to see enough in the images to be sure.

 

 

     
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