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Hey guys. I'm looking to try and get some better sound.
Currently, I'm using the on-board audio of my ASUS Maximus IV P67 with some Logitech X-530's.
I love the speakers and have had them for a while, but I don't use the surround.

So, I've come up with a small checklist here and would like to have soms input:

Wants/Needs/Uses:
- This set up will used for music ~45%, gaming ~50%, and movies the other 5%.
- I personally want more emphasis on bass and treble, I don't like middle tones as much.
- Trying to keep it below $400 for the whole set up.

So, for the main speakers I looked at some Polk Audio bookshelf speakers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290202

As for the sub, this seemed to be a decent one for the price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290034

And to try and get those most that I could, I've looked at this soundcard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006

So far, that's about $350.


Now, questions/concerns/comments:
- Not entirely sure, but I believe I need a receiver for this set up?
- I've heard good receivers can be found/bought cheap; what brand to look for?
- I DO realize I would have to convert digital to analog. How much distortion should I expect?
- Would it be worth going slightly over budget to keep everything analog?
- My soundcard options are quite limited; I can only utilize a PCIe x 1 type card.

I think that covers everything...

I'll sadly be away and without internet access for about three days, but I'm really hoping I can see some support when I come back.

Thanks for reading and any help/advice; I'll get back to you all ASAP!
Edited by Sazexa - 4/19/12 at 2:44am
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You could just ditch the soundcard purchase, feed optical/coax direct from your motherboard and hit a cheap, used coax/optical AVR in Craiglist? I got my Pioneer for almost nothing but did audition it before splashing the cash and the Pioneer sound endeared the AVR to me biggrin.gif I am feeding coax direct and am very happy with the SQ paired with the floor standers
Edited by trog - 4/19/12 at 4:04am
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Originally Posted by trog View Post

You could just ditch the soundcard purchase, feed optical/coax direct from your motherboard and hit a cheap, used coax/optical AVR in Craiglist? I got my Pioneer for almost nothing but did audition it before splashing the cash and the Pioneer sound endeared the AVR to me biggrin.gif I am feeding coax direct and am very happy with the SQ paired with the floor standers

I can consider it.

What is an AVR?

Also, how are the Logitech Z906? How do they compare to the X-530's? (Which I LOVE. The sub rattles when the volume is high though :/ And you can start noticing distortion)
Edited by Sazexa - 4/19/12 at 6:19am
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Oh. Wait.

AVR = audio/visual receiver?
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Yes, AVR is just a receiver. Though usually the DACs on really low budget receivers aren't all that great.

There is no way possible to have everything analog when connecting it from any digital source. As for distortion it will depend on every piece of equipment too. Hell, even if your power source isn't clean you could have distortion.
Usually it won't be noticeable.

You don't need a receiver, but you at least need a speaker amp to feed a signal and power to the speakers.

What's your budget for everything?
    
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About $400 tops.

And as I said, I want most emphasis on bass, and some treble. I don't care if mids are lacking; I'd prefer it.

I mostly listen to Drum & Bass, some dubstep, rock/metal/alternative.
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Can anyone recommend any specific brands to look for or avoid?
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Maybe Sherwood lol.
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I was looking around at speakers, and saw the Logitech Z-2300. They actually seem to be really good and would fit my needs, and be a simple set up. Has anyone got any input/experience with the Z-2300? Or can anyone tell me how the sound quality/low frequencies compared to the X-530's are?
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i5-4590S ASUS MAXIMUS IV Impact Z87 EVGA GTX 670 Corsair Dominator Platinum 
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Intel 730 Western Digital Caviar Black Noctua NH-D9L SilenX Effizio 12-15 
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SilenX Effizio 09-15 Windows 7 Corsair AX760 In Win 901 
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i7-6950X ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 GTX 1080 GTX 1080 
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Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 Western Digital Black Intel 730 Series EKWB Supremacy Evo 
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EK ZMT EK EVO-Clear EK Fittings EK PE 360 
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EK DDC 3.2 PWM GTX 1080 FC Nickel & Acetal GTX 1080 Backplate EK SE 360 
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Noctua NF-F12 Windows 10 Home Corsair RM1000X Phanteks Evolv ATX TG 
Other
CableMod ModMesh Cable Kit (Black/White/Gray) 
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Intel i7-5820K ASRock X99e-ITX/ac NVidia GTX 980 G. Skill 
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Intel Series 730 Western Digital Black EKWB Supremacy EVO [Acetal + Nickel] EK SE 240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Laing DDC Pump EK GTX 980 Full Block [Acetal + Nickel] FrozenQ NCase M1 Reservoir EK "ZMT" Tubing 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Fittings EK EKoolant EVO Clear Noctua NF-F12 Windows 10 
PowerCase
SilverStone SX-500-LG NCase M1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4590S ASUS MAXIMUS IV Impact Z87 EVGA GTX 670 Corsair Dominator Platinum 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Intel 730 Western Digital Caviar Black Noctua NH-D9L SilenX Effizio 12-15 
CoolingOSPowerCase
SilenX Effizio 09-15 Windows 7 Corsair AX760 In Win 901 
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