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I'm in the marketplace for a sound card to increase the quality of Logitech-X-540s. I know these are budget entry level pc speakers but I'd like to see what is the best sound I can get out of them before stepping up to the Z-906's. My budget is 100 max, which I am hoping isn't unrealistic for these speakers. I''ve seen so many bad reviews on CREATIVE labs that I'd almost like to stay away from them. I've heard nothing but good things about ASUS however and so far I'm looking at the Asus-Xonar-5-1.

Looking for the best deal for Music and Gaming. I'll also be using a Logitech G35 gaming headset from time to time.
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Do you really need 5.1 surround? You'd be better off with 2.1 for music.
Creative makes good products, it'd be foolish to completely ignore their lineup.

You should be looking at the Asus Xonar DX or the Creative Titanium in your price range.
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I'm not sure if I need 5.1 sound. But I know that I like it. biggrin.gif why would 2.1be better for music? I would think more is better for audio lol
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I'm not sure if I need 5.1 sound. But I know that I like it. biggrin.gif why would 2.1be better for music? I would think more is better for audio lol

Music is usually made in a 2.1 format. By default the music will only play on the left/right front speakers and the sub. You can use fill functions (it has plenty of names depending on the software) to make it output on all speakers, but I doubt you've done that for your current speakers.
In exchange for ditching the rear and front middle speakers, you'll be able to purchase better speakers. It's logical, if you remove 3 speakers, you can make the rest of the speakers better and keep the same total price.
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Hmmm. Music plays through every speaker that much I know. But which speakers would you recommend for a 2.1 that would sound better than what I have?
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I don't know what's cool at the moment. As you can see in my sig, I went the cheap way and got Z906's. They're nice, but fact is that I only use them for music (headphones are better for FPS games) and my 2 rear speakers aren't even hooked up at the moment.

You should check out the recommended products: http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/most-commonly-recommended-audio-products
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I had the x-540 and they were pretty good for the $50 I bought them for. I upgraded to a Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system last year and there was a big difference in sound quality. You can find the promedias on ebay new for around $100. I got mine instore at Best Buy for $120(on sale). Paired with my xonar dx, I'm pretty satisfied for now. I'll probably upgrade to bookshelf speakers + amp + powered sub later on.
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I wanted to ask a question... How are the Logitech's for Music (no high bass or rap or anything). Just how are they for Music Quality and if they are any better than say Creative p5800 or the Cambridge DTT2500?
    
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I wanted to ask a question... How are the Logitech's for Music (no high bass or rap or anything). Just how are they for Music Quality and if they are any better than say Creative p5800 or the Cambridge DTT2500?

I like mine but the only thing I can compare them to is maybe from back about 5 years ago when I didn't have them. I had some 3 dollar speaker and on board sound man was it terrible. The logitechs were like 80$ when I bought them and I love them. Not sure why they are 100+ now though.
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i heard Logitech satellite speakers have no tweeters so no mids... and their only good for gaming.. but while the Klipsch Promedia is.. awesome in everything
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