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Hey I listen to Pandora almost everyday now. It helps me relax after work and while I play videogames. I am wondering if there is anything I can do to improve the sound quality. I can't remember the speakers that I have (posting from work) but I don't think they're terrible. They are 2.0 logitech speakers though. Besides buying new speakers, would buying a sound card make noticeable difference over the onboard sound?
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Some audiophiles swear by high end sound cards, but I think that will only help if you're playing back high quality lossless FLAC audio files. In your situation, you might as well stick with onboard sound

Pandora's music quality is already reduced in quality to lower bandwidth usage since it streams to millions of users. If you're using the Pandora mobile app there is a setting to play higher quality music but that will consume more data on your mobile data plan (not a problem if you're using wifi obviously). Not sure about the browser-based Pandora you use on a computer, haven't touched that in awhile

You could buy a new set of speakers and a subwoofer. You will get different sound, but not necessarily better (because you're still playing from Pandora)
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I think Pandora streams at 128kbps, which is right at the threshold of most-people-won't-hear-the-difference. But if you have some hi-fi headphones/speakers you will.

You won't notice a difference with a new sound card, I can almost guarantee that. Quality doesn't change with a proper sound card when you're using 128kbps mp3s. If anything, try the premium version of Pandora (which I believe streams at 192kbps, which is about at where few can hear the difference, even with hi-fi equipment).

Most likely, your "bottleneck" is your speakers. Sorry for the bad news!
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I use Pandora One and I find thats it is well worth it. They give you access to a desktop app and you never get AD's biggrin.gif
Sound quality is higher and can be used at the same time on multiple computers. I can play music on my phone, desktop, and HTPC all at the same time with the same account. If you wanted you could go in with a friend. For only 38 bucks or whatever it is, it was well worth it. The higher quality audio is great for headphone use at night.

Only thing I dislike is they only let you skip 6 songs an hour for each channel you listen to. If i'm paying I shouldn't be limited, but I still love it.
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Everything said is fair. I am considering upgrading my speakers, and I been leaning towards buying Pandora premium. Recommendations on speakers that won't break the bank?
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If your willing to spend the money on a decent system I would go for this.

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-652
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-627
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=310-300
For only $150 bucks it will beat any computer speaker system
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That subwoofer is expensive but great looking. Crazy question, is there way to use the 75 watt subwoofer from this speaker set: http://www.amazon.com/Coby-CS-MP77-75-Watt-Performance-Speaker/dp/tech-data/B000P1D7O0/ref=de_a_smtd

with the set of speakers and receiver that was recommended?
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That subwoofer is expensive but great looking. Crazy question, is there way to use the 75 watt subwoofer from this speaker set: http://www.amazon.com/Coby-CS-MP77-75-Watt-Performance-Speaker/dp/tech-data/B000P1D7O0/ref=de_a_smtd
with the set of speakers and receiver that was recommended?

You will need a sub woofer that takes high input. By that I mean that you run from the AMP to the Sub then to the Speakers. The Sub will filter all low frequencies out for you.

I'm using that vary sub I showed you and it works great. Not overpowering and scales correctly with the volume on my receiver. A perfect match for the B652's. Don't expect it to shake books off your shelf, but a overall well balanced system.
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