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Poll Results: What are the best overall 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers

 
  • 36% (15)
    Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 System
  • 0% (0)
    Creative GigaWorks® ProGamer G550W
  • 34% (14)
    Logitech® Z-5500 Digital
  • 29% (12)
    Logitech® Z-5450 Digital 5.1 Speaker System
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post #11 of 22
Klipsch are very high end, they are more expensive than the z5500s and have a 2 way satellite design, but I prefer the Logitech z5500s, that's why at the end of the day, that's the speaker set I bought for myself and I love them.
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Even high I would know that was an incorrect assumption, yes "Monster" brand cable is overpriced crap, but cables DO play an important role in overall sound quality due entirely to resistance as stated above, and yes this is a thread drift so I'll digress, but before I do here is a great article explaining how and why speaker wire is good and monster cable is crap...clicky
    
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The klipsch have better sound quality. I havnt found another 5.1 system that sounds better (For computers).

The Z-5500s just got more hookups.

If you want alot of extra hookups go with the X-5500s, if you want better sound quality got with the klipsch.

Some people prob won't notice a difference though. I just prefer klipsch over logitech.
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Are you high?

cables have NOTHING to do with it. ahaha. You can't lower resistance by using different cables. It's all about the amp, and the speakers...
Sorry, but wires are basically just for hooking crap up. Contrary to what the Best Buy guy told you...monster cables aren't everything/anything.

It's all about the speakers when it comes to computer sound.

Anything Logitech is amazing.....so I'd go with them.
Go buy a 4,000$ tv and 1000$ surround sound, go with low quality cables and then go with high quality. I bet you won't be able to look me in the eye and say theres no difference.

When you go high end, the cables make a HUGE difference.
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post #15 of 22
Logitech® Z-5450 Digital 5.1 Speaker System FTW IMO.

However watch out for Wireless systems as said the only issue is that they can be interfered with Via wireless Phones and Wirless Routers.
post #16 of 22
You can't beat Klipsch. Period. Logitech makes pretty nice stuff, but Klipsch has been making high-end speakers for years and years and years.
post #17 of 22
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You can't beat Klipsch. Period. Logitech makes pretty nice stuff, but Klipsch has been making high-end speakers for years and years and years.
Klipsch do have a history of expensive, quality computer speakers. I wouldn't recommend Klipsch for real home theater and especially not for a hifi stereo system, but if I had to buy a 5.1 for my pc it would be unquestionably Klipsch.

BIG FREAKING WARNING:

if the klipsch speakers are the following: http://www.klipsch.com/products/deta...ultra-5-1.aspx

please note that these don't have a digital input.... only some 3.5mm jacks. So don't count on using these for hooking up a DVD player or another digital source... they are only good for a PC really. That being said, nobody in their right mind would use PC speakers for serious surround sound anyways.

As for the cables issue... don't bother with anything exotic on a PC system, but in acutal surround sound applications it does make a diffrence.
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post #18 of 22
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Are you high?

cables have NOTHING to do with it. ahaha. You can't lower resistance by using different cables. It's all about the amp, and the speakers...
Sorry, but wires are basically just for hooking crap up. Contrary to what the Best Buy guy told you...monster cables aren't everything/anything.

It's all about the speakers when it comes to computer sound.

Anything Logitech is amazing.....so I'd go with them.


in theory you cna lower the resistance a little by using different cables and even more so on a high current system but for the effects on an audio system I don't think it is going to make that much difference. but you should head over to diyaudio.com there are some nuts over there who rant and rave about cable differences and how thise $300 cable is the best thing there ever was and such... all I have to say about it is they should share their money and whatever else it is that "opens their senses" to these new cables. the difference with resistance due to cabling is going to be very very slight for most signals unless your cable is just a piece of junk and has some huge capacative, shielding problems. that or maybe again if your running some huge system that runs 500w to each speaker and only trying to use 44awg wire to do so then you might have some problems. most cables anymore are nothing more then marketing gimmims. I remember seeing a cable not too long ago that was marketing as being the greatest thing ever and sold for over 100 bucks and all it's magivc and power was in this black box. only thing in that black box was a crap load of epoxy and a very simple zobel network, or rather just one single lone resistor and one single llone capacator.

I would rather spend my time worrying about the amp, speakers, placement, and routing of the cables then this.
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post #19 of 22
It all depends on your budget, but seeing how you have the Logitech Z-5500's on there, you can probably afford them, so that gets my vote.
Also, about the cables, if you have the money get good cables to hook up to your Sound Card, they will make a huge difference. Example: It doesn't matter if you have 1,000 Horsepower if you can't turn . Even if you do have a nice 750W 7.1 Surround Sound System and hook it up to onboard audio via $5 RadioShack cables it'll be wasted. Don't believe me? Get $50 cables from where ever, first hook up the speakers to your sound card with the cables the speakers can with or with cheap cables, then, after a few hours of use, hook up the $50 cables. And, please, tell me that there isn't a huge difference.
ANYWAY, the Z-5500 has great high and low pitched sound and are amazingly well built. Plus, the remote and wireless "dock" is a great addition. Overall those speakers get a 5/5. There is nothing wrong with them in my mind, I could see that they could be out of people's budget and that they might take up too much space on a desk, but, honestly, you get what you pay for. And, if Logitech made them smaller, slimmer speakers they'd have the Z-5300.

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Even high I would know that was an incorrect assumption, yes "Monster" brand cable is overpriced crap, but cables DO play an important role in overall sound quality due entirely to resistance as stated above, and yes this is a thread drift so I'll digress, but before I do here is a great article explaining how and why speaker wire is good and monster cable is crap...clicky
Good article, I never knew the length of each gauge of wires before.

I vote for the Klipsch, good speakers, I have them myself. I do like the logitech's controller better though. I just wish the speakers were made a bit better like their reference line.
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