Originally Posted by Man|aC
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud
Honestly, I would just grab some Polk Monitor bookshelfs, the CS20 center, and your choice of powered subwoofer, and call it a day. You're clearly not after anything TOO terribly nice (given that you were looking for a "PC Speaker" replacement), so why spend more than that? You'll already be light years ahead of the z5500 set with just some simple Polk Monitor bookshelfs + active sub (with a receiver). It'll plug in easily enough via HDMI or optical through your onboard sound outputs too, so you honestly don't even need a sound card.
My 2 cents.
If you really WANT to spend more than some Polk bookshelfs, then I think Simca might have some better suggestions. I only really know the "budget" side of home audio, as that's all I ever buy myself.
hmm, .....or I could just permanently have the eon's blaring movie playback.......this has become difficult as I start researching. (Just like most on here I always end up buying and replacing items on the pc that could last longer0- i was kicking a 2500k not long ago that did everything I need, ...and yet i still bought a 2700k. the 480's in sli where ok for the 1080 but then i wanted a dell 3011 and had to get 680 4gb's in sli......it's addictive isnt it?
In logicraps defense, the xifi crystaliser and some fiddling does help them sound slightly less ear jerking.
Yeah, and see I can't even STAND the XFi Crystalizer with my $30 Dayton bookshelfs + $100 T amp. It makes things just sound horrible. When I had "PC Speakers" before though, the Crystalizer did help quite a bit.
The thing with audio though, is once you find some good equipment you're happy with, it can last a life time. A receiver isn't all that hard to hide on a desk anyway.
Heck, there's other options out there too, to where you could still get this same effect but hide the amplifiers. You could use T amps and the 3.5mm outputs of your sound card. 3x T amps would give you front, rear, and center. Then just add in a powered subwoofer, and just set those T amps / subwoofer to the right gains, and hide them.