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I am thinking about buying some speakers for music and gaming on my PC and JB Hi-Fi are having a sale on logitech speakers so I thought I would try and get some opinions on them. Should I get 5.1 or 2.1 for gaming. The Z623 are better quality but are 2.1 but it might be better for gaming (battlefield 3 mainly) to have the 5.1, I dont have a massive budget and I want good bang for my buck, here are the 2 speakers, your inout is appreciated thank you.
http://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers/accessories/logitech/z506-5-1-speakers-sku-61753/ z506

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=567_575&products_id=16344 z623 (it is cheaper at PCCG even on sale)
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http://www.fullcompass.com/product/444359.html?utm_source=googleps&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=googleps

I reccomend something like this hooked up to a cheap decent USB DAC like a Fiio E10 line out if you don't have a good sound card.

The quality will rape anything Logitech has ever made, and that little bit of bass you miss from not having a subwoofer is worth it. If you'd want a subwoofer with that, there are decent cheap cubs you can but as well.

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=303-436

I'd reccomend that for a subwoofer to be honest if you want anything that really sounds good that isn't super pricy

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-629

Is a little cheaper and better than any logitech sub.

Honestly do yourself a favor and get quality speakers. if it's price being your enemy I can still help for cheap with different solutions, just let me know and I'll try to help. Those studio monitors are true audiophile quality by the way and have about 20 times less distortion in the amplification than Logitech's best speakers. The dayton sub is okay but the other one is pretty damn good for the money
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Thanks so much for the detailed response, I have an Asus Xonar DS 7.1 Sound Card so it is pretty decent, I'll have a look at some of that stuff and +rep for the help wink.gif
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Thanks so much for the detailed response, I have an Asus Xonar DS 7.1 Sound Card so it is pretty decent, I'll have a look at some of that stuff and +rep for the help wink.gif

No problem, and that sound card is pretty damn good actually. I definitely reccomend something like those studio monitors now, and a subwoofer later if you're tight on cash. Those studio monitors alone have almost as much bass as the logitech 5.1 system you linked, but much better quality, and transient bass that isn't muddy. unless you're hellbent on surround sound that's the way I'd go, but most logitech surround setups aren't legit THX good surround, and even the z5500 higher end model is kinda iffy. All of Logitech's amplification pretty much has 10% or more THD (Total Harmonic Distortion). those studio monitors have about half a percent of THD.

I've been building custom speakers and subwoofers for a few years, and trust me, some cheap studio monitors like that will make anything Bose has ever made sound like garbage. It's a good deal because they are active and need no amp. The are self Bi-amplified.

But I can look around for a sec and find a cheaper solution if you want:

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=310-300

Not a super powerful amp, but very clean and will get speakers loud enough for the most part

http://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42-Bookshelf-Speakers-Tweeter/dp/B009IUIV4A/ref=sr_1_36?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1364612036&sr=1-36&keywords=Bookshelf+Speakers

Pretty good quality 4 inch speakers on sale for a good deal with carbon fiber woofers and silk dome tweeters.

Those bookshelves handle about 75 watts RMS each though so if you planned on going surround sound, that plus a cheap decent home theater receiver off creigslist can be had for 50 bucks or less, just make sure to have them test the functions in front of you before purchase. Home theater receivers usually have very little distortion if they are decent, high power usually closer to 100watts than 50, and have DTS audio decoders integrated as well as speaker management options to set distances, passive subwoofer pre outs and whatnot. Optical out to a receiver with a set of those bookshelves from a cheap decent receiver off craigslist might actually be your best bet. Also look up the models on anything before you buy. You want at least around 100w a channel, low distortion under 1% THD and for your sound card, pre outs would be nice. You'll see the pre outs on the back with a pic have RCA inputs labeled front, rear, sub, surround, center and such.

So yeah I'd reccomend either those Mackies or something similar, or those bookshelves and a decent cheap amp, either that class T amp or a cheap home theater receiver off craigslist, and maybe a cheap decent sub if you wanna spend on that too
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