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Would Energy Take Classic 5.1 Speakers be significant upgrade from Logitech Z-680s?

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Edit, nevermind. It looks like the Energy Take Classics require an amp.

Does anyone have any suggestions for 5.1 speaker systems that would represent a solid upgrade from my Logitech Z-680s for around 300 dollars that I can plug into my Soundblaster ZxR? Or is there even anything like that on the market?
Edited by RobertIR - 7/6/13 at 11:23am
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Are you actually using the 5.1 sound, not just some "matrix mode" to make fake surround?
By using it, I mean that you have carefully placed the speakers to the right angles to make use of the positional audio of 5.1 setup. If not, you would be better off with quality 2.0/2.1 set.
I have used 4.1 and 5.1 logitech/creative junk before moving to active speakers, now I see no point in them if you dont carefully choose the position for each of the speakers.

I dont think there are any decent 5.1 speakers at under 300$, everything at that price-range are just plastic toys (if they are active, passive would be a different story).

Personally I would say 300$ on 5.1 is huge waste of money when you have a high-end soundcard like the ZxR... I am using Xonar D1 (same as DX, paid 40$...) with Behringer B3031A active speakers which cost ~500$/pair.
Now playing on xbox/PC is impossible without decent speakers mad.gif I hate the knowledge of good audio...
Edited by Tiihokatti - 7/6/13 at 1:13pm
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There aren't a lot of 5.1 computer speakers systems around, the only one that comes to mind for me is the Logitech Z906, successor to the popular Z5500.
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Thanks. What about hooking up a home theater set of 5.1 speakers to the ZxR? Would that even work? Any suggestions that might be better than the Z-680s enough to justify upgrading (at around the 300 dollar price range)? Thanks ...
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Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

Are you actually using the 5.1 sound, not just some "matrix mode" to make fake surround?
By using it, I mean that you have carefully placed the speakers to the right angles to make use of the positional audio of 5.1 setup. If not, you would be better off with quality 2.0/2.1 set.
I have used 4.1 and 5.1 logitech/creative junk before moving to active speakers, now I see no point in them if you dont carefully choose the position for each of the speakers.

I dont think there are any decent 5.1 speakers at under 300$, everything at that price-range are just plastic toys (if they are active, passive would be a different story).

Personally I would say 300$ on 5.1 is huge waste of money when you have a high-end soundcard like the ZxR... I am using Xonar D1 (same as DX, paid 40$...) with Behringer B3031A active speakers which cost ~500$/pair.
Now playing on xbox/PC is impossible without decent speakers mad.gif I hate the knowledge of good audio...

Well, I do really like the 5.1 sound, I did originally upgrade from 2.0. I do have the speakers placed appropriately
Edited by RobertIR - 7/6/13 at 5:18pm
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