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I've had my Logitech Z-680s for about 8 years now, and although they are still quite nice, I recently bought a Soundblaster ZxR and am wondering if I'm missing out on better sound by not getting newer speakers.

So I'm wondering if there is any 5.1 system out now for around 300 dollars that I can plug directly into the Soundblaster ZxR (don't want to deal with an amp) that would represent a solid to significant upgrade from my Z-680s. Have looked at a few like the Energy Take Classics 5.1 but wasn't sure it they'd be better and those in particular also require an amp.

(Will be using the speakers for gaming, movies, and music.)
post #2 of 8
AFAIK you can't get much better than that, if anything at all for $300, the Z680 is a beastly set of speakers. Anything better than that would most likely require a custom Hi-Fi set with an amplifier.

I have a Z-5400 set and I really don't feel the need to replace them anytime soon unless they die on me (hope not), and I'm using an Auzentech X-Fi Forte. If you don't have them connected to a SPDIF output, you can do so, enabling use of DTS or Dolby Digital. But that also depends on the listener, I would probably notice little difference in sound quality or fidelity from my Z-5400 to your Z680 or even a Hi-Fi system, while an audiophile would no doubt notice a change.

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I used to run Logitech Z-5500 on my computer. Going to the Audioengine A2 with subwoofer was an ENORMOUS upgrade in sound quality, even though I lost my surround (which I honestly didn't use very often). I'm now running the Audioengine A5+.

I would never even consider going back to the Z-5500.

The Energy Take Classics 5.1 are just speakers, so you would also need a 5ch amplifier or receiver to use them.
Edited by Electrocutor - 7/8/13 at 10:08am
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Hmm... would be interested in that but I'm intent on keeping a 5.1 setup. I like it a lot for gaming and movies, and just in general. I wonder if there's anything out that would fit what I'm looking for (something I can hook up to my Soundblaster ZxR) ... or perhaps the Z-680s are about the best bet still for ~300 dollar 5.1 speakers I can connect directly to my ZxR and not requiring an amp...

Additional suggestions?
post #5 of 8
The energy 5.1ch speakers you linked are quite good for the money and I have no doubt would likely be better than logitechs (though I have not used them personally). Is there a reason you don't want to use an amp or receiver?
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I can get an amp if necessary but I was kind of hoping to keep the cost to 300 or below, and an amp would add to that (seems like at least 50-100 dollars).

I was hoping to find an updated pair of 5.1 speakers that would offer a substantial upgrade in sound quality from my Z-680s that I could plug directly into my ZxR without having to buy an amp et. al.

I'm kind of surprised even Logitech hasn't come out with something that would work. I've read the Z906's are not much better than the Z-680s and in some ways are a bit of a downgrade even.
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I own Z-680's but i blew out the amp frown.gif

I used to own z-5500 they are not bad. They sound MUCH better then the 680's.
They are loud, I had to get rid of them because they wear so loud.
Their are better speakers out their but its a good simple solution that gives you allot of options.
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My suggestion is is start with 2.1 (desktop amp - I use a DTA-1 and it gets my Infinity P163's plenty loud), Dayton sub (110 + shipping) and a decent set of bookshelf speakers (Polk refurbs, Pioneer B22-LR, Infinity P153/163, etc). - expand it to surround sound when you've the funds to do so. It'll sound better especially in the long run, and if you want higher quality main speakers you can easily put the first ones you get on surround duty.

If you really want to stay with 5.1 for PC only - than you're going to likely be stuck with logitechs, or perhaps a HTIB setup... on Amazon there's an onkyo HTIB for 279 and if you don't care for Onkyo there are several other HTIB setups you can choose from. I'm not sure how one would compare to your logitechs, but my suspicion is that it should do better. Just use an optical toslink cable to go from your sound card to the receiver and you should be good to go.
Edited by iamwardicus - 8/29/13 at 8:08am
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