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hi,

my old sweex 5.1 is dying
so i am looking for a good 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound set that i can use for my computer,

i have been looking at some models and i like speakers like these http://www.edifier-international.com/products/edifier-multimedia/da5000-pro
the bookshelf speakers i think they are called.

I am a gamer at hart but i do like watching movies also.

my buget is around 250 € but if needed i can stretch it to 500 € max
Edited by spacegun - 10/15/13 at 1:53pm
post #2 of 6
I'd suggest looking for a good 2.1 to start out and expanding into a 5.1 later on. Where in Europe are you at so I can check out your local amazon?

EDIT: If you're UK based, your local amazon has the ONKYO SKS-HT528B 5.1 Speaker Package for $183.57. Find yourself a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver and you'll be golden for your given budget and what I can find. With any luck someone familiar with products on that side of the pond can give their input as well, but this will get you started hopefully.
Edited by iamwardicus - 10/16/13 at 6:26pm
 
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
i live in the netherlands,

so you recommend building my own surround sound set ?
if so what sorts of things do i need to watch for when looking for a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver

and what sorts of cabel conections is the best ?
Edited by spacegun - 10/17/13 at 3:23am
post #4 of 6
All you would need to make your own 5.1 system is a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver , the speakers (left, right, center, the left and right surrounds, and the subwoofer), and some 14 or 16 gauge copper speaker wire to connect everything up.

Cost is the huge factor here since you won't need the room auto correction features that higher end models have. From the sound of your situation you are using this system for nearfield listening and any midrange receiver can do that just fine so long as it can get a 5.1 signal from your sound cards optical out. I'd suggest looking for Onkyo, Denon, or Pioneer for a receiver.

If you find a 5.1 home theater in a box that should also work however i'm not sure as most of those receivers are also the blu-ray player as well so if you go that route look for ones that are strictly for audio and not media playback.
 
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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
ok thanks i will keep that in mind,
and yes i indeed use it for close range at the moment (my front speakers are 80 cm to the left front en right front of me my center is 70 cm in front and my back speakers are 1 m behind me hanging from the ceiling)
post #6 of 6
With good speakers and DAC you can have 2 channel speakers sound like surround from an active system. Big soundstage and better quality audio than having 5.1 channel through passive system.


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