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I need a replacement for my z5500's

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Welp...it looks like my z5500's are finally starting to bite the dust. The sub audio connections are finally so worn out that they're starting to crackle and break up. It's a sad day here.

As such I'm looking for a desk setup that would replace the z5500's and give me as good if not better audio quality. Before anyone recommends headphones, I already have 2 fantastic sets of can's (Sennheiser HD555's and Game Zero for lans.) But when I'm at home, I don't enjoy the feeling of headphones on my head and like the comfort of having nothing restrictive on me.

What would you all recommend? It would need to fit on my desk and I'd prefer 5.1 audio. Budget is around 300 but I can go above that if it's an amazing set for 350 for example.

Suggestions?
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Corsair Sp2500 or go with home audio setup smile.gif
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Going from a Z-5500 to a SP2500 is a downgrade. 5.1 to 2.1 is not exactly fun.

I believe if you want a 5.1 or 7.1 type system that does NOT require a receiver (e.g. what is used by a HT system), you want a self powered subwoofer that will drive full range passive satellites.
Years ago, I looked at some subs (I think, denons or Polks or something?) that functioned similar to the Z-5500 (with digital decoding) or Klipsch Promedia 5.1's sub (analog only), but that was YEARS ago.

You can probably find some decent setups without getting into full HT ranges if you search a bit.

Um.....
You said the connections crackle...

Did you try spraying Deoxit D5 into the contacts yet? It might just need a dose of electrical contact cleaner.....
Edited by Falkentyne - 8/6/16 at 2:58pm
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You can just buy a receiver and a sub and reuse your z5500 speakers. And just make sure it has an optical or the correct inputs on the reciever from your soundcard. Any home theater receiver with the correct inputs would work.

That's one option.

Your other option is the Logitech z906 which was supposed to be the z5500 successor.
Edited by nyxagamemnon - 8/6/16 at 3:02pm
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Take that $300 and buy a decent HT receiver. You should still be able to buy the dongle from fleebay to use the sub on the receiver's sub out channel. It replaces the control pod with just an RCA input.

Coming from someone who used the z5500 system for home audio for a while...
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