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I'm looking to spend under $300, so pretty much an external amp and audiophile passive speakers are out of the question, purely for price's sake.

I was thinking about the Logitech Z-5500's, as they appear to be really good speakers. I figured the Z-5300e's wouldn't quite be up to snuff.

However, I was just on AMazon and saw some Z-5450's. Do you guys know how they would compare to the Z-5500's? I'm going to be living in an apartment, so huge earth shaking sound, while not necessarily a bad thing, is also not a necessity.

So, what would you guys recommend as a 5.1 kit for $300?

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5450 has 2 wireless rear satellites, and for me myself, i don't trust wireless tech for audio.

as for 5.1 in $300 range, well i can't recommend u anything else, take Z5500.
while z5500 has powerful or orgasmic bass, it will also give u the best experience in Gaming and Movie.
as for music, z5500 is a great performer, but absolutely not the best.
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Yes definitely go with the 5500.

If you have other wireless mouses/keyboards/routers nearby the 5450 can get some noise and static.
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5500's are probably the best current production computer speakers
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Z5500's rock. The 5450's are like 5300's but twice the price. Plus the rears blow because you can hear noise from them sometimes.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
5500's are probably the best current production computer speakers
Are Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 better? (Yes, they are out of production now)
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I'm looking to spend under $300, so pretty much an external amp and audiophile passive speakers are out of the question, purely for price's sake.
Although the opinions on what is considered audiophile (high-end) are a bit different at times, I think I can pretty much say that for under $300 you would have to stumble on to a bargain to get audiophile speakers. I'm even confident enough to say, that under normal circumstances you wouldn't even get a single audiophile speaker.

The same goes for 5.1 surround sets. Real audiophile surround sets will cost you alot of money. Also logitech isn't in the audiophile market. Looking at your budget I'd be looking for either a Klipsch set or a JBL, see if you can find a good price on the JBL SCS 200.5
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Although the opinions on what is considered audiophile (high-end) are a bit different at times, I think I can pretty much say that for under $300 you would have to stumble on to a bargain to get audiophile speakers. I'm even confident enough to say, that under normal circumstances you wouldn't even get a single audiophile speaker.

The same goes for 5.1 surround sets. Real audiophile surround sets will cost you alot of money. Also logitech isn't in the audiophile market. Looking at your budget I'd be looking for either a Klipsch set or a JBL, see if you can find a good price on the JBL SCS 200.5
Thanks. Yes, I do realize that $300 is an extremely modest budget for good quality (heck, my headphones were $200...) but I don't have the money (or the space requirements) for all out audiphile 5.1. Thus, I just wanted a high quality set of PC 5.1 speakers to make me happy in the mean time. If I were to go all out, I was thinking this:

Harman/Kardon AVR240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882121018
Pioneer HTS-570: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882117188

I was thinking Klipsch, but their lowest end 5.1 home theater speakers are like $1,000 so that's a bit out the question any time soon...
    
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Have you given thought to the Promedia 5.1? It's not quite as nice as the Promedia Ultra 5.1, but for $239 I've yet so see anything better. I'd say they're a very close competitor to the Z-5500. (However, not sure what the 5500's go for these days, they might be cheaper)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Klipsch-ProMedia...QQcmdZViewItem
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Have you given thought to the Promedia 5.1? It's not quite as nice as the Promedia Ultra 5.1, but for $239 I've yet so see anything better.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Klipsch-ProMedia...QQcmdZViewItem
Are those passive? I don't know if I could spring for those and an amp all at once.
    
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