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post #1 of 25
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Now, the issue at hand!

300 dollars for 5.1 excellent looking and from what reviews say, excellent sounding speakers.

90 dollars for 7.1 basic looking and pretty awesome sounding according to reviews.

With an X-Fi XtremeGamer, do I spend 200 extra on 5.1 speakers, or save that 200 and get the 90 dollar speakers.

I will use these almost strictly for gaming and every once in awhile for music and movies. I'm trying to decide if it's worth my money to spend 300 on speakers. I'm not a full on audiophile, but I love to be able to hear everything, and with a 22" widescreen monitor, I like to be totally immersed in my games.

7.1 means total surround. 5.1 means 2 less speakers, but I'm sure the 5.1 is of higher quality, so the 2 extra speakers don't matter.

I'm thinking of getting the cheaper speakers to get a X-Fi Fatality Platinum Champion with the front panel etc, rather than settling for the cheaper XtremeGamer with the better speakers. I don't know yet.

Input? Opinions? Let em rip. I need your help!
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post #2 of 25
not all application use 7.1 especially in music playback(2.1)
5.1 is more than enough, and it's a pain the the arse to set up a 7.1 satellites positioning...

beside, in this matter... price doesn't lie... quality over value!

i vote for z5500
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Yah, I own the logitech's and trust me there is a reason it cost $300, and it isn't because of the name. They are awesome. Let me tell you, my subwoofer broke, but I didn't know it was that, I thought it was my control pod, I sent that back in to be replaced and they sent me a whole new set of speakers.

But besides that these speakers are where it's at. I have a 22 inch monitor and use it for pc games and my 360 games, and theb est part is that it is connected to both at the same time, via stanadard plugs to the computer and optical cable to the 360.

IF you choose the other's you are missing out, they sound great.
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+Rep for help :-D

Any1 have either of these speaker sets that can enlighten me on quality? Money is a pretty big factor here.

I'm going with the XtremeGamer, so I need to know if that extra 200 dollars on the 5500's is worth it. Are they that much better than the 7800's? I'm not looking for the best of the best sound, I just want an awesome sound experience with BF2 2142, CSS and other games like those. I'm looking to finish my Gaming Rig witha sound card and speakers. I can mount all 7 speakers around me pretty well too so that shouldn't be a problem.

Mainly, I need to know if it's necessary to get the 5500's. I only want the 5500's if the 7800's wont blow me away. I'm using 5 year old 2.1 speakers at the moment, so I think anything would rock my socks.
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post #5 of 25
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5500's are so awesome looking tho. And I love the multi input and the wireless remote and the look and everything. I have the money, I just don;t know if speakers are where it needs to go. Hrmmmmm... So hard..
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Pretty sure the logitechs are better. The logitech x540s beat the creatives in the lower price bracket.
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I've got the Z5500 set up for my surround sound system. I've tried them with a XFI fatal1ty and the normal onboard sound, they are also hooked up to my digi box. The THX on these speakers is amazing. Even with the 2.1 sound coming from my digi box the speaker system converts it into 5.1 surround sound, its not as good as real 5.1 surround but still it sounds excellent.

My vote is for the Z5500, although clear a corner of your room for the sub, however big you think it is, its bigger... its freakin MAHOOSIVE!!!!
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post #8 of 25
yeah if you want cheaper then go for logitech x540 or 5300e, but the 5500's are worth it
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How massive is massive on the sub? Too big to fit under my desk comfortably?
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depends on the size of your desk
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