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When I get a new PC I will be getting a X-fi Extreme Music soundcard to go with it so obviously I want some great speakers with it.
I have a budget of £1500 for my PC and the total costs are now £1300 so therefore I want to spend more on some amazing speakers to last 5+ years. I have always been thinking about getting the Z-5500's but now I want to spend more on an even better set. These speakers will need to be 5.1 and most importantly look great as well as sound great!

Any suggestions would be incredibly helpful as I have no idea about great PC speakers apart from the Logitech Z range.
    
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I think with a $800 budget you will get suggestions of a custom system. Logitech doesnt make a $800 system if Im correct. So you will have to get a receiver, amp, and speakers/sub. I dont know what is the best, ill let the audiophiles do their work.
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Erm ill get back to you

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Idk man Ive heard that creative doesnt make good speaker systems. Plus he already said he was gonna get z-5500's which are better than those.
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Idk man Ive heard that creative doesnt make good speaker systems. Plus he already said he was gonna get z-5500's which are better than those.
You Heard WRONG...Creative makes great systems. I'm not sure about the wireless application.....but the normal hard wired are very good. My S-700's sound better than any Logitech set I have heard.
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Erm ill get back to you

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Na, I wouldn't go for one of them, wireless speakers aren't that great really.

I would definitely recommend a custom setup; a bookshelf setup would sound the best.

I would recommend the Marrantz PM4001 for the amplifier costing around £180 and M-Audio BR2 for speakers costing around £200. I'm sure you will be able to get them cheaper if you shop around though. That leaves the rest of your budget on cables (don't go too cheap on them) and how to actually connect it to your x-fi (I don't have a clue, I myself use an external dac instead) and also speaker stands if you wish.

Have you considered getting some decent headphones and a cheaper set of speakers? Headphones have much better sound qualities pound for pound than speakers, my headphone suggestions would be based on what type of music you listen to.

EDIT: Actually, if you just go for some computer 5.1 speakers if you really want them such as the logitech you thought about before and then you can have a juicy budget on some really nice headphones.
    
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post #7 of 22
Logitech Z-5500's ($400-500) and spend the extra money on getting an Asus Xonar D2/D2X ($200) over an X-Fi.




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Forget about computer realated companies for speakers. Look at companies like walfdale. And get a good seperate amp.
    
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if you will consider headphones ide suggest sennheiser hd600's or hd650's. they are amazing headphones but depending on what you listen to something more specialized could be better. and if you get headphones make sure you get a good headphone amp or you really wont see their true potential. i personally would go with headphones. i have a pair of headphones and a set of speakers that each cost about $100 but i can barely listen to my speakers any more because the headphones sound so much better
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1. never use wireless for sound
2. creative and logitech is even (either gigaworks or z series)... depending on your music/movie preferences. who said anything about creative having bad speakers?
3. for $800, get an amp and a set of non-computer related speakers

@busa
creative speakers is better at handling audiophiles and acoustics... but not at gaming and movies.

@ninja_boy
seriously man... that xonar SC doesn't live up to the hype.
start getting X-Fi and mod it... or start looking out for X-Fi Prelude.

@kevg73
wearing a headphone for more than 4 hours is not a good idea.... doesn't matter how comfortable it may be.
besides, using a great multi channel speakers produce better aural sound effects and sound staging.... believe me.
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