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I just built me my first computer and im debating on what 5.1 speakers i should get anyone have any suggestions? i was thinking about getting the g51 or the z-5500.

I have seen the z-5500 on dell.com last month for 180 with free shipping but i didn't have enough to buy them at the time. and the g51 is about 130 from what i can find.

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 22
The Z-5500 is a good choice. But if you want 2.1 speakers the Z-2300 are also good. I have em.
 
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Z-5500
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post #4 of 22
If you check out this thread, you can get the g51 for $80 after mail in rebates. The G51 are good, I've heard them before and they rock. The z-5500 is arguably the best desktop speaker set you can buy without going the route of getting a receiver and speaker set.
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z-5500 are amazing

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I have the Z-5500 speakers and they are amazing.... $180 with free shipping is a steal but who knows, you might be able to get them for cheaper?
    
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Z-5500 are great being that they can be optically connected, equalling a MINUTE sound quality difference (to the trained ear), but if you want to save a few bux and don't plan on using your computer as an exclusive home entertainment system, I recommend the THX certified Z-5300e's.



I have 'em and they rock just fine.
Edited by 70_Malibu - 7/9/08 at 7:28pm
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A couple observations about computer speakers in general and surround sound on a computer.

- computer speakers as a whole sound terrible. This included so called great computer speakers like the z-5500's, klipsch promedia, bose, etc. They simply cannot compete with an entry level pair of bookshelf monitors or even a lower end HTIB setup ($500 range)

- It is almost impossible to properly set up surround sound speakers on a computer because the wires are never long enough, the rears are always in the way and the sub is never optimally placed.

- improperly set up surround sound speakers sound worse than headphones when taking only 3d positioning, when you consider sound quality in the mix you will always get better sound from a pair of headphones than a pair/set of speakers in the same price range

- I've tried several different setups, consisting of headphones only, 2.0, 2.1, 5.1, headphones and 5.1, headphones and 2.1, headphones and 2.0 (you get the idea) And I currently use either headphones or an entry level pair of bookshelf monitors powered by a cheap t-amp and they sound better than any other setup I've had before, even HTIB and 5.1 computer speakers that cost more.
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Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
A couple observations about computer speakers in general and surround sound on a computer.

- computer speakers as a whole sound terrible. This included so called great computer speakers like the z-5500's, klipsch promedia, bose, etc. They simply cannot compete with an entry level pair of bookshelf monitors or even a lower end HTIB setup ($500 range)

- It is almost impossible to properly set up surround sound speakers on a computer because the wires are never long enough, the rears are always in the way and the sub is never optimally placed.

- improperly set up surround sound speakers sound worse than headphones when taking only 3d positioning, when you consider sound quality in the mix you will always get better sound from a pair of headphones than a pair/set of speakers in the same price range

- I've tried several different setups, consisting of headphones only, 2.0, 2.1, 5.1, headphones and 5.1, headphones and 2.1, headphones and 2.0 (you get the idea) And I currently use either headphones or an entry level pair of bookshelf monitors powered by a cheap t-amp and they sound better than any other setup I've had before, even HTIB and 5.1 computer speakers that cost more.
so your saying that i should get headphones instead of speakers?
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post #10 of 22
Quote:
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so your saying that i should get headphones instead of speakers?
For flat-out value, yes, I would concur that headphones are a wiser investment.
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