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post #11 of 22
Get the speakers, you'll enjoy them alot more. I'm sorry but if I really wanna rock out, I need speakers and bass. Once you get to that super loud point, really don't care as much about the quality.
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post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by JoeUbi View Post
Get the speakers, you'll enjoy them alot more. I'm sorry but if I really wanna rock out, I need speakers and bass. Once you get to that super loud point, really don't care as much about the quality.
Perhaps it'd be worth figuring out if the OPs priorities are in line with yours. Personally, I share your belief that the only way to really rock out is with speakers - but for critical listening (which the OP may well prefer) I'll turn to headphones before anything else. It's all about what you prefer.
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post #13 of 22
You can't beat the G51 for the price:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthr...uid=0&t=865144
post #14 of 22
z-5500!
It's well worth the extra money.
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post #15 of 22
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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.
The cables are never long enough? They were not made to be able to fit an entire room dude. On my X530 There are like 2 metres for front and 3 metres for rear. Have you ever seriously tried correct placement of speakers?

Entry level home-theatre systems are still like $500 and decent quality desktop speakers are like $200.

On the other hand, I agree that headphones are usually clearer, usually because they block off all background noise, but I think there are other problems with them as well.

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Get the speakers, you'll enjoy them alot more. I'm sorry but if I really wanna rock out, I need speakers and bass. Once you get to that super loud point, really don't care as much about the quality.
Agreed, not sure if the thread starter does though. Depends on what he wants.

And if you seriously want the best audio, you might as well upgrade your sound card.
    
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post #16 of 22
You can't really compare headphones and speakers. They are two totally different things.
I completely agree that headphones are definitely the best choice if you want clarity and positioning, but for everyday things, you're going to want a pair of decent speakers.
The only time I ever use my headphones are when I'm playing an online FPS such as CoD4. I'd probably wear them more often, but I get major headaches when I wear headphones for long periods of time, (actually I need to try out a pair of open headphones to see if it fixes my problem) so for me, speakers are ideal.
Just get whatever suits your usage.
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post #17 of 22
if your looking for something simple but powerfull i highly recommned this

I can hear these things throughout my whole house on like 3/4 volume + the subwoofer is a beast when something blows up in COD4 (The Nuke acutally scared the crap out of my dog...)

good luck makin a choice

You can get this set for like 30 bucks too
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post #18 of 22
I use the G51. For PC speakers, they are awesome. They sound great, and the surround is amazing.
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post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replys, I think that I want speakers just because i like to "feel" the base.

Whats the cheapest price i could probably find the g51 speakers for? or the z5500?
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post #20 of 22
im not sure if this helps, i have z5500s, had them for ~3 years and i loved them but noticed i used them less and less, and now that i got a nice pair of headphones (grado sr-225 ~200bucks) i never use my 5500s.
for gaming the positional sound on my headphones are better (and i have heard that some of the senns are far better then the grados), the clarity and just the enjoyment level of the music is much better.
just thought i would let you know from personal experience of both.


and if you want them for just listening to music loud, the 5500s might be a good choice, sometime when im upstairs cooking or something i just crank them half way and listen to them a floor up.
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