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I just had to write a quick review for anyone looking at upgrading or buying a decent sound system for their computer without breaking the bank or using your current home stereo. While I have hooked up a massive home theater system to a computer before, I didn't like it because you can't set it up for a single seat/desktop type use. (mine was EXTREMELY large though) Anyways, this is what I'm currently using for desktop use only and it sounds fantastic. I'll price it out in case anyone is looking in this price range. I don't think it's possible to beat this for the money.

Creative X-Fi $105
Sony Speakers on sale for $79 for front channel http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1051806316848
Logitech z560 (about $40 on Ebay) for 4 rears/rear sub http://www.maximum3d.com/reviews/z560.htm

I can't include this part because it's thousands, but I'm using a Linn preamplifier and a Linn amplifier to power the front channel. Also, in parallel with the front channel, I'm running a Vandersteen 2WQ subwoofer. http://vandersteen.com/pages/prod_info.htm

Anyways, if anyone is looking to put together a great computer sound system and have an old amplifier laying around, no computer speaker setup on the market would sound that good and it's even a lot cheaper. Cheers!
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i have a H/K avr125 with 2 energy exl26's one sounddynamics rts c2 and the two smaller evergy exl bookselfs for the rears.

a 250watt jbl sub handling the low bass and a 10inch 150 watt nuance handling the upper bass.

though i agree about the seat position i think the appeal of smaller computer speakers are that they are designed to have pretty direct sound as compared to "normal" speakers where they tend to have a uniform dispersion.

with that said. i still prefer the upper end of computer specific speakers for clarity and versatility at close listening.

though...

you'll never achieve 120decibel watts with a common comp setup.
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I have got one today too .Had an Audigy 2ZS and this thing creams it .The clarity through my middle of the road headphones is incredible .I have read some reviews but didn, expect this much difference , and i only bought it on a whim
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Originally Posted by markuk3
I have got one today too .Had an Audigy 2ZS and this thing creams it .The clarity through my middle of the road headphones is incredible .I have read some reviews but didn, expect this much difference , and i only bought it on a whim
Just wait until you master the settings on the X-Fi. It's truly a great piece of equipment and the more I use it, the better I can make it sound. Only tough part is that some songs require different settings. (depending on quality of recording,etc)
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Just wait until you master the settings on the X-Fi. It's truly a great piece of equipment and the more I use it, the better I can make it sound. Only tough part is that some songs require different settings. (depending on quality of recording,etc)
Only able to use the headphones at the moment it,1am here dont think the neighbours would like too much, so i have been meesin about with just those setting,s made such a difference. I have thousands of mp3,s perhaps i,ll start listening to them again now lol
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off subject...check these beauties out....if your an audiophyle,like myslelf!
http://www.bang-olufsen.com/web2/sys...=ls&prodid=544
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Yeah a bit nice, But i doubt i could justify the price ...go on frighten us
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ya last i checked their msrp was 5000/piece, but that was when it was still a concept, i bet they are around 2 grand a piece...
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I asked the boss she said only if i service her so i told her there not worth that much . But they do look great
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ya last i checked their msrp was 5000/piece, but that was when it was still a concept, i bet they are around 2 grand a piece...
Band & Olufsen isn't known for their audio quality. They're more artistic and "techy" than a serious piece of audio equipment. I'm sure they sound good compared to Bose,Klipsch,etc but they wouldn't hold up to the big boys.
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