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Hey everyone, I was wondering if I could get some advice on purchasing a new speaker system.

Currently I am using Logitech X-540s on my computer, and I got them for a great deal (50$!!) about 3 years ago. Now my main focus with this setup is to get as close to the same cost efficiency (going from cheapo included speakers to 50$ x540s plus a 40$ audigy 4 blew my mind!) for this new set of speakers.

Now logically, I assumed my best bet was to go for the Logitech Z-5500's (only when there is a good deal of course ), which I have heard nothing but good things about, until recently when I heard someone on this forum mention that they have terrible mids and generally are disliked by the audiophile community.

So now I am here wondering, is there a good setup that I can build with 300-400$ (maybe 500 if it is required), consisting of a really nice subwoofer and either floorstanding or bookshelf (or whatever else =S) speakers, and a reciever, plus an amp if I'd need one.

I fully understand that there is alot of research to do on this, so if you could either help me directly with some nice speaker choices, or point me to a forum (headfi, etc) that has some information on these setup's I would greatly appreciate it =)

I also seem to think that in order to get a setup similar to the Z5500's, for a similar price range, I may have to wait until some deals roll in.

So if anyone can help me out with some information or links to helpful guides, that would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Nick
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Receiver and amp are commonly used to describe a few different things.

A stereo receiver is a stereo amp with a built in AM/FM tuner and will have inputs for a CD player, TV/PC/iPod.

A stereo amp is just the stereo amp, it has inputs for a tuner, CD player, TV/PC/iPod.

An AV (Audio/Video) receiver is used for surround sound setups (5.1 etc) and will process/decode both audio and video signals and be able to handle audio encoded in DTS/DD etc, it'll have the same inputs as those above but also inputs/outputs for HDMI, S-Video, RGB connections etc.

Now, if you don't need radio and are looking at a 2.1 setup then a stereo amp is what you want to be looking at, you can connect 2 x passive speakers and output to an active (amp built in) subwoofer.

You're budget is a little small for an amp, speakers and a sub. I would recommend getting the amp and speakers for now and then adding a sub when you can afford it; if you still want one. My floorstanding speakers output plenty of bass for my room size (~13'x13')
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Thanks tUDJ, I'm thinking of a 5.1 setup, so it seems like an AV receiver is what I'd be looking for.

On further research, I can't seem to find any real complaints with the Z-5500's, at least not in any reviews anyway. Would I get much better quality than the Z5500's within the same 400$ price range, or will it cost a bit more in order to piece together a similar system?
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Originally Posted by NiK_0_0 View Post
Thanks tUDJ, I'm thinking of a 5.1 setup, so it seems like an AV receiver is what I'd be looking for.

On further research, I can't seem to find any real complaints with the Z-5500's, at least not in any reviews anyway. Would I get much better quality than the Z5500's within the same 400$ price range, or will it cost a bit more in order to piece together a similar system?
I'd cost quite a bit more I think, I'm not familiar with US pricing though. Full size speakers will blow away the Z5500 in terms of SQ though, it all depends on whether the better sound is worth the extra expense, people have different priorities.
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So full size speakers, a full 5.1 setup would beat Z5500 hands-down, but whats the cheapest I would be looking at for that kind of setup? Even the 400$ seems a bit steep for the Z5500 set, so if I could make my own setup for 400-500$, even if it was just 2.1 to begin with, would that even be possible? Or am I looking at 600+ for something better than the Z5500?

I mean off the top of my head, 150 for a decent AV reciever (so I can go 5.1 later), maybe 150-200 for a decent sub (I like me some bass), leaves 150 ish for a sexy pair of floorstanding speakers. At least thats what I am hoping =D

Does anyone have some nice forums I could find a set of reviews on recievers/subs/floor/book speakers?

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Check this thread in the AVS Forum, start at the end and work your way backward.
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