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Hello,

So earlier this morning my eXtreme Music arrived in the mail.. i promptly installed it, like anyone here would...

I must simply say AWESOME, my speakers instantly sounded 100% on what they used to with my onboard... (Krajan ALC855)

I have the X-530 speakers and am planning on some Klipsch possibly, atleast if i can find them in AUS anyway... i guess my main question here is What type of speakers should i get to match this sound card??

I know the Logitech Z-5500D are good for it, but i really want Sound Quality over volume...

I must also say the sound quality was stunning, highs being soo much more crisp, lows much deeper, and mids much smoother, all around i must say if you want a Sound Card and don't mind spending a little bit of Cash BUY ONE OF THESE SUCKERS

Thanks
post #2 of 26
good topic, i would also like to know this because I just bought my card... But haven't installed it yet. Does it just go into a 1X PCI Slot?
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the card goes into a regular pci slot...

About the x-5500s, theyre not just loud...they have great sound quality...the bass is thunderous!! 188ws blows things off my shelf , theyre a great purchase...
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Just pop it in a PCI slot. The 1x PCI is the tiny one so dont put it in there, just the normal PCI slot (typically the bottom 3 or 4 depending on your board)
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Originally Posted by metalkobra
the card goes into a regular pci slot...

About the x-5500s, theyre not just loud...they have great sound quality...the bass is thunderous!! 188ws blows things off my shelf , theyre a great purchase...
I know what they sound like, my friend has a set i've used them through optical output at 96khz, and to be honest... i really think the bass is a bit loose, and muddy so to speak.. i could jsut be picky, but i want someting that is krisp, clean, clear, well defined Highs, smooth Mids and Warm Heart Vibrating Lows.

The Z-5500's do this, a little.. they are really a sloppy High Powered Speaker set designed for gaming, and gaming alone... after about a week of using them i was starting to nitice imperfections in the sound and have almost put them off my list of speakers to get... if i had to i would still get them though

I'm not saying the Z-5500's are bad, just there is definately better out there for the same price.. i may consider Creative Speakers as i do believe they have been in the business for longer and also utilise "proper" hi-fi style cabling so you can "up-the-ante" with superior wiring, as apposed to all logitech stuff which is stock and stock only.. (except the Z-680's)

Upon reading a bit on Klipsch the Promedia 5.1 Ultra's seem to be the ones to get... only bad thing.. they pretty much don't exist in Australia.. *cries* i'm willing to pay up to $700 for some decent speakers!

EDIT: Yeah the eXtreme Music uses a standard PCI 1.1 or higher slot which is usually the bottom 2-3 pci slots on your MOtherboard (if you have PCIe)

Currently there is no need for Creative to upgrade to the PCIe interface as it will do absolutely nothing to performance, and only take the compatability down!
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I have heard the 5500's and I must say I liked them but I also heard the Klipsch Promedia 5.1 blows them out of the water for sound quality I think. I am a bit of an audiophile and I do have a somewhat picky ear about sound quality and if you are looking for 5.1 in that price range 200-300 US not sure about AUS I would get the klipsch bit if you dont mind 2.1 the set of Bose 2.1 that I have right now would be my first recommendation. Some people put bose down and I did at one tme but I heard these in an outlet shop and liked them so I took a chance and I have since retracted everything I have ever said about Bose, I love them.


**EDIT** I forgot to add one thing you want to really look at is the S/N Siginal to noise ratio. The X-Fi can put out around a 120 s/n but a human can really tell the difference between 90 and 100 so try to stay in the mid to high 90's if you like clean sound quality.
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any good speakers around the 150$ mark?

but I also dont want crappy ones... I bought the X-FI for a reason
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Originally Posted by xsabrewulf
any good speakers around the 150$ mark?

but I also dont want crappy ones... I bought the X-FI for a reason
Well if you want 5.1 the Logitech Z-5300e's are aparently quiet good for the mid range mark..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121121

they are powerful enough to rattle your house and will utilise the eXtreme Music's features

For 2.1 the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speakers are very nice, maybe even better then the Z-5300e's in sound quality, as klipsch is aparently one of the best PC Speaker manufacturers as they have been in the business for 60 years...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836119101
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Originally Posted by xsabrewulf
any good speakers around the 150$ mark?

but I also dont want crappy ones... I bought the X-FI for a reason
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836119101
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I have heard the 5500's and I must say I liked them but I also heard the Klipsch Promedia 5.1 blows them out of the water for sound quality I think. I am a bit of an audiophile and I do have a somewhat picky ear about sound quality and if you are looking for 5.1 in that price range 200-300 US not sure about AUS I would get the klipsch bit if you dont mind 2.1 the set of Bose 2.1 that I have right now would be my first recommendation. Some people put bose down and I did at one tme but I heard these in an outlet shop and liked them so I took a chance and I have since retracted everything I have ever said about Bose, I love them.


**EDIT** I forgot to add one thing you want to really look at is the S/N Siginal to noise ratio. The X-Fi can put out around a 120 s/n but a human can really tell the difference between 90 and 100 so try to stay in the mid to high 90's if you like clean sound quality.
Yeah you are right, the human ear plays wonderful tricks on us and especially how all these manufactures make out that 108db SNR is soo great yet we can't even reach that level, i guess some people can, as it's the way we are.. some people can hear things other can't...

I would love to get the Klipsch ProMedia Ultras but as i stated they don't exist in Australia "YET" which totally sucks balls.. maybe some Creative Speakers will do better then the Logitech's. Although i do like my X-530's quiet a lot, my girlfriend thinks they are the best, I'm always telling here they don't sound that great... 'But' considering how much i spent they are doing a rather nice job hehehehe, but then again i don't expect her to know much about my Audiphillic ways (not all the way there.. don't have the money for it)

well atleast i know when i go into night clubs, i am always rather frustrated by Muddy Bass, and distorting mid ranges.. so i go to the bar hoping to not notice as much later on in the night..

EDIT: Also I really like 5.1, i really can't stand 2.1... i've got room, and I absolutely LOVE my music coming from all areas of the room, generally set up better then all ym friends sets to be "surround" sounding so i can say ok that noise came from over there... but generally if you move about a foot in any direction the sound feild is whacked out of shape and you cna't tell where anything is coming from
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