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Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade from the z-2300 logitech set. I live in a dorm room and I listen to mostly electronica and dubstep, so I really love bass and I need a sub. What I don't know is whether or not I need a sound card. I use the mobo in my sig for audio.

I can spend around 300 but they have to be available in canada!

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Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade from the z-2300 logitech set. I live in a dorm room and I listen to mostly electronica and dubstep, so I really love bass and I need a sub. What I don't know is whether or not I need a sound card. I use the mobo in my sig for audio.

I can spend around 300 but they have to be available in canada!

Thanks
It's my opinion that a sound card isn't going to make a real difference when using the z-2300 speakers.

If you have a decent set of headphones, then you might want to get a sound card anyways, but just for the z-2300 speakers... no... I wouldn't. We have two z-2300 speaker sets in the house (one in my brother's room, and one used to be in my room but now it's being used as a cheap set of speakers for the Wii), and they're good, but a sound card won't really do anything for them imo.
    
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He stated that he is looking for something to replace the logitech speakers.Do you already have some speakers in mind?
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Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade from the z-2300 logitech set. I live in a dorm room and I listen to mostly electronica and dubstep, so I really love bass and I need a sub. What I don't know is whether or not I need a sound card. I use the mobo in my sig for audio.

I can spend around 300 but they have to be available in canada!

Thanks
Heya,

Instead of suggesting a 2.1 system and soundcard (which at under $300 Canadian, that's just not going to happen with any amount of quality upgrade in my opinion), I'll suggest you move away from `computer' speakers and soundcards and migrate towards real sound systems. That means it's time for you to get a receiver. I would suggest you nab a decent 5.1 receiver, but they're going to cost you a lot and you want the whole thing for $300. So that's not an option perhaps. But you can get a stereo receiver for about $100, that does like 100watts at 8ohms. And instead of a 2.1 system with a weak sub (a real sub will cost you over $300), get a really good pair of real book shelf speakers.

Polk Monitor 40's. These suckers get loud and I can attest to their bass output. You won't need a sub until you get further into the aspects of home audio and have a much higher budget. But just these two speakers will out sound any of those little computer speaker setups with a `sub (not a real sub)' or even those home theater `in a box' combos. The range on these speakers for the price is fantastic.

You do not need a soundcard. Your motherboard has optical output. Simply plug that into your receiver's optical input and in your audio settings, select `digital output' or `digital audio (S/PDIF)' depending on what you find there. Then adjust the audio on your receiver to your liking (equalizer, ramp up the bass, etc).

Hopefully someone can recommend a good stereo receiver in the $100 Canadian range, as I have never looked at them (only 5.1 and 7.1 receivers).

But I will seriously recommend that if you're going to put $300 into audio, don't just keep getting low end tweeters labeled as speakers marketed towards computer users. You may have to increase budget to $350 to get it in Canada, but I seriously recommend you look into a stereo receiver and a good pair of book shelf speakers. The quality and audio experience is so different that you'll wonder why people still buy `packages' of tweeters with a low end speaker (which they label as a sub, but is NOT a sub).

Good luck to you!

Very best,
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Heya,

Instead of suggesting a 2.1 system and soundcard (which at under $300 Canadian, that's just not going to happen with any amount of quality upgrade in my opinion), I'll suggest you move away from `computer' speakers and soundcards and migrate towards real sound systems. That means it's time for you to get a receiver. I would suggest you nab a decent 5.1 receiver, but they're going to cost you a lot and you want the whole thing for $300. So that's not an option perhaps. But you can get a stereo receiver for about $100, that does like 100watts at 8ohms. And instead of a 2.1 system with a weak sub (a real sub will cost you over $300), get a really good pair of real book shelf speakers.

Polk Monitor 40's. These suckers get loud and I can attest to their bass output. You won't need a sub until you get further into the aspects of home audio and have a much higher budget. But just these two speakers will out sound any of those little computer speaker setups with a `sub (not a real sub)' or even those home theater `in a box' combos. The range on these speakers for the price is fantastic.

You do not need a soundcard. Your motherboard has optical output. Simply plug that into your receiver's optical input and in your audio settings, select `digital output' or `digital audio (S/PDIF)' depending on what you find there. Then adjust the audio on your receiver to your liking (equalizer, ramp up the bass, etc).

Hopefully someone can recommend a good stereo receiver in the $100 Canadian range, as I have never looked at them (only 5.1 and 7.1 receivers).

But I will seriously recommend that if you're going to put $300 into audio, don't just keep getting low end tweeters labeled as speakers marketed towards computer users. You may have to increase budget to $350 to get it in Canada, but I seriously recommend you look into a stereo receiver and a good pair of book shelf speakers. The quality and audio experience is so different that you'll wonder why people still buy `packages' of tweeters with a low end speaker (which they label as a sub, but is NOT a sub).

Good luck to you!

Very best,
I was considering those speakers and a used 5.1 receiver to be able to add the center,surrounds and a decent sub later.Would you recommend them?If they have a decent amount of bass as you mentioned, I could just skip the sub and wait till I save some money to get a decent one.
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If you want to keep it simple and not get sucked into the sound quality vortex like I did (it ended up costing me a arm, leg and almost a liver), get the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, you can't go wrong with that.
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