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Hi everyone,

Need help choosing between these surround sound systems. I'm going down this road because my girlfriend bought me 5.1 Surround Logitech x530s which were faulty, and went back... and then I tasted better sound biggrin.gif

After looking around to no success.. and got thinking I could probably do better with the money to get a home theatre setup.

I have come to these two:

The Samsung set are the more expensive choice

The Sony Set, the more powerful set, look good etc

What I need to use them for are:

Gaming and music on the pc. Will possibly get a new sound card, but at current the output options are the coloured 3.5mm jack things that I think go up to 7.1 (AsusP5KE wifi solo) and optical output.

Ps3 has optical but has hdmi too obviously

They are the main things I use. I could use an optical splitter if need be

Please give me feedback and pointers smile.gif

EDIT: Just realised the PC has co-axial too, not sure what it is exactly :/
Edited by SgtMunky - 1/6/11 at 1:18pm
post #2 of 11
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I mainly looking for flexibility. If there was a way to stream films from my pc to the system would be cool, but I'm too ill to work it out atm frown.gif
post #3 of 11
Your built in card should go up to 7.1 but if its quality you are looking for then you want a sound card. I have a creative x-treme gamer, but there are better options for better quality.

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Can you stretch your budget a bit further? You could get a lot more quality for a little more cash.

For £270 you could get some great speakers and a reasonable surround amp which would be FAR superior to those HTIB solutions both in terms of sound and connectivity.

Jamo A102 Speaker Package

SONY STRDH500 Receiver - 3 x HDMI and 3 x digital audio (I'm sure your mobo has a digital output)
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Yes my motherboard has optical, and no I cant really strech the budget as it is already streched frown.gif
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Hmm that reciever doesn't seem to have that good specs at first glance to be apart from the inputs... I know the speakers will make the most difference, but will that still be better than the home theatre sets I've already linked?

In regards to the budget... I have two old stand up speakers from a previous stereo, I suppose I could plug them in, then I could just order a decent bass, and order some more speakers when I have the money...
Edited by SgtMunky - 1/7/11 at 2:21am
post #7 of 11
It's true it is a budget amp, however it used to sell for well over £200 last year and it will definitely provide more and better sounding watts than either of the HTIBs... Don't be fooled by the wattage claims etc. that manufacturers put on one-box packages - to call them an exaggeration is being generous.

Your suggestion of buying an amp now and upgrading speakers later is an excellent idea. Do it!
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Originally Posted by joemunky;11915070 
Hi everyone,

Need help choosing between these surround sound systems. I'm going down this road because my girlfriend bought me 5.1 Surround Logitech x530s which were faulty, and went back... and then I tasted better sound biggrin.gif

After looking around to no success.. and got thinking I could probably do better with the money to get a home theatre setup.

I have come to these two:

The Samsung set are the more expensive choice

The Sony Set, the more powerful set, look good etc

What I need to use them for are:

Gaming and music on the pc. Will possibly get a new sound card, but at current the output options are the coloured 3.5mm jack things that I think go up to 7.1 (AsusP5KE wifi solo) and optical output.

Ps3 has optical but has hdmi too obviously

They are the main things I use. I could use an optical splitter if need be

Please give me feedback and pointers smile.gif

EDIT: Just realised the PC has co-axial too, not sure what it is exactly :/



I had a sony HTIB and was not happy with it. I ended up getting the
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120167
By Onkyo and i love it. The sound quality is amazing, and has plenty of power. I know its a little more than the others but in my opinion worth it. When comparing power ratings make sure the THD is the same.
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post #9 of 11
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What do you think they will be like for pc gaming use?

the idea of the upscaling dvd player is a good point to me, but if the amp is going to be worlds better... obviously its the better way to go
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Should be great for gaming too. Oh and don't worry, your PS3 will upscale DVDs.
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