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Best speakers to replace my z5500 with? (5.1/2.1 or 2.0)

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A while ago, my house burned down and now I'm looking to replace my lost Logitech Z-5500.

I was wondering if there are any alternatives with similar setup (5.1/7.1) that would be better than just getting another Z-5500.

Even if I'm searching for some 5.1/7.1, good quality 2.0 or 2.1 is perfectly fine.

The price is not so much as an issue since insurance will pay me back. (around 500$).

Multiple inputs would be nice.
Something audiophile friendly is a must, I will mainly use the speakers for movies and music. If it plays nice with games as well then yay!
I don't have any special soundcard on my rig, but I'm saving up for an HM-801. I'm also thinking about an Apogee Duet (my main rig being a Mac)

Thanks!

Suggestions so far:
5.1
Klipsch HD 500 Compact 5.1
Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS 5.1
Energy 5.1
2.0
Audioengine A5s
Edited by h0p3r - 3/3/11 at 10:18pm
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Did you bring your flame proof suit? You're going to need it, things are about to get ugly in this thread.
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with $500 i know there are a LOT of better options that will be rolling in.
    
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Originally Posted by E-Peen;12599785 
Did you bring your flame proof suit? You're going to need it, things are about to get ugly in this thread.

Thanks for the heads-up biggrin.gif but I know the community is helpful.
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Originally Posted by microman;12599792 
with $500 i know there are a LOT of better options that will be rolling in.

I was sure there were better alternatives! Now, if there would be any specifics...
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Originally Posted by h0p3r;12599847 
Thanks for the heads-up biggrin.gif but I know the community is helpful.

This community is very helpful, it's just a large majority of it has a very strong "dislike" for the z-5500. And it's understandable, you're paying a fair amount of money for something that's worse than what you can really get at that price.

I don't mean to say it's a good thing, but it's kind of good you get money to buy a better set of speakers. You'll be much happier than you were with the z-5500s.
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Originally Posted by E-Peen;12599878 
This community is very helpful, it's just a large majority of it has a very strong "dislike" for the z-5500. And it's understandable, you're paying a fair amount of money for something that's worse than what you can really get at that price.

I don't mean to say it's a good thing, but it's kind of good you get money to buy a better set of speakers. You'll be much happier than you were with the z-5500s.

I knew I was doing the right thing asking OCN before replacing my z-5500s. smile.gif
I started to be more audiophile this year and I can't go back. I was sure the z-5500s weren't really great, but I couldn't do much about it.
Edited by h0p3r - 3/3/11 at 3:46pm
post #7 of 29
First of all, welcome to OCN. smile.gif

Second of all, I'm sorry to hear your house burned down. frown.gif

Third, there are a number of solutions for 500 dollars.

First, do you really need 5.1 sound? If you don't appropriately place your speakers around you and instead just put them all on your desk you'll be getting worse quality than if you just bought a 2.1 set up. Know what I mean? For more speakers you're sacrificing quality simply on an expense base. So we could give you a 5.1 setup that'll be good, or a 500 dollars 2.1 set up that will be great. Know what I mean?

If you're still stuck on a 5.1 set up though, here are some suggestions.

First is to go the real speaker route and get 2x Polk Audio M50s, 2x M30s, 1x Polk Audio CS1, and a BIC F-12 Subwoofer (Which is normally 500 dollars itself...but currently 182).

Or you could just go the traditional PC speakers route:
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-HD-500-Compact-Theater/dp/B001XURGT4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1299193114&sr=1-1"]Klipsch HD 500 Compact 5.1[/ame] (I think these replaced the ProMedia 5.1s)
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Boston-Acoustics-SoundWareXS5-1B-Speaker-System/dp/B002FS1NYW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1299193092&sr=1-1"]Boston Acoustic SoundWare XS 5.1[/ame]

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Classic-Theater-System-Black/dp/B001202C44"]Energy 5.1[/ame]
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post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank you!

It's true, I haven't really used the 5.1 since my room was quite small.
I did use the 5.1 for Stereo X2 (one set of speakers around my monitor, one set of speakers next to my bed) but that's it. I am willing to give non-5.1 setup a go, but I liked having it "just in case".

I could go the real speakers way and go with a more expensive 2.1 setup and then later add 2 more speakers if needed be?

PC speaker setup would be easier, wouldn't it? I would like to have multiple inputs for several audio sources and it would be harder with traditional speakers.

The Boston Acoustics are so beautiful!

The M50s are too big. I guess that if I go the 2.1 way with traditional speakers, I should get the BIC F-12? I wonder if Amazon will ship to CAN...
Edited by h0p3r - 3/3/11 at 3:26pm
post #9 of 29
Not the best person to give advice on 2.1 speakers as this is not my forte, but from people I've talked to that went this route they usually chose [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-Powered-Multimedia-Speaker-System/dp/B000OABTPQ"]Audioengine A5s[/ame].

Then just go with the subwoofer I posted up there.
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post #10 of 29
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My mind is almost set: I'd like to get some amazing 2.1 instead of some really good 5.1.
The only drawback is the lack of a processor for multiple inputs (the Z-5500's volume knob stand also is used for plugging inputs (digital coax, optical, etc...).

Those Audioengine A5s are beautiful. Reading the bad reviews though, some things are consistent such as muddly bass and low-frequency feedbacks. frown.gif Not very audiophile.
Edited by h0p3r - 3/3/11 at 3:44pm
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