Originally Posted by Pankie
The thing is guys, I was really hoping on picking up something with very immersive sound, something to fill the room and come from all directions.
^ That is what I own now, pretty bad subwoofer, is it even worth using?
Do all receivers have dac's ? And would the quality of the dac in a $300 receiver be better than my sound card? Do they make receivers without dac's ?
I just don't want to spend $700 and only come out with 2 speakers.. If that sub is usable, can I just pickup a receiver and a 5.1 system like the one in the first reply?
Anything that supports Dolby Pro should have a built-in DAC (and will have S/PDIF input). It might be worth trying eBay before craigslist, depending on your area. Generally, any 5.1 to 7.1 receiver that's come out in the last 9 years will have a DAC, the newer ones with the higher MSRP being the better ones. Onkyo, Yamaha, Denon have all made good receivers, but check Audioreview no matter what and make sure all the channels are working.
Also, you usually connect a subwoofer to the receiver using the subwoofer input, which your Logitech probably doesn't have.
Here's a good subwoofer for $80 shipped w/ promo:
(I'm not sure how much power you want from the sub).
And I don't know how much you know about audio equipment but you'll want some good speaker wire, and Home Depot's a great place to buy it. Wireless is okay if you're not a freak about it, but overpriced.
However, since you already have a nice sound card, you wouldn't need to go the route of receiver + speakers to get good sound quality. Obviously the Z-5500 is "okay" and cheap and comes with all you need, but I'm more of a studio monitor guy so someone else should help you out with what specific speakers you want to buy (unless you wouldn't mind big bookshelf speakers sitting on stands).Edited by aaronmonto - 3/6/11 at 12:16am