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^Their speakers look nice on the outside but are damn ugly on the inside. Horrible sound quality. 100% avoid. I have to agree a DAC will probably better. A lot of people like the cambridge audio dac magic and the maverick audio tubemagic d1.

Edit - nice choice going with Asus. Real smart.
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post #12 of 29
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^this.

A soundcard will definitely help...but not low quality speakers.

Stay away from Logitech...they use muddy fronts that lack midrange and overwhelm you with a boomy subwoofer.
Agreed with this somewhat. These speakers sound brilliant (with some software modifications and a sound card), but at high volumes they can become very distorted and boomy (even with bit matched streaming). If you're after building your own audio setup, ask about bookshelf speakers in your budget and get a decent amplifier.

EDIT - Oh, great choice OP. You wont be disappointed with a Xonar DS/DX.
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post #13 of 29
IMO, sound cards even help Logitech speakers. Sure, they won't see the full potential of the cards, but they'll make the most out of the Logitech speakers until you're ready to upgrade to better speakers.
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The only complaint I have with this Logitech Z623 is an odd smell when I turn up the bass using the EQ. I assume it's to do with the amount of air it's chugging through, making an icky smell of 'newness'. :/ However, another possibility is it is overheating, but I don't understand why that would happen.

Otherwise, it sounds great. I'm not going to be running house parties with a 2.1 speaker system, so I really don't care how it sounds at max volume.
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hmm...

so whats a recommendation for a cheaper one? Only to be used with gaming and some headphones?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR View Post
Agreed with this somewhat. These speakers sound brilliant (with some software modifications and a sound card), but at high volumes they can become very distorted and boomy (even with bit matched streaming). If you're after building your own audio setup, ask about bookshelf speakers in your budget and get a decent amplifier.

EDIT - Oh, great choice OP. You wont be disappointed with a Xonar DS/DX.
It can be...but I found very little improvement with my z2300's jacked into the X-Fi HD. *speaking of which...I need to get them on the marketplace...lol

edit: I suppose almost any speakers can be improved with a soundcard/dac over onboard. After I heard AV-40's off a Xonar DX though, I quickly changed my tune...literally.
post #17 of 29
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It can be...but I found very little improvement with my z2300's jacked into the X-Fi HD. *speaking of which...I need to get them on the marketplace...lol

edit: I suppose almost any speakers can be improved with a soundcard/dac over onboard. After I heard AV-40's off a Xonar DX though, I quickly changed my tune...literally.
Heh.

I'd love some new speakers. I have hardly any space on my desk though. It's a shame, but I really can't give up my dual monitors.

Also, @cheaper sound card - I'd honestly recommend you continue to save up and go for at least a Xonar DS. The money spent on a lower end soundcard will be wasted when you realise what you've been missing without high end audio gear and drop top $$$ on an awesome setup.
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post #18 of 29
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Heh.

I'd love some new speakers. I have hardly any space on my desk though. It's a shame, but I really can't give up my dual monitors.

Also, @cheaper sound card - I'd honestly recommend you continue to save up and go for at least a Xonar DS. The money spent on a lower end soundcard will be wasted when you realise what you've been missing and drop top $$$ on an awesome setup.
you're telling me...I had to wall mount mine...absolutely no space on my desk for anything else...lol

and exactly what maxpower said. don't skimp on a sound card...you'll regret it.
post #19 of 29
horray for sound cards! get one.
post #20 of 29
I've got a xonar dg, but it sounds no different from my via onboard. It did give me a bit of a boost framerate wise (but not allot.)
     
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