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post #1 of 8
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Hello

I am no audiophile and I doubt my ears can pick up the differences but I would like to get a better then average audio setup ( as I am planning to upgrade my curent setup in 1-2 months )

Right now I have the integrated audio ( ALC889 ) with cheap Genius headphones and some 2.0 speakers I know nothing about.

I would also like to know if its possible to do something like get a 5.1 system and add my 2.0 speakers to make it a 7.1 system ? is it worth it or should i forget it ?

After reading the forum for a while and doing some searches I decided to go for a Xonar D1 and this 5.1 setup from Genius.

For headphones I have no idea what to pick BUT I only prefer behind the head type headphones ( like the one i have now ), I hate for my ears to get hot and on all big headphones I had they get very hot and comfort is no.1 when it comes to headset.

TL;DR version:

I have on-board audio with crap 2.0 speakers / headset
I want something better for GAMING ( and some movies )
My budget for this is 600 Lei at most 1000 Lei ( thats Romanian currency to get $ divide by 3 ... so 200 to 330 $ )
The most comprehensive list of whats available to me is on this website PCGarage.ro
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post #2 of 8
It depends on if your new system has the extra output channels. If they do and your 2.0 speakers and your new system both use speaker wire, then you should be able to just wire up the speakers to the appropriate channels. It just depends on what type of connections.

If you got open backed headphones I really doubt that your ears would get hot. I have worn mine for extended periods and never had a problem, they are very comfortable.
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Only system of any worth on that website just a little bit under 1000 would be the Corsair 2500.

http://www.pcgarage.ro/boxe/corsair/sp2500/

No other websites you can buy from?
post #4 of 8
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Ty both for the tips

about the headphones, I didn't really knew what I was looking for in one before ( I read that guide about headphones now ) so I cant tell if they were open or closed

as for the website I hoped they had something useful because i bought from them and I trust them, there are many scams and poor quality web stores here ... but I guess that ones that are like that wont have in their list some high quality merchandise.

The budget I listed is for the entire setup sound card / 5.1 speakers / headphones ( and the only reason I listed it and a website to select from its because prices don't match here and there are no offers like on newegg to lower prices )

I think it would be easier just to recommend a good enough gaming sound card ( if its cheaper then the Xonar D1 ) but still better then ALC889 and some cheap 5.1 setup and headphones ( all within a 200$ ish budget )

Or at least tell me if the 5.1 speakers i chose are any good or what specifications i should for in them.
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post #5 of 8
Just be careful upgrading from the ALC889, it's very good for onboard sound, and while it can be beat easily, it won't be beat by cards under 80$... Well it will, but the difference will be worth maybe $20... not the $80 you'd be paying. I know from experience luckily I was able to return each card I got.

I haven't tested with the DX/D1 though, and they would probably have the best chance at being worth it too. So, you know, just be aware, and don't hesitate to return anything if you don't notice a BIG difference.
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post #6 of 8
purchase speakers 1st, and a quick google for your onboard ALC889, 2nd result is this http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...ek-alc889.html
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post #7 of 8
For headphones you might want to look at the Razer Carcharias. The ear pads on those are not leather so your ears won't get hot from wearing them. Instead they are made from cloth and are very lightweight and comfortable. They don't have the best audio quality though and the build is a little on the flimsy side. Other than that, they are very comfortable.
post #8 of 8
NHT SuperZero 2.0 Speakers ($99) + AudioTechnica ATH-M50s ($199)

The NHT SuperZero 2.0 speakers are really small, inexpensive, yet stereophile quality. The AudioTechnica ATH-M50s (or ATH-M50. The only difference is a straight cable in the s model and a coiled cable in the original. I would recommend a straight cable for connecting to a sound card at the back of your computer). The AudioTechnica ATH-A700 and ATH-AD700 (A = Closed. AD = Open) are also a set of good headphones. I'm trying to keep the cost lower for you. If you don't have a budget, I'd go for the Denon AH-D2000. Some Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, Grados, and Ultrasone headphones are good too.
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