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You pay for the cookie shipping.

But seriously, I am looking for a new set of speakers. I want the best quality I can get for roughly $300-$350. I was looking at the Logitech Z-5500, but apparently everyones saying they are bad, so I want opinions!

A friend of mine linked me to these and said these sound amazing, but I am not sure how I feel about 2.1.

http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-5#overview

I will be using them for gaming and music mostly.
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post #2 of 21
The a5s are very nice. They are much higher quality speakers than logitechs or other "gaming" speakers. For music, 2.1 is actually ideal. As for gaming, I find my a5s to be great and I love the smaller form factor they provide over having tons of speakers surrounding me. Your other, higher end option would be to get good studio monitors and an audio receiver. You could eventually expand this system and end up with a really good 5.1 system over time. Hope this helps. For what its worth, I second the a5 recommendation.
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post #3 of 21
NHT Super Zero 2.0 and Dayton SUB-120 HT might be a pretty sweet setup for you.

Err, read 250 for some reason. Well. I'm sure you can get better than that for another 100.

Then again, your sound card is very aged and an upgrade would definitely benefit you, or perhaps a DAC if you can cough up some more cash.
Edited by Simca - 3/25/11 at 8:56pm
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by the way I'm in the mood for snickerdoodles
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post #5 of 21
I would love for someone to try out the Corsair sp2200s

They seem nice on paper. I really need a nice little system to hook up to my turn tables just for around the house play. I just expect good reproduction for my friends who are listening.
    
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post #6 of 21
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+Rep to all.

So far I am stretched between the A5s and the Corsair.
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post #7 of 21
From the vantage point of someone who actually owns Z-5500's, I wish I'd have gone for bookshelves instead. They distort a little too much for my liking, and the bass is way too boomy. Still an outstanding set of speakers, but there are better options available, as the audio gurus will tell you.

Oh, and you'll also be surprised as to how much two standalone speakers can actually project sound. Some things can sound like they're coming from behind you.
Edited by GoTMaXPoWeR - 3/25/11 at 9:08pm
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post #8 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR View Post
From the vantage point of someone who actually owns Z-5500's, I wish I'd have gone for bookshelves instead. They distort a little too much for my liking, and the bass is way too boomy. Still an outstanding set of speakers, but there are better options available, as the audio gurus will tell you.

Oh, and you'll also be surprised as to how much two standalone speakers can actually project sound. Some things can sound like they're coming from behind you.
Thanks for the advice, I will be looking into the choices I posted above.

+Rep.

I would love to hear some Corsair reviews if anyone has got any, otherwise I am leaning towards the A5s.
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post #9 of 21
Problem with A5's is you get no subwoofer. So as far as speakers go the A5s are nice, but then no subwoofer with your price range.

Don't know anything about the Corsair product.
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post #10 of 21
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Good point, which is one of the reasons I am trying to see if anyone used the Corsairs.
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