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well for the people that are saying upgrade from z-5500's what do you recommend for around the same price range? prlly not the z906 since it's basically the same but what amp ,bookshelf,subs do you rec for around same price? i needa pull a trigger soon!
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Originally Posted by Draygonn View Post
Why not wait for the new model to come out. It will probably have a black interior. No rust worries then.
I was never too patient when I have money burning holes

Plus doubt it can ever get better than a 840.
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I would suggest using an analogue connection to get the best out of your sound card. Spending that kind of money on a sound card then running an optical connection almost renders the card useless. Switch to the analogue connection and let that spiffy card handle the digital to analogue conversion.
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A little too expensive for a soundcard but I guess it gets the job done!
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What a waste a money, should got this http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1 for $200. Much better
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I can't believe how uneducated people can just go and throw $290 towards a thing they don't know anything about, and intend on using it with some $5 plastic Corsair speakers.

EDIT: wait what, he's using the optical out on the sound card and using the internal DAC of the Z5500, disregarding the analog outputs that make the sound card so expensive in the first place? I can't even laugh at that, that's asinine and plain stupid.

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What a waste a money, should got this http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1 for $200. Much better
Very much agreed. That or a Nuforce µDAC-2 for active speakers, or a Icon-2 for passive bookshelfs. Onkyo A-5VL has a 192KHz 24-bit DAC and a good headphone amplifier + 50W stereo bi-amp, if I didn't get active monitors I'd consider Icon-2 or the Onkyo. If you want surround, get a Onkyo TX-507 or whichever brand you like.

To OP:
You do realize that Corsair does not manufacture their multimedia speakers themselves? They're made by a third party, and if it was anything worth advertising Corsair definitely would say "MADE IN ASSOCIATION WITH *insert decent brand here*.

From active speakers I have heard, I wholeheartedly recommend these:
Fostex PM.05
Behringer B3030A/B3031A
Audioengine A5
KRK Rokit RP5
Genelec 6010A

Or if you can cancel your sound card order, get a stereo amplifier/7.1 receiver (which ever you feel like you want) with an integrated DAC, and get some passive bookshelf speakers. Here are some I've heard recently that I liked:
Monitor Audio BX2
Dali Concept 2
Wharfedale Diamond 10.0, 10.1, 10.2

Whatever you do, I strongly recommend to steer away from "multimedia" sets, ready 2.1 systems and PC speakers from whoever, they do not have the anatomy, size and power reserve to play music in a way human ear deserves to hear it. I hope common sense would make people understand that a plastic device smaller than a milk carton isn't going to put out decent sound ever.
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I can't believe how uneducated people can just go and throw $290 towards a thing they don't know anything about, and intend on using it with some $5 plastic Corsair speakers.

EDIT: wait what, he's using the optical out on the sound card and using the internal DAC of the Z5500, disregarding the analog outputs that make the sound card so expensive in the first place? I can't even laugh at that, that's asinine and plain stupid.


Very much agreed. That or a Nuforce µDAC-2 for active speakers, or a Icon-2 for passive bookshelfs. Onkyo A-5VL has a 192KHz 24-bit DAC and a good headphone amplifier + 50W stereo bi-amp, if I didn't get active monitors I'd consider Icon-2 or the Onkyo. If you want surround, get a Onkyo TX-507 or whichever brand you like.

To OP:
You do realize that Corsair does not manufacture their multimedia speakers themselves? They're made by a third party, and if it was anything worth advertising Corsair definitely would say "MADE IN ASSOCIATION WITH *insert decent brand here*.

From active speakers I have heard, I wholeheartedly recommend these:
Fostex PM.05
Behringer B3030A/B3031A
Audioengine A5
KRK Rokit RP5
Genelec 6010A

Or if you can cancel your sound card order, get a stereo amplifier/7.1 receiver (which ever you feel like you want) with an integrated DAC, and get some passive bookshelf speakers. Here are some I've heard recently that I liked:
Monitor Audio BX2
Dali Concept 2
Wharfedale Diamond 10.0, 10.1, 10.2

Whatever you do, I strongly recommend to steer away from "multimedia" sets, ready 2.1 systems and PC speakers from whoever, they do not have the anatomy, size and power reserve to play music in a way human ear deserves to hear it. I hope common sense would make people understand that a plastic device smaller than a milk carton isn't going to put out decent sound ever.

good post.. but most ppl wont heed your advise, sad.
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You would get better quality if you bought a **** soundcard and used its optical out, then routed that to an external DAC (digital to analog), then to an amp then to speakers.

You can save money on all segments, and have superior sound quality.
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You would get better quality if you bought a **** soundcard and used its optical out, then routed that to an external DAC (digital to analog), then to an amp then to speakers.

You can save money on all segments, and have superior sound quality.
Not saving on all segments per se, good passives cost $200-600 and beyond easily.

No need for separate DAC and amplifier if he goes for an integrated stereo amplifier (like Onkyo A-5VL) or a 7.1/5.1 receiver (TX-508 or whichever), their internal DACs are surprisingly good too, especially for the convenience of having all-in-one, and the price! Besides most motherboards have optical outs already.

Another option would be if he went active. Then he should get an external DAC that'd act as headphone out and volume control too, this would ensure good user ergonomics, short signal path and way better sound quality than his current set-up.
    
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Not saving on all segments per se, good passives cost $200-600 and beyond easily.

No need for separate DAC and amplifier if he goes for an integrated stereo amplifier (like Onkyo A-5VL) or a 7.1/5.1 receiver (TX-508 or whichever), their internal DACs are surprisingly good too, especially for the convenience of having all-in-one, and the price! Besides most motherboards have optical outs already.

Another option would be if he went active. Then he should get an external DAC that'd act as headphone out and volume control too, this would ensure good user ergonomics, short signal path and way better sound quality than his current set-up.
True that, within context i was apply to per seperate item -you can get things cheaper or more expensive -Nothing to do with starting price.

I think going with a receiver is a good route, but if you are looking purely for quality components for the richest/clearest sound you can buy then purchasing a $400 dac / $400 amp ($800) is the way to go.
The only problem with that is when you start buying higher end components, you have to make sure you have good enough speakers for that dac/amp combo.
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