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 ÂµDAC-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.
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:
KRK Rokit RP5
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.Edited by Shiobock - 4/9/11 at 12:01pm