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New speakers for my main PC

On my main system I have a 2.0 set CREATIVE GIGAWORKS T40 SERIES II.I'm thinking to go ahead and replace this set with something better. I'm between the soundbar Creative Sound BlasterX Katana and the Creative T4 2.1 speakers. What do you think it's better choice ? Until now never have a soundbar and i'm close to get the Katana.

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Neither, the T4 is clearly inferior to T40 Series II with the tinny satellites. The bass isn't that great either with only 6.5" subwoofer. Wouldn't recommend USB soundbars either.

Edifier S350DB would be an upgrade. Logitech and Creative are not offering options if you want to go from low end systems to something mid tier or better.


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Well you won't really hear the left an right channels separately with a sound bar, but otherwise they are fine for the price.

The reason we have sound bars now is because TVs got smaller and thinner and generally have pretty crappy speakers as a result, so sound bars became a popular way to upgrade your TV speakers without much effort. If you're not trying to keep things as simple as possible, you will probably get more bang for the buck with more traditional speakers vs a sound bar. That said, most sound bars use optical cables and there can be some benifit to that depending on your setup. If you are running HDMI to your TV and then have the audio going from your TV to your speakers, you will be 100% digital which completely eliminates any need for a sound card of any kind.

There are a lot of ways to setup speakers with a TV and even more with a computer and it's hard to say what's best without knowing your budget, your setup, and how much you care about sounds quality vs simplicity.

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Well you won't really hear the left an right channels separately with a sound bar, but otherwise they are fine for the price.

The reason we have sound bars now is because TVs got smaller and thinner and generally have pretty crappy speakers as a result, so sound bars became a popular way to upgrade your TV speakers without much effort. If you're not trying to keep things as simple as possible, you will probably get more bang for the buck with more traditional speakers vs a sound bar. That said, most sound bars use optical cables and there can be some benifit to that depending on your setup. If you are running HDMI to your TV and then have the audio going from your TV to your speakers, you will be 100% digital which completely eliminates any need for a sound card of any kind.

There are a lot of ways to setup speakers with a TV and even more with a computer and it's hard to say what's best without knowing your budget, your setup, and how much you care about sounds quality vs simplicity.
Thanks you but as I said it's for my main PC and about 80% games, 20% music. I don't see movies on PC.On my TV i have a home cinema with Yamaha 7.1 receiver and Jamo 5.1 Speakers.

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get an amp and a pair of bookshelf speakers. will sound better than any soundbar (and if you plan on doing "80% gaming" I wouldn't even consider a soundbar) or powered 2.0 set and it'll give you the ability to upgrade/add a sub later if you want.

even something like a ~$30 Lepai LP-2020A+ and a pair of ~$60 Micca MB42X will sound better than a comparable pair of powered speakers.

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The EDIFIER S530 it's worst or just older of 350 ?

Also,any comment about Razer Leviathan ?

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On the Cheap https://www.parts-express.com/dayton...undle--300-650

Better speakers without amp https://www.parts-express.com/restoc...am--88-300-651

These have great reviews although you will want a sub https://www.parts-express.com/dayton...pair--300-4560 ( review from audioholics https://www.audioholics.com/bookshel...d-mk442-review )

Cheap 2.1 amp with enough power for a desktop system https://www.parts-express.com/restoc...ut--88-310-308

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Powered monitors are nice as the amp is built in. They are also usually designed for near field listening. I have a pair of Presonus e4.5s connected to a Schiit Audio Modi 3 D/A converter (this bypasses the PCs built in sound chip and removed the noise associated with it). Love my set up and don't plan to upgrade any time soon. For the money, its the best Ive heard.

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I'm not a expert with the audio system but I cant's understand why you said katana it's not a nice choice. Before I create here the thread I had see plenty of videos on youtube and read many reviews. The product has very good critics and also it's a product that has awards. So I cant understand solutions with cheap (Chinese) amp and speakers in price $60-70 will offer better sound than the Creative katana. The only alternative choice for me it's the Edifier but because of the size of this speakers it's a reason also in the past I had withdraw from my choices and got the T40 II.

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