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June 10, 2010 8:06:24 PM

hello.
i hav a gaming pc and i was going to buy speakers first i was going to buy 5.1 speakers but then many people told me that 5.1 is good for music but if u want for gaming u need huge amount of base to enjoy so they adviced me to get a good 2.1 speaker system
now i want ur suggestion i hav abt $180 so i need ur help reply me as soon as possible and keep in mind i want THX dolby digital audio.
also i want to that im going to buy CREATIVE SOUND BLASTER TITANIUM SERIES SOUND CARD will this will give dolby digital sound .it is mentioned in their website that it will give digital audi . please ensure it and guid me abt digital audio now ur opinion

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June 11, 2010 10:07:14 AM

You have it in reverse, 2.1 is good for music, 5.1 is good for gaming, under the same budget

THX and Dolby Digital have nothing to do with each other. btw. And your budget sucks and can't possibly fulfill your requirements.
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June 11, 2010 9:18:51 PM

I use the logitech x-540, they sound great plus they will not break the bank.... I am not an audio freak, but I am not a fan of crappy speakers either... Great to game with, watch a movie, and yes the base can hit hard enough to rattle picture frames...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 12, 2010 2:53:55 AM

I agree with "astrallite." 2.1 is good for music, 5.1 is good for games.

If you are just beginning, you want to start with simple 2.0 or 2.1 speakers. A 5.1 surround sound speaker system sounds great, but has a lot of problems.
1. They are expensive. Good 5.1 speakers cost at least $250.
2. There are a lot of wires and you will probably be moving the rear surround speakers every time you want to watch a movie or play a game.
3. You will need some way to place the rear speakers behind you at ear level (about 4 feet off the ground). You can buy stands for about $100 or find chairs, tables, boxes or other items sitting around your house. You can mount the satellites on the wall but that requires buying mounting brackets and using a hammer, drill and screw driver. Not to mention putting holes in the walls.

I do not recommend wireless speakers. Some of them produce a hissing noise because of the interference from other wireless devices like cordless phones. Avoid speakers designed for laptops. They do not produce good sound for games and music.

Here are a few suggestions:
M-Audio Studiophile AV40 ($150) - I own these and they sound great with music, movies and games. But they are big, heavy and expensive for 2.0 speakers.
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AV40/

M-Audio Studiophile AV30 ($100) - Same as AV40 but with 3 inch woofers instead of 4 inches.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/M-Audio+-+Studiophile+3%22+...

Altec Lansing VS4121blk ($68) - A friend of mine has used these for about 4 years. He mostly plays music on them, he's not a gamer.
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/591350/Altec-Lans...

Speakers at Best Buy - Do not buy Bose, Insignia, HP, Cyber Acoustics, Sony, GE or Axis. Spend at least $40.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Computer-Speakers-Headsets/...

Creative GigaWorks T20 ($100)
Creative GigaWorks T40 ($150)
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 ($155)
Logitech X-540 ($100) - Cheap 5.1 surround
Logtiech Z523 ($90)
Logitech Z-2300 ($170)

Logitech Z-5500 ($400) - This is way out of your price range, but it's one of the best 5.1 speakers for computers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, any speaker system with a subwoofer (larger than 5 inches) will annoy your neighbors or family members. The low frequency bass travels through walls and floors. You may want to buy a headset/headphones for playing games at night (when everyone else is sleeping). I like the over-the-ear designs with a microphone. They have padding around the ears and top of the head. I do not recommend buying a headset with a USB port. This overrides your sound card and sometimes causes hardware/software conflicts. Also, do not buy earbuds; those little headphones that fit inside your ear canal and are designed for MP3 players. They are not good for games that have explosions and gunfire.

Plantronics GameCom 777 ($50)
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Plantronics+-+GameCom+377+O...

Sennheiser, Creative and Logitech all make good headsets.
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June 12, 2010 8:00:25 AM

first i was going to buy logitech z 2300 but they were not available in market so i bought logitech x 540 enough for me

Biggins i agrree with u that the rear speakers should be 4-5 feet above the ground and i hav managed by wall hanging them.
actually im from pakistan so options are limited here huge amount of taxation is imposed on products and their is no monthly payment system so i went for logitech x 540.
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June 12, 2010 5:28:57 PM

Biggins said:


Also, any speaker system with a subwoofer (larger than 5 inches) will annoy your neighbors or family members. The low frequency bass travels through walls and floors. You may want to buy a headset/headphones for playing games at night (when everyone else is sleeping). I like the over-the-ear designs with a microphone. They have padding around the ears and top of the head. I do not recommend buying a headset with a USB port. This overrides your sound card and sometimes causes hardware/software conflicts. Also, do not buy earbuds; those little headphones that fit inside your ear canal and are designed for MP3 players. They are not good for games that have explosions and gunfire.



that not really true at all, ye they were primary designed for portable-ness, but really you shuol d see the sennheiser IE range, they have incredible soundstage, which can be very halpful in games., and i dont see how 'they' are not gd for explosion and gunfire..... that all depends on what 'phones your using....
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June 24, 2010 7:04:02 PM

i bought LOGITECH Z 5500 awesome bass and sound .but running on direct 3 cable cant get dts or dolby sound . i am going to buy optical cable then i would get dts effect .. should i buy optical cable will there be any difference
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June 24, 2010 8:03:46 PM

its not the fat that would there be any difference, you can just use it to send DTS or dolby digital signals.
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June 24, 2010 8:05:17 PM

tkrl26 said:
I use the logitech x-540, they sound great plus they will not break the bank.... I am not an audio freak, but I am not a fan of crappy speakers either... Great to game with, watch a movie, and yes the base can hit hard enough to rattle picture frames...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


with the x-540???....
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June 25, 2010 5:58:02 PM

no man! i bought logitech z5500 now im getting 6 channel direct effect im saying that i am going to buy optical cable to get dts effect . dts is better than 6 channel direct..?????? ur call
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June 25, 2010 8:47:32 PM

DTS is like mp3, a lossy encoding standard. Toslink/optical has low bandwidth and can only pass 2 channel (stereo). To get around this, DTS and Dolby Digital were created.

Most movies are in DTS/DD however so to take advantage of it you need software that can decode DTs/DD to 6 analog multichannel output.
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June 25, 2010 10:08:10 PM

what im saying is i doubt your x-540 can rattle the picture frams...
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June 25, 2010 10:25:41 PM

Rattling is an issue of hitting the correct resonant frequency of an object; large SPLs is not necessary. If enough people do a military march across a bridge and hit the resonant frequency the bridge will collapse, even if it can hold a lot more weight.
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June 26, 2010 7:20:04 PM

MEgamer said:
with the x-540???....


Are x540 really good speakers? Or some cheap 5.1?
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June 26, 2010 7:33:45 PM

not exactly no...
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June 27, 2010 12:27:21 PM

hey yahya94 first i bought logitech x 540 and i used them for somedays and they rock so sweet and sharp sound absolutely no distortion in voice i played games on 50 volume and the sound and bass was enormous .. i would say that go for x 540 without hesitation.
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June 27, 2010 3:43:07 PM

buy a better speaker, then u wont think the same.
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June 27, 2010 3:47:43 PM

i hav logitech z5500
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June 27, 2010 4:46:32 PM

ok...
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June 27, 2010 8:16:15 PM

1 more thing i want to ask that is z5500 speaker fabric covers ((not taking abt grill cover )) so that when speakers r not in use i should cover them from all sides in order to avoid dust..
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June 27, 2010 8:17:29 PM

speaker fabric covers r available or not thats my question
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June 28, 2010 6:05:20 AM

thats why they have a dust cap. or on those speakers a phase plug.
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June 28, 2010 8:11:05 AM

Dust is not going to affect the sound.
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June 28, 2010 8:44:40 AM

ok
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June 28, 2010 4:28:39 PM

lol exactly
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March 18, 2011 4:53:49 PM

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March 18, 2011 5:18:14 PM

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