I need advices from those who had experiences with these speakers. I'll be using it for gaming, musics and movies. I can't decide which one since Z523 has 360 surround audio and I don't know if it is better than Z506. The size does not matter, I can set up both 2.1 or 5.1 speaker. The real problem is quality only. The price doesn't matter too since it's somewhere in my budget. Here's my spec if it's needed.
Core i5 2400
ASUS P8H67 B3
ASUS GTX560 TI Direct CU II
4GB Kingston DDR3 KVR1333 (2GBx2)
CM GX 650W
Lite-On® Dvd+RW 24X
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
ignore such descriptions as "360 degree audio" as the sound waves will bounce off the walls anyways. such descriptions arent entirely accurate nor relevant.
instead think on these two things:
do you want stereo (2.1) or surround (5.1) in your speaker system?
do you want (possibly) better speakers or more speakers?
keep in mind that movies are usually in dolby surround sound, except some animation which is stereo only. games are usually surround sound, except some older games which are only stereo or mono. windows sounds and internet (youtube etc) sounds are all stereo or mono. most music is stereo only.
i've had the $100 logitech 5.1 sets in the past and they have been a good value for the price paid. not top end by far but definitely good enough to always recommend logitech.
i've also heard logitech 2.1 speakers, albiet the $50 model, and they also sound good for the price. not sure how much (if at all) better the $100 model sounds over them.
Q: Do you want stereo (2.1) or surround (5.1) in your speaker system?
A: I'm fine with both.
Q: Do you want (possibly) better speakers or more speakers?
A: I want high quality speakers (audio). More speaker doesn't mean good speaker.
So let say I picked 5.1 speaker. If I play old games that use stereo audio, will it still be the same as if I was using 2.1 speaker? I guess that's not bad.
If the quality difference is minimal then I would pick 2.1 instead since it requires less space setup. Unless if 5.1 creates a whole lot better quality than 2.1 then I'll pick 5.1, thanks for the advice.