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5.1 or 2.1?


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Seltox

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I've been meaning to get new speakers for a long time now (I've been using incredibly old Sound Blaster speakers), and now i'm forced to do so. One of the speakers isn't working anymore, and no amount of taking them apart has been able to fix the problem.

Now i've got a limit of probably around AUD$100 (about USD$93).

I'm struggling on deciding between a decent quality (loud - nice sound quality) 2.1, or a cheapish 5.1

My arguments for each are this:
2.1 - I listen to a lot of music, loud music. I'm in a band so i'm very picky with my sound and I like quality.
5.1 - Games. I want to hear someone behind me if they're actually behind me, not wait to get shot and see where the red is on the monitor. I play a lot of games (Recently - Crysis, Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion, FEAR and Quake 4) and i'm presuming this will be my highest priority.


I AM leaning more towards 5.1, but i'm not sure on what to be looking for. This is what i've mainly been looking at. Also these maybe.

Any suggestions or tips on what I should be looking for? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Hello,
Have you concidered using a home theater for your computer sound?
Here is a nice example.
I do not know all the prices, but I have seen some that would give nice sound for around $150.00 USD.
That is more than you wanted to pay, but would it not be worth waiting to save a little more to get a better system?
Just make sure that it has a line in or aux so that you can wire the computer sound in.

Edited by hfcg, 11 March 2008 - 05:55 AM.

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Right now I'm using some little set I bought from a Wal-Mart for $30 (http://www.digitan.c...productid=36581) and I'm pretty impressed with the sound. As for whether to get 5.1 or not, unless you have a nice room to set them up in, a good pair of 2.1 (surprisingly mine, or http://www.klipsch.c...media-2-1.aspx) I'd actually vouch for just a nice pair of "5.1" headphones. My Sennheiser HD280's (http://www.sennheise...?transid=004974, I bought them cheaper, about $80USD for me) are the best pair of headphones I've ever had and games sound great on them.

My advice is to buy just a nice pair of 2.1 speakers for your music (and games will sound good too) and save/invest in a real nice pair of headphones as well.
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I think i'm going to get 5.1

I was just wondering, would it be worth spending the extra $20 to get the Logitech X-540 speakers, over the X-530?
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Just thought you'd like to know what I done.

I bought the Logitech X-540 5.1 Speakers. They're really quite nice. Makes my gaming quite an experience, and music is a treat to listen to. They go plenty loud enough. I'm too scared to put it up any further than just over half :)
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