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Old 22nd April 2006, 22:39   #1
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I currently have a creative inspire 2.1 system which gives me decent sound. however I would like toupgrade to somthing more powerful and want to buy some good speakers. Since most of my media is on my computer I want to buy computer speakers but dont know which ones to go in for

1. Klipsch Audio ProMedia Ultra 5.1




Power

Satellites - 60W * 5
Sub - 170 W

Frequency Responce

25Hz-20kHz +/- 5dB

Subwoofer


Dual 8" side-firing fiber composite drivers

Input

6 analog discrete channels (3 stereo miniplugs), Auxiliary stereo miniplug music input

$$ Price - $350
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2. Logitech Z 5500 Digital 5.1



Power


Satellites - 62W * 4 + 69W * 1
Sub - 188 W

Frequency Responce

33 Hz — 20 kHz

Subwoofer


Subwoofer: 10” high-excursion ported driver with 6th order bass reflex enclosure

Input
  • Digital optical for DVD or CD players, PlayStation®2, Xbox®**
  • Digital coaxial for DVD or CD players or PC sound cards (requires coaxial cable, sold separately)
  • 6 channel direct (3 stereo-mini connectors) for 2, 4, or 6 channel PC sound cards OR
  • 6 channel direct (3 stereo-mini connectors) for 3 stereo analog mini audio sources, like CD and DVD players, Playstation 2, Xbox, or 2 channel PC sound cards (some devices may require stereo mini to dual RCA adapter, sold separately)
  • Analog stereo-mini (on side panel of control center) for portable CD, MP3,or MiniDisc® players
Misc.

Hardware decoding for Dolby® Digital, DTS®, and DTS®, 96/24 soundtracks

PCM (uncompressed stereo): 44.1 kHz / 16 bit through 96 kHz / 24 bit

THX Certified

$$ Price $ 400 ($240 on Buy.com)

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seems its powerful. 170W rms!

Wont a creative 7.1 make you happy and save money?

The logi one is powerful. Heard it was good. I use a creative 6.1 with an audigy card

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Old 22nd April 2006, 22:54   #4
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I have a creative cambridge 4.1 series speakers , and a soundblaster live card, brought 2 years back , gives me a decent performance, now the woofer is not working, some problem with amplifier, my local electrician says some IC not working, have to call their customer support to repair it.

please check 5.1 PC home theater entertainment with powerful and full-bodied audio, get Creative MegaWorks THX 5.1 550.

http://www.creative.com/products/pro...25&product=240

And invest in a decent sound card like,
Sound Blaster X-Fi™ Platinum

http://www.creative.com/products/pro...&product=14065

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Old 22nd April 2006, 23:09   #5
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2. Logitech Z 5500 Digital 5.1



Power


Satellites - 70 W * 7
Sub - 210 W

Frequency Responce

25Hz 40kHz

Subwoofer


down-firing 8" long-throw driver
Misc.
THX Certified

$$ Price $ 500
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the logitech seems to be the best value because it has a decoder. can someone tell mehow this helps. a decoder is available seperately for the creative but tht means more $$. also can i attatch my tv to this system?
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Get a card with teh decoder( DTS/Dolby etc). External decoder are useful when U dont have builtin decoders for your card. Try Ebay if you are in US or UK. Will get at cheaper rates.
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get the creative inspire 7700 7.7 system and a creative audigy ZX.awsome combo.the gigaworks are too costly the megaworks are good and not that costly.Creative MegaWorks THX 5.1 550 is excellent as major said.
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megaworks is good but gigaworks is more powerful......... klipsch also has a 4.2 system. thts 2 subs
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Khanak what is your budget?

coz I would suggest that for a good sound you better get a mini Hi-fi in that price range with a USB-in support. You can play much more with your sound in that way.

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Not sure about which Models...but check out on Altec Lansing Speakers as well....
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Hey khanak.. Considering your requirements are almost similar to mine.. My experience may be of lil help

In around oct 2005 I was building my gaming/multimedia rig. Top end components. So fixed my budget to around 28k. These are the speakers I considered.

Creative Megaworks
I own this baby now. So can tell you most about this one.

Pros
1. Awesome sound.
Highs are very clear.(though very high freqencies wud have been easier with tweeters)
2. Bass is very well defined.
3. Decent cost 18k with bill and all.

Cons
1. Dull looks.
2. Stupid wired remote
3. At very high(infact full) volumes i feel the woofer cud use a bigger vent(u can actually hear air coming out from what feels like a constricted vent)

Creative Gigaworks
Insanely expensive around 30k

Better sound(all sites say so) I've heard it too.. but considering ur moving on from that inspire 2.1. I feel the megaworks would do just fine.

Bigger woofer means better power handling definitely..
Tweeters will be a plus

I cud go on about this speaker set.. But i'l sum it as "Have money, do buy" but jst make sure you have a big enough room.

Mine is around 16*20 feet and I can barely turn on the sound beyond 2/3 on the computer.. before my folks on the ground floor start complaining about Bass


Logitech z5500
Awesome to look at.. all silvery n jazzy.
Price is around 26k
Decoder is a big Plus. But you may not need it cos you wil buy a a good soundcard.

There are only 2 downsides i found to this set.

1. Base is kinda loose.. and somehow the sound felt mechanical to me
(I wanted this baby after reading its perfect score 10 all the way in CHIP magazine).. but didn't like it with my own ears. So was no point in buying it
But I still advice you to listen to it as listening preferences are not same with people

2. The other is the speaker wires.. they're hardwired into the speakers. so in case you need to extend them u'll need to cut them up (the creative ones dont have this problem as the wires can be removed by releasing clips at the back)

Kilpch Promedia(jst here cos u mentioned them)
Any views here are what i had read up.

Very good sound(but then the company is too good)

But the only possible problems are
1. Not available in india.
2. The fact that their amps(housed within the sub enclosure) are very prone to blow ups.
3. You would be stuck hopelessly if something goes wrong



Hope this mini round up helped..


PS: btw my megawork's subwoofer blew up within a week... in a huge plume of smoke.. So creative replaced it.
Thats why I only buy stuff that has service in india.
and u can PM me if u have any queries(cos i forget to visit posts that i write in often)

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Logitech z5500
Awesome to look at.. all silvery n jazzy.
Price is around 26k
Decoder is a big Plus. But you may not need it cos you wil buy a a good soundcard.
what exactly does the decoder do?

if i have the decoder do i need to get a better sound card?
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Khanak what is your budget?

coz I would suggest that for a good sound you better get a mini Hi-fi in that price range with a USB-in support. You can play much more with your sound in that way.
hmm like the sony ones?
will they be powerful enough?
i am NEVER going to use the CD, Tape or Radio function in it....
also i kinda wanna get a surround sound system
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hmm like the sony ones?
will they be powerful enough?
i am NEVER going to use the CD, Tape or Radio function in it....
also i kinda wanna get a surround sound system

U mentioned the prices in dollars which makes me assume u have access to the US market.

I saw a philips 4 speaker mini hi-fi at the sourcecc for some 350$CAD. this was with a USB-in plug. the RMS wattage was 2500pmpo(dont remember the RMS wattage). add a subwoofer and u are good to go.

for speakers we have creative 7.1 with a creative sound blaster audigy2 zs.

while the sound is excellent I still believe that a mini hi-fi can do the job much much better. though u needto make a proper investment too.

the new sony Az series which has the touch system just plain rocks. I love it. Dunno the price but guess its to much above your budget.


http://www.in.aiwa.com/awp-zp5.htm costs 13k

wont even be half as good though.

for speakers also look at cyber acoustics

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