5.1 computer speaker suggestions. Less then $200

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  1. Chris Moe

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    My mom is going to get me a 5.1 speaker setup for my computer as my Christmas present. I have a budget of $200. Anyone have any good suggestions?

    I want a 5.1 setup and not a 4.1 because I am going to be getting a DVD burner and want a true 5.1 setup for the computer so I can test my DVD's on my comp.

    The speakers will primarily be used for games, music, and DVD playback. Most movie watching will be done on my actual theater but I want to have the capability in on my PC.

    I have been looking at the Monsoon MH-505 online but I have never heard them, anyone have any expierience with them?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Eric Samonte

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    I believe Logitech is coming out with a new line of 5.1 spkrs...and they usually rock as well as cost a lot less than the reigning king,Klipsch.
     
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    Logitech Z-640
    They're great speakers for the money; a set can be had for $74 shipped.
     
  4. Chris Svencer

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    The new Logitech ones that Eric is talking about our out and they are sweet, but they want like 300 bucks for them. I second the Z-640's. I have them and like them alot. If you have a smaller setup they are great. They won't fill a larger room like the Klispch or the new Logitechs (I think the Z-680's)but they have good bass and are clear. Hope that helps.
    -Svence
     
  5. Dave Scarpa

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    I just bought the Logitech 640 system based on the good reviews I had read, I have'nt had time to hook it up yet. You can find it for about $70 at Newegg.com
     
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    Just a question, what kind of sound card do you have? I am guessing you either have a SB Live or Audigy. What kind of outputs do you have?
    -Svence
     
  7. Vince Maskeeper

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    Unless you're ripping and copying directly commercial DVDs, it's unlikely you'll be authoring 5.1 discs. There are no "consumer" DVD authoring programs that can do 5.1.

    -Vince
     
  8. Chris Moe

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    Chris Svencer, I am building an all new computer after Christmas, I will probably end up getting the Audigy 2. Not 100% sure though.

    Vince I know that, but I wont be using a "consumer" level DVD authoring program. Plus I also plan on making demo discs that will be using pre-recorded media.
     
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    Curious what you're using. The only thing I've seen that can do it on PC is Scenarist.
     
  10. Chris Moe

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    I am using Scenarist.
     
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    If you just plan on testing mostly, rather then watching 5.1 on your system I would go with the Z-640's. They sound good enough for what you will need. The only thing they don't have is a remote, which I have one from the Audigy Platinum (whether you go Audigy 1 or 2 I would spend the extra cash for the platinum, nice to have a remote and some digital in's and outs). Also I don't think you will need all that extra stuff that some other setups have like ProLogic Decoding and stuff since your Audigy will do it all for you.
    -Svence
     
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    Yeah I have an Audigy 2
     
  13. Chris Moe

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    Now I am not putting down the 640's but they are well below my budget, and if I can get something better within my budget I would like to. I keep reading very good things about the Monsoon MH-505's and I am leaning towards those, anyone have any expierience with them? I won't write off the 640's completely, I will see if I can take a listen to them locally, I am pretty sure I saw them at my local Best Buy.
    I do play a lot of games so a nice set of speakers won't go to waste, plus once I get the new computer I may find myself watching more movies on my computer, doubtfull though since I have a front projection setup [​IMG]
     
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    I would recommend the Logitech z680 over Klipsch PMS 5.1, the Logitech. The Logitech's are cheaper the Klipsch's, but their build quality is excellent, and IMHO sound better. 640's are low-budget speakers.
     

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