Question about hooking up a HT to a computer

dameeser

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Ok so this is what i want to do. I want to hook up speakers to my Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum.

My question is that I need some advice on what kind of speakers i should get, this is going to be for music and movies. I was looking for just computer speakers but im not that confident anymore that they will give me good quality sound when it comes to movies. I might be wrong but i did some research and it didnt impress me.


Any advice?
thanks
 

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I have the same card setup as you. I got the Logitech z5300e 5.1 speakers, and think they sound great. They are THX certified, and have a pretty nice sub, that comes with them. I've also heard that a lot of people like the z5500's too. I think these speakers are amazing, to be computer speakers........

I got them at Best Buy, for a little over $200. They usually have some hooked up in the store, but not in a very good way. Best Buy has a good return policy, if you don't like them, after you try them at home.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
 

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What is your budget and what are you trying to achieve.

Some people (such as myself) use a PC/network to drive the HT, so I have a full theater setup (projector, relatively high-end7.1 surround etc) running off my computer. You can run a full HT off a PC-based system, so I'm not sure if that's what you're asking about, or if you just want to add computer speakers to a regular office-type PC system so you can watch movies on your computer. Obviously, the former type of system will provide superior results compared to just computer speakers, but costs thousands more...
 

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yea i was looking at the 5500, but i got scared when i read some reviews that said they wernt that great for movies, which is what i am trying to achieve. movies and music.

Im not looking to spend thousands on a theature system but i am looking to buy a decent home theature speakers if anyone has a helpful hint. I just want something that will be worth spending the money on.
 

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So...

what is your budget?

And what are you trying to achieve?

I can't help you unless I have some idea about what you're trying to do and what resources you have available to do that...
 

dameeser

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yaya im trying to achieve high quality sound for movies. I want to hook up my computer to the speakers and tv. My budget is 800.
 

ChrisWiggles

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For $800 I would probably get an entry-level standalone receiver and a packaged speaker set from somebody like HSU's speaker set which is like $300.

You'd then use digital out from any basic soundcard to connect the PC to the receiver and you'll be good to go.
 

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yeah i have a pair of atoms with dayton 12" and a cheap old stereo receiver hooked up for computer speakers
sounds cleaner, louder, and overall better than any comp speakers i've ever heard.
 

dameeser

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ok what do you guys think about this.

Harman Kardon avr 130 reciver
with
Harman Kardon HKT 15 or 18 not sure.


I can get the reciver cheap from my brother and i just figured i would match speakers with the reciever.
 

PeterK

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reciever sounds good
not really sure about the speakers...don't feel you have to match them to the receiver though...it really really doesn't matter.
go for a small set of bookshelves like paradigm atoms or jbl E-20s...or whatever the newest version of the jbls ar these days...
 

dameeser

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i cant find a store that sells the paradigm Cinema™90 CT speakers. Do you know of any online stores that sells paradigm speakers?
 

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