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PC 5.1 surround sound vs. general Amplifier w/ 2 passive speakers


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Hey, these are very specialised forums so I hope this thread is in the right place.

I'm setting up a home cinema dealing with windows 7 media center (with sky box link) and the xbox 360.

The media center will be used for both flat parties (so quite loud speakers and sufficient subwoofers are needed) and movies. Hence general audio is probably needed with a decent quality and high volume.

Unfortunately I can't think of what the best type of audio system would be. Some kind of mid-range logitech speakers from the sound card on media center and somehow link up the xbox or a typical Cambridge Audio 70W 2 speaker output amplifier?

Any help please? I know it's quite a broad question.
Budget: £100-200

EDIT: Amplifier is a Cambridge Audio A5
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Although I'm sure there are many more informed opinions than mine, and I'm hardly an audiophile, but I've been using the Logitech Z-5500 5.1 speaker system on my PC for a number of years and have been pleasantly surprised at how good it's been. It decodes dolby digital and dolby DTS, it's THX certified, it does 96/24 processing, and, more importantly, it's a 500 watt system. It will easily get loud enough to get you into trouble with your neighbours, although I'd never pretend that it's powerful enough to rock the block. The sub is pretty punchy, but the rest of the system is also fairly clear and decent. There are gaps in the frequency response curve, but, for the price, it's a good setup and reasonably balanced. I use it for games, movies, and music with no real complaints. Although it'll likely suffice for parties, it'll probably sound better than many alternatives for every day use.

I think I've seen them posted for around £200 and you may be able to pick up a used setup for less.

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