Hi all, I'm trying to beef up the sound coming from my HTPC in the lounge - at the moment we are just using the tv speakers which has 2 drawbacks. Firstly they are built in tv speakers so not very good. But it also means if we just want to listen to music or radio from the HTPC, we have to leave the tv on. Anyway, I am by no means an audiophile, as evidenced by the fact we've just been using the tv speakers for 2 years. As another indication of my/our standards, I did put a blu-ray drive in the HTPC but my other half and I basically agreed that on our 32" tv, it wasn't that big a difference. So the blu-ray drive has pretty much gone unused. For audio, our TV is in one corner of the room with a big window to one side and my very, very basic understanding is that will probably make a big negative impact on sound quality if I can't arrange the speakers properly?? At the moment, it is just the HTPC and the TV, nothing else involved. Most of our stuff is our DVD's ripped to the Hard Drive (so I could go back and re-rip them to make sure they have the full surround sound if they haven't). If it's any help, this is the motherboard in the HTPC: http://uk.msi.com/product/mb/785GTM-...l#/?div=Detail - No digital audio out So, having spent a while looking I've come to the conclusion that what I really want isn't really out there. The mid-range 5.1 audio systems seem to be covered by the all-in-one DVD/blu-ray + integrated 5.1 surround sound, and obviously I don't need the DVD or Blu-ray bit as I want to use the HTPC for that. These are the only possibilities I've come up with so far: 1. A low end 5.1 system at pc's, e.g. Logitech Z506 - about £70 (Logitech) I presume given the price these are not that great for a lounge and they certainly don't look like they should be... 2. The only serious/non-pc audio only set-up I can find without a separate amp/receiver is the Onkyo HTX-22HDX (http://www.richersounds.com/product/...y-htx22hdx-blk) + the extra speaker package (http://www.richersounds.com/product/...nky-sks22x-blk) which turns it into a 5.1 set-up. Cost is about £220 + £80. 3. A fully fledged Amp + 5.1 speaker package e.g. ONKYO HTS3405 (http://www.richersounds.com/product/...ky-hts3405-blk). That would be about £300, but I don't think I'd fit the amp anywhere easily! 4. A 4.0 system comprising of a pair of Creative Gigaworks T40 Series 2 for the front speakers and a pair of Creative Gigaworks T20 Series 2 for the rear speakers. Cost about £70 + £50 With 2 or 3, i think it would be able to do full HD audio, though I'd need to buy an audio card as my motherboard doesn't have digital audio out. Not plucked up the courage to look at costs of a sound card that can deal with HD audio yet, and suspect it would make HD audio a no go. In any event, I am pretty sure my ears couldn't tell the difference! I suspect that unless I get at least a card capable of digital out, these will wasted on my set up anyway. I am really tempted by the simplicity of option 4 and the cost of that would be roughly in line with the vague unformed figure of £100 - £150 I think I had in mind. Negatives would be adjusting the volume on them and wall mounting them as they are clearly designed for desktop use. (For turning on/off I could get an Intelliplug to turn them on/off with the HTPC) So can anyone offer any advice, opinions or better alternatives?