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Which PC speakers for surround sound in games...

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by cerebros, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. cerebros

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    Hi all,

    Am looking to update my sound card later this year, probably to Creative Labs Audigy 2 since it seems that no other manufacturer supports their latest EAX version yet.

    For the odd occasion when I do remember toplay games, I'm looking to invest in a set of surround speakers (since I understand that EAX now supports proper discreet 5.1 surround), but I'm not sure what's going to do a reasonable job. I had a brief look at the speaker systems section on Creative's page, but I'm none the wiser as to what will suit my neads (not least becuase they seem to have a zillion and oen products listed).

    Can anyone help?

    thanks
     
  2. H4r7y

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    A 5.1 setup from logitech is a decent system.
     
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    I bought a 5.1 creative set up and it works well enough with games, and even for music. It all depends on the speaker wattage. My speakers are 70watts each with a 150watt amp.

    I would say 50watts or over is best. take a look at creatives web site to get some ideas.

    Im using the creative mega works 5.1 550.
     
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    You don't have to pay big time for a decent system - nearly two years ago, I bought the award winning hercules xps 510 5.1 system which, with its wooden subwoofer and superb performance blew the competition away - priced at around £60-£70, it was in a league of its own.
    However, some weeks back, it got involved in an accident involving a large bottle of tango (don't ask!) so I was on the lookout for a new set of speakers - naturally enough, I wanted to purchase the same speakers but was disapointed to find that hercules no longer make the xps-510.
    However, they have replaced that model with the Xps 510 Classic which is much cheaper than the prior model (mine cost £41) and sounds just as good, the only downside is that it is not as powerful as its predecessor but is just as good, if not better.
     
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    I would personally recommend getting a more traditional surround speaker setup, a home theater in a box.
    I have owned one for a few years now and when compared with pc speaker systems they sound just as good, if not better.
    Plus, from what I have heard adding and subtracting speakers is much easier with a home theater system.
    I also have the audigy 2 zs and from what the folks here are telling me I can connect it to my system with little trouble, although I have yet to do so.

    BUT, this is just one man's slightly biased opinion :smashin:
     
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    Aren't home theatre in a box packages normally well over £150? From what I've seen comparing prices on Kelkoo, there are plenty of PC 5.1 speaker packages for under £100...

    As it's only for PC use, I'm not really looking to spend much more than £50 (and in fact preferably less than £50)
     

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