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Computer surround sound systems?

What are you guys using for surround sound on your desktop systems? I had a really nice set of Boston Acoustics that game with my Gateway that I had years ago but it took a dump on me and broke. Now I'm looking at a new set of surround sound speakers and I really have no clue what's worth the money. I've taken a look at a few of the most expensive logitech systems and they seem to get great reviews, but I'm not sure how much they invest into sound quality and so on.

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I have the Logitech X-540 (5.1) and for the money, it's great.
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I have the Logitech X-540 (5.1) and for the money, it's great.
Out of all of the Logitech options it seems like these are the most popular.

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I've used both Klipsch and Logitech. Right now I'm using the Logitech G51 setup that I won at quakecon simply because it's smaller, and easier to set up. However, I don't think I have to tell anyone how good Klipsch is, I would recommend their pro media series.
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I've used both Klipsch and Logitech. Right now I'm using the Logitech G51 setup that I won at quakecon simply because it's smaller, and easier to set up. However, I don't think I have to tell anyone how good Klipsch is, I would recommend their pro media series.
Just from the Logitech line do you happen to know if the G51 is better then the X540 setup?

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a Creative Audigy 5.1 that I've had for a few years now. I don't even think they make the model any more. But, going on 4yrs and it still sounds pretty damn good.

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Just from the Logitech line do you happen to know if the G51 is better then the X540 setup?
It is a higher model than the X540. I've owned an X540 as well, it's good because it's small and doesn't take up a lot of room, but the speakers do not have much range. The sub on both the X540, and the G51 are not very stunning, it's enough to produce minimally required low notes, but it's nothing like the Klipsch sub, which will rattle glasses in the kitchen. But to be honest, it seems most subs for computers are pretty weak, so I can't say how well the subs on the X540 and G51 compare to other systems in the same price range.

I would highly recommend spending the money on this system:

http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/product...less-overview/

The 2.1 Klipsch Pro Media series - it's their cheapest entry level system, and it will destroy any system made by logitech or any other manufacturer. It's probably the best sound system for a computer you can buy. Even though it's just a 2.1, the sound quality will speak for itself.

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It is a higher model than the X540. I've owned an X540 as well, it's good because it's small and doesn't take up a lot of room, but the speakers do not have much range. The sub on both the X540, and the G51 are not very stunning, it's enough to produce minimally required low notes, but it's nothing like the Klipsch sub, which will rattle glasses in the kitchen. But to be honest, it seems most subs for computers are pretty weak, so I can't say how well the subs on the X540 and G51 compare to other systems in the same price range.
Yeah I understand what you're saying. It will probably be hard for me to go to anything that's not equivilent to what I had before. I don't know how many watts my Boston Acoustic system was but I know the sub was a 12inch sub. The sub put out some pretty good bass and the speakers put out some pretty good sound for a computer system.

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Yeah I understand what you're saying. It will probably be hard for me to go to anything that's not equivilent to what I had before. I don't know how many watts my Boston Acoustic system was but I know the sub was a 12inch sub. The sub put out some pretty good bass and the speakers put out some pretty good sound for a computer system.
I actually rewired my promedia klipsch sub and I use it as my home theater sub now. If that gives you any idea at the power it has, haha. Klipsch is all about accuracy, and quality of sound - if that's what you're interested in, look at their products. Looks like they no longer make the 5.1 system, probably because it was just too much money for most gamers.
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I would highly recommend spending the money on this system:

http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/product...less-overview/

The 2.1 Klipsch Pro Media series - it's their cheapest entry level system, and it will destroy any system made by logitech or any other manufacturer. It's probably the best sound system for a computer you can buy. Even though it's just a 2.1, the sound quality will speak for itself.

I was taking a look at that and the price is very reasonable, plus the wireless factor is pretty cool.

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I actually rewired my promedia klipsch sub and I use it as my home theater sub now. If that gives you any idea at the power it has, haha. Klipsch is all about accuracy, and quality of sound - if that's what you're interested in, look at their products. Looks like they no longer make the 5.1 system, probably because it was just too much money for most gamers.
It's the sound quality that I'm most interested in. Did they previously make a 5.1 system?

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I was taking a look at that and the price is very reasonable, plus the wireless factor is pretty cool.
Might want to consider picking up a used set on amazon, it's half the price.

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMed...8072867&sr=8-1

And here is the wired version which is THX certified:

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMed...8072867&sr=8-3
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It's the sound quality that I'm most interested in. Did they previously make a 5.1 system?
Yes they did, I purchased the 5.1 system in 2001. I don't see it available any more. It was a traditional configuration - speaker wires on all ends with spring loaded clasps. A hell of a lot of wires, but the quality was great.

http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/product...-5-1-overview/
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Might want to consider picking up a used set on amazon, it's half the price.

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMed...8072867&sr=8-1

And here is the wired version which is THX certified:

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMed...8072867&sr=8-3
Just curious, why would the wired setup be THX certified and the wireless not be? Do you lose that much sound quality going wireless?

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Just curious, why would the wired setup be THX certified and the wireless not be? Do you lose that much sound quality going wireless?
It's hard to say, I would think it may either be do to fine accuracy, or possibly that Klipsch didn't seek to have it certified.
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Also, the Z-5500 logitech system is also THX certified - I have been in front of one for a while, and I remember not being very impressed with it, but people swear by it, and it has good reviews and a lot of different inputs.

Klipsch has many products available, might want to search newegg.com for what they offer.

I bought the Klipsch system almost 10 years ago, and since I've never found a set of speakers that compared.
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