Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Calgary, Canada
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First post here, and I am a newbie at this stuff, so bear with me...
My current setup is just sennheiser 555hd headphones plugged into onboard sound on my mobo. I plan on buying the Forte sound card and want a 5.1 speaker setup that I can use with computer and xb360. Hopefully the forte is a good choice for my headset and whatever speakers I decide to get.
What I will use the system for, in order of preference and frequency:
My budget is $500 (CDN).
And now, my many questions...
Should I be looking to "mix and match" 5 speakers and a sub? Or should I buy one package that has it all?
If I go passive, then my assumption is I need a receiver since the speakers won't be powered? If I go active, then I don't need receiver, correct?
If I buy something like Audioengine A2 speakers, then I'd need the rest of the system to be active/powered as well, and I'd need some way of switching between computer/xb360?
My assumption is that it would be better, for me, to buy passive speakers with a receiver so that I can switch between comp and xb360 easily, and potentially hook up other stuff to the receiver in the future. Is this correct?
Do I need to worry about magnetic shielding with the speakers? If I have center + front speakers close to monitor?
I would appreciate any advice you have, and suggestions/recommendations on what speakers/sub and maybe receiver to buy, for my purposes described above.