Hello everyone! I've recently decided that I want to upgrade from onboard sound for my PC (as a reward for paying off another financial aid loan - only a few more to go!) and am looking at a few options. For the sound card, I'm pretty much just looking at the Sound Blaster Z
. It's supposed to be quite the bang for the buck (at only $100) and has optical in/out and quite the feature set. The real conundrum has to do with the speakers. There used to be a market for computer surround sound speakers a few years ago, when I bought my current Logitech G51 set. But now, the market is SPARSE
for 5.1. The only upgrade is to a Logitech Z906
. It seems like a decent set of speakers, based on the reviews. However, they are still computer speakers (and not home theater speakers) and there is still the issue with Logitech being a bit bass-heavy and a bit muddy on the sub - not everyone seems to like them. With that being the only option and the sound card outputting optical, I also started looking at home theater speakers, of which the market is IMMENSE
- it's pretty overwhelming. Based on searching a bit and some friend's advice, Klipsch seems like a good choice. However, if I go that route, I also need to buy a receiver, which ups the cost (and the connection would go PC -> sound card -> receiver -> speakers, instead of PC -> sound card -> speakers, would that introduce noticeable lag? Probably not, just being paranoid...).
So my conundrum is: for ~$400, should I get the Logitech Z906 or a set of speakers (I'm looking at these Kilpsch
, these Klipsch
, or these Polk
- are there any others you would recommend?) and a receiver (of which I haven't started looking at yet, but due to the prices of the others, will be looking for one between $150 and $200). The room setup is simple: me at my desk - so all the speakers will be probably ~3 feet from me (I'm thinking about setting the rear satellites on stands, the others would be on my desk). The primary sonic target is gaming, listening to music as a close second and watching movies/my PS3 coming in third.
What would you folks recommend? If I've left out an important detail, please let me know - this is the first time I'm really looking into great-quality audio