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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

I'm hopping to upgrade my current surround sound speakers z5500 with something a little more...high-end. My price range is around $1500 but I'm flexible. I would use these speakers for 60% gaming, 20% movies, 20% music. I would love to hear what your recommendations are.

PS. I'm a noobie when it comes to audio so please forgive me

Thanks!
post #2 of 16
Are you looking for a more traditional HT setup? That would work very well for gaming, and would be an improvement over the Logitech z5500 system.

And do you have any limitation on speaker size? What size room do plan to use it in? Also, does your computer have HDMI out?
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for a more tradition HT setup I think. There is no limitation on speaker size, although my living room is small, around 10' by 10'.
post #4 of 16
Does the $1500 budget include a receiver and/or subwoofer?
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by silentfrost View Post

I'm looking for a more tradition HT setup I think. There is no limitation on speaker size, although my living room is small, around 10' by 10'.

For a 10 x 10 room you may want to start out with, a bookshelf speaker
system and sub
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by G-Bull View Post

Does the $1500 budget include a receiver and/or subwoofer?

I hope it will include both receiver and the sub. I can go up to $2000 if required if the performance gain makes it worth it
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by silentfrost View Post

I hope it will include both receiver and the sub. I can go up to $2000 if required if the performance gain makes it worth it

Look at this - HSU
http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/enthusiast1.html

And receiver - Yamaha
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V667.../dp/B003P2V52M
post #8 of 16

+1

That would be a very good setup. It would blow away the z5500s.

Meanwhile, you didn't answer the question about HDMI. You might want to talk to the AVS HTPC forum people about whether or not your computer will output the audio like you want to an HT receiver like that Yamaha. Modern high end graphics cards can do this via HDMI out, but it would be best to check and make certain yours would be compatible.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

I really like what I see. The receiver says that it supports 7.2 and the speakers you linked are 5.1. Does this matter or does it just future proof upgrades?

How is the speaker quality compare to the z5500? Would I notice a large difference? I want to be blown away

Also, what is the recommend way that I connect the receiver to my desktop? Is HDMI usually the way to do it?

Thanks again for your help guys!
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

+1

That would be a very good setup. It would blow away the z5500s.

Meanwhile, you didn't answer the question about HDMI. You might want to talk to the AVS HTPC forum people about whether or not your computer will output the audio like you want to an HT receiver like that Yamaha. Modern high end graphics cards can do this via HDMI out, but it would be best to check and make certain yours would be compatible.

I think my computer has HDMI out. If it doesn't I wouldn't mind purchasing a new sound card anyways to unlock the full potential of the new setup. Currently I'm using on board 8-channel Audio I/O.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by silentfrost View Post

I really like what I see. The receiver says that it supports 7.2 and the speakers you linked are 5.1. Does this matter or does it just future proof upgrades?

How is the speaker quality compare to the z5500? Would I notice a large difference? I want to be blown away

The receiver can be used for future upgrades - 5.1 is plenty for your room.
If the HSU does not blow the z5500 away, then you may need ear surgery.

I will let the computer experts handle your desk top questions.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

The receiver can be used for future upgrades - 5.1 is plenty for your room.
If the HSU does not blow the z5500 away, then you may need ear surgery.

I will let the computer experts handle your desk top questions.


Thank you so much for your help!
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by silentfrost View Post

I think my computer has HDMI out. If it doesn't I wouldn't mind purchasing a new sound card anyways to unlock the full potential of the new setup. Currently I'm using on board 8-channel Audio I/O.

Audio cards don't output HDMI; modern gaming graphics cards do. The audio is sent over the HDMI along with the video (much as with a PS3 or a bluray player) in digital format, and then it is decoded from digital to analog by the receiver. This will generally result in much better audio quality than the digital to analog audio conversion built into a motherboard is currently doing for you.

So talk to the HTPC people. Let them know what kind of PC you have with specifics such as the motherboard model, the operating system version, your graphics card model, your monitor model/TV, etc., as well as the receiver you are thinking about buying. They can help you out. Worst case is you might want to upgrade to a better gaming graphics card
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Audio cards don't output HDMI; modern gaming graphics cards do. The audio is sent over the HDMI along with the video (much as with a PS3 or a bluray player) in digital format, and then it is decoded from digital to analog by the receiver. This will generally result in much better audio quality than the digital to analog audio conversion built into a motherboard is currently doing for you.

So talk to the HTPC people. Let them know what kind of PC you have with specifics such as the motherboard model, the operating system version, your graphics card model, your monitor model/TV, etc., as well as the receiver you are thinking about buying. They can help you out. Worst case is you might want to upgrade to a better gaming graphics card

Thanks again! I will start another thread under that forum. My video card is an AMD 6970 so I should be all ready to go
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by silentfrost View Post

Thanks again! I will start another thread under that forum. My video card is an AMD 6970 so I should be all ready to go

It looks like it

This from the AMD Radeon product page:

"Integrated HD audio controller
Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats"

But there are different implementations of graphic card models, so you might want to talk to them just to be sure.
post #16 of 16
NHT Super Surround is on sale right now for $699. That would leave room for a pretty nice receiver and the NHTs work well in a small space. I actually just got this set up for almost the exact same situation. I used my older HK254 and it is golden man.

Good luck

Ty
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