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post #16 of 23

I agree to an extent.

This is not a hi-fi or speakers forum, so most will not have a lot of experience with 2.1 setups. I seldom use mine, only for movies and such.

post #17 of 23

I have a Focal XS 2.1 desktop audio system, it sounds far better then my old amp-speaker setups.

post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 

well I guess 5.1 is just not worth it for computer.  I would assume most people who have high quality 5.1 systems have a big flat screen TV and a comfy couch to sit on.

 

I guess 2.1 or headphones will be good enough for computers.  I personally like headphones.

 

At least I can tell this guy that the Logitech sucks and it's probably not worth more than $20 now.

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by barksdale View Post

well I guess 5.1 is just not worth it for computer.  I would assume most people who have high quality 5.1 systems have a big flat screen TV and a comfy couch to sit on.

 

I guess 2.1 or headphones will be good enough for computers.  I personally like headphones.

 

At least I can tell this guy that the Logitech sucks and it's probably not worth more than $20 now.

 

A speaker system and the source are two independent things. Whatever suits your use, you can always mix and match.

 

For close listening, you should consider monitors, stuff like AudioEngine and the like. They sound better when listened at closer range. For speakers made for movies etc. (THX certified and the lot) you need to sit back a few feet to get into the 'sound sphere'.

 

And personally I prefer not to tell anyone their sound sucks, its probably the best they've heard...

post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post

 

A speaker system and the source are two independent things. Whatever suits your use, you can always mix and match.

 

For close listening, you should consider monitors, stuff like AudioEngine and the like. They sound better when listened at closer range. For speakers made for movies etc. (THX certified and the lot) you need to sit back a few feet to get into the 'sound sphere'.

 

And personally I prefer not to tell anyone their sound sucks, its probably the best they've heard...


isn't THX a gimmick thing unless it's really high end? Same with Dolby Digital?  I mean I see those 2 things slapped around on many audio products.

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by barksdale View Post


isn't THX a gimmick thing unless it's really high end? Same with Dolby Digital?  I mean I see those 2 things slapped around on many audio products.

 

Yeah kind of. Good speakers will sound good regardless. But my point was, if something is THX certified and stuff, its probably not designed/does not work well for close range.

They might sound nice if you fill the room with sound, though. That was my experience with my MX5021s (not audiophile grade stuff, but pretty good for college. The only problem is, they sound nice only when listened from a few feet away.)


Edited by proton007 - 9/20/12 at 6:41pm
post #22 of 23

I have Logitech G35 (7.1) headphones that are generally regarded as being amongst the best $ for $ for positional audio. To say "It's probably not worth it for the computer" is yet another generalisation. I also have an average quality 5.1 system that cost 1/3 of the price of the headphones. The "simulated" positional audio of ANY headphones will never, ever, come REMOTELY close to the true positional audio obtained from a good 5.1 or 7.1 system. Positional audio is more important for gaming than it is for any other kind of media. A clear example is if you are in a 3D environment such as a first person shooter where knowing which direction a sound comes from will direct you to turn or move in that direction far more quickly. It is also a massive contributor to atmosphere in these and other kinds of game.

 

Theatre/movies/television ALL generally sound better with full surround unless you are watching something fairly old in which case they will sound pretty much the same.

 

Nothing sounds BETTER in 2.0 or 2.1 unless your surround system isn't very good to begin with or you already have a high end stereo system such as Bang and Olufsen. Some music is now recorded with multiple channels over and above stereo (although, admittedly, this is rare).

 

In my opinion a stereo (or 2.1) system is only preferable if budget dictates. And this for the simple reason that a surround system is more versatile and as long as it's not a totally low-end setup there should be no noticeable degradation in sound quality when listening to something that only uses 2 channels of what you have available to you.

 

For a good surround system that doesn't cost hundreds look at Microlab or Genius products rather than "mainstream" brands like Creative or Logitech. Genius is a budget label made by Gasteiner, a reputable British company that actually manufactures many of the components used in higher end surround systems. Microlab are better but cost at least 1/3 more. If you can afford it you may want to look at German Wavemaster Stax (who also make some very nice 2.1 systems should you decide to go that way).

 

*edit* Incidentally, these computer surround systems are a very good substitution for big box "Theatre surround" setups that can cost as much as ten times the amount.

Lastly, I would suggest that there is no noticeable difference between 5.1 and 7.1 systems. Even if you are in a very large room the distance would enhance the surround effect but not currently to the extent that 2 extra side speakers are needed.


Edited by MrMuse - 2/19/15 at 1:10pm
post #23 of 23

Why do I have the G35 at all? Simple, some of the games I play require the use of a microphone. For those that don't the headset is off baby.

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