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Logitech Z-5500 speaker change up
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What is your budget? "Top quality" is rather relative and could include a $10,000 speaker setup
Probably because you are only mainly hearing the Klipsch. For multichannel audio, the front speakers should timbre match for the optimal front soundstage. So the best match would be some Klipsch Reference series bookshelves. They will be a much better match for multichannel audio than running KRK Rokkits with the Klipsch center. And I'm not making this up. Basic fundamental principle of putting together a mulitchannel setup. Google center channel and timbre match to learn more.
I'm mainly into music so I bought the Asus Xonar Essense STX and I listen to 24/96 6ch 8500 Kbps FLAC music and the quality is like your right in front of the band so if I can find some better quality speaker I'm sure there could be a difference....Far as finding a better system to make a big difference in quality your looking at $1600 plus so is I could find some good 8 ohms speaker that is as far as I'd like to take it....I'm looking maybe into some studio Rokit series 5
I'm assuming your connecting the Essence STX to the Z5500 using 3 analog audio cables, for best sound quality
and not using the S/PDIF optical/coaxial connection.
Monoprice sells a 5.1 speaker set ($229), I believe they are a relabeled Energy 5.1 setup (or at least from the same factory that makes the Energy 5.1 classic)
Sell off the Z5500 and buy a used A/V receiver off Craigslist or eBay.
Really Iv always heard that optical was the best even in the Logitech manual states three ways to hook up under good better best and the three wire input was better and optical was the best for quality...Mind you Iv always went with what Iv read and forum sites and I will definitely look into it ..thanks again
10 Years ago when the Z5500 came out (and it's manual) the audio quality of computer audio was not nearly as good as it is now, so chances are back then the DAC chip inside the Z5500 was better then the DAC chip that came in most sound cards (if not all).
Then about 7 years ago companies like Asus released sound cards like the Xonar D2 which came with a really nice DAC chip, even then not a lot of people would be willing to spend $175 ($175 in 2007 money) for a computer sound card.
But nowadays the DAC chips used in most mid range sound cards should be better then whatever is used in the Z5500.
If you go with speakers like the Klipsch, then you'll need a receiver. Right now accessories4less.com has a factory refurbished/factory warrantied Denon 1513 for $99. With that, you set the output from the computer to LPCM.
Then be sure to budget at least a few hundred dollars for a good sub. Going from the Z5500 to Klipsch Ref series with a good sub will be like upgrading from a moped to a Kawasaki 700cc motorcycle. LOL
Seriously, though. In home audio, we think of the Logitech multimedia surround setups as toys in comparison to a good passive speaker/receiver/sub setup.