I know there is a part of this forum for it but it is dead. Anyway. I have a computer and a TV in my room I want to connect to some speaker system. I am redoing my room and want to put a 5.1 system in. I am thinking of something along these lines... Sound Blaster Live (or Audigy 2) sound card for my computer, and a Logitech 5.1 speaker system as shown here http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=2177,CONTENTID=958 6. What is your opinion on these? I want to keep the price down and go with some name brand stuff here. Will it be hard wiring my whole room up, extending the wires and stuff? Will that setup sound pretty good?
That should be pretty nice. Are you going to use your computer to play dvd's? If not then you may loose your surround. Also go with the Audigy. It's a much better card than the Live. It's cleaner and has more connecting options.
the speakers arent bad. if you want to extend the rears then i believe you will need to use some mono rca cables. not as convenient or cheap as speaker wire. logitech will probably give you the most with the lowest budget since they dont really use high quality stuff and omit certain things. it should sound good though.
Chris, what's stopping you from getting a home stereo that has 5.1 surround sound? Why do you want to use the computer? For home stereo, I wouldn't use Logitech, nor any speakers designed for computers. I've tested them in the past and found not as pleasing as a real home stereo system. The speakers for computers for example, are designed for low wattage (50w rms or less), the subs are 180w rms or lower. A typical home stereo design might have 100w rms or higher for surround speakers, and 300w - 1000w rms for subs. In a computer system, all the speakers are situated much closer to the listener, where as, in home stereo, the speakers are much further away, thus requiring more power.
I love my logitech 2.1 right now. Not saying your wrong Isaac but I like mine right now. I am just spicing up my 12'X12' bedroom and want to put a speaker in each corner hanging from the ceiling and then mount the sub and center channel somewhere. My speakers were $40 new so I figure that they will be a decent amount better than these... Plus these are like 15 rms X2 and a 10rms amp and they get pretty loud. So, I think I might just stick with that. Thanks you all for the help though.
Oh, and should I get the Audigy 2 ZS? I was looking at that card.. Can I hook up my TV to that also by chance?
Chris.....I was debating on whether or not to get those speakers too. These are great for PC, but if you hooked it up to your TV, your going to loose true surround sound. All you'll get is loud music through every speaker. The reason for this is it's not supported by Pro Logic and DTS. However, if you wanted a nice system that would work great, then save up a bit more coin and go with the Logitech Z-5500. They are a bigger system, and supports true surround sound with computer and TV. I seen them on e-bay for $200 before. Just shop around, it's worth it.