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Inspire 5300 or Logitech Z-640

By Fei
Nov 24, 2002
  1. I am planning to get new speakers for my Audigy 2 sound cards. I have a small room, so I don't need the theater style sounds, just good enough for games and movies. I have a strict budget of $80, and was wondering which of these two would be good

    Creative Labs Inspire 5.1 5300
    Logitech Z-640 5.1

    are there any other 5.1 or decent 4.1 systems within price ranges. if so please suggest them.
     
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    neither of those are going to do the Audigy2 justice. You'll need to go for a high end set of speakers to get the most of that soundcard.

    If you didn't need super quality sound, you should have just gotten a Live! or Audigy soundcard.
     
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Well, I have the cheapo Logitech 2.1 version of the speakers you listed... They sound fairly good for only 30 bucks. Moreover, I demoed the Z-640's at Fry's and the sound was great (better than I would ever need), but I suppose they aren't the best speakers ever.

    I've never been a big fan of Creative Labs Inspire series.. I haven't heard the 5300 though.
     
  4. forciano

    forciano TS Rookie Posts: 28

    i would go for the logitech ones. :grinthumb
     
  5. Fei

    Fei TS Rookie Topic Starter

    extremetech.com gave the 5300s a higher rating than the logitechs

    at best buy the 5300s cost 80 and logitechs cost 100
     
  6. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas TS Rookie Posts: 1,327

    You'd probably be best off sticking with what you currently have & saving for longer to be honest.
     
  7. forciano

    forciano TS Rookie Posts: 28

    then you must have some upcoming speakers in mind :confused:
     
  8. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas TS Rookie Posts: 1,327

    No, not really but generally speakers are one thing where it pays to not be cheap. Speakers don't go off after a few months like Graphics card do :)

    I guess $200 or so is where you'd want to be at to get something worthwhile.
     
  9. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    I think you would be probably better off choosing the speakers yourself, like having an audition of the two speakers at your local store by playing your favourite cd tracks to compare. Sound is a subjective issue, different people have different opinions.
     
  10. mrslippyfist

    mrslippyfist TS Rookie Posts: 64

    i have soem logitech 540's, which is a 4.1 system, and they sound great, IMHO, they fill my room nicely and has deep bass.
    does a 5.1 system really have that much to offer over 4.1? I, jus want to know if im missing out :rolleyes:
     
  11. forciano

    forciano TS Rookie Posts: 28

    i dont think you are really missing much, to me the sound that comes from the central speaker isnt really needed I would rather have a central speaker behind me and not at front.
     
     
  12. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    5.1 speaker setups are excellent, especially for EAX supported games. The #1 thing I would like, had I 5.1 speakers, is how all the talking (from a person right in front of the camera) comes out of the center speaker, something 4.1's can't begin to replicate.

    I would reccomend the Logitech Z-640's. Logitech has struck gold with it's new Z line of speakers, and is definitely better than Creative, IMHO.
     
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