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Weekend Open Forum: What's your PC audio setup?

By Julio Franco · 68 replies
Jun 12, 2010
  1. I am outputting through the optical on my creative(MB edition) sound card to a home amplifier that's running in a 5,1 configuration.Which is great for movies,the only problem is it wont output 5,1 for games just movies.
  2. I agree to the fact that the days of 5.1 PC Speakers are no longer the hype, I bought my Creative 5.1 speakers with the sound blaster live platinum 10 hrs ago, I now hooked up my PC to my Samsung LCD 40" with 7.1 Onkyo speakers and Onkyo receiver, the sound is excellent specially when I play my PS3 with the optical cable connected to my receiver.
  3. A40 Headset from Astro gaming
    I have broken every other head set around this set seems to have lasted 1 year so far
    speakers are not allowed in my apt building too loud
  4. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TS Booster Posts: 174

    Speakers: Logitech z5500 5.1
    Sound card: Creative Platinum Pro Fatality PCI-e
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    6.1 Channel with Onkyo HT-R430 receiver. Not using my Creative Sound Blaster external sound card for now.
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Still cant get myself to replace the Yamaha YST MS-50 on my gaming machine. sounds excellent and the 20 lb 7" sub rattles the house while FPS'ing.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,102   +870

    I used to have a Creative X-Fi Extreme Gamer sound card (£60) with a Logitech Z-3 (£50) which was quite decent but then I won £300 from work (betting rules!) and Now I have a Bose Companion 5 which also does the virtual surround stuff but being made by bose it does it rather, the sound card only gets used as a Mic input now as the Bose is connected via USB and acts as a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound card.

    If sat in the right place it does it perfectly, sure its still not as good as a full 5.1 but i don't want speakers everywhere so this was perfect.

    Plus its very loud and the sound quality is top notch!

    I also have a pair of Ultimate ears Super.Fi 5 Pros (£150) which are awesome!
  8. I use a Creative XFI with Klipsch 5.1 THX certified speakers.
  9. Speakers : Creative Gigaworks T3
    Sound card : Asus Xonar DX

    I have always been using 2.1 sound system since my room does not have space for anything more than that. Been happy with the setup for almost a year now other than the volume controller of the Gigaworks T3. I have replaced the controller twice since i brought it. The volume controller spoils after sometime and cause the speaker volume to fluctuate occasionally.
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,682   +771

    Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium, Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers and SennHeiser PC350 headphones.

    My neighbors hate me. ;)
  11. X-Fi XtremeGamer with Logitech Z-2300's. A decent budget setup.
  12. Creative X-fi Titanium + Logitech Z-5500 (Dolby Digital over optical)
    The sound card's audio reconstruction is awesome, and the speaker's definition, clarity and power are excellent.
    I use this setup for gaming, music, movies; you name it. Especially good for games with plenty of explosions/gunfire, thanks to the humongous sub.

    I love my Z-5500 <3
  13. Behringer MS40 nearfield monitors, wall-mounted. Clean and authoritative sound.
  14. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    I use a 2.1 setup, Creative's I-Trigue L3800. They deliver a really good sound, specially the bass.
  15. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Booster Posts: 124   +9

    Using the integrated sound on my m3a79-t deluxe, a cheap headset that does the job (very wel though) or sometimes if i want to i just use my self-made plugs and use my deawoo stereo set which i hook-up to 2 sony speaker-boxes with nice woofers in them ;-)
  16. I still have the Logitech booming Z680 system. Games and DVDs sound awesome and I always get neighboors complaining about the loud noise. Love 'em!
  17. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Just last month I upgraded my old 5.1 Altec Lansing that I've had for 5+ years to the Klipsh Promedia 2.1
    Initially I figured I could get a cheap $50 speaker system and be satisfied with it, but after checking the demo units at Target, Walmart, Fry's and Best Buy, the Klipsch sound was dramatically better than any other 2.1 displays. The sound (IMO) was even better than the Bose speakers that retailed for twice their price. I really couldn't force myself to buy the $50 speakers after hearing these guys.
    I'm only feeding onboard audio to them, but the sound quality is spectacular, I'm not sure if upgrading the sound card would have a noticeable improvement in audio quality, but thats what I initially thought about $50 speakers too.
  18. Klipsch 2.1 With XFI fatality PCI at home when in office i have some creative 2.1 thru a xfi 5.1 usb for htpc have ati 5450 hdmi for pretty much all i need there!!
  19. Tizzlejack

    Tizzlejack TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Optical output from my Gigabyte mobo to a Yamaha 5.1. It feels a bit excessive but it's an HTPC so it serves it's purpose.
  20. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,344   +141

    Onboard sound with low cost headphones. I also have a non-powered speaker in case I want someone else to hear to sound, but it's not even hooked (and it's pink, 'cause that was the cheapest).
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,264   +454

    SB X-Fi Extreme PCI-Express -> Onkyo HT-SR800 7.1 HTIB + AKG K240S. Been really happy with this setup for the last 1 1/2 years, but wouldn't mind a slightly larger powered sub. Trying to convince a buddy to sell me his unused 15" sub.
  22. i'm using altec lansing 5.1 system
  23. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 551   +9

    fatality headset and Very Cheap 2.1 speakers. :)
  24. basejj

    basejj TS Rookie

    Logitech X540 no sound card just plugged into the motherboard
  25. Sev

    Sev TS Rookie Posts: 80


    i love my xfi titanium, not only does this thing last for ever but amazing sound, i have the G13 5.1 surround system ( granted the Matrix sound options kinda suck and rear speakers are iffy at best but great sound like 300watts i think
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