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

By Julio Franco · 68 replies
Jun 12, 2010
  1. TheDumbass

    TheDumbass TS Rookie Posts: 22

    well i have pc connected to home theater so i have 5.1 home theater 100wattts and making quite good sound (in my opinion)
  2. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I have the my motherboard's integrated sound outputting to an old Pioneer SX-450 Stereo. This powers two sets of speakers- some large Mirage SM .5 speakers which I use for music and movies, but are not by my computer. The second is a pair of Apple Pro speakers (made by harman kardon) which I rewired to fit the stereo. These are directly behind my monitors, and I use them for things like games and more day to day stuff.
  3. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,946   +200

    A little over 3 years ago I upgraded from a Creative Soundworks DTT3500 5.1 system to a Logitech Z-5500 and also a Creative X-fi ExtremeMusic

    I am very happy with the speakers however not with the Creative soundcard, that was promptly exchanged for a Auzentech X-Meridian soundcard which I am very happy with

    I have owned many Creative soundcards through the years, and have always been running into issues with them now and then, dunno why I didn't switch brands sooner lol
  4. I am using a Creative Audigy with my Altec Lansing MX5021 and it rocks. Playing games with a meagre setup is never interesting. If you have a good setup, you can enjoy playing for hours.
    Well, i also have ahome theater but watchin blu ray and HD videos is not as easy on my PC and hence i still use my PC as my personal home theater and don't think this is gonna change any time soon :)
  5. Asus Xonar D2 Audio Card hooked up to 505 Watt Logitech Z5500 Digital Speakers via Coax SPDIF. Full on 5.1 digital surround sound works like a beast!
  6. neoresin

    neoresin TS Rookie

    I just upgraded to a HT Omega Claro Halo soundcard and picked up the HD555's from Sennheiser and I can say that there's no going back to onboard audio for me. The amp included on the card drives both the Sennheisers and my old Altec Lansing 2.1 speaker system robustly and without complaint; it's way, way, way better than regular onboard audio. I can't believe I was satisfied with the motherboard audio before. I'll never go back.
  7. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    I have a 5.1 home theater and I believe it's "Feather" (i'm not at home), and a Sony Mdrxd100 headset. I used to have a Creative SoundBlaster Live 5.1 sound card, but not anymore, now I used realtek audio device. Both my headset and my home theater are pretty old, but I'm glad to have them, they have great sound and quality, and were affortable by that time I bought them.
    When I want to get loud, I plug my computer to my brother's Philips stereo.
  8. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    I use klipsch promedia 4.1 speakers connected to an auzentech x-fi prelude 7.1 soundcard. When I was shopping speakers, I chose the klipsch over a true 7.1 setup simply because I thought they sounded better than anything else at the time. I have had them for almost 6 years now, and they still perform beautifully. For my home theater setup, I have an Onkyo 8.1 receiver and Onkyo amp with klipsch wf-34 home theater speakers. If I can save some more cash, I plan on buying 2 more satellite speakers for the wf-34
  9. GRW

    GRW TS Rookie

    I have the following setup for about six years.

    Logitech's Z-2200 2.1 via Creative's SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS

    I don't game but I do listen to a lot of music and appreciate the quality they offer. These really kick with 200W RMS.
  10. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TS Enthusiast Posts: 101

    logitech z-5300 5.1 and Rocketfish 5.1 sound card .. works decent for games and H-D tv or movies..
  11. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    I used to have a fairly fancy audio system both in home audio and with the computer using discreet components however other family priorities have arisen. Now, I just use basic stereo speakers and headphones for computer audio. For home theater it’s now down to stereo and a center channel.
  12. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 376   +50

    I've got Klipsch's Promedia 4.1s on one box and their Promedia 5.1 Utras on the other. Both speaker sets are plugged into Creative's X-Fi Titanium sound cards.
  13. Orionlocke

    Orionlocke TS Rookie Posts: 35

    I've got a creative X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty professional and using the optical output to a pair of Tritton AX Pro dolby digital 5.1 true surround headphones. I do most of my gaming at night after the wife and kids are asleep so with the nice headphones, I can still have the volume up and not disturb anyone! Works great, sounds great!
  14. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    I am currently using Logitech Z-5300e speakers through my mobo's onboard sound. They used to be hooked up to an Audigy 4, but Creative still has not made reliable drivers for Win7. I have since sworn off of Creative soundcards.
  15. I use an Asus Xonar D1 with Sennheiser HD280 headphones, with Dolby Headphone. Really good audio quality (couldn't go back to onboard now), and excellent surround sound virtualisation. Great for music too.
  16. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 82

    I actually run a pretty high end system. I got a Onkyo 7.1 receiver (50 watts a channel) hooked up to my mobo's optical output, then two high end bookshelf speakers and a sub. U used to have 5.1 with some Yamaha home theater speakers, but they were only decent.
  17. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 123

    OK Here it goes. I love music and i listen to them on daily basis on my PC ONLY. Yes i dont have enough space + it serves my need much better. I am an enthu. person. Taste of every person differs. Like if u check in woofer only there r some ppl who love punchy sub and there r others who like boomy bass/woofer/sub. I like the former and so i m using my loved speakers of all times who creates excellent high mid and lows for me i.e. Creative Inspire 2.1 (wall mounted ver. which is regarded as better then desktop one) along with perfectly matching Creative Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Platinum. Its the perfect combi according to me. Speakers i love to have 2.1 rather then going in for 5.1 for many reasons. Apart from music i love movies and games too. Only thing lacking in my speakers is power, yes it tends to get distract when we pump up the volume and so when i upgrade my PC couple of months i wud like to go in for Creative T3 only because their ability to deliver tht punchy sound and not boomy like logitech Z5500 whch i wouldnt mind only for movies. And i dont wish to upgrade my soundcard until or unless i dnt get a AV Reciver for myself which i wont. Todays soundcard has so much settings and power hungry s/w that i hate purchasing one. This old soundcard has it all. Good quality, no funky sw and simple to use only volume controller. I dont even bother to use creative drivers and use my windows wdm driver instead. It works better for me. These cos should work towards more affordable soln for ppl like us. Bcoz today mainstream mkt will look at creative they are happy with onboard stuffs & we want power and performance at attractive price dear.
  18. andrew225

    andrew225 TS Rookie

    I have been using a 2.0 audio system for one month, purely for music and its performance is much better than any PC speakers in the market. A digital sound card with optical output to an external DAC, and then RCA output to a stereo amplifier with 2 passive speakers.
  19. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 916   +24

    im only using logitech Z cinema and klipsch iFi, enough for my normal daily use. the latter is so hard to find here in southeast asia.
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