I just recently set up a new desk space. I’m going to be using the computer quite a bit to educate myself and will thusly be watching some videos. Currently, the audio is barely loud enough and it’s flat. I don’t need audiophile level stuff here, just something that is solid in terms of volume level and sound quality.
I have 7.1 surround sound hooked up to mine through a Yamaha receiver. I just use the optical out on my motherboard to go to the receiver. But before that, I used the optical out to go to a soundbar with a sub under the desk and it sounded pretty good.
I returned the Soundblaster card because my pc’s case is small and it doesn’t fit. The Klipsch R-15PMs work really well just interacting with the computer without any sound card upgrade. I listened to some of my favorite songs on YouTube to test drive the setup and it’s very enjoyable. Good quality, and capable of more volume than I need. Happy with it.
Thanks man, the usb soundcard is tempting. I don’t know that I need the 5.1. It’s mostly for listening to people talk/lecture and also for itunes. I feel like what I’ve got is more than enough. Plus, I don’t want a bunch of speakers to take up a bunch of space and I don’t want to run wires across common footpaths. I’ve got my current, new, speakers barely tucked away and I’ve got the wires running across areas that I don’t mind (under the edge of the desk and a side table).
Actually, initially I had no plans to use itunes on this computer, the speakers were just for listening to lessons. The ones I got were so good I couldn’t help but head over to YouTube and put some tunes on, and then when that was satisfying I added itunes. I’m really happy with the way it is. Now if plugging these speakers into a soundcard that’s plugged into a usb might make the sound even better…
Thanks man. Does that produce a nice sound? In the bit I’ve been researching I think I’ve gotten the impression that some components that are designed for recording are good for exactly that, but for listening they have a pretty flat sound. Is your “Duet” great for listening?
You know, I think I like your original idea. I’ll just stand pat. Before I got these speakers the sound was really bad - flat and not quite loud enough. Now, it’s really good. I’m sure it could be better but I’m happy with “really good”. Also, my main need with the audio is to be able to listen to people lecture while I listen and learn. These are overkill already for that purpose and I’m able to use these to listen to music enjoyably. It’s already a big win. Plus, I’m happy with the dollars to benefit ratio. They are $500 speakers that I got on sale for $250. The soundcard will obviously drive the price up in the absolute sense, and it will also monkey with the cost to satisfaction ratio. Nice sound for $250 is a good place to be, personally.