Heh, I actually forgot I had started this thread and it looks like it has taken off on a huge tangent on audiphile equipment that would honestly be lost on my untrained ears. When I want to really enjoy my music, I just switch to my headphones. Also, I have decided that I'd prefer a 2.1 setup right now as it just doesn't make sense to buy a 5.1 system and arrange the speakers next to each other as if it were only a 2.1 setup. I will admit, however, that the Logitech z2300 I have just don't fit the bill anymore. I don't know if the audio quality has simply degraded over time, but there is a persistent hiss that comes through and the SNR seems to be way off what I remembered when I first got them. Playing games, however, is a different story. The speakers I have seem fairly sufficient for playing games and listening to poor quality audio (Pandora, Youtube) which i do quite often when I'm too lazy to set up a playlist. Anyway, I am very much space constrained here and I have no idea what my actual preference really is so when I browse all these discussions on which is better at delivering certain frequencies, it really doesn't mean a whole lot to me. Also, if it would help, I tend to prefer closed-backed headphones over open ones. I actually like the punchier bass and deeper, heavier sound even if it isn't as accurate and causes listening fatigue over long periods. Just something about it is more stimulating and satisfying, the sound isolation is also a nice bonus. Also most of my music is 320k mp3s. My sound card is a Creative SB Titanium HD, if that helps. I get the feeling that a high end PC speaker system is more than adequate for my needs even if I could possibly get something technically "better" for the same price. Maybe later down the road I will be more interested in sound testing other options and setting up a nice theater surround setup, but right now that's a tight squeeze and I doubt I'd truly appreciate it.
Intel Core i7-875K, Asus P7P55D-E Pro, Win 7 Home Premium
MSI GTX 560 Ti OC, Mushkin 2x2GB DDR3-1333, Corsair TX650
Cooler Master Hyper 212+, Logitech Z-2300, ASUS Xonar DX
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, Dell Ultrasharp U2410, Antec P183