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potatochobit wrote:well, speaker 'technology' does not really evolve at a fast pace
what does change is the components inside of an amplifier
this will give you the prologic, prologic IIx, trueHD, etc.
so keep in mind your motherboard must have decent onboard sound or you might need a sound card
the very first thing you must consider is your budget. for 300$ you cannot beat the logitech set.
if you want to spend 800$ we can talk about selecting individual components
now, is logitech better than the other newer brands is what you want to know?
well, the value cannot be beat. but is a subwoofer a must have for you? If not you can drop the price to a smaller package.
just stay away from the 3 speaker packages that are just L/R and a sub.
Hance wrote:I have two sets of the Z5500's. One set is connected to my computer the other set is hooked up to my TV. The sub with the z5500's is fairly large so you need to think about that. Also if you have neighbors and turn the speakers up much they are going to hear them. What kind of sound outputs does your laptop have ? If it doesn't have a 5.1 out of some kind you are basically turning the speakers into a 2.1 set.
Zoomastigophora wrote:You can peruse my thread for any additional information if you want. Pretty much anything I have to say, I've said in there.
sironomus wrote:I've got the Z2300's. Good bass, decent mids and highs. The bass can be a little overpowering sometimes especially when gaming. Numerous times I have had the volume set to where character voices in cut scenes are just audible and still had my girlfriend complain that the walls of our apartment were shaking.
As Potatochobit pointed out, the acutal speaker technology isn't going anywhere fast( there's only so many ways to send a current through a loop of wire in front of a magnet after all) so I wouldn't worry about the age.
For the money I would say the Z2300's are a good buy, especially if you have good on-board sound or a decent sound card.
Only thing I'd have to do is get a Y-cable to drive the audio into my computer, I think.
UltimateImperative wrote:Only thing I'd have to do is get a Y-cable to drive the audio into my computer, I think.
From looking at their website, it seems like Mirage make unpowered (no integrated amp) speakers. So you'd need some sort of amplifier (unless your speakers have integrated power amps). Your cousin has a bunch of speakers; does he have an amp? (in home theater the part that includes the amps is often called a "receiver")
morphine wrote:It seems to me that only the sub is powered, that is you still need a receiver (amp) for the remaining speakers.
ILikePineapple wrote:If the satellites are plugged directly into the sub can't the sub work as the receiver? Sorry if this is an ignorant question, again, this is my first time researching speakers.
ILikePineapple wrote:... because my laptop's sound card is not able to output signals in surround sound, a receiver will have no affect on this and the centerspeaker will still be unusable when I'm hooking this system up to my computer?
SNM wrote:I believe the Macbook/Pro audio out port is a dual-purpose one (or maybe more); it should also handle SPDIF output which I assume is multi-channel. But I don't know what SPDIF is so I could well be wrong.
potatochobit wrote:this is the macbook pro specs
ILikePineapple wrote:I found this quote in an AppleInsider forum thread: "The digital out supports both Dolby Digital and DTS, you have to get a sound card if you want analog 5.1 output..." [...] There was also one user who said you may need a DD/DTS decoder unless there's one built in to your computer?