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New 5.1 Speakers..new sound card? HELP!

I just bought the Logitech Z-5500 speakers for my computer and was wondering if i would need to buy a new Sound card to get the abosolute BEST sound out of them. I still have the card from my computer when i bought it. I have a Sony PCV-RX660

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The BEST sound will be from. . .

In reply to: New 5.1 Speakers..new sound card? HELP!

an optical output. If your new speakers accept an optical digital signal, look for that sound card. I have a Chaintech Via Envoy 7.1 Sound Card. It has standard audio outputs with an optical output for 7.1 sound.


You can look at most good sound cards.

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i'd beg to differ, and this is why

In reply to: The BEST sound will be from. . .

optical output is a digital signal
speakers are analog
your just moving the A/D conversion from inside the computer, into a decoder
and then the sound quality, and performance, rests on the decoder
personally i'd rather let my computer decode the audio, and then send it out analog, than have a seperate decoder do it (unless said decoder is of an HT quality level, in the $400+ price range, as that would kill what my PC could do, well, to a point)

personally i'd suggest a Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS
it's one of the best cards on the market
and can speed up gaming (a bit) not to mention it offers excellent audio quality (with a sick sampling rate (consider, it's taking 192,000 samples PER SECOND, and then recompiling that into the song, while most only do 48khz-96khz...but yes, 48,000 per second is fine (CD Audio quality, DVD is 96khz iirc))

the Creative card also offers full EAX hardware decode
which is a nice feature (especially for those speakers)
while the Via Envy chip is nice, and that Chaintech is probably good
i wouldn't personally condone pairing a $300 speaker set-up with a $20 sound card (i'd take the integrated personally) while a soundcard from Turtle Beach, M-Audio or Creative would do much better for that task (Turtle beach runs on the cheap side (price wise), i'd get the Catalina or the Santa Cruz, avoid the Riviera (it's value segment)) and M-Audio quickly goes from theater type sound cards to professional audio devices
so watch what your buying if you pick M-Audio

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