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Should I buy HTIB or PC speakers to use with my comp?

Hi there,

I want to buy a surround sound speaker system for playing music and watching movies on my computer. Is there any advantage to buying speakers made specifically to be hooked up to a computer (i.e. Logitech's Z680) instead of HTIB speakers?

Also, Logitech's Z680s come with a small hand-held A/V reciever. Would I have to upgrade my $20 SB Live Value soundcard to something like an Audigy ZS Platinum Pro to be able to get 100% of the Z680s potential performance or would the mini A/V reciever do the job of a nice sound card?

Finally would I have any problems setting up an HTIB system (I'm looking at the Panasonic SC-HT05) to accept the output of my computer? Again, would I need a nice soundcard to get 100% of the speaker's performance capacity or would the A/V reciever that comes with such systems do the job the soundcard would normally do?

Here are the links to the Logitech and the Panasonic SC-HT05:

Logitech Z680: http://reviews.cnet.com/Logitech_Z_680/4505-3179_7-20720043-2.html?tag=top

Panasonic SC-HT05: http://reviews.cnet.com/Panasonic_SC_HT05/4505-6740_7-30898391.html?tag=topprods

Your help is very much appreciated,

Dan

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Re: Should I buy HTIB or PC speakers to use with my comp?

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I can tell you that the Z-680 is now out of production, with a new model the Z-5500 to replace it. So you may want to hold off your purchase until you see it. A photo from Russia has leaked out of the new system:

http://www.alion.ru/pic/news/Logitech/Logitech_Z5500.jpg

You want to look at the Klipsch Promedia line and the Edifier S5.1 system too.

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Thanks! You just made my decision much easier.

Dan

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Re: Should I buy HTIB or PC speakers to use with my comp?

In reply to: Should I buy HTIB or PC speakers to use with my comp?

Well, about 6 years ago I faced the same question, and I went for the home theater, and even that the system was amazingally great when hooked to a DVD player, my friends PC speakers that were much cheaper out performed my set, because the way sound card produce signal is different to what normal amps do, so if you need something to your PC go with the Logitech, I know they are great speakers, one of the best for PC's..
and about the sound card, you dont have to upgrade, the SB live is enough, but if you want the best go for the Audigy 2 zs cuz they benifit from the THX cert, no need to get the Platinum Pro.

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