• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Need a secondary sound system for TV/Media Computer

LordJummy

New Member
Joined
May 13, 2011
Messages
1,403 (0.57/day)
Likes
246
Location
US of A
System Name Workstation1 | Asus G55VW-DS71
Processor i7 970 3.8GHz | i7 3610QM
Motherboard RIII Formula
Cooling EK 360 Supreme HF | Asus G55VW
Memory 24GB Dominator | 12GB DDR3
Video Card(s) 2x Diamond HD 6970 | GTX 660M
Storage 2x Vertex4 256GB | 256GB Vertex4 & 750GB HDD
Display(s) 3x Crossover 27" LED S-IPS + 30" DELL IPS
Case Corsair Obsidian 800D
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro + Gigaworks G550W
Power Supply HX1000 + NZXT Black Sleeved Extensions
Software Win7Ult64Bit
Benchmark Scores ballz
#1
I'm looking for a secondary 5.1 sound system that has toslink digital input that I can use with my TV and possibly a second media computer. I want to stay in the $300 range because I already have an expensive primary sound system for my workstation & gaming rig. $200-300 would be my target budget for this. I just want decent quality audio with digital surround & digital input. I was thinking of splurging and getting the new logitech Z906 but I don't know if I want to buy another $400 surround setup.

I was checking it out at local Fry's and it's pretty nice. My other computer setup is an older Creative Gigaworks G550 I bought back in 2006/2007 or so. I just never saw a need to upgrade.

I have toslink input and output on soundcard, and toslink digital output on TV. TV has no other audio outputs available.

Any sub $400 recommendations would be great. I'm having a hard time finding a system that has a built in receiver/decoder. I don't want to buy a receiver for this; I want an all-in-one package.

I'm also not an audiophile so I just want something that has good quality and a nice sound range with good volume. Doesn't have to be perfect.

I appreciate any help.
 

Funtoss

New Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2011
Messages
588 (0.23/day)
Likes
61
Location
New Zealand
System Name My Heater
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.2ghz
Motherboard Asus P5B-E Plus
Cooling Zalman CNPS 9700 NT
Memory Patriot 4GB 800MHz DDR2
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 460 1GB
Storage 2x Western Digital 640GB (1.28TB)
Display(s) Viewsonic VX2349wm 24"
Case Raidmax Hurricane
Audio Device(s) C-Media 8738
Power Supply Aywun Megapower 650w 80+
Software Windows 7 64 Bit
#2
Go for Logitech X-530's they are simply fantastic at the price which is around $50-$70 and they have nice sound for movies and games :)
 

LordJummy

New Member
Joined
May 13, 2011
Messages
1,403 (0.57/day)
Likes
246
Location
US of A
System Name Workstation1 | Asus G55VW-DS71
Processor i7 970 3.8GHz | i7 3610QM
Motherboard RIII Formula
Cooling EK 360 Supreme HF | Asus G55VW
Memory 24GB Dominator | 12GB DDR3
Video Card(s) 2x Diamond HD 6970 | GTX 660M
Storage 2x Vertex4 256GB | 256GB Vertex4 & 750GB HDD
Display(s) 3x Crossover 27" LED S-IPS + 30" DELL IPS
Case Corsair Obsidian 800D
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro + Gigaworks G550W
Power Supply HX1000 + NZXT Black Sleeved Extensions
Software Win7Ult64Bit
Benchmark Scores ballz
#3
Go for Logitech X-530's they are simply fantastic at the price which is around $50-$70 and they have nice sound for movies and games :)
Do they have digital toslink inputs?

I have several ways of running audio to the speakers. I wanted to do TV's toslink straight to the speaker setup, but I could also run a toslink input from tv to analog out to speakers.

Right now I have Computer and PS3 hooked up to the TV via HDMI. I run the audio separately through my creative gigawatts 550w setup, but I would rather have the audio coming straight from the TV to the speakers, and it only has a digital toslink output. I just want the most simple setup possible. Argghh
 
Joined
May 23, 2010
Messages
507 (0.18/day)
Likes
40
System Name Home Theatre
Processor i5 750
Motherboard Gigabyte P55 USB3
Memory 4GB ADATA 1333
Video Card(s) Sapphire 1GB ATI 5670
Storage 32gb Kingston SSD (Os)/ 1TB and 640GB Caviar Blue (Storage)
Display(s) Sony KDL40HX800
Case Cooler Master HAF 922
Audio Device(s) HT Claro Plus
Power Supply Corsair HX650
Software Windows 7 64-bit
#4
Why not just get a Logitech Z-5500? It has a digital optical and coax optical input as well as the standard 3.5mm jacks (x3) for 5.1 sound. I believe that the Logitech Z-5500 will fit your need since you are not an audiophile. I am selling mines and I would say it is in excellent condition 10/10. If you want to buy just PM me.
 

LordJummy

New Member
Joined
May 13, 2011
Messages
1,403 (0.57/day)
Likes
246
Location
US of A
System Name Workstation1 | Asus G55VW-DS71
Processor i7 970 3.8GHz | i7 3610QM
Motherboard RIII Formula
Cooling EK 360 Supreme HF | Asus G55VW
Memory 24GB Dominator | 12GB DDR3
Video Card(s) 2x Diamond HD 6970 | GTX 660M
Storage 2x Vertex4 256GB | 256GB Vertex4 & 750GB HDD
Display(s) 3x Crossover 27" LED S-IPS + 30" DELL IPS
Case Corsair Obsidian 800D
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro + Gigaworks G550W
Power Supply HX1000 + NZXT Black Sleeved Extensions
Software Win7Ult64Bit
Benchmark Scores ballz
#5
If it's not under $200 I will probably go ahead and get the new Z906. I'd rather not buy it used unless it's really cheap. I would prefer to have a new warranty, etc.
 
Joined
May 23, 2010
Messages
507 (0.18/day)
Likes
40
System Name Home Theatre
Processor i5 750
Motherboard Gigabyte P55 USB3
Memory 4GB ADATA 1333
Video Card(s) Sapphire 1GB ATI 5670
Storage 32gb Kingston SSD (Os)/ 1TB and 640GB Caviar Blue (Storage)
Display(s) Sony KDL40HX800
Case Cooler Master HAF 922
Audio Device(s) HT Claro Plus
Power Supply Corsair HX650
Software Windows 7 64-bit
#6
Nope I'm not definitely going to sell mines for under $200, I believe I still have warranty on mines, I bought mines last year. You could check Ebay if you want cheaper. I suggest that you don't get the Logitech Z906 as the sub is actually smaller than the Logitech Z-5500. The control pod also looks hideous in my opinion compared to the Logitech Z-5500. As far as reviews about the audio performance, the Logitech Z-5500 is better than the Logitech Z906. If you want bass, I would suggest that you get the Logitech Z-5500 over the Logitech Z906.
 

LordJummy

New Member
Joined
May 13, 2011
Messages
1,403 (0.57/day)
Likes
246
Location
US of A
System Name Workstation1 | Asus G55VW-DS71
Processor i7 970 3.8GHz | i7 3610QM
Motherboard RIII Formula
Cooling EK 360 Supreme HF | Asus G55VW
Memory 24GB Dominator | 12GB DDR3
Video Card(s) 2x Diamond HD 6970 | GTX 660M
Storage 2x Vertex4 256GB | 256GB Vertex4 & 750GB HDD
Display(s) 3x Crossover 27" LED S-IPS + 30" DELL IPS
Case Corsair Obsidian 800D
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro + Gigaworks G550W
Power Supply HX1000 + NZXT Black Sleeved Extensions
Software Win7Ult64Bit
Benchmark Scores ballz
#7
Nope I'm not definitely going to sell mines for under $200, I believe I still have warranty on mines, I bought mines last year. You could check Ebay if you want cheaper. I suggest that you don't get the Logitech Z906 as the sub is actually smaller than the Logitech Z-5500. The control pod also looks hideous in my opinion compared to the Logitech Z-5500. As far as reviews about the audio performance, the Logitech Z-5500 is better than the Logitech Z906. If you want bass, I would suggest that you get the Logitech Z-5500 over the Logitech Z906.
I definitely prefer the look and feel of the Z906. I think the control pod looks a lot better than the 5500 blue backlit thing. The size of the sub is not important to me. It worked very well when I tested it in the shop.

If there's a Z-5500 set that is on sale for super cheap I will consider it, but if I'm going to pay close to top dollar I'd rather buy the new one.

I'm going to keep looking for another set that has what I need. If I can't find anything I guess I'll get the z906...
 
Joined
May 23, 2010
Messages
507 (0.18/day)
Likes
40
System Name Home Theatre
Processor i5 750
Motherboard Gigabyte P55 USB3
Memory 4GB ADATA 1333
Video Card(s) Sapphire 1GB ATI 5670
Storage 32gb Kingston SSD (Os)/ 1TB and 640GB Caviar Blue (Storage)
Display(s) Sony KDL40HX800
Case Cooler Master HAF 922
Audio Device(s) HT Claro Plus
Power Supply Corsair HX650
Software Windows 7 64-bit
#8
Do you really want a 5.1 set? I suggest that you get a Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 or a Logitech Z-5500 and a good sound card (HT Claro Plus). I have the Logitech Z-5500 as well as the Logitech Z-2300, and I can say that the Logitech Z2300 sounds a bit better on music because the Logitech Z-2300 has an op-amp which makes the two front channel speakers sound better. I am no audiophile, but I can say that the Logitech Z-2300 sounds way better than the Logitech Z-5500 when listening to music. If you watch movies mostly, the Logitech Z-2300 will also sound in par with the Logitech Z-5500. But what gives the Logitech Z-5500 the advantage is the extra surround that makes movies more immersive. In my opinion, if you are planning to spend at least $300-$400, just buy the a good sound card with a good op-amp and a 2.1 system, and it will be just as good as a 5.1 system (computer speakers). Honestly, using those the analog signal that comes out of a "GOOD SOUND CARD" sounds way better than those optical connections.
 
Joined
Mar 6, 2009
Messages
5,893 (1.82/day)
Likes
3,290
Location
Cybertron aka Canada
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V Pro
Cooling Noctua NH-D14
Memory 8GB Mushkin Blackline DDR3-1600
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 670
Storage Intel 520 60GB, Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB
Display(s) BenQ 24" XL2420T
Case Corsair 550D
Audio Device(s) Sennheiser HD600, Audeze LCD-3F, Mytek Stereo 192 DSD, La Figaro 339, Burson HA-160, Geek Pulse X
Power Supply Corsair AX650
Mouse steelseries Sensei MLG edition
Keyboard Cooler Master QuickFire Pro
Software Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
#9
your going to need a sound card if you want to buy the Klipsch Promedia 2.1. Logitech and Creative might be the only brands that have internal decoding.