Suggest a good 5.1 speaker system ~15k

MegaMind

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Sorry for peeping in very late..

bass quality depends on the listener. Who have felt the bass of Altec Lansing MX5051 or ATP3, they will never be satisfied with Logi Z906 as far as music is concerned.

Logitech is good for gaming, then movies. But when watching movies, at the time deep bass requirement, it fails. A typical 'drrrrr' sound comes. Yes, i have placed the sub on floor and have experimented different placement also. Well, for music I am also getting Edifier c2 soon.

@gurujee, check whether your Z906 is getting clean power & not low voltage...

I checked my bro's Z906, right out of the box i did burn-in for 4-5hrs & used at low-med. volume for a week.. Then started pumping up the volume..
The sound is clean & bass is shattering, nowhere close to muddy.
For listening to music i set the unit to 2.1, was not disappointed but still prefer my VS4121 for music..
I also checked for distortion @100% volume & 100% bass, to my surprise i can't find any.. BTW, i can't stand inside the home :p
I was astound by its performance..
All this testing was with onboard realtek ALC888 analog..

However, on the downside i need to boost the highs in EQ to suit my taste..

Nevertheless, to my experience i found Logitech Z906/Z5500's bass response to be most suitable for movies and gaming.

I can say this is a fact...


I'd say stay away from LG, sony, etc. HTIBs..

Also how much are you willing to spend?

I don't have sound card (thinking of getting Asus Xonar Essence STX but later :p)

Xonar Essence STX is a stereo sound card. To connect a 7.1/5.1 to itn u need a daughter board like Xonar H6 to be paired with STX..
Better off with xonar DX or the next stop AuzenTech X-Fi Forte...

What your take on Edifier S550

S550 is an awesome unit.. But is becoming very expensive.
Its bad that the digital version is not avail. in India

If you are limited to 15K, i'd recommend Z906 over the DA5000 pro & F6000.. And since z906 has digital o/p, the money on a discrete sound card is saved..
EQ tweaking & speaker, sub. placement plays a vital role in the sound o/p of the speakers...
 
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Apocalyp5e

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Thanks everyone for helping me out :)

So i think its z906 then :D

Hi please let me know if S/PDIF cable is included in the package if not let me know good cable appropriate for z906
 

MegaMind

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Well the thing is my board is having coax S/PDIF and not optical so can i use a regular coax cable to connect it ?

found the coax cable on delta page as well but just curious can i use normal RCA cable for connection. How much difference will be SQ using belking and a cheap RCA

Yes you can.. Get a regular coax cable.

A good branded cable to cheap cables will have 5~10% SQ diff.
The Sub. will start to suffer during high excursion due to signal loses..

Seriously, 30 bucks cable for a 15K system?
 
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Apocalyp5e

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Yes you can.. Get a regular coax cable.

A good branded cable to cheap cables will have 5~10% SQ diff.
The Sub. will start to suffer during high excursion due to signal loses..

Seriously, 30 bucks cable for a 15K system?

:D thanks for advice will be going for good branded cable for sure I was thinking of ordering cable before speakers, and I have good RCA cable already

Just bought 1.5KVA APC BR1500G-IN, so speakers next week :D
 
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Apocalyp5e

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Thanks everyone for your valuable feedback :D

I had some bad luck getting these speakers, ordered it on 20th April from ebay. Blue Dart guys messed up with courier and got it on 9th may, I was so exited went right for un-boxing and proper setup for test run, but :cry: then no power on console :cry: . Next day was dedicated for getting root cause about what is wrong with it, No joy there It was Indeed a DOA as I suspected. So then started RMA process and got then like 10-15 days back.

My two cents about z906.

At first I connected it via Analog, I wasn't quite impressed with the sound I got. I changed to S/PDIF, this time there is a lot of difference in SQ. But it still wasn't upto my expectation.

After some burn in (2-3 days) it started to sound better. For movies and games it really roxx. (I am using FFShow to encode to DTS. This way speakers do all the decoding :), since you cant get 5.1 from SPDIF)

Tested my setup on a few movies (Avatar, Dark Knight, Sucker Punch, Die Hard 4, Matrix ) and few Games (Battlefield, Street Fighter X Tekken, starcarft II etc)

Following is my observation for different Frequencies (I have rated it keeping these are worth 15k, more you spend better SQ you get so these aren't absolute ratings )

High: I was suspecting about sub-par SQ in this range, because of no dedicated tweeters but I am amazed the Highs are really perfect.
9/10

Mid: IMHO the Mids of z906 aren't that great, could be because of these are full range satellites. I think these are more inclined towards highs.
7/10

Low: Z906 really shines in This area, In movies you will feel absolute power of the Sub. Its not too boomy or Muddy(if you set you EQ right). For listening music you need to turn down the volume of sub else BASS will overpower everything else.
10/10

Now I got a few questions for z906 owners.

I am thinking of getting a DTS live enabled Sound card. How much difference in SQ if you play it with sound card.

how much difference in SQ if you connect sound card with spdif/toslink, cuz in this case the decoding will not be performed on card.

I noticed something strange when i try to set the volume for each speaker individually(pressing Level Button). I get the option Back Satellites, Center and Sub. I am not unable to set sound of each speaker individually. Is this fine or something is wrong my console.

In case of stereo is it possible to force decoding on speakers.

Once again thanks to you all.
 
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Apocalyp5e

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Do u know anything about Altec Lansing

the company that rocked the audio industry :-D

Yes I do, and my previous roommate had MX5021... so if you suggesting anything better let me know. MX6021 isn't good as MX5021 besides there aren't very good 5.1 offering from Altec Lasing these days.
 

yashthedude

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Yes I do, and my previous roommate had MX5021... so if you suggesting anything better let me know. MX6021 isn't good as MX5021 besides there aren't very good 5.1 offering from Altec Lasing these days.

Coz they are giving there power in 7.1 audio

tested by me

better than any other ****.
 

MegaMind

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1. I am thinking of getting a DTS live enabled Sound card. How much difference in SQ if you play it with sound card.

2. I noticed something strange when i try to set the volume for each speaker individually(pressing Level Button). I get the option Back Satellites, Center and Sub. I am not unable to set sound of each speaker individually. Is this fine or something is wrong my console.

3. In case of stereo is it possible to force decoding on speakers.

1. DTS live in specific doesn't make much of a diff. just get a decent sound card, not less than a Xonar DX..

2. Can you be more specific here, can't get you. 'Able to' or 'unable to' ?

3. Same here, what you mean force decode?

MX6021 isn't good as MX5021 besides there aren't very good 5.1 offering from Altec Lasing these days.

MX6021 is not upto 5021, but they are musical than other PC speakers in the same price range..

Coz they are giving there power in 7.1 audio

tested by me

better than any other ****.

7.1 from altec lansing? model no. ?
 
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Apocalyp5e

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Coz they are giving there power in 7.1 audio

tested by me

better than any other ****.

Really can you mention the model number and name since as per my knowledge Altec doesn't have any 7.1 offering. Maybe I am not up to date with all hardware industry.

Dont forget to mention the price, since if its too high only n00bs will stick to it coz a little bit over 25k you can get real speakers (onkyo, Yamaha, pioneer, Swan, Klipsh etc ) so why bother with altec.

1. DTS live in specific doesn't make much of a diff. just get a decent sound card, not less than a Xonar DX..

2. Can you be more specific here, can't get you. 'Able to' or 'unable to' ?

3. Same here, what you mean force decode?


I will try to explain :D sorry for confusing you.

1.Ok yeah who needs direct passing if my card does better job :D
so which one you suggest there are many xonar(D2X, D1, D2 and more) what about creatives, Now my preference will be games, movies then music.

2. There are 6 lights on the cosole one for sub, two for front speakers, 1 for center and rest two are for rear speakers.
So when cycle through level button

I. Sub light lit up i can change sub volume independently
II. Rear speaker pair light turn on and now i can change volume of back pair(i cant change the volume of one the back speaker)
III. Center speaker lights up and its volume can be changed independently

after this it returns to sub again.
so my cycle is like sub,rear,center with front missing. and for the rear pair you can't adjust volume independently.

3. Force decode, I want to decode my stereo singles as from inbuilt DAC when i play DTS, or Dobly stream my decode light on the console turns on, but if i play stereo sounds like mp3 its always off and this time effect light is on (surround).
I tried using FFDshow to encode the mp3 in DTS but no avail since sytem uses some other codec for mp3. I did some registry tweaks as well to disable internal codec from m'soft but it was breaking my system so I had to undo the modifications.
 
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MegaMind

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1.Ok yeah who needs direct passing if my card does better job :D
so which one you suggest there are many xonar(D2X, D1, D2 and more) what about creatives, Now my preference will be games, movies then music.

2. There are 6 lights on the cosole one for sub, two for front speakers, 1 for center and rest two are for rear speakers.
So when cycle through level button

I. Sub light lit up i can change sub volume independently
II. Rear speaker pair light turn on and now i can change volume of back pair(i cant change the volume of one the back speaker)
III. Center speaker lights up and its volume can be changed independently

after this it returns to sub again.
so my cycle is like sub,rear,center with front missing. and for the rear pair you can't adjust volume independently.

3. Force decode, I want to decode my stereo singles as from inbuilt DAC when i play DTS, or Dobly stream my decode light on the console turns on, but if i play stereo sounds like mp3 its always off and this time effect light is on (surround).
I tried using FFDshow to encode the mp3 in DTS but no avail since sytem uses some other codec for mp3. I did some registry tweaks as well to disable internal codec from m'soft but it was breaking my system so I had to undo the modifications.

1. what is your budget for a sound card?

2. No you can't change the front speaker volume when in 4.1/5.1 mode & you can't change rear sp volumes individually..

3. No you can't force decode them..
 
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Apocalyp5e

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Thanks for clearing my doubts.

For the sound card budget is not a concern, but I don't want to do overkill I need the sound card which best compliments my speakers.

I think I can get a decent card around 4-8k.

Should be 5.1/7.1 optical/SPDIF out DTS Live. One more thing the software support should be good :D
 
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