Quantcast

Maximum PC

It is currently Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:27 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Upgrading the Z-5500
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:27 am 
Klamath
Klamath

Joined: Sun Jun 19, 2005 7:03 pm
Posts: 213
what will be the next step up from the z5500s?
as far as computer speakers/audio is concerned... i know in the eyes of a 'pro audio guy that has thousands of dollars to splurge', pc anything is = utter crap.

i've owned my z5500 since 2003 now, they're still performing better than what they were out of the box since back then, rocking my windows and neighbors (we share a wall lol feel sorry for them but o wth.).

i'm still very blown away by these z5500s, i've moved homes about 12 to 15 times now since owning them, and they just rock.
i'm always checking out speaker demo systems at like BestBuy and Fry's...but none i've demoed there had the clarity my z5500 has at high volume outputs, their subs always end up sounding extremely muddy, overwhelming, or the highs end up distorting and crackling.

i recently went down to Magnolia (i believe it was in/around bestbuy? its the very high end home theatre section)...clearly in my jeans and hoodie they prolly knew i couldn't afford any of that sh1t yet.. however there was another couple in there, with leather pointy shoes and a suit on..dressed super nice, they were looking to buy. so i joined in and listened in on a demo they were doing on their "high end product".

not really sure what brand the speakers were, but they were tagged with like "$8999" or something. The couple had brought along a cd, with Eagles - Hotel California on it. They asked to play that track, on the system for demo. They cranked it up and such...

i hated it. it was way to 'bright' sounding, and hurt my ears when they cranked it even louder. I felt my ears straining.

i went home myself, pissed and a lil' in disbelief that a sound system tagged for "$8999" was this unpleasant for me.
went home, fired up Pandora.com, it played Eagles - Hotel California as well, and oh my, it was a whole different world. I literally shut my room door and cranked up my z5500 all the way to 4 or 5 bars away from the max level, before it goes into the "Boost mode".

it was soo amazing, it just sounded ... ugh.. orgasmic? and this was the kind of "loud" i simply didn't want to end. My ears didnt strain at all, nothing seemed "too bright" either, each instrument and guitar strum was just heaven.
i wish i could put Pandora to repeat lol.

maybe the fact that i have the z5500 paired to an x-Fi is also adding/changing to my z5500 experience.



so.
what can you guys recommend for me? as the next step up from these z5500s?
my budget is less than $500 after/including tax. I want and need a system that will match the z5500, meaning it can do it all.
5.1 Playback for my PC, PS3, Wii, all at once, with a headphone jack.

even better if this potential new upgrade can offer HDMI audio input, and handle "TruHD" Blu-ray audio formats.

thanks everyone for reading and your time! i truly appreciate any recommendations i can start looking at.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Upgrading the Z-5500
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 9:33 am 
8086
8086

Joined: Mon May 02, 2011 5:35 am
Posts: 5
For that money i think you not realy can do much... I was thinking upgrade my z5500 also, but when i count how many money i need for normal dedon reiceiver and full range speakers for good quality i decided stay with my z5500 for now. but thinking about some active Floor-standing Full Range speakers replace my z5500 2 front speakers. becouse z5500 sound is quite good, but i missing mid sound. so maybe that would be solution. :)
I`m not sure, just tell me what you think about that :)
Allso sound quality changed when i upgraded my sound card to asus Xonar d2x. Its not answer for you, but still some suggestion.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Upgrading the Z-5500
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:23 am 
Clawhammer
Clawhammer
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:22 pm
Posts: 4406
Location: In the closet
Have you heard the sweet 5.1 sound of the new Z906? I haven't but they appear promising and fix many of the Z5500 hiccups.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Upgrading the Z-5500
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 7:11 am 
Willamette
Willamette

Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2004 2:09 pm
Posts: 1221
kleinkinstein wrote:
Have you heard the sweet 5.1 sound of the new Z906? I haven't but they appear promising and fix many of the Z5500 hiccups.


Interesting. I've been looking at speakers but haven't seen these. Does anyone have any experience with them? How do they sound compared to say the Z5500's or the Z5300's?


Top
  Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group