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Best Speakers for FLAC, Computer Speakers to appreciate FLAC
Jp4ragon
post Dec 26 2012, 16:54
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Hey everyone,

I have been wanting to appreciate the quality of FLAC files over mp3 while listening to them on my PC and have been looking into getting a new sound system. My wife surprised me for Christmas and got me a Logitech z-5500, but after doing some research, I am under the impression that this is not a good system for being able to appreciate FLAC (lack of clarity on z5500, made for gaming, etc). Is this true?

If so and if I return the logitech, my budget is between 300-600 dollars and i'm looking for a good recommendation on speakers I can hook up to my PC to listen to FLAC; 2.1 is preferred because the room I have isn't best for surround sound. Anyone have any good recommendations? I'd really appreciate any input here.

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FreaqyFrequency
post Dec 27 2012, 02:45
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The Z-5500 is a phenomenal system for 2.1 playback. In fact, Logitech's current flagship is actually a step *down* from the Z-5500 in my esteem. If your computer has an optical output, disconnect the three surround speakers and use it as a 2.1. If you're running Windows, there's a built-in feature that allows you to adjust the system to your room using a microphone. That's exactly the setup I'm running presently, and it sounds crystalline. You'll never achieve genuine studio monitor + acoustic treatment accuracy that way, but it sounds great just the same.

Also, it's important to stress that a well-encoded, one-pass mp3 will be absolutely indistinguishable from a lossless original to your ears. The price and/or quality of the system on which you're listening doesn't factor in, since it's your ears which are taken into consideration with the perceptual coding rather than the playback system. There are still plenty of good reasons to keep FLACs around, but don't lose sleep worrying about audible playback quality differences.

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Jp4ragon
post Dec 27 2012, 05:24
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Thanks for the input and feedback everyone; I've learned a lot of stuff just from your responses and the research i've done based on some of the things you guys said.

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The Z-5500 is a phenomenal system for 2.1 playback. In fact, Logitech's current flagship is actually a step *down* from the Z-5500 in my esteem. If your computer has an optical output, disconnect the three surround speakers and use it as a 2.1. If you're running Windows, there's a built-in feature that allows you to adjust the system to your room using a microphone. That's exactly the setup I'm running presently, and it sounds crystalline. You'll never achieve genuine studio monitor + acoustic treatment accuracy that way, but it sounds great just the same.

Also, it's important to stress that a well-encoded, one-pass mp3 will be absolutely indistinguishable from a lossless original to your ears. The price and/or quality of the system on which you're listening doesn't factor in, since it's your ears which are taken into consideration with the perceptual coding rather than the playback system. There are still plenty of good reasons to keep FLACs around, but don't lose sleep worrying about audible playback quality differences.
I am currently in the process of upgrading my sound-card as well, and I want to get one that allows optical output. How come you disconnect the other three speakers? Is it just an individual preference kind of thing?
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- Jp4ragon   Best Speakers for FLAC   Dec 26 2012, 16:54
- - tpijag   You may be setting yourself up for disappointment....   Dec 26 2012, 17:16
|- - Jp4ragon   QUOTE (tpijag @ Dec 26 2012, 17:16) You m...   Dec 26 2012, 17:21
- - andy o   "Doing some research" on audio equipment...   Dec 26 2012, 17:24
- - Apesbrain   Although your assumption about FLAC being "be...   Dec 26 2012, 18:19
|- - Nick.C   QUOTE (Apesbrain @ Dec 26 2012, 17:19) Al...   Dec 26 2012, 20:15
- - pawelq   Make sure you try small studio monitors, these are...   Dec 26 2012, 19:44
- - Jp4ragon   Okay well then it's a bit more complicated tha...   Dec 26 2012, 22:28
- - ech3   I would say be appreciative of the gift your thoug...   Dec 27 2012, 00:37
|- - Jp4ragon   QUOTE (ech3 @ Dec 27 2012, 00:37) I would...   Dec 27 2012, 00:47
- - Porcus   If you want detailed sound which may increase your...   Dec 27 2012, 02:26
- - FreaqyFrequency   The Z-5500 is a phenomenal system for 2.1 playback...   Dec 27 2012, 02:45
|- - Jp4ragon   Thanks for the input and feedback everyone; I...   Dec 27 2012, 05:24
- - DVDdoug   I've never heard those speakers... I alwa...   Dec 27 2012, 02:59
|- - Andavari   I always chuckle when people want "the best...   Jan 18 2013, 18:44
|- - probedb   QUOTE (Andavari @ Jan 18 2013, 17:44) QUO...   Jan 19 2013, 20:28
|- - 2tec   QUOTE (Andavari @ Jan 18 2013, 11:44) QUO...   Feb 2 2013, 20:36
|- - greynol   QUOTE (2tec @ Feb 2 2013, 11:36) I assume...   Feb 2 2013, 20:51
|- - 2tec   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 2 2013, 13:51) QUOTE...   Feb 2 2013, 21:55
- - FreaqyFrequency   I'm not watching movies on this system these d...   Dec 27 2012, 07:04
- - Funkstar De Luxe   If I was you, I'd buy some Yamaha HS-80M. Che...   Dec 27 2012, 10:29
- - Woodinville   My observation is "um, not computer speakers...   Dec 27 2012, 10:42
|- - garym   I've had very good luck with audioengine A2 sp...   Dec 27 2012, 14:52
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|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 16 2013, 12:41) QUOTE...   Jan 17 2013, 17:03
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|- - saratoga   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 11 2013, 00:06) I b...   Jan 11 2013, 06:42
|- - greynol   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 10 2013, 21:06) --A...   Jan 11 2013, 06:51
|- - tuffgong   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 10 2013, 23:51) QUOT...   Jan 11 2013, 07:09
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 11 2013, 01:09) Thi...   Jan 14 2013, 05:11
- - greynol   I'm not trying to suggest the speakers are bad...   Jan 11 2013, 07:14
|- - Rescator   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 11 2013, 07:14) I...   Jan 11 2013, 09:18
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Rescator @ Jan 11 2013, 03:18) I d...   Jan 12 2013, 01:34
|- - mzil   QUOTE (Rescator @ Jan 11 2013, 04:18) I...   Jan 16 2013, 07:22
- - tuffgong   Oh I see your point now, sorry haven't posted ...   Jan 11 2013, 07:19
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|- - mzil   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 15 2013, 23:51) Mac...   Jan 16 2013, 17:41
- - KozmoNaut   I'll throw in a vote for the Audioengine A2s, ...   Jan 16 2013, 13:51
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Jp4ragon @ Dec 26 2012, 10:54) If ...   Jan 16 2013, 14:48
- - mccarthyk   I agree with most of the people here. All of my m...   Jan 17 2013, 17:09
- - greynol   Just to reiterate Porcus's reply and some of m...   Jan 18 2013, 21:20
- - greynol   So you agree with me then.   Feb 2 2013, 21:59
- - 2tec   QUOTE (greynol @ Feb 2 2013, 14:59) So yo...   Feb 2 2013, 22:25


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