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A/V How do you listen to music on your PC?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mister_Tad, 2 Jul 2007.

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How does music get from your sound card to your ears?

  1. 2.0 speakers - budget/midrange PC speakers

    16 vote(s)
    4.8%
  2. 2.0 speakers - premium PC speakers

    7 vote(s)
    2.1%
  3. 2.0 speakers - Hi-fi

    40 vote(s)
    12.1%
  4. 2.0 speakers - pro/monitors

    11 vote(s)
    3.3%
  5. 2.1 speakers - budget/midrange PC speakers

    36 vote(s)
    10.9%
  6. 2.1 speakers - premium PC speakers

    27 vote(s)
    8.2%
  7. 5.1 speakers - budget/midrange PC speakers

    42 vote(s)
    12.7%
  8. 5.1 speakers - premium PC speakers

    34 vote(s)
    10.3%
  9. 5.1 speakers - Hi-fi/Home Cinema

    28 vote(s)
    8.5%
  10. 6/7.1 speakers - budget/midrange PC speakers

    4 vote(s)
    1.2%
  11. 6/7.1 speakers - premium PC speakers

    6 vote(s)
    1.8%
  12. 6/7.1 speakers - Hi-fi/Home cinema speakers

    6 vote(s)
    1.8%
  13. Headphones - budget/midrange

    15 vote(s)
    4.5%
  14. Headphones - premium/hi-fi

    34 vote(s)
    10.3%
  15. Headphones - surround

    7 vote(s)
    2.1%
  16. Integrated monitor speakers

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Integrated laptop speakers

    5 vote(s)
    1.5%
  18. Other

    9 vote(s)
    2.7%
  19. I don't listen to music on my PC

    4 vote(s)
    1.2%
  1. dom_

    dom_ --->

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    No i just use it for pc sounds, the odd dvd, tv and thats about it.
    I don't own any cd's or mp3's just vinyl :D
     
  2. Anakha

    Anakha Minimodder

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    For the XBox (Which runs XBMC and pulls my music off the NAS/PVR here) it's a Pioneer Amp + 3-way speaker system.

    For the laptop here, it's a pair of Sennheiser HD580's.
     
  3. myhottrashcan

    myhottrashcan Just some guy

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    Normally movies are just coax digital out to HT setup, but for CD's I use a Bit-Head (amp w/ integreted DAC) to Beyer DT880's.
     
  4. pillow

    pillow What's a Dremel?

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    2.1/2.0 decent speakers, and surround sound head phones
     
  5. -EVRE-

    -EVRE- What's a Dremel?

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    well... depends on what I'm doing.
    If I'm listening to music its going through my pioneer 550w 5.1 system with 980watts of subs

    if I want to listen to music and WoW I plug in my logitech usb speakers so game sound comes from them. (if you plug in and start programs in the correct order you have two separate sound devices :) )

    or if I'm in a raid I plug in the headphones with mic for Vent.
     
  6. Furymouse

    Furymouse Like connect 4 in dagger terms

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    Logitech Z680!!!!! Massively powerful and loud. I used them as my alarm clock for a while. Not because it was overly loud, more because it would shake stuff off the walls that hit me in bed LOL.
     
  7. TTmodder

    TTmodder Hammertime

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    Rather stick with my surround headset and el cheapo 5.1 surround sound card, until i got enough money to buy a powerfull laptop and usb high q soundcard ;)
     
  8. DarkLord7854

    DarkLord7854 What's a Dremel?

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    X-Fi Gamer -> Logitech 4.2 set (2x 2.1)
     
  9. Mr T

    Mr T 4 Left Into Long 3 Right

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    Creative Megaworks 550 5.1 :) Good for annoying the neighbours.
     
  10. Colonel Sanders

    Colonel Sanders Minimodder

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    128Kb/s MP3s (joint stereo, CBR) most ripped and encoded myself - I've tried plenty of other settings but simply cant see hear any advantage to a higher bit-rate.

    This goes to my Pioneer amp via SPDIF - I could have 5 channel sound but I don't have all the speakers hooked up - and I don't feel a need for 5.1 sound with 2 channel audio. The amp currently has a pair of 100W Pioneer 3 ways hooked up.

    L J
     
  11. Faulk_Wulf

    Faulk_Wulf Internet Addict

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    What's a good 5.1 Headset in your opinion. I've heard alot from many different people. Just curious what you like or use. Price as well?
     
  12. mattthegamer463

    mattthegamer463 What's a Dremel?

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    I picked up a Mentor 5.1 USB surround sound pair of headphones from Tigerdirect for $33. They sound great, have decent positional audio, and I modified them so now USB is optional. They are kind of flimsy and look pretty bad, but they're quite comfortable and I can wear them for hours without any pain at all. They're great and cheap now because the model is a couple years old.

    Check them out if you want.
    http://www.amazon.com/LTB-HSMT-UD-Mentor-Surround-Headphone/dp/B0002C96JC

    PS I don't work for them. :p
     
  13. gm_crop

    gm_crop What's a Dremel?

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    I use an Audigy 2 running a 6.1 Creative inspire 6(somethine)00.

    The font channel is catered for by a sweet as honey Arcam Alpha 9 amplifier, Mission 731i speakers on the Mission micrometer stands. All connected up using Cable Talk 3.1.

    Oh and a pair of Sennies for late night sessions.
     
  14. M3G4

    M3G4 talkie walkie

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    iMac -> NADC320BEE -> Sony SS-176EB

    Once I get round to re-encoding all my music to lossless, I'll be getting a DAC and using the optical output the mac provides. I'll probably be getting new speakers, too.
     
  15. automagsrock

    automagsrock What's a Dremel?

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    My PC is currently awaiting me to get a night off of work and install my Fatal1ty X-Fi. But as of right now it's onboard audio from my ASUS mobo into my Logitech Z-5300s for movies and gaming.(which for the $100 I paid are fantastic!!)

    But if I am listening to music I have an old Technics AM/FM Stereo receiver that has 4x150 watts of power that I have connected to some sweet old school Technics tower speakers. The towers are 4 ways with 12 inch woofers and 2 tweeters/speaker and for music they sound phenominal, even through a cable going from the headphone jack into the input on the amp.
    Now once I get my X-Fi installed I'm sure I will re-wire it all and use proper RCA cables to connect my PC to the amp, but as of right now I like the way it sounds. Rock is crisp and clear with tight, punchy bass, and hip-hop/rap and any techno/dance/club music has great highs and low, deep bass as well. If I can find my camera I'll get some pics of the amp and the speakers. My dad bought the speakers back in 1989 and they still sound amazing even today :lol:


    My headset is a Plantronics gamecom1 and for the $30 shipped from Newegg I am very happy with them as well. They aren't the fanciest or the most expensive, but at night when the others are asleep I can really imagine anything else I would need for gaming and listening to music :p
     
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  16. 2JSC

    2JSC What's a Dremel?

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    More than enough for casual music and gaming - Altec Lansin ATP3 2.1
     
  17. Blademrk

    Blademrk Why so serious?

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    yeah, but I find that most cans kill my ears after pressing the arms of my glasses into the side of my head/ears for awhile. If I take my glasses off I can wear them longer (but then I can't see anything :lol:)
     
  18. r0z|3o0n

    r0z|3o0n What's a Dremel?

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    Source is still in the works, probably to be a Asus Xonar -> Headroom MicroDAC -> Pro-Ject Headbox amplifier -> Sennheiser HD595's...

    Does this count as Premium o_O
     
  19. Gunsmith

    Gunsmith Maximum Win

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    for me its a X-FI elite pro via SPDIF into a set of logitech z5500s, not the most expensive option but a damn good setup imho for under 500 quid.
     
  20. Gunblade

    Gunblade The Frugal Chef

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    Klipsch Promedia 2.1's with monster cable. I really got tired of Creative 5.1 sets and logitech, these guys blow away most of whats out there anyways. And it's alot easier on the desk/cable management. Then I have Grado SR-60 Headphones when I need to be quiet. I plan on selling the SR-60's though, and getting a pair of audio-technica ATH-500's. I like them more than the sennheiser HMD-280's, especially since I wear glasses.

    My dream though would be an external m-audio device, amp, and hi-fi AKG's or Senns for my PC : ) But that will be in like five years lol when I am out of college. As much as I love grado...there never really is enough silence. So it's closed for me here on out.
     

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