I'm in need of good set of 2.0 or 2.1 speakers!
I'm building a new system and have covered the CPU (FX8350), RAM (Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB) and graphics is to be handled by Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti. I'm happy with all the guts of the build but started wondering about the sound. Now I like HiFi but I'm not expecting Linn quality sound from my PC!
I am considering buying an ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card but is there any point in running this with the original Dell Zylux AS25 2.1 sound system? It isn't bad but I'd hate to lose the benefits of the card through an inferior set of speakers.
What speakers, if any, do you recommend if I upgrade? My budget is £100 to £400 ($150 to $600). I have considered the Creative Gigaworks T3 and their T40 systems. I can fit these in nicely. I particularly like the aesthetics of the T40. At the top end, I can just about squeeze in the Teufel Concept D500, physically.
I'm not expecting HiFi and I'd be happy with the Creative T40 but not if it gives less bass than my current Dell. I'm only interested in 2.1 or 2.0 systems: it's the sound quality that matters, not the number of speakers. My main use of sound is for gaming, not music, so that may make a difference to your advice.
What do you recommend?