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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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DVDdoug
post Dec 27 2012, 02:59
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I've never heard those speakers...

I always recommend that people go to a hi-fi or home theater store and LISTEN to some speakers. You don't have to go in and buy speakers on your 1st visit, but it's a good idea to listen to several different speakers in different price ranges to get a feel for what you like.

If you are mostly interested in listening to music, you may not need surround sound. However, I use a Dolby Pro Logic II "soundfiled" setting to send a little artificial reverb to the rear channels when I'm listening to 2-channel stereo.

Every speaker (and every headphone) sounds different, and you need to find a speaker you like. The specifications can tell you something, but they don't tell you that much useful about the sound. The "best" speakers cost thousands of dollars and most of us can't afford them, or just don't want to spend that kind of money. Speakers are not like electronics (CD players,amplifiers, etc.), where you can get equipment that's better than human hearing at relativly low prices. I wouldn't make a choice based entirely on price, but to a large extent, "You get what you pay for."
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post Jan 18 2013, 18:44
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I always chuckle when people want "the best" without realising there's often some very inexpensive ways to have good sounding speakers, etc., without spending an absolute fortune.

My thoughts on "best speakers for FLAC" which would be to switch this question to an audio in general question, and it would be to buy what you can afford and like without relying upon b.s. reviews from so-called "audiophile" magazines, websites, etc. How speakers sounds can be subjective - for instance I've always liked a certain set of Sony headphones for the past 20 years which have always cost under $12 USD, whereas other people may be so biased to call them cheap crap, etc., based solely upon their price alone without having ever listened with them.

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I always recommend that people go to a hi-fi or home theater store and LISTEN to some speakers.

The problem with that is they won't necessarily sound like they did in the store as they'll sound in someones apartment or house. I've been there and done that back in the early 1990s when getting a new speaker system and won't fall for some store sound ever again since the rooms they have them in may have acoustic advantages which my house will never have.


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post Jan 19 2013, 20:28
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QUOTE (Andavari @ Jan 18 2013, 17:44) *
QUOTE (DVDdoug @ Dec 26 2012, 20:59) *
I always recommend that people go to a hi-fi or home theater store and LISTEN to some speakers.

The problem with that is they won't necessarily sound like they did in the store as they'll sound in someones apartment or house. I've been there and done that back in the early 1990s when getting a new speaker system and won't fall for some store sound ever again since the rooms they have them in may have acoustic advantages which my house will never have.

Decent shops will usually swipe your card for the full amount and let you try them in your home, or at least a couple of places near me will do that.
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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
|- - db1989   QUOTE (Woodinville @ Dec 27 2012, 09:42) ...   Jan 16 2013, 18:41
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 16 2013, 12:41) QUOTE...   Jan 17 2013, 16:43
||- - db1989   QUOTE (krabapple @ Jan 17 2013, 15:43) Ar...   Jan 17 2013, 16:48
||- - krabapple   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 17 2013, 11:48) QUOTE...   Jan 18 2013, 09:16
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 16 2013, 12:41) QUOTE...   Jan 17 2013, 17:03
- - tuffgong   I bought the b+w mm-1 usb computer speakers used f...   Jan 11 2013, 06:06
|- - 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
- - tuffgong   I think the O.P. might be implying he loves two ch...   Jan 12 2013, 01:21
- - Mach-X   In theory thx certification requires home theater ...   Jan 14 2013, 06:23
- - tuffgong   Mach-x do you have any articles to check out about...   Jan 16 2013, 04:51
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (tuffgong @ Jan 15 2013, 22:51) Mac...   Jan 16 2013, 14:46
|- - 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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