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Old August 2nd, 2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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5.1 recommendations?

Does anyone have a 5.1 speaker system? Any recommendations? (For music, movies, and video editing. No Gaming).

Under $300 would be nice. I'm looking at the Logitech Z-5500 and X-540, Yamaha NS-SP1800BL, Polk RM705. I'm a bit confused about which ones come with a reciever and what it's for.

I would like some good punch, but I’m actually not a big fan of bass and subwoofers. I guess I’m mostly after clarity.

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Old August 3rd, 2010, 04:32 AM   #2
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Does anyone have a 5.1 speaker system? Any recommendations? (For music, movies, and video editing. No Gaming).

Under $300 would be nice. I'm looking at the Logitech Z-5500 and X-540, Yamaha NS-SP1800BL, Polk RM705. I'm a bit confused about which ones come with a reciever and what it's for.

I would like some good punch, but Iím actually not a big fan of bass and subwoofers. I guess Iím mostly after clarity.

Thanks!
Under $300 for the full set of speakers ???? Not going to happen for a setup for professional use.

Is this for music LISTENING or music CREATION and audio editing?

Video editing professionally or just playing around with personal stuff?

5.1 includes a subwoofer by definition - that's the ".1" effects channel in the "5.1" designation.
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For music listening and professional video editing. I don't game and I don't blare it. Seems like I would get adequate sound from these options. Are you saying I need to pay more to get good sound? What does twice that price get me?
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For music listening and professional video editing. I don't game and I don't blare it. Seems like I would get adequate sound from these options. Are you saying I need to pay more to get good sound? What does twice that price get me?
$600 will buy you one speaker out of the 6 you will need for an entry level, professional grade, 5.1 video editing workstation (and the price climbs from there). You need matched nearfield monitors for the LF, RF, C, RL, and RR channels plus a subwoofer for the LFE channel. The monitors need to be flat over the audible spectrum and with adequate power to generate calibrated levels at the working mix position without adding any colouration from the speakers themselves. 'Punch' is not a factor, accuracy is.

And as you budget, don't forget that an acoustically conditioned workspace is as important as the speakers you use so allow for sound control panels, etc, in your budget. And don't forget to include Digital Audio Workstation software and audio interface hardware capable of mixing 5.1 in your budget as well.

Here's an example of a typical small professional monitor setup ...
JBL LSR4326P/5.1 - Active 5.1 Monitoring System LSR4326P5.1 -


Are you really sure you want to jump into 5.1 before getting your feet wet honing your skills on stereo? Unless you're doing theatrical releases, most video is still stereo and the skills required to do 5.1 properly rise exponentially in the move up to it.
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