By the way my sound card is the onboard Creative Soundblaster X-FI Xtreme Fidelity HD. It says that it supports high definition audio so I was also wondering are there any speaker systems out there that support HD audio? I also have the fiber optic out audio port on the back of my computer so I was wondering if that would be better to use than the RCA jack port. And is that the port you use when you want to use the HD audio feature?
both optical / RCA (coaxial) digital out will do, seems there's no difference in sound quality as i tested them both (with my PC via optical S/PDIF hooked to my yamaha A/V receiver and DVD player via coaxial to yamaha A/V receiver). just use what your audio system supports.
I would say go for a better 2ch or 2.1ch over a 5.1ch set up. Unless of course you can properly locate the speakers around your seating position (which most people are unable to do) and will actually use the speakers in a surround environment (as in movie or game).
Better quality 2ch > lower quality 5.1ch
lots of goobers put a speaker on each corner of their desk and think they are getting surround sound
if there's no room for my surround speakers far left/right enough behind while seating at my desk, i will not do it after all.
my sub was at it's sweet spot, but my problem was my fronts; sitting at my desk just around 3 feet away my ears. not a perfect listening position with it cause the sound staging was lost but tweaking the delay settings doesn't work that much....
and so why i preferred my headset still then.
Edited by sword_fish, 03 January 2012 - 09:04 AM.