Ok so I got everything set up.
Logitech z-5500 speakers and the Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic soundcard.
Awesome. Thats the only way to start what I have to say about these things. I have them set up in my basement with the gaming computer in my signature. Two rear are mounted upsidedown and the three in front of my are arranged accordingly. The base.... well its under the desk and as far away from the comp and monitor i can keep it, but right next to the two-by-four supporting my house in the basement. GOOD GOD this thing puts out! Battlefield is FREAKING INSANE!!!
The control center has a couple different modes, from basic channels to music, video, and stereo modes. The remote is basic but definately capable.
I originally installed the speakers off of my motherboards 7.1 sound, then an Audigy 4 card, and finally this X-Fi. And the X-Fi is definately noticably better.
The software for the X-Fi is also very good.
The stalites may look small, but they some how put out great powerful sound. The bass will give you everything you need. And above all, no matter of on full blast, the sound is PURE.
NOTICE FOR USERS, CURRENT AND FUTURE
I've made the mistake many people have over the internet. Trying to mount the rear speakers, or any of the satalites for that matter, is a real B*tch. Plainly put, it just is. You would think to remove the base of the speakers because its almost impossible to angle everything correctly... BUT DON'T!!!
If you remove the base you let loose a nut inside of the speakers that is unreachable, and this is a real pain in the ***. Everyone on the internet that does this gives up and can't open the speakers, plus when you unscrew the ONE screw, you void your ENTIRE warrenty...So, if you decide to try unscrewing the base, I've figured out how to get that damn nut out. Take off the protective speaker screens, and you will see the four rubber stoppers that hold it in. Use tweezers to remove the rubber holds and you will find screwes (different on my satalites mind you), which you can unscrew. Whala! take them off and you're introtuced to the interior of your speakers, and check out the magnets in them!
Anyways, I picked mine up from the tiger direct outlet store a little down the road for 270 and it was an awesome deal. They blow the Klipch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra's out of the water.
Originally posted by HAVOC2k5
Oh by the way DJ CHRIS... you can't do a ceiling mount with the z-5500's first of all. There's no way to mount the speakers. Second of all removal of the Speaker stands voids the warranty, specifically stated in the warranty itself...
Just to be clear, i did ceiling mount the speakers. Also yes, you're right it does void the warrenty.