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AUDIOPHILES = recommend me a good PC amp that will maximize my soundcards potential.


I bought some expensive PC speakers and I don't like them.  

I ordered two speakers (Polk Audio Surround Sound Wall-Mounts)

I have two 3 Foot Fisher Cabinet Speakers.

I have the new Creative Sounblaster Audigy 2ZS as a soundcard.


I AM LOOKING FOR AN AMP for my PC.  that will work perfect with my soundcards front, rear, and middle channels ... so none of the advanced output of the soundcard is lost when it hits the speakers!!!!

Please recommend wisely!!!
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Here are a couple of Multi Channel Amplifiers from Well Known Brands.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/categorylist.do?catOid=-13330&link=ref&com.broadvision.session.new=Yes&N=20012898+20012948+20013330&ct=0&BV_SessionID=@@@@0483205452.1097922432@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccgadcmkmffejdcfngcfkmdffhdfgo.0

I would prefer SONY or Harman Kardon Amplifiers. You can go for a 5.1 ( 4 Satellite and 1 Whoofer ) Channel Ampliefier for your  Audigy 2ZS Sound card.

Or Check this Link for Speaker with Amplifier 5000Watts ( 5.1 Ch )
http://www.planetmicro.co.uk/product_info.asp?stockcode=M003051&source=kelkoo
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by:Callandor
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Harmon Kardon, Rotel, and Marantz offer some good values, and you can buy used to get more for your money: http://avsf.videogon.com/cgi-bin/buy.pl?amps

You could also get a receiver and use the amplifier section.  Denon, Marantz, and Yamaha make good receivers: http://avsf.videogon.com/cgi-bin/buy.pl?rcvr
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by:KlickSuperfly
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Great question pdoriley!

Too bad you didn't have the Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS Platiinum Pro: they have optical outputs that you could connect directly to a modern receiver.  One solution would be to add on this device: http://www.hoontech.com/english/products/sbdb3.html so you could then connect an optical "Toslink" cable from your comptuer to your receiver.

Receivers are like cars: everyone has their favourites and everybody thinks that you should think what they think.  Without knowing your budget for this project it will be considerably more difficult to recommend a receiver.  Receivers with optical inputs range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.  Give us a dollar figure and we might be able to assist further.

Good luck!
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by:Gaud-wo
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Well, our company is specialized in delivering MP3 systems to DJ's, bars etc - still I'm just the PC techie, my boss is the audio expert.

if you wait until tomorrow, I can ask around (both to him & our dealers) for some time tested & quality recommended hardware...

havn't got any home experience with that, I use some Creative 5.1 speakers, can't turn up the volume or my neighbours kick in my door (and face), I live in an appartment :p
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by:pdoriley
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XSINUX  you win,  but those junks are EXPEN$IVE !!!
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by:pdoriley
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NEVER MIND I WAS TALKING ABOUT CALLANDOR -  those junks are expen$ive!
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XSINUX wins because callandors amps cost a small fortune.
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by:Callandor
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You did ask for audiophile's recommendations and didn't mention a budget, but I can understand if they're not for everyone.
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