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Decent hi-fi sound from computer

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I have a desktop with a generic woofer and two satellite speakers.

As most of you know, the sound is way too bass-oriented, and I need something better, more treble, closer to what an audiophile wants.

I was considering a component system, a decent amp and speakers.

Any suggestions?

I'm listening to 70's rock, classical and world music.

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That's a difficult one. What's a decent sound? A good clean bass that goes down to 20 hz and a top end of 16 khz. Smooth response inbetween? First thing I'd do is get a 24 bit sound card then you know it's the speakers that are definately crap.
I was considering buying a larger system not too long ago. I think maybe try Logitech? They sell for a decent price at Chantra's. They have quite a few models in their range. They also sell BOSE, but again I'd check the warranty to make sure it's not a Chinese rip-off, or second-hand though. Lol.
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I have a 64-bit OS with 24-bit plus sound card and 7GB memory...I have FLAC files...but still it lags...I suspect PCs were designed for pop

BOSE are superb for bass...but I am wearying of bass... AR does the best combination, or Infinity, Technics/ Kenwood used to be superior
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my laptop is hooked up to all this :D
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Yeah, that's what I'm desperately trying to avoid, LOL
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AlonzoPartriz wrote:... I think maybe try Logitech? They sell for a decent price at Chantra's. They have quite a few models in their range. .
A friend has the Logitech z533 speakers and really impressive - think they are 40w RMS.
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Jamie_Lambo wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:19 pm my laptop is hooked up to all this :D
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Thinking of getting an old component system amp and some old three-way speakers
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vladimir wrote: old three-way
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vladimir wrote: Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:28 pm I have a 64-bit OS with 24-bit plus sound card and 7GB memory...I have FLAC files...but still it lags...I suspect PCs were designed for pop

BOSE are superb for bass...but I am wearying of bass... AR does the best combination, or Infinity, Technics/ Kenwood used to be superior
New speakers won't stop lagging audio.

Are only the FLAC files stuttering?
Sounds like you need to increase your audio buffer and latency. If your soundcard is set too low, like a 256 sample buffer, the workload to continuously cycle through very small chunks of high sample rate/bitrate audio is quite high, even for good sound cards.
What sound driver are you using? ASIO? Find your audio buffer and try 1024.

In terms of speakers, all cheap consumer level speakers are made to emphasise low end and voice, and PC type speakers are even worse. Flat response speakers are notoriously hard to find. The 'best' flat speakers are Yamaha NS10s, if you want to ebay/amazon some.

Cambodian houses are also terrible for audio. 4-5m wide shophouses will create standing waves at 68 - 86Hz (344m/s ÷ 4m = 86 Hz), so you'll get a 'doubling' effect right at the low end. Add a 4m ceiling and you've got a cube/oblong sound destroying box. Re-position your speakers so they're at a tangent to any flat surface/wall in your house to minimize the standing waves.

If you can find an old Pioneer amp with a good multiband EQ (the more bands, the better) and a set of speakers, get them, and tune out the low end 50 - 120Hz until you find a happy medium.
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