“So we have a little cognitive dissonance. Motherboards support 5.1 channel audio, but most existing 5.1 audio speakers for PCs offer mediocre audio quality at best. Even the ProGamer G550W and Logitech Z-5500s can get pretty loud, but don’t really sound particularly neutral.
So what’s a poor audio geek to do?
Buy stereo speakers, of course.”
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Motherboards today sport onboard sound that rivals most current add in sound cards. They support HD audio, either 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound and usually a host of optical, SPDIF, component and other input and output choices. The higher end audio cards feature components usually only found previously in studio grade equipment. ExtremeTech feels that the audio quality possibilities beg an important question; why do speakers intended for PCs have to suck so much?