New audio system

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Fnawesome
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I'm looking to purchase a new audio system for my new gaming pc, im not a big fan of headphones as they make my ears hurt. I want something that uses optical audio, this is a must, im tired of having all this amazing audio processing power and then using a plug from the 1980's i dont care if its 2.1 or 5.1, though i assume 2.1 is cheaper which is what im going for, its so hard to find info for speaker setups that will tell you if it has optical in, usually i have to look at a picture of it. im looking to spend up too 100, i know its not much, but after spending 1k on my new built, its hard to convince my gf that i need to spend more. I'm currently using a horrible 5.1 system (yamada) that i got on ebay for 30 in like 2004, so its def time for an upgrade.

Fnawesome
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really? no one knows of a speaker set?

weanus
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I don't think you are going to find much of a selection with a $100 budget, especially since your criteria includes optical connectivity. Personally, I use the Klipsch Pro Media for my desktop speakers & sub. They sound great and are moderately priced.

hnkftalnot
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Here's a review of 5 different 2.1 speaker sets:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pc-speaker-2.1-channel-subwoofer,2835.html

Bottomline is, there's little difference between sets at this pricepoint. Choose what you think is best, the differences are so little that it really boils down to personal preference for a brand, look or accessories. Oh and test them in a shop if you can, that's always the best way to choose, because although the difference is small they still have their own sound signature which isn't necessarily better than the other but is just a personal preference.

About using optical: I take it you have a good soundcard, and if you use optical you're bypassing most of the audio processing power that you are so eager to use.
Using optical means that the digital signal is transferred directly to the speakerset where it is decoded into an analog signal, that is sent to the speakers. The usual reason to buy such a speakerset is that the DAC (digital to analog converter) in the PC sucks and you want to bypass it.