Originally Posted by omg_dastard!
Its just that, from what ive read, there is no sound difference between the z-5500 and the G500. In fact some people are even saying the G500 are better speakers.
Hence the reason why im slightly buggered of at paying $450 for apparently nothing. ^^
Damn, I was sorta hoping Optical would change the way I heard things
but it looks not
Digital is probably a tiny bit cleaner and it probably has less background noise, but I've heard a system running DDL on optical from an Auzentech Xplosion and it didn't sound any different than the same system running on analog to me.
Chances are, anyone who doesn't have a $7000 sound system isn't going to notice the difference between analog and digital sound. Its more of a convenience\compatibility thing for most.
In your situation, if you aren't having any problems with your G500 and you don't have money to burn, stick with your G500. The Z5500 is a great set of speakers, but I can't imagine that the difference is worth $450. An X-Fi Xtrememusic with a nice set of analog speakers like the G500 is going to be great for a very long time. Put that money toward a GTX 280.