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I have a really old HTIB receiver, the Onkyo HT-R520. I think the speakers are damaged but the receiver seems to work just fine. I was thinking of using the coaxial out on the motherboard to the receiver. Will a basic RCA cable do this job?

My main question is, If I buy some cheap bookshelf speakers like these:


OR


And use them as a 2.1 with the huge sub woofer that came with the HTIB will the sound quality be better than the Logitech Z323 speakers that are currently being used?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...21033&Tpk=z323
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Sub, I am wondering the same thing.
    
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Edited by Derp - 6/14/11 at 12:54am
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Bump with another question. I wanted to know if the original speakers were fixable. The small bump (See the pic of the speakers I am talking about) in between the drivers looks to be damaged, is it replaceable? What is it called?
Um... a tweeter? And it can be replaced if you want. You have to know the right size though. you can get replacement speakers from http://www.simplyspeakers.com/Tweeters_c_68-1-3.html

Also you mentioned a coaxial connector on your soundcard. Is this a digital coax connection for the surround sound? You can't use a standard RCA cable, only a digital coaxial cable. You can use the analog surround outputs on your soundcard with 1/8" Stereo mini plug to RCA connectors if you want.

On using the sub that came with the HTIB, does the sub have an adjustable crossover?
Edited by aweir - 6/14/11 at 12:38am
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Also you mentioned a coaxial connector on your soundcard. Is this a digital coax connection for the surround sound? You can't use a standard RCA cable, only a digital coaxial cable. You can use the analog surround outputs on your soundcard with 1/8" Stereo mini plug to RCA connectors if you want.

On using the sub that came with the HTIB, does the sub have an adjustable crossover?
I decided against fixing the old speakers. I tried hooking a cable I had around the house from a comcast DVR box and it seems to work with the undamaged surround speakers, Im only after a 2.1 stereo setup. (SPDIF out from the motherboard -> coaxial IN on the receiver).

After reading the manual it seems the crossover is adjustable through the receiver. 60/80/100/120 and 150 are available.
Edited by Derp - 6/14/11 at 12:55am
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Main thing about Logitech is their bass is muddy if you looking to improve your sound quality you might want a different approach.

Here is what I suggest you go about,
Speakers > Receiver (RCA out)> (RCA in)

(usb out) > (usb in) PC.

Your receiver will act as an amplifier for the speaker, using onboard sound as DAC will lower the sound quality. So, essential the HRT device will be the DAC that improve the overall sound quality without any internal interfere you might get from sound card. This external usb device comes handy.
That is how I have my current system up as right now and it is very clear even without my subwoofer.
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Main thing about Logitech is their bass is muddy if you looking to improve your sound quality you might want a different approach.

Here is what I suggest you go about,
Speakers > Receiver (RCA out)> (RCA in)HRT Music Streamer (usb out) > (usb in) PC.

Your receiver will act as an amplifier for the speaker, using onboard sound as DAC will lower the sound quality. So, essential the HRT device will be the DAC that improve the overall sound quality without any internal interfere you might get from sound card. This external usb device comes handy.
That is how I have my current system up as right now and it is very clear even without my subwoofer.
Thanks for the suggestion but I'm not looking to spend serious money on this, its not even my PC. I just need to know If those $40-50 bookshelf speakers will sound better than the Z323's that are currently being used.
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The Dayton or the Sony bookshelf speakers should easily outperform the Logitech speakers you own, due to the fact the Logitech speakers and subwoofer have THD 10% distortion that is just muddy and not precision.
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Ka-boom! Every beat is tight—you’re pulled into the gameplay and your music with the rich bass.

From that tiny little 18 watt 10 cm subwoofer? I can hear the windows breaking already.

The only thing that's going to go KaBOOM is the sub when it blows out.

The woofers alone in those bookshelfs are larger than the sub in the Logitech.
Edited by aweir - 6/15/11 at 9:25am
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Honestly I think anything would sound better than the Z323s. I'd go for it. The coaxial should work fine, check Monoprice for cables.
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