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I want to change up my speakers since I can't hook up my sub properly the way I want. I have an older JVC receiver which I plan to use. Now I found two passive speakers for cheap and was wondering if they are better and if so which ones.

JBL Northridge E20

or

Pure Acoustics QX-900S

If anyone knows, please voice your opinion
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say yes.

The av40 do great for a desktop application. However the Pure Acoustics QX-900S speakers you listed should give you better bass response. The JBL should give you something similar to av40's

As far as sound quality you going to have to do some digging
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...rs-3-2005.html
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For the love of ---, please disregard any speaker "reviews" that don't provide a SPL chart, not to mention distortion levels, especially when stacking monitors.
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Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say yes.

The av40 do great for a desktop application. However the Pure Acoustics QX-900S speakers you listed should give you better bass response. The JBL should give you something similar to av40's

As far as sound quality you going to have to do some digging
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...rs-3-2005.html
This looks to be pretty close.

I've never heard of Pure Acoustics before (doesn't mean anything honestly....there's tons of good brands I likely haven't heard of).

By pure specifications alone, the Pure Acoustics look to be better. You might want to do some googling on them, and make sure they're actually decent though first.
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The first thing I did was research Pure Acoustics and make sure that they are not another white van scam; they are not . People have wrote that they are great speakers for the price. They just lack bass. And as for the numbers on the specs, they are never accurate....

I will have a sub plugged into my receiver since it has a sub out.

Here's the kicker. From all the research I have done so far, I am at a loss in terms of how the decoding will be done. Should I keep the Xtreme Music or just use the onboard optical output to the receiver. I don't want to have the situation where the computer does the decoding and then the receiver does the decoding as well. I would like to have a good 2.1 setup since the AV40's lack the bass. I am reading about SPDIF Passthrough and True DTS and don't know if I am doing this right.

The receiver should have a great DAC built in.
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I was using optical out from my onboard on my P8P67 Pro. Worked fine for 2.0 / 2.1....I could never get surround sound to work properly though. Only time it worked was "testing" in the control panel. It played fine in movies though (and was actually Dolby Digital)....it just wasn't reporting that it was for some odd reason.

If you're just using 2.0 / 2.1...then the onboard optical out should do just fine.

As far as those speakers go, I've never heard either one so I cannot comment. What's your price range for passive speakers? What's your goal for how they sound?
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I was using optical out from my onboard on my P8P67 Pro. Worked fine for 2.0 / 2.1....I could never get surround sound to work properly though. Only time it worked was "testing" in the control panel. It played fine in movies though (and was actually Dolby Digital)....it just wasn't reporting that it was for some odd reason.

If you're just using 2.0 / 2.1...then the onboard optical out should do just fine.

As far as those speakers go, I've never heard either one so I cannot comment. What's your price range for passive speakers? What's your goal for how they sound?
I was just reading about that on different forums and the conclusion was that windows runs 2 channels with audio formats. Which means it encodes the signal to transmit over optical. Dolby digital takes that 2 channel signal and tries to make it 5.1. In order for true 5.1 you need to use media (blu ray) to contain the 5.1 signal and then transmit it through HDMI since HDMI has the bandwidth for 5.1 where as optical doesn't ().

The price range is less expensive is better for me (for now). I went from Logitech speakers to the AV40's and that was a huge jump. I really like the quality from these speakers. I just want to add my sub in without going backwards in quality. The same as it is now or a bit better is fine by me.

Thanks again guys (Pioneer )
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Sorry I meant to add more. I have one speaker hooked up to the receiver now. I added the subwoofer too but I need to up the power output to the sub inorder to hear much with low volume on the sub's control (damn logitech subs ).

I have it going through coax and the receiver is set too Digital Auto Linear PCM which seems fine. However, windows volume still controls the volume of the input going into the receiver. I thought with Bitstream selected, it wouldn't do that

I am thinking I will pick up those JBL speakers. I can get both and a center channel for $50 which I think is a great price.
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