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post #21 of 28
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Thanks, yea I like banana plugs but trying to find the most beautiful ones.
You think that the emotiva can power the wharfs for desktop use? I cant find if the wharfs are 8ohm or 4ohm speakers.

For speaker wire finding nice looking 22AWG wires with a nice insulation is hard. I may go lower like 16 or 12 because there is more available, and who uses wharfs for desktop? tongue.gif
You say bare wire is better for a set=forget situation? i still perfer bananas because idk why lol

I was also thinking about getting stands but every one I see have spikes and my floor is polished wood haha

And yes the A5+s are more budget+performance, and are highly recommended. Amps do tend to cost tons more. many websites like cnet recommend them.

But peeps at head-fi say passive amps are more muddy, which makes me sad because well why are we paying more for muddy sound?

Thank all of you, I actually forgot about this thread, but just checked randomly and you guys are very helpful.
That cheez guy tho... spending grands on cables is kinda ridiculous

So I think my final set up will be Wharf 10.2s, the emotiva ax100, and the Schiit Modi biggrin.gif
reps to all

TL:DR
1. Can the emotiva power wharfs at desktop use for games like bf4 or some nice backround music? P.S. 50 watts for 8ohms speakers AND Emotiva recommends ATLEAST 18AWG idk why?
2. Is this passive speaker muddy compared to other active speakers? Even though Jay said they sounded better than the A5+s
3. When connecting the Emotiva to the Modi, do I connect both using the input RCA ports or the output RCA ports? Emotiva manual says don't connect digital signal to input, and confuses me cuz I noob

ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU ALL FOR CONTRIBUTION HELPFUL AND NOOB FRIENDLY ADVICE
post #22 of 28
1. Yes the Emotiva will provide plenty of power. You realize that the thickness of wire goes up as gauge goes down right? They mean 18AWG or larger. 16AWG is most common, with 12AWG recommended for larger distance setups.
2. No
3. Input. You would use the output for connecting to a subwoofer.
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1. Yes the Emotiva will provide plenty of power. You realize that the thickness of wire goes up as gauge goes down right? They mean 18AWG or larger. 16AWG is most common, with 12AWG recommended for larger distance setups.
2. No
3. Input. You would use the output for connecting to a subwoofer.

I knew that as the length of the speakers to the amp increases gauge increases with the help of roger-russell .com
But my main problem was finding nice looking insulated 22AWG but only found cheap bare wire. I'll try 18AWG as that will probably be more popular than 22AWG
Big thanks!
post #24 of 28
Awesome (imho) choices ... do by all means post back with some feedback on how the 10.2's and whatnot are working out once you get stuff set up.


this is what I did for speaker cables here... it is a fun irritating way to spend a bit of time biggrin.gif im my case here I had a roll of speaker wire...


http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10239&cs_id=1023902&p_id=2791&seq=1&format=2

some paracord

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CFT7MG/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and some banana plugs and some heatshrink (and a bic lighter...and scissors (perhaps obvioiusly?)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DIU5PJ0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 *(pretty happy with these similar to the monster ones but very much less monies)

anyways seperated wires cut two lengths of paracord (removed guts) put sleeve over wire heat shirk + banana plugs == done.


very happy with how it comes out... perhaps these one do much for cheez rolleyes.gif however

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Haggis so just like sleeving cables! I have left over MDPC gold sleeving and I'll probably play around with it, cuz I already sleeved half my PSU cables.

Edit: ahhhhhh not haggis stupid autocorrect
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Haggis so just like sleeving cables! I have left over MDPC gold sleeving and I'll probably play around with it, cuz I already sleeved half my PSU cables.

Edit: ahhhhhh not haggis stupid autocorrect


lol... god I sort of wish every sentence started with Haggis... now.. but yeah basically like sleeving cables because well you are sleeving cables biggrin.gif
post #28 of 28
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Hello, So I am a bit confused with setting up my first DESKTOP audio system. I have about a $1k budget and play games and listen to music.

If I were to get passive speakers like the Klipsch RB-51s or Wharfedale 10.2s, I should connect them to an amp. Are there any recommendations for desktop amps around $200-250?
I like the Audioengine N22, as it is sleek and simple. Nuforce looks nice, but most of their solutions seem to be headphones:( If there is a good amp for the Klipschs, please comment.

DACs
I was looking at the top DACs as well to get my list up recently.
But my main interest before and now, is still the Schiit Modi. Beautiful and simple with a nice silver touch.
Another top rated product is the Audioengine D1. More pricier, and has a useless knob(to me but useful for headphone users).
Once again if you have another recommendation under the $200 tag, comment.

With the Audioengine N22, it says it provides 22 watts per chanel. If I were to get them, will they be sufficient for passive speakers like the Klipsch RB-51s or will I need a stronger amp that puts out more watts?

EDit: Just saw the Maverick Audio stuff. Looks great, and some products have a amp/dac.
is the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Plus DAC w/ OPA627 OpAmp & GE5670W Tube good?
BASICALLY:

1. Amps for Klipsch RB-51 that are as good as the N22 or even better? Not to exceed $250.
2. (Optional) DACs or soundcards that perform the same or better than Schiit Modi?
3. If I were to buy the N22, will that amp have enough power for my future Klipsch RB51s?
4. Anything missing for the set up? I know I'm missing subwoofer but that's later.

I like the wharf 10.2s but they have 4 plugs and I was researching and found out a bi wire thingamajiggy IDK how to work that, that's why I didn't mention it.

I have the modi and love it, sounds amazing. As long as all you need are RCA outputs I'd say pull the trigger on it and be amazed it only costs $100.
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