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post #11 of 34
Doesn't look like its possible, look for something with RCA outputs
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post #12 of 34
Been using a Yamaha RX-A3000 receiver for a few years now for my PC. It's great, also serves as a single grounding point for processing, preamp, and amplifier.
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post #13 of 34
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Well, I was just rummaging through my cellar and noticed I have a Panasonic SA-PT750 Home Theater System lying in storage.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-NurfFsFlDSk/p_133SCPT750/Panasonic-SC-PT750.html#overview-tab

It has 2 channels at 3ohm for the fronts, 1 center channel at 6ohms and a sub channel at 6ohms.

I hooked up my Monitor 30's to the 3ohm fronts, the Panasonic 6ohm center and Panasonic 6ohm Passive Sub. The center channel is so overpowering I can barely hear the Monitor 30's. The 3ohm for the 30's are definitely underpowering and the sub leaves alot to be desired.

Better than nothing for now, but can't use it to hook up to the PC. No Optical or USB connection DAC.

Will I damage my 8ohm Monitor 30's driving them at 3ohm?
Edited by BabylonDown - 3/14/14 at 7:53pm
post #14 of 34
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Does anyone know if you can hook up an Amp/DAC like the Topping TP30 or VX1 to a powered subwoofer?

You can run speaker wire from the amp into the sub and then out of the sub into the speakers.

You could also just use a 3.5mm to RCA cable to connect your PC to that home theater in a box you found. It probably won't sound right because it looks like it was only designed to be used with the included speakers.
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Just as a side note, I removed the center channel and cranked the Monitor 30's on their own with a CD in the Receiver and they sound GREAT. I'm sure they can sound much better with a dedicated amp/dac or better receiver and will continue to look for something.
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You can run speaker wire from the amp into the sub and then out of the sub into the speakers.

Is there any downside from running from amp to sub, then sub to speakers? Will the amp in the sub still be used?
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You could also just use a 3.5mm to RCA cable to connect your PC to that home theater in a box you found. It probably won't sound right because it looks like it was only designed to be used with the included speakers.

BTW I have a V Formula Mobo with built in audio. It supports Optical. Should I find an RCA to Optical or RCA to 3.5? Are either better than the other?
Edited by BabylonDown - 3/14/14 at 10:30pm
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Is there any downside from running from amp to sub, then sub to speakers? Will the amp in the sub still be used?

This is assuming your sub has inputs and outputs, but it will use it's own crossover to take the low end and send the higher freq along to your speakers. Sub amp powers low end, speaker amp powers higher stuff.
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BTW I have a V Formula Mobo with built in audio. It supports Optical. Should I find an RCA to Optical or RCA to 3.5? Are either better than the other?

That's what a DAC does. Either get a 3.5mm to RCA cable, or buy an external DAC like a schiit modi or UCA202.
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post #17 of 34
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http://www.bestbuy.ca/multimedia/Products/500x500/102/10200/10200642.jpg
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This is assuming your sub has inputs and outputs, but it will use it's own crossover to take the low end and send the higher freq along to your speakers. Sub amp powers low end, speaker amp powers higher stuff.

Well I was going to purchase the Polk Audio PSW10. This is the back of it.



This is the back of my Receiver:
x133SCPT750-b.jpeg
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That's what a DAC does. Either get a 3.5mm to RCA cable, or buy an external DAC like a schiit modi or UCA202.

Ok, 3.5 to RCA for now until I get something better. I've seen 3.5 to RCA range from $2.50 to $20. Does it matter for sound quality?

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/dynex-direct-dynex-direct-3-5mm-to-rca-cable-dx-dmp3rca-dx-dmp3rca/10200642.aspx
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post #18 of 34
Yeah that sub will work fine, and no the cable quality isn't important. That dynex will work.
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Yeah that sub will work fine, and no the cable quality isn't important. That dynex will work.

I was looking at that Behringer UCA202. It's an inexpensive nifty little tool. How would I go about hooking up the speakers and sub to it using a receiver such as a Denon AVR-E200?

Denon-AVR-E200-rear.jpg
Edited by BabylonDown - 3/15/14 at 12:33am
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Well with your current amp you would just get a regular pair of RCA cables.

If you buy something like that denon, you wouldn't want to buy the UCA202. Just use HDMI, or optical if HDMI doesn't work.
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