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Hi,

I'm looking into a pair of Pioneer stereo speakers to connect to the computer.

What equipment and cables do I need exactly to connect these stereo speakers to the computer?

Many Thanks
Edited by scatlm - 4/15/14 at 10:39am
post #2 of 54
Those are some amazing speakers for their size and price. They are getting rave reviews everywhere.

One would expect the sound of a $149.99/pair bookshelf model to include some serious compromises and tradeoffs, but within its size limitations, the Pioneer SP-BS41-LR has none.

But, alas, they can't be hooked to a computer. They require an amplifier.

You could purchase an amplifier and connect it to your computer with a cable like this.



And then connect the amplifier to those speakers with speaker cables.
Amplifier end:



Speaker end



Amplifiers can cost anywhere from $10 - $100,000.
Something in the $300-$500 range should be appropriate fro those speakers. Though you'll need a quite powerful amplifier, in the range of 75-130 watts depending on the size of the room in which you're going to put them.

There's also a lot of bang for the buck to be had with used amplifiers, as people are constantly upgrading their systems.

What's your budget?
Edited by billbartuska - 4/15/14 at 11:05am
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Thanks for the helpful reply. +1

Newegg has them for $100 right now, BTW.

I was looking into a JDS O2 DAC/AMP for my headphones, would I be able to amp the Pioneers using the O2?

Also, could you lprovide me links to the cables, please? It would be very helpful
Edited by scatlm - 4/15/14 at 11:06am
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Thanks for the helpful reply. +1

Newegg has them for $100 right now, BTW.

I was looking into a JDS O2 DAC/AMP for my headphones, would I be able to amp the Pioneers using the O2?

Also, could you lprovide me links to the cables, please? It would be very helpful
JDS O2 DAC/AMP has a headphone amplifier, nowhere near enough power. Although you still can use the output from the DAC (and its superior SQ) into an amplifier and still use the headphone amp for your headphones. Glad to see you're "beyond" onboard/sound card audio!

I specifically didn't link to any cables since, again, there is a wide range of quality/price and your proposed setup should lean towards the higher quality end. No $0.79 Radio Shack stuff. You would have to do some research there to see exactly where your particular needs fall. There will be an issue finding speaker cables with RCA plugs on one end and banana connectors on the other. That's a rather odd combination as RCA is low tech and banana connectors are high tech. But it would be pretty easy to change existing connectors.

PS.

I took a closer look at the connectors on those speakers, but I still cant tell whether they can use bare speaker wire connections or spade terminals in addition to the banana plugs.
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Ok, so then I'd need another amp.

Do you think there's a huge difference in sound between a pair of Bose Companion-II PC speakers and the Pioneers? Is the extra money and hassle worth it? They're not going to be used for music, just TV on the PC.
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Pioneers all day long
The hassle is worth it, that extra clarity helps lots in a busy TV soundtrack making it easier to pick up the dialogue
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Hehe

Yeah, I thought so. I just like the convenience of plug-n-play.

Ok, well, I would really appreciate it if someone could recommend me the exact wires and a cheap amp. My main amp-budget is going towards the O2 for my headphones.

I searched the site for the Pioneers and I saw that some audiophiles recommended them for the PC. So hopefully someone who has direct experience with these particular speakers knows the exact type of jacks/connectors and its corresponding cables.

Many thanks
Edited by scatlm - 4/15/14 at 12:32pm
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Ok, so then I'd need another amp.

Do you think there's a huge difference in sound between a pair of Bose Companion-II PC speakers and the Pioneers? Is the extra money and hassle worth it? They're not going to be used for music, just TV on the PC.
Comparison:

Pioneers
A medium rare New York Strip, Potatoes AuGratin, Asparagus with Bearnaise sauce and a class of French Cabernet, all shared with a fine woman.

Bose
A dead pig.
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lmao
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lmao

Me too!
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