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post #1 of 14
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As per title, can anyone recommend a sub with optical input. I have a budget of around 100 to 150 GBP. I can't seem to find anything, can you help me out?
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post #2 of 14
Why do you want an optical input? Do you mean a set of PC speakers? They usually have the audio input go to the sub and then connect to the speakers.

What will be the source of the audio?
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post #3 of 14
ya i dont know of any stand alone sub thats has optical def coaxial but not optical
    
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post #4 of 14
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The sources would be a pc (which is not an issue), but the other source is a ps3, which is the problem.

The thing is that at the moment i can only get sound out of the ps3 via earphones, by having the sound output via hdmi into a monitor, and then plugging headphones into the monitor. And i dont really like headphones.

I was thinking of just a sub to be honest, and then possibly upgrading the sattelites in the future.
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post #5 of 14

You are going to need a reciever. You can buy a set of PC speakers with a sub and that will work, but you can't do what you are talking about without an AV receiver.

IE, something like this, which is my surround receiver.


Of course you would buy a newer model.
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post #6 of 14
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would i need a receiver because the speakers wouldn't be able to fully play the sound output from the ps3? i.e. would i not get actual surround sound?
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post #7 of 14
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would it be possible to somehow use my pc to redirect the sound from the ps3 to my current speakers?

My sound card has an optical port. The specs said: Optical Out supports stereo SPDIF out and pass through of multichannel DVD sound

Is this useful to me? i'm not really sure what this means.
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post #8 of 14
So most speakers are what are called passive, that means they don't have a power source to drive them. That is why you buy an amp or receiver. The make powered speakers, think PC speakers, although some powered speakers are high end.

Unless you are buying and using all powered speakers then you will need an amp/receiver. What is your total budget for speakers and what are you using now?
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post #9 of 14
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oh ok, yh i follow now, thanks. Budget would be around 150 gbp (but may be able to stretch to 200 or 250 in the near future, i'm not 100% on that). I would probably prefer an active set of speakers. I'm currently using an old set of creative inspire 5300 5.1 speakers. They must be nearly a decade old.
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post #10 of 14
Eh, then anything will do you. Your best bet is to save up for an entry level surround or even stereo reciever, then save up money for a decent pair of bookshelf speakers, then save up money for a decent sub. Used/vintage is a perfectly acceptable way to go too.

That will be for best sound quality. Otherwise there are many powered sets that are "decent" but you won't find anything great in that range.
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