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Sup all. Been running with my Klipsch ProMedia 2.1s for quite awhile.
Usage: Music, Movies and gaming on my PC.
However, now I have a receiver laying around that I can use.
The receiver is a Onkyo TX-SR804
Link: http://www.onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=...s=Receiver&p=s

For speakers. Not sure where to go to. Want some decent bookshelf's.
I have some old Klipsch bookshelf's laying around. Along with the current ProMedia speakers. Ones in storage: RSX-3's
The ones I have in storage: http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/product...pecifications/

For a sub. Open to all. Doesnt need to be crazy.
I used to have a bookmark to a site that sold some, that were great and price was right. Started with a P. Just can remember at this time.
Or maybe was it Velodyne's?

Thanks all in advance.

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Edited by Rebelord - 3/16/11 at 3:04pm
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post #2 of 21
Best sub under $200 is the BIC f12
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How much do you want to spend? There are tons of great cheap options out there...and if you are going to be powering the speakers with your receiver, you should say moving to a passive system
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gorb View Post
How much do you want to spend? There are tons of great cheap options out there...and if you are going to be powering the speakers with your receiver, you should say moving to a passive system
Title changed. Thank you.

Budget is:
Speakers ~500max
But have been eyeing the Klipsch Reference RB-61II Bookshelfs
http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/product...pecifications/
Sub ~400max

But of course. Bang for Buck is always in my view.

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This really isn't in any particular order...it is of course best to demo speakers yourself to see which ones you like but it's usually difficult for most brands and virtually impossible for ID brands except those that offer trials where they pay shipping both ways like aperion audio.

speakers:
Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SE $348/pr
PSB Image B6 $500/pr
Aperion Audio Intimus 5B $450/pr
Infinity P162 $170/pr
Axiom Audio M3 v3 $348/pr
Axiom Audio M22 v3 $488/pr
SVSound SBS-02 $270/pr
Hsu Research HB-1 Mk2 $300/pr
Usher Audio S-520 $479/pr

And if you can find them, Energy RC-10s

I recommend searching for reviews, hopefully with measurements and not just fluffy adjectives. Hopefully others will chime in with more recommendations although it sucks trying to narrow them down

subwoofers:
Elemental Designs A3S-250 $350
Hsu Research STF-2 $349
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I assume Optical out is best for sound transfer?
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Optical out from your computer to the receiver is fine, but if you have a really good sound card you can try using analog. It's up to you. Odds are good there won't be any difference.
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The website you were looking for is Parts Express. http://www.parts-express.com/. Optical out only supports 2 channels of lossless, and 6 channels (or 8 I forgot) or lossy audio. Using digital to RCA (analog) will support 7.1 lossless but will result in a rat's nest. Unless you watch Blu-rays on your PC however, optical will be sufficient.
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The website you were looking for is Parts Express. http://www.parts-express.com/. Optical out only supports 2 channels of lossless, and 6 channels (or 8 I forgot) or lossy audio. Using digital to RCA (analog) will support 7.1 lossless but will result in a rat's nest. Unless you watch Blu-rays on your PC however, optical will be sufficient.
Maybe I'm not understanding you. How is a Single Digital RCA cable going to be a rats nest?
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Hmm, well. The company I work for is a Authorized Atlantic Technology Dealer. So gonna see what options I have there. See if I can a set of 2400 LR for decent maybe.

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