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05-09-2019 09:33 AM
Blitzdog
Quote: Originally Posted by RealNeil View Post
I'm using a Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System for this PC. It sounds good to me.
I suffer from hearing loss due to working on military jets on flight lines.
It's way too loud behind/beside a B-1 Bomber testing out it's four GE Turbofan engines. Hearing protection (back then) just didn't do a good enough job of protecting you.
Even though I'm almost deaf, I can still tell the difference between crap and good sound systems.

I also have four Klipsch Bookshelf speakers, a Klipsch Sub, and an Onkyo receiver for my other PC.
Great setup(s)!
05-08-2019 11:42 AM
RealNeil I'm using a Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System for this PC. It sounds good to me.
I suffer from hearing loss due to working on military jets on flight lines.
It's way too loud behind/beside a B-1 Bomber testing out it's four GE Turbofan engines. Hearing protection (back then) just didn't do a good enough job of protecting you.
Even though I'm almost deaf, I can still tell the difference between crap and good sound systems.

I also have four Klipsch Bookshelf speakers, a Klipsch Sub, and an Onkyo receiver for my other PC.
04-09-2019 06:40 AM
Shiotcrock I just picked up a set of S350DB Edififers I got just got some wooden 9" stands they are awesome speakers they don't necessary blow away my old Z906 Logitech 5.1 set but everything sound more full and good. Have a AE-5 creative card I took a risk on and it's a great match for my Uber PC setup.
04-01-2019 07:30 AM
Fluxmaven
Quote: Originally Posted by Doubletap1911 View Post
I'm a big believer in PC surround sound and have been for a good 20 years.

It doesn't work in every environment, but I'm fortunate to have a home office all to myself and a decent 7.1 system:

Kef Q100 L/R and a Kef Q200C in the middle. (on my desk, on stands)

Side and rear surround speakers are JBL Arena B15s (wall mounted)

Sub is a 12" sealed M&K unit that goes down to at least 28Hz

Receiver is an Integra DTS 40.2 (1080P)

I use an Asus Xonar U7 Mk2 for the headphone amp, volume and as a source switcher (between Headphones and HDMI)

I run an Amazon Echo and my CD changer and the sound from my work PC into a Rolls analog mixer and run the mixed sound to the line in on the Xonar U7 Mk2

It's a very flexible system that lets me access multiple sources without having to switch inputs. Of course, I can run my CD player through the digital input for more critical listening and the Echo makes a great bluetooth bridge for playing podcasts off my phone through the system.

The main issue is that I often play games early in the morning when people are asleep so I end up using headphones. At other times, I play with people on discord and use headphones so my kids don't hear the salty language.

But when I do crank it up, it's pretty glorious...
Sounds like a really cool setup. I used to run something similar but had to downsize after a divorce. When I get back to having a dedicated home office, I will build a new Dolby Atmos system for the living room and move my current Denon AVR to my PC.

The hardest part about living with people is having to resist the urge to crank it up
03-31-2019 11:00 PM
Doubletap1911 I'm a big believer in PC surround sound and have been for a good 20 years.

It doesn't work in every environment, but I'm fortunate to have a home office all to myself and a decent 7.1 system:

Kef Q100 L/R and a Kef Q200C in the middle. (on my desk, on stands)

Side and rear surround speakers are JBL Arena B15s (wall mounted)

Sub is a 12" sealed M&K unit that goes down to at least 28Hz

Receiver is an Integra DTS 40.2 (1080P)

I use an Asus Xonar U7 Mk2 for the headphone amp, volume and as a source switcher (between Headphones and HDMI)

I run an Amazon Echo and my CD changer and the sound from my work PC into a Rolls analog mixer and run the mixed sound to the line in on the Xonar U7 Mk2

It's a very flexible system that lets me access multiple sources without having to switch inputs. Of course, I can run my CD player through the digital input for more critical listening and the Echo makes a great bluetooth bridge for playing podcasts off my phone through the system.

The main issue is that I often play games early in the morning when people are asleep so I end up using headphones. At other times, I play with people on discord and use headphones so my kids don't hear the salty language.

But when I do crank it up, it's pretty glorious...
03-29-2019 07:06 PM
bluedevil
Quote: Originally Posted by skupples View Post
this is exactly what I've been looking for to upgrade from my schiit stack & logi 2.1 that replaced a jank home rigged system of this, and that and "Does this work connected to a PC?" stuff.
+1 blue,

hope you keep getting juicy stuff to review.
Thanks for the support bro! Yeah some juicy stuff is definitely coming!
03-29-2019 03:31 PM
skupples this is exactly what I've been looking for to upgrade from my schiit stack & logi 2.1 that replaced a jank home rigged system of this, and that and "Does this work connected to a PC?" stuff.
+1 blue,

hope you keep getting juicy stuff to review.
03-21-2019 12:04 AM
OC'ing Noob
Quote: Originally Posted by Blitzdog View Post
Am a big fan of both SVS and ELAC. The ELAC B6 bookshelf speakers are solid.

Your subwoofer recommendations are all good choices.
Thanks! I love my PC sound setup. Personally, I am a huge fan of SVS due to their customer service and ELAC's offerings with the Debut, Uni-Fi, and Adante line have been very impressive. Ascend Acoustics have also been praiseworthy as well.

One set of speakers that have really blown my mind recently though are the Klipsch RF-7 III's. I am not sure if it's the driver or the redesigned horn, but they are a very nice departure from the typical Klipsch horn sound and are now amazing sounding to me. When I upgrade my HT setup in the future, it's going to be tough choosing between them and the Martin Logan ESL.

Quote: Originally Posted by drewafx View Post
Speaker placement is another tricky problem for having great sound in a room.
That's why when you listen at a shop or show floor it's much better.
I seat right in the middle with left & right speakers having same distance from the side walls. Placing them on top of isolation mount helps with desk reflection. Also got SVS SoundPath feet for my SB-1000 for better deep bass.
Dirac live room correction solves a lot of sweet spot issues as well.
Room correction software such as Audyssey, Dirac, and Anthem have all come a long way in managing sound for multi-purpose rooms with HT setups via mitigating timbre mismatches via EQ, uneven distances for speaker placement via level and delay adjustments, seamless transitions between speakers to subwoofer via measured crossovers and stereo subwoofer adjustments, and sound interference via DSP filter.

While nothing still beats a dedicated HT room with proper acoustic treatment (real rockwool bass traps!), the gap isn't nearly as large anymore.
03-20-2019 07:43 PM
drewafx Speaker placement is another tricky problem for having great sound in a room.
That's why when you listen at a shop or show floor it's much better.
I seat right in the middle with left & right speakers having same distance from the side walls. Placing them on top of isolation mount helps with desk reflection. Also got SVS SoundPath feet for my SB-1000 for better deep bass.
Dirac live room correction solves a lot of sweet spot issues as well.
03-20-2019 11:44 AM
0m3g4
Quote: Originally Posted by darklink View Post
I have a TX-NR676 and it doesn't upscale to 4K. The 676 just allows 4K pass through @ 60FPS (4:4:4 Chroma SDR and 4:2:2 Chroma HDR). However, my Samsung 55" KS8000 does upscale. I no longer have my PC running through the receiver but I do run my Nintendo Switch through it and everything looks pretty damn good. I have grown extremely fond of 4K HDR content on this setup (Apple TV 4K). The color is so rich and amazing. Onkyo has been my receiver of choice for about 10 years now. I know there are better options out there, but for the price ($330 on sale last summer), I have nothing bad to say about this receiver.
Nothing wrong with Onkyo receivers they pack the best watt per dollar, and if you have ever looked at the bench tests on them. They are typically underrated on their power capabilities.
I know for a few years they had issues with the hdmi boards going out, this was around the time 4k was being added to everything.
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