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Ok, got it, but my next post.


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Can someone please explain to me how a sound system actually works, I mean a proper one..
Not like the 2.1 systems you can buy that plug into your PC using one headphone jack like port and have the left/right speakers plugging into the Bass that is powered buy a wall plug.

Is it like PC>AMP>SPEAKERS?

What inputs do amps use and what outputs do they use?
What's an AV receiver?

Actually I don't understand the basics. Could you make an example sound system diagram labelled using MSpaint or link me to a guide or something (That has lots of pictures)?

 

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This could get Confusing it all depends on how you want to connect ?
Phono, Digital coax, digital Optical, XLR (Mainly high end audio)
Back Panel AV AMP
http://www.avland.co.uk/denon/avpa1hd/rearlrg.jpg

IO port PC
http://www.legitreviews.com/images/r..._backplane.jpg

High End reciever
http://www.avland.co.uk/aasp/denon/0820/a1hda/a1hda.asp

A Reciever can decode the Audio signals broadcast over Digital signals whether the signals be 2 channel = left + right to the full blown 7.1 signals that you would get in a Cinema's System.

5.1
http://homecinema.timecomputers.com/...ound_setup.jpg

7.1
http://71surroundsound.org/images/71surroundsound1.jpg
 

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Okay! I think I understand. But as I'm not using this for Video, only audio. I don't think I want a AV receiver..

Is this image correct?



What kind of amp do I get? Are there amps that support more than one set of speakers?(I could wire my front L/R, sub-woofer and possibly rears through one amp?)

Something like this?
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/TA2020-Class-...item1e5bf24bfe
 

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Why is it no good for house hold audio? It's cheaper. And is purely an amp, which makes it cheaper than the AV receivers. What if I want to buy car speakers and mount them in my house
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Also Car amps use 4 ohm resistance, househols amps commonly use 8 ohms. Could either burn the amps or the speakers without proper resistors and resistance.
Yes be careful of the ohms. If the speakers are higher ohms than the amp, you will be good to go, but if the speakers are less, Don't use them.
 

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You want a pair of powered speakers for a desktop system. They come with amplifiers built in. If you want better sound for your headphones, get a headphone amp.

None of that will sound good though unless you have a good DAC (aka soundcard.)
 

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It might work, but you will need to use a computer power supply to power it.

What.. no I wouldn't. 12v adapter

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They wont sound the same !! but thats up to you,

Car Audio speakers are wired differently to house hold Audio equipment same as PA is different to house hold,
Its about the volts (Current) you can deliver to the drivers,

If they won't sound as good. Then I wouldn't bother making a sound system using car speakers. I thought all speakers ran on 12v... And it was about the amps delivered.. Hence amplifier.

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Also Car amps use 4 ohm resistance, househols amps commonly use 8 ohms. Could either burn the amps or the speakers without proper resistors and resistance.


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Yes be careful of the ohms. If the speakers are higher ohms than the amp, you will be good to go, but if the speakers are less, Don't use them.

I'll remember that. Thanks!

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You want a pair of powered speakers for a desktop system. They come with amplifiers built in. If you want better sound for your headphones, get a headphone amp.

no.

What if I just used a car sub woofer on a car amp and plugged it in to my PC
While I keep normal PC speakers for the front?
 

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What.. no I wouldn't. 12v adapter

If they won't sound as good. Then I wouldn't bother making a sound system using car speakers. I thought all speakers ran on 12v... And it was about the amps delivered.. Hence amplifier.

I'll remember that. Thanks!

no.

What if I just used a car sub woofer on a car amp and plugged it in to my PC
While I keep normal PC speakers for the front?

No offense, but you're a little too used to car audio. I was just like you because I got obsessed with the automotive department, car audio especially (Have 2 15" Kenwood subs with a 2000w amp in the back of a 96 Explorer). I learned home audio is an entirely different world, and that's about where I stopped and accepted that the plug goes in the back and makes sound go boooom!
 

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If you had a 500w amp at 12v you would need more than 40 amps. How do you plan to get 40 amps to a car stereo amp in your house?
 
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