[mythtv-users] Speaker Suggestions ???
match at ece.utah.edu
match at ece.utah.edu
Tue Jun 6 15:54:13 UTC 2006
You need to spend some time at:
That's where this discussion belongs. It's semi-off-topic here, but
you hit at least 2 of my hot buttons with your post...
On 5 Jun 2006 at 20:16, Brian Wood wrote:
> I'm really looking for the speakers themselves. I wasn't thinking in
> terms of "surround sound", but you're right, DVD and satellite
> programming often does have more than 2 channels, so I suppose I
> could be talked into it.
Most of the available programming that has multi-channel sound is
5.1, that is 3 in front, (right, left and center), 2 in back for
surround, and a subwoofer for when the dinosaurs stomp around in
Jurasic Park, so I'd aim for that combination.
> The Asus motherboard I'm using has provision for up to 8-channel
> output, although I'm not sure of the quality of same, or what its
> decoding capability might be.
I think a 5.1 reciver fed via SPDIF is money well spent here.
> To be honest I have not really paid
> attention to multi-channel audio setups, my experience runs more
> towards older analog stereo systems.
But we're talking video programming with surround sound. It's worth
it. The sound is half the experience.
> I do have a pair of MacIntosh MC-30 amplifiers, consecutive serial
> numbers, built in 1958, I don't want to tell you what they are worth,
> but I'm not too sure how practical using them with a computer system
> might be (and it is getting hard to find tubes for them). They
> certainly can keep you warm in the Winter.
Heh heh! I own 4 McIntosh MC-60's that I once set up in a 5.1 setup
along with another pair of 6550-based amps to provide the center and
subwoofer channels. 360 watts of tube muscle, baby!
Practicality is relative. We do these things for fun.
> I'm basically looking for a decent pair of stereo speakers, with a
> sub-woofer for the low end, and an amplifier/crossover that can drive
My advice would be to keep your video home theater and your HiFi
separate. Mate your McIntoshes to a pair of Klipschorns or
Warfedales, get a good turntable and pre-amp and play vinyl records.
Buy a cheap 5.1 receiver with DTS and Dolby decoding (my Teac cost me
$149 at Costco... or was it Sam's Club?), add a cheap set of surround
speakers and a cheap self-powered sub and be happy.
I could elaborate, but this is not the forum for it. Either e-mail me
off list or present your questions to AVSForum.
> I was at a Bose factory outlet center that's down the road from me,
> they had some nice stuff but even the refurbished "home theater" gear
> was pricey. I'm happy to see they still make the 901s, but they are
> costly, perhaps a pair of 501s would do ? (Salesman: "You can't use
> *them* for TV, they are STEREO speakers" ("stereo" said with some
> disgust in his voice).
NO, NO, NO! Don't buy Bose. It's over-hyped over-priced crap. (my
apologies to the Bose owners on this list) Furthermore, that salesman
you spoke to is an IDIOT! He knows nothing. He just regurgitates the
> I'm really not sure if I need a sub-woofer, but everyone I speak to
> tells me I "must" have one.
Do you want to hear the dinosaurs stomping around? or the bombs
bursting in a war flick? If so, you need a sub-woofer, or better yet
I could elaborate... off list, unless Isaac gives his blessing to
> But, I wonder, what are Myth users using for audio output, I've seen
> very little mention of speaker systems here, and what I do see is
> usually problems with multi-channel decoding.
That's because this is a MythTV list and not a general Home Theater
E-mail me off list. This is off-topic here and Isaac might not like
us using his bandwidth for such a discussion.
> Thanks for the input.
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