getting into home audio
Thus far, I've been building systems using car audio amps wired to computer power supplies that either go to a massive car audio sub/box or a bunch of tower/bookshelf speakers. This is how my living room is set up but im looking to build a new system for my room, mainly for music and occasional movie watching. I was planning on doing 2 bookshelves on the desk and a sub on the floor but instead of doing my regular PSU to amp set-up, id rather do a Home Audio plate amp that has a sub channel and speaker channels and a control center of some sort. I bought a Logitech Z-5500 at frys yesterday, took it home, played it, then took it back today due to a defective sub. I didn't exchange it because i wasn't super impressed with the sound or bass from the demo set that they had. I did like the way that the sub amp connected to the speakers and how it had a controller. I would like to now build my own system using a more powerful plate amp mounted to a box that i will build for one of the subs i already have. I will also pick up a pair of JBL bookshelves soon so that takes care of my speaker situation. As far as plate amps, i saw a Bash 300w amp on PE for 100 bucks that looked okay but i dont think it has output for the bookshelves.
Can somebody steer me in the right direction as far as which amps can do this (same setup as the logitech system) or maybe a better way of doing it? I will be using the headphone jack on my laptop with an auxilary cord to the plate amp (whether it has the headphone jack input or RCA) and ill run a set from my TV as well so i would like the controller so that the TV isnt blasting sound when its on. Thanks
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