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    Need help

    Is there anyway I could add home amps through my computer?
    I want to have a real nice dorm room system, and have lots of songs on my hd, so I was hoping I could run everything through that.



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    Re: Need help

    Get a regular integrated amp, and a 1/8" mini stereo phone plug to RCA's cables.

    Plug the phone end into your computer's sound card output, and the RCA's into your integrated amp. There ya go




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    Re: Need help

    I am a total noob when it comes to home audio.

    Could you give me links to what you are talking about?

    Do I need a special sound card too?



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    Re: Need help

    Go to any Radioshack...



    That's the Monster Cable version, but you need a cable with those ends. One has the 1/8" stereo phone "headphone" plug to go into your soundcard's line output, the other end has the standard RCA left/right to go into your integrated amp.




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    http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...t%5Fid=42-2483

    That's the one I used. Eight bucks.




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    Re: Need help

    Thanks.

    Could I put that into a receiver than add amplifiers off of that?



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    Re: Need help

    You mean a preamp...you need a preamplifier or an external processor to do that.




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    Re: Need help

    Whats that?
    And how would I do it?

    Like a line driver for home?



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    Re: Need help

    Sort of...but a preamp also allows you to control the volume level.

    I think you need to take a trip down Google-lane

    What exactly are you trying to do? You sound like you want a 5.1 or 7.1 channel system with seperate amplifiers for each channel, something that's pretty complex for a newbie to set up

    What do you have in mind...a system diagram would be helpful.




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    Re: Need help

    Well it will be in dorm first then home later

    An seperate amp definatley for a subwoofer, maybe a PE plate amp, or one from acoustic visions.

    Maybe one for the speakers, Id like a 5.1 setup. And if they can run off the receiver that would be good too.

    Basically I want an insanely loud system for my dorm, but if I want to turn it down it can sound real good as well. I was looking at the kits that are already made on acoustic visions but I have no idea what to look for in terms of speakers, or any of that crossover graph stuff.



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    Re: Need help

    As someone who's had some experience with dorm systems, I'll share some of my experiences

    You don't need 5.1 in a dorm. The biggest problem is going to be getting the staging right...it's simply too small. A good 2-channel is all you need, plus a subwoofer.

    Use one of those cables I showed you for the integrated amp or receiver input. You don't need an external preamplifier unless you really want to go seperates - not something I'd suggest for a dorm system or anything tight on space/budget. A good 5.1 or 2 channel receiver, like a NAD or Denon, would be my suggestion. I use a 20-year-old NAD 3020 integrated amp, and for a solid-state amp, it's pretty good. I've got that amp running a pair of big JBL 3-way bookshelf speakers.

    You don't need a lot of sub for a small dorm - about 1 12" is as big as I'd go. I have an Adire Audio Rava in my room, and it gets plenty loud. You'd run into major trouble with your RA and neighbors if you went much over that, I'd imagine.




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    Re: Need help

    Okay then.

    How about 2 speakers or components or cabinets or whatever they are called and a subwoofer

    What would you suggest? Links please if you can, or exact terms to search for, or good places to buy home audio stuff from.



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    Re: Need help

    Infinity Primus series...they are affordable and sound good.
    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-XGisGZv...and%7CInfinity

    Denon AVR-1705 or 1905 would both be great.

    Onkyo has some good recievers, too.



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    Re: Need help

    Do those have options to add on external amps later in case I want to expand?



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    Re: Need help

    No...but if you get a good 5.1 channel receiver, you don't really need seperate amps.




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