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How to make a 7.1 surround sound system

Hello, I'm just wondering is a 7.1 speaker set just the same as 2 speakers only with a 7.1 capable receiver?

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My surround sound system wont stay on. What's wrong with it? Answered

I have a Sharp sd-at1000 surround sound reciever, and while trying to hook up a speaker(front left if that matters) it sparked and turned off. Now when I turn it on it says "Hello" on the lcd and stays on for about 1 second before turning back off. From what I've found through research it seems to be a output transistor. Does this sound right? Looking at the circuit board I couldnt find anything that looked bad. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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Raspberry Pi and android surround sound Answered

Hello, I was wondering if it is possible to use a Raspberry Pi as a bluetooth surround sound transmitter, and multiple androids as a bluetooth speaker? Is there a plugin card for the Raspberry Pi that can transmit to multiple bluetooth devices at once if the device can handle splitting the audio in the first place? Thanks for any help

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Surround sound speakers and I'm clueless

I replaced my surround sound speakers and now I have 5 speakers and have nothing to do with them. I don't have another receiver and do not want to buy one. So i'm stuck with only speakers. Any ideas besides just selling the speakers? Am I able to somehow connect all of them together and input a music player, CD player, etc?

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Speaker problem - surround sound not working

Hi guysI have a Panasonic SC-HT 990 system with four speakers (minus the centre and subwoofer).The subwoofer works perfectly, however, if i plug in the four floor speakers (2 front, 2 surround) only one will work.But, if I plug them into the same two speaker-wire ports in the main box, all four work. However, they wouldn't work as proper surround sound.Why is this? Why don't they work separated. I would imagine there is a problem with the connectors at the back of the main box, but can't see any issuesThanks

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What can I build with surround sound speakers?

I have 5 small speakers from a surround sound system, and a subwoofer. I picked them up at a garage sale, but I do not have a receiver. I have thought about trying to find a way to tie them in with my guitar amp, or just make an awesome sound system.

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Portable 5.1?

Hey guys, I've got a set of 5.1 speakers from an old non functional home theater system that I'd like to make into something portable, maybe even able to play sound from an iPod or computer. However, I'm a complete newbie to sound equipment and wiring, so does anyone have any suggestions as to how I could go about that? I know I'm not going to keep the 5.1 effect, but just having a portable system with that kind of power behind it would be pretty cool. Thanks in advance.

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what do I need for home surround sound? Answered

I have this Cyber Acoustics set of speakers that I would like to set up as a home audio system, but I don't know what I need or how to set it up.  I have the main woofer, and 4 other speakers (front right and left, back right and left).  The input is your standard head phone jack.  What do I need to get to make this work for the dvd player (or other tv things)?  Or what do I need to do to set the system up?  Thanks in advance.

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how do i use a surround sound amp ?

I have a panasonic sarround sound subwoofER with 500 watts of power how can i reuse it in my car

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How can I convert a stereo output to surround sound?

My laptop has only a stereo output. Is there any way to convert this to use a surround sound speaker system using any combination of hardware/software? Preferably without getting an external sound card.

Question by JakkRabbit    |  last reply


Surround Sound Help(connection to an Xbox), and my dream media setup

I couldn't decide what forum to put this in(since surround sound could also be a Home thing), but i decided that Music would be best. Basically, I bought a $79 Logitech surround sound system a few weeks ago and hooked it up in my room. For the money, it's pretty awesome. The sound is lacking though, it's fine, but the frequency response is anything but linear. Some songs are more noticeable than others. Either way, I've been looking at the Logitech Z-5500 THX Certified surround sound speakers. BTW, all these are 5.1, not 2.1 sets. The reviews on youtube and elsewhere give it 5 stars, and some go as far to say that the sound matches $500+ units, saying its the best midrange speaker system around. The ten inch sub is appealing too(movies- watching The Patriot would become just that much more real because of the explosions). Reviews say that the satellite's sound is sharp, clear, and pure, no static or buzz.That's definitely a big deal to me. So yeah, the Z-5500 set is $300+...and the others were $79...I think it's worth it to someone who praises music like I do. If you listen to music occasionally, then you might not get where I'm coming from, but I listen to 3-6 hours of music every day, sometimes more. MY PROBLEM:I already installed the surround sound(the cheaper one) in my room, and it would be retarded to get another set. Not to mention a waste of time and money. I need money to buy the nice set. So, my brother agreed to buy it from me if I install it for him. He wants it to be hooked up to his Xbox 360. Good deal. However, I don't know what kind of output it has. I think its a Toslink Optical Audio output, but I'm not sure. The "receiver" on the sub has three inputs, a black 3.5mm female input, as well as a orange-red and light green input of the same type. These are the direct analog inputs to the speakers; it was a cheap set so they don't have an optical in.MY QUESTION:Assuming that my brother is still interested by the time I have the money to buy those speakers, do they even make a Toslink Optical adapter that will work? I tried google, but I wasnt sure what to search for. Thanks. Also, if anybody has the Z-5500 system, let me know how you like it!My hopeful media setup:Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop with vista2TB Mybook External hard drives(two 1TB drives, either in a RAID setup or not, idk)Videosecu VGA to Component Video adapter32" TVCreative Sound Blaster external 5.1 surround sound cardLogitech Z-5500 5.1 surround soundDream setup:Mac Pro with dual monitorssome kind of adapter to get the video to the 32" TV aboveSame surround soundSame hard drivesSome kind of surround sound cardBasically the only difference between my (hopefully) future setup and my dream setup is the couple thousand $$$ of Mac and Apple stuff. Apple is so much better, but it comes with a price most of us cant afford. It's really too bad lol. For the first setup I only need the hard drives, the surround sound card, TV, and the surround sound to make it complete. Of course, theyre the most expensive parts...darnThanks!

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Make my multi-speaker surround sound wireless?

I have a nice 5.1 speaker surround sound.  I want to make all the speakers wireless and if possible all go to the same multi-channel output/input transmitter/receiver.  All i have found on the internet is one that will send out the same signal to all of them, but i want them all to have their original sound (meaning mid's still be mid's and front, back, and left, right still be individual)  Any help would be awesome    ALSO, I dont have much money so the cheapest but still working way would be best.

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Hook up stereo speakers to computer for surround sound

Alright, if theres already an instructable on this, I apologize, and could someone point me to it, otherwise, here's my question: I have a set of stereo speakers, the ones with the clips that you use to hold in the wire, so it has no plug. The only stereo set I have has no outputs, no white and red RCA jacks, or anything, and I do not have any other reciever. Is there any sort of adapter I could buy or build cheap (easily, preferably) to let me plug two of those into a standard 3.5 mm miniplug? my goal is to use those as rear speakers for my computer's 5.1 surround, as they have good base and treble, and my 2.1 channel set that I was using there crapped out. Thanks!

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how do you set up a computer surround sound system? Answered

Hi, I recently asked a question about setting up a home audio system for the TV, but it turns out that the system I have is meant for the computer, so I am wondering how to set them up for the computer.  Do i need this?  http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=computer+surround+sound+card&um;=1&ie;=UTF-8&tbm;=shop&cid;=13346619482042638583&sa;=X&ei;=3XKDTv7QFemPsQLJ8PnxBw&ved;=0CFIQ8wIwBQ or something similar?  If not, do I need a type of program?  I'm kinda on a budget, so the cheaper the better.  Thanks in advance! :D

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How would I go about building an amp with a variety of (specific) inputs and different types of outputs (connections)?

Okay, so I would like to build an amplifier or something that powers several speakers, as a stereo. I would like to be able to have several inputs such as RCA, 3.5mm or 1/4in headphone jacks, perhaps HDMI if possible, coaxial, SPDIF, and perhaps some banana plugs for audio experiments or something like that. I am not sure of what type of driver would be necessary to power a sub-woofer separately, or how to integrate that into such a system. I have noticed that for 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound systems they have specific out puts for different speakers in assorted locations, and I do not know if they have different frequencies, or only part of the sound. How would I create that? I suppose if necessary I would build it from schematics, but I would like to avoid creating several circuits on separate power inputs. Also how does the ohm rating of speakers affect the output? Any help is greatly appreciated, and I am sorry if I come across as un-knowledgeable.

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Can you splice audio cables into the back of a receiver?

Hey all, I have a 5.1 sound system hooked up to my computer's sound card. The front, rear and sub each have separate amps. However, I am not running a center speaker. (ie. quadraphonic with sub. or 4.1) I am wondering if it would work to route the center output into the amp for the front speakers. i would simply splice the wires so that both center and front signals went into the same connector on the back of the amp? What I am wondering is if doing this could mess up my sound card.

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Guitar Hero 3 For Wii Disk Audio Flaw

I was meaning to post this sooner but completely forgot. Anyway, If you don't already know, Guitar Hero 3 Legends of Rock for the Wii has a disk flaw. The flaw makes the sound in mono instead of the Dobly Digital Surround Sound that is advertised on the box. Activision will replace it for free though. The way you can tell if you have a flawed version of the disk is if you look right above the Activision logo and if theres a little white star there or not. If there is one you have the new version and don't need a replacement. If not you can go here, fill out the form and then they will send you an envelope for you to put your old one in and send back and then finally you get sent a new version. I just thought I'd let you know. Good Luck!--Note-- If you send them a disk thats anything other than the old version of the Wii GH3 game they won't send anything back.

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3.5mm 5.1 Surround Sound Switch/Splitter Box for 2 inputs

Hello, my first post here, so it might be in the wrong section, please move it if necessary. I have quite a complicated problem. Currently I have 1 PC with 5.1 speakers and recently bought a 5.1 headset with microphone. Already  I have a problem when I want to switch between speakers and headphones, each time I have to go under the desk and change the cables :/ In a few months I plan to buy another computer (old one is used up, but it is still quite good equipment). And here begins the stairs. I do not need a second monitor or keyboard plus a mouse, so I want to buy a KVM (keyboard / video/ mouse) switch. The mouse and keyboard are USB ones, so the KVM must support USB. Monitor and graphics card are connected through DVI, which I want to keep, so I must have a DVI KVM. I also want to be able to switch between headphones and speakers. So I thought about this: cs1782 But this works only for one 'source': I could use either speakers or headphones, switching from one PC. But I would like to be able to choose whether I want to use speakers or headphones on both of the PC, so I was thinking about doing (I have not found anything like this to buy, which is strange, because more and more people have the same problem) something like this. But as to be able to do: - Switch between headphones and speakers at PC1 - Switch between headphones and speakers at PC2 - Switch between PC1 and PC2 - Using headphones on PC1 and speakers on PC2 (or vice versa) simultaneously. I've came out with this picture, which should  be able to do this: - Switch between headphones and speakers at PC1 - Switch between headphones and speakers at PC2 - Switch between PC1 and PC2 But I still can't figure how to make this: - Using headphones on PC1 and speakers on PC2 (or vice versa) simultaneously. The more I  think about it, the more I get the idea that it can't be done via DPDT switches, but I don't know what to use. Is it even doable? I have no experience in electronics (I did solder couple of wires in my life, but nothing more), but I have a lot of enthusiasm, so I could make such magic boxes, if I knew how. Thanks in advance for any suggestions, ideas, etc. I also hope that this problem will be useful to someone else.

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CHALLENGE: Dirty Video Mixer with Sound Sensor!

Hey guys I have a challenge for you all but forewarning I am a bit of a novice with Arduino and electronics in general. I want to adapt Karl Klomp's Dirty & Cheap video mixer (schematic attached) into something a bit more responsive. The original video mixer is essentially just two RCA inputs fed into a potentiometer and then a combined output is produced as a mix of the two original video sources. I want to swap the potentiometer for a sound sensor (image attached) to allow for the mix of the video output to be governed by the volume of the mixer's surroundings. If anyone could please help me that would be great!!! (Even my lecturers are stumped) Thanks in advance guys! Ryan

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Home theatre system for a small 1 bedroom apartment

What do i need to get to put a complete home theatre system together with surround? can i get a home theatre system together with surround with just a pair of headphones? and finally, what would i need to get real life sound from a set of speakers (sound at volumes as they are; for an example, an army tank as it comes towards you/by you/and goes away from you and it sounds like it is right there)? 

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new bed.. ideas?

Ok so its time I finnaly got a new bed. I've already though about some cool ideas of what to do with it and I wanted to see if anyone would want to contribute aswell. My first idea was to take the legs from my loft bed and put them on the corners of my normal bed. so essentially a normal bed with 4 large post at the corners, from there I would to stretch some sort of canvas or muslin at the top attached to each one of the corners and use https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Projector-on-the-Cheap/ to project whatever I want onto the screen whie I lay down. Another idea I had was to take 2 sets of computer speakers I have and place 1 on each corner of the bed then attach them to a radio which I could use to play music through fm transmiter plugged into my laptop. I already have acumulated most of this stuff around my house so it shouldn't be too hard, but before I make any more steps into the project I'd like to hear your opinions on this.

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av pros: how do I design an audio system for an *outdoor* theater?

I'm trying to come up with some specs for a mobile outdoor theater system and I could use some help with the audio work. If I have sound coming out of a DVD player, what components do I need? I was guessing a receiver, several speakers, and a subwoofer. What criteria are important for creating a system that sounds good outside? Can subwoofers even produce an effect when they're not inside? (I'm not concerned about weather-proofing as the system will be stored inside.)I also don't know whether it's worth going for surround sound or simple stereo, any advice?This thing would show movies to about 100 people. I have about $1500 for the audio system, so go nuts.. And thanks for any help!

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I have a bunch of speakers what can i do with them? Answered

My car has enough speakers. My room has enough speakers. My wallet has enough speakers. And I don't know what to do with all these speakers. I have 10 mid range speakers, 2 tweeters, 2 sub-woofers, and 14 headphone speakers. Now I'm not really concerned with the headphone speakers because they're cheap and if they just sit in a bag for a while I'm fine with that but I'd like to put the nicer speakers to work. I don't want a surround sound system for my living room and I already have speakers there (not surround sound). I made the credit card speaker instructable. I'd like to do something with the speakers but at this point I'm thinking about just scraping them for their neodymium magnets because I can't think of what else to do with them.

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I want to build a remote volume knob into my coffee table for the surround sound. Answered

Should I start with a universal remote or use a kit? Will a rotary encoder work? It would be really cool if I could press the knob for on/off as well. Any ideas?

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Do Tritton AX PROS still have surround when plugged into analog(on Xbox 360)?

Hello, I've been looking into buying a better pair of headphones to replace my dying X11s, and came across the Tritton AX PROS(the ones for consoles, not the cheaper PC/Mac only ones). Dad and I went over all the stuff today, and we've run into a problem: The only open ports on my Xbox 360 HDMI dongle are analog. Before you say "well, just unplug the optical," those optical cables are FRAGILE. Like, you bump 'em the wrong way or plug in/take out the wrong way, you've got a broken cable. And I can't afford to do that sort of thing, because if it breaks, then Rock Band(which I play through our surround sound system) is pretty much done for. I was wondering if you can do surround sound through the analog(I know you normally can't), because of the little box thing it comes with. Best answer gets a cookie and subscription. Also, I don't want speculation, I want fact. Thanks, Builder968 BTW, links- Tritton Technologies- AX PRO 5.1 Surround-http://www.trittontechnologies.com/index.php/products/gaming_audio_technology/ax-pro/ Amazon.com link-http://www.amazon.com/Tritton-Digital-Precision-Gaming-Headset-Pc/dp/B0017IUFAE

Question by builder968  


how can I use an existing subwoofer with a tv soundbar that has none?

I have a subwoofer from an old sony surround system that I want to use with a tv sound bar that I got for Christmas.  The subwoofer is stand alone (has its own independent power input) and connects to the surround system via a coaxial speaker cable.

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Post your speaker systems here!

What kind of speaker system do you have? Doesn't matter if it's computer speakers or concert stacks :p Me: -Kenwood 1060vr surround amp 110 watts per channel - 550watts -Technics tower speakers, twin woofer mutual effect system, 230 watts each Mirage nano sub (canadian made) with ribbed foam surround (clean sounding!) - 300 watts I still have yet to get the rear channels set up, but it's useless without the remote as you need it to turn the surround channels on *has pissed off look*. Anyone have a kenwood 1060vr remote??

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HDMI converter request

So what do those of us with old surround sound receivers with no HDMI inputs that we either don't want to part with because in every other way they are just awesome pieces of equipment or we simply can't afford to replace them do? It seems that no one sells an affordable, quality HDMI to RCA converter that can easily go between modern components like Blu-ray players and older receivers.  So what can we pirate one from and what would be the best way to do it? Ideally it would split out all the surround channels or convert to a single digital RCA cable.  I'm more concerned about sound, because TVs wear out and get replaced faster than receivers, so odds are we have an HDMI ready TV.  I don't object to video as part of the project, it just isn't necessary (for me).

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music lights idea

Well I've been working on this project for a while now and the design has changed many times. I have also asked several questions based on the ideas. My latest idea is to make 3 different sets of lights flash to music using the 3 outputs of a 5.1 system on a computer. I know this may sound confusing but what I mean is the orange, black and green outputs which control the rear, front and center/subwoofer of a 5.1 surround system. Do you think this could work? If so then I suppose I would use just the right channel of each and possibly the ground connection (not sure whether I need it). Also if using transistors to make an electronic switch turning the lights on and off, would I need amplifiers? I only have 1 at the moment and even if I could get more they would almost certainly be different. If you know the answer to these questions please help and even I am successful the I will create an instructable on this. One more thing: Does anyone know whether the center of the center/sub connection is the tip or middle of the jack? Thanks, Jim

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Adding an 1/8 stereo output to a single speaker. How?

I have a mono speaker record player I bought at Sears in 2005. I'm looking to add a 1/8 inch jack so I can hook it up to a surround sound system. How could I do this? In the photos the red and green wires are connected to the speaker.

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How would I go about building a portable battery power boom box with 2 tweeters and one large woofer.

Over the Christmas holiday I would like to utilize two tweeters that I obtained from computer speakers and a subwoofer that I obtained from a surround sound system to use in a portable battery powered boom box.  The goal is to makee the whole setup rechargeable (thought about solar panels also, but baby steps) with a usb slot (power only) to charge ipods/iphones and a single aux cable.  I have been experimenting with each of the speakers and I have an idea of what size of box I am going to have to produce the best sound, tips on this would be welcomed as well.  Strong deep bass is a major goal of the boom box as well.  Physical volume controls are not need.  The only button I assume would be for the power. Any tips or suggestions are welcomed.

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Sunglasses Lamp

This nifty lampshade uses 40 pairs of mirror shades to create one blinged out lampshade for your room. Points are lost for using new shades and for the ridiculous price tag of $1,600, making this a great possible remake project. More points are taken away for the bizarre claim of reflecting 80 times its surroundings. OK, I know what they meant, but it sounds like this is some light amplifier instead of a collection of cheap shades. Linkvia Make

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Where can I find an amplifier for this portable sound system?

I am working on creating a waterproof sound system to bring to college. I have already created a 3-d model on Google Sketchup and I have two waterproof full range speakers and one 8 inch woofer. I want it battery powered and would either use a lead acid battery or try to salvage enough Lithium Ion cells from old computer batteries to power it for a long enough period of time. The question though is where to find an inexpensive amplifier that will run on 12 volts, is small, and has decent bass. Does anyone know of some websites on which I could find an amplifier? In the past I have bought desktop systems and converted them to battery power (on the rare occasion that they actually run on 12v dc after the transformer and rectifier), so I know it is possible. Thanks!!! **edit** It seems I forgot to include the specifications of the speakers! Anyway, here they are: 2 - "high fidelity full range speaker", 5" dual cone, "power capacity:30Watts system", 7 oz. ceramic magnet, "4 or. 8 Ohms system" (I measured 3.6 ohms with an inexpensive multimeter), They are on Ebay!! 1 - "Model:  Acoustic Audio MARBASS8 Color:  Black Acoustic Audio 650 Watt 8” Car/Marine Audio High Performance Subwoofer 650 Watts Peak Power Handling / 325 Watts RMS Power Handling Recommended Power:  30 Watts to 650 Watts 2” Parabolic RFL Voice Coil 60 oz. Magnet 4 Ohm Impedance Oversized Butyl Rubber Surround Poly Zirconium Cone Polyimide Voice Coil Former Mid Q Design for Versatility in Enclosure Compatibility Flat Progressive Roll Spider CEA Cooling Technology Vented & Extended Pole Piece Low Carbon Top & Bottom Piece Weather-Resistant Design" This is on Ebay too!

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can some help me pemanantly fix my speaker system?

I have this surround sound speakers i made my self and they are great but when they break i cant even listen to music. i can usually fix them my self but they never stay fixed and they just broke again. so i have tons of speakers all differant kinds and they all have differant color wire which makes connecting them difficult. they have work just fine (while working) but now the rear channel has no sound also the second set of speakers have a buzz( like on a guitar amp) when so sound is playing through can someone please help me with this ok so we have all realized that ive blown my left channell amp on the second speaker but what about the first? if you look at the diagram one is connected to the other i have tried to put just 1 speaker to the first amp but no sound comes out (the speaker has been tested and its not blown)  why is this and can i get another speaker to work with it

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We are building a house and it is time to have the wiring done, do we want the house wired for CAT5???

It is time to have our home wired we have decided on the surround sound, TV cable-but we have been asked about CAT 5 wire??? I'm not sure what all this entails -- we have been told different things by a couple different people-- you can use this for home phone, internet, and other things. Can someone tell me how this works?

Question by kholder    |  last reply


I need a cheap way to connect up 3 pairs of external speakers to 3 different tv's, dosen't have to be surround sound?

 I'm looking for the best low-cost way to wire external speakers to 3 different flat screen TV s, in 3 different rooms. I was thinking about a small pre-amp, but not sure it will make enough power. I also thought about using "Boom-Box" stereos in each case, but already have decent sets of speakers. Basically, I hope to find a small profile amplifier to make up for the lousy TV speakers!

Question by T_birdman    |  last reply


My Amps! My Amps! *Screams an old crazy man in the deli section*

Yes yes, shhh I want to ask a serious question today. I traded one of my kenwood amps for my parents as their sony surround unit is really shitting out and the sound sounds terrible and the entire control panel on the front is messed up. I just want to know a couple things about the sony to see if I can fix something. The panel, well that's quite interesting to explain and if I posted a video of it you guys would probably think I edited it or something. So imagine this, the bass + and - buttons are beside the treble + and -, two sets of buttons. If you push one of the bass adjustment buttons, it glitches and turns the treble for example, up or down randomly and doesn't do what I wanted it to do. It's like this with all of the buttons and seemed to have happened after we moved here. And I know it didn't get banged around because it was transported in the back seat of a car on blankets to the new house and carefully carried in by me. If I say try to use one of the surround sound adjustment buttons it glitches out and acts like I hit another one that's beside it in any direction. Hard to explain but I'm just damn confused as to why it suddenly happend (dry solder connections?). Damn this post is long and it's only half done...lol. Bad sound, I will not tolerate it under my household, but on the other hand it was a $400 unit back 5 or so years ago and I KNOW it used to sound good, with a such a profound richness of bass that just punched right through you. Now it sounds like shit, the sound is garbled, distorted when turned up, it's not really noticeable until you turn it up fairly loud. I have/had my technics tower speakers hooked up to it and they sounded like shit when I turned them up, yet on my kenwood they sing like the wedding singer days. Any ideas nachomoma? I'll add another note that for most of it's life it's been hooked up to a pair of 250 watt (peak) optimus floor speakers and whenever we played it, it got HORRIBLY hot and warped the top a bit when it was on, enough to push it in and make it spring back up again with quite a force. I liked this receiver a lot and would like to use it again, but I don't know where all these "degradations" came from and despite my useless amount of amp questions/bickering's about I would really appreciate any ideas from you guys. Thanks.. -Punk

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Subwoofer output from my creative card??

Hey guys, can someone help me with this?? I have one of these sound cards, as you can see in the picture. It's worked pretty good for me for the past couple of years, but usually the subwoofer output comes either straight from the normal 2 channel stereo output on the card, piggybacked onto the cable that goes to my stereo and then that goes to my sub amp. Either that or right now I have the subwoofer amp hooked up to the line-level subwoofer output on my surround reciever, but it's still 2 channel audio. I've recently been fiddling around with my sound card, attempting to get the subwoofer output on it working. I've tried the black socket on the sound card with a 2 channel 3.5mm to RCA cord and apparently it's the rear channels as the subwoofer volume slider didn't do anything in my creative control panel, and according to a pdf I found online for my sound card, the S/PDIF socket also functions as the center/subwoofer outputs when not being used for S/PDIF. I've tried a 2 channel and also a "3 ring" 3.5mm cable I have for a camcorder (As I believe some of the cables that are SUPPOSED to go with this card, have 3 ring contacts on SOME of the cables). Alas, all I've been able to do is get a loud humming sound out of the connections, doesn't matter what rca channel the subwoofer is plugged into, it hums VERY loudly and absolutely no sound what-so-ever. Does ANYONE have any clue as to what I do to get subwoofer output from the card?!? Heres a link to the PDF describing what each port is for under "Creative Sound Blaster Live! Digital Entertainment 5.1 Creative Audio Software" and then the submenu "Installing sound blaster Live@ Player 5.1" and the next submenu "Connecting Related Peripherals" and that page describes what each port is for. files2.europe.creative.com/manualdn/Manuals/TSD/790/English.pdf

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply


I bought some nice Technics speakers..well..

I'm gonna bug people once more, but this should be an interesting question for all. I bought some nice Technics SB-A53 tower speakers yesturday, they sound pretty good. Google it or look at the picture below, 260 watts each.Here's the question:Seeing as these speakers are rated for 260 watts EACH, thats 520 watts all together. My surround sound amp outputs 110 watts for each channel, this is JUST fine for how loud I listen to things (most of the time =) but I need to "test" them, I'm being serious here. I get up to -5db (thats what the volume units are on this unit) and it still isn't as loud as I KNOW they go.Here's my idea, the amp has a B channel specifically for a second set of "front" speakers, If I were to connect the left and right channel of each speaker channel together (the negative and positive leads together, not all together, but seperatly together). Would this get me 220 watts per channel? Or just make some drastically horrible sound?

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply


nes pc and mouse

Hey guys...i was just wondering two things. First, is it theoretically possible to build one of these nintendo pc's to be operated as a fully functional pc for gaming and internet use, with your tv as a monitor and to install jacks to be able to connect to a surround sound system? also, i am not too good with computers and all that jazz but ever consider a nes controller that would operate as a mouse? this, of course, would be assuming that you could use your pc in the way i mentioned above, if not it would be kind of pointless. i also thought it would be nifty if it could be a wireless deal...you know...just so you don't have to sit 3 feet away from your television...

Topic by mr_bojiggler    |  last reply


can u please suggest me a circuit diagram for stereo to 5.1 conversion it should be like a mastering preamp?

Hello     i am trying to build a stereo to 5.1 audio converter but im just getting the data-sheets not the circuit....by goggling i found a good processor (MSP 46x2k)i think so which provides more options but im not getting a circuit diagram for it to build can any one suggest a circuit,,, http://www.tridentmicro.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Trident-MSP-44-46xyK-Brief-10036B.pdf...this is the link to the datasheet...and im not getting a site to buy this product does anyone know the site which sells it

Question by mh.khan92    |  last reply


Guitar Hero 3 For Wii Audio Flaw

I was meaning to post this sooner but completely forgot. Anyway, If you don't already know, Guitar Hero 3 Legends of Rock for the Wii has a disk flaw. The flaw makes the sound in mono instead of the Dobly Digital Surround Sound that is advertised on the box. Activision will replace it for free though. The way you can tell if you have a flawed version of the disk is if you look right above the Activision logo and if theres a little white star there or not. If there is one you have the new version and don't need a replacement. If not you can go here, fill out the form and then they will send you an envelope for you to put your old one in and send back and then finally you get sent a new version. I just thought I'd let you know. Good Luck!--Note-- If you send them a disk thats anything other than the old version of the Wii GH3 game they won't send anything back.

Topic by Rockerx    |  last reply


Simple, speaker question. Answered

Hello, All I want to do is create a very low, and reasonably audible hum or drone from this speaker ; about as loud as a person humming as hard as they can before their throat hurts and they start coughing. Is it possible to avoid an amplifier and just run a voltage into it so that it just makes a single tone as described ? If so: I found this big broken speaker in the road. As you can see, the Cone is missing a section, but the surround and spider are intact. The cone is credit card thickness plastic. Is it feasible to just patch it up with some similar plastic and contact adhesive; it does not have to be a good sound, just a drone. I realise that my grasp of electronics is child like and readily accept the impending abusive comments and links to the Google homepage. Thank you  FOH

Question by FriendOfHumanity    |  last reply


AUDIOPHILE? I have bad distortion/feedback?

Made a ghetto beats boombox from a old logitech surround sound system i had. And my issue is distortion in the subwoofer mostly and when i touch the wires going from the amp to the sub level knob i get really bad feedback through the sub and it will cut out also. I know the wiring is a cluster fudge and this was just a "going to wire it up to see if it works then protect it all later" kinda job. Do you think non insulated wire could be the culprit? Any input is appreciated. Def a newb when it comes to custom audio. I know car audio but this is def different. And on another note, I was thinking about just getting another amp to simplify it. Any suggestions?

Question by Argmeister    |  last reply


Is there any way to convert my old speakers into wireless?

I have some great speakers I inherited from my dad. We recently moved houses, but the new configuration of the house would make it very hard to hide the cords (I HATE cords) I was hoping that there was some sort of transmitter/receiver I could hook up to the receiver to still use them. I don't have the cash to buy more. On the same note, our computer at our new house is now upstairs. We used to have it hooked up to the receiver so we could listen to our MP3s on surround sound. Without having to actually run lines through the walls, is there any way to wirelessly transmit from my computer to the receiver? I run on a Mac. TIA!

Question by littlerockerchick    |  last reply


Some questions about A/V stuff (home theater)

Hi all! Hope I got the right place for this.  I figured that there's someone in this community who can help me. My A/V receiver is about to give up the ghost.  A number of channels no longer work, and the sound is pretty fuzzy.  I know I need to replace it. I've always been terrible with A/V stuff.  I'm not sure what direction to go as far as replacing it goes.  Here's my issue:  The room I have the receiver in is small, so I don't need a lot of oomph.  I also don't have a way to run wires to rear speakers without people tripping over them.  I've gone without rear sound for a long time now.  I've never seen a set of wireless speakers that are reliable, so that seems like a poor option. I can't really do a "home theater in a box" setup, because they don't have enough inputs to add all of my stuff.  The things that currently run through the receiver are my computer (which runs our TV through a tuner card), a wii, an xbox 360, and a dvd player.  None of them are HDMI.  I use RCA cables for everything. The other thing that looked interesting is a sound bar, as they can apparently replicate surround sound without the rear speakers, but they seem to have the same problem that the "theater in a box" packages have. I don't know anything about receivers.  For example, I don't know if it makes sense to use a 5.1 receiver if I'm only running R, L, and Center speakers from it. Anyway... I'm not looking for brands or models necessarily, but rather, setup suggestions.  What kinds of things should I be looking into?  I can't be the only person with this kind of problem. Any advice that some of you A/V gurus can offer would be greatly appreciated!  The cheaper the better, here... as I don't use it all that much.  :) Thanks!

Topic by JesterPoet    |  last reply


Headphone idea

I have a pair of headphones as seen by the freaky looking girl below (I got it off the site, that sure as hell ain't me). These are exactly the same model as what's in the link, but theres a couple things I wanna do to better suite me. First off, I think these are intended for kids? They don't sit on my head normally because the head strap is a little short (any ideas?) but they sit with the headband hanging off the back of my head just as good.They may seem fairly "crappy" and the speakers they included with them are shitty, just normal headphone speakers, maybe a little larger than average but nothing special. I wanted to up-grade the speakers with something maybe a little bigger (the ones in here sound pretty okay tho). I tried to see if these small surround sound speakers I had would fit, and the magnet is about 1cm too deep so that's out of the question unless I want to remove a whole lotta plastic with my dremel.So I had a second idea, what about using pager/cell phone motors (would ps2 controller motors work? I have lots of those) and either having them receive the signal directly which I'm sure wouldn't do much unless it was a small pager motor with a small voltage requirement. But, what about a simple circuit, kind of like this mod which uses the sound output of a PSP to drive a circuit that uses "seperate" voltage (ie battery pack) to drive the motor to the sound.My general idea is to have a pair of headphones that feel like you have a giant subwoofer strapped to your head. I know it can be done, I know the circuit isn't that complicated, but probably has enough parts, can someone help me get a jump start on this? I'm sure modifications to a pair of headphones is fairly straightforward. Also any suggestions on a new type of speaker that I could install would be appreciated.

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply