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Old 15th June 2008, 12:42 PM   #1
bulgin is offline bulgin  South Africa
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Default Do you like it straight, or amplified?

Hello All

Music from your computer, I'm writing about. I have an arrangement connected to my computer which already gives very nice sound. I use an inexpensive subwoofer (subwoofer turned down completely) and I use only the amp inside to amplify sound from my computer. Instead of using computer speakers, I have connected a pair of mini monitors to the subwoofer (in the place of the speakers which came with it.

Which makes things even better, is that the subwoofer came with a wired remote with which I can control volume and switch it on or off.

I recently bought a little Scott integrated (40W/ch) which I'd like to use in the place of the subwoofer's amp.

I will probably have to give up the convenience of the wired remote, unless I can find a way to connect that to the Scott amp.

Do you have similar arrangements (using an amp and better speakers) connected to your computer?


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Old 20th June 2008, 04:18 AM   #2
Iain McNeill is offline Iain McNeill  United Kingdom
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to be honest, I can't get enough volts and amps out of my PC soundcard so I'm 100% amplified and proud (tri-amped!.

Many cheap soundcards have really poor performance (distortion, noise, etc) It takes a lot of careful engineering to get close to 96dB dynamic range out of a 16-bit CD transport, but there are some gems out there. Due diligence.....
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Old 20th June 2008, 06:15 AM   #3
Nordic is offline Nordic  South Africa
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have not done it in years, but yes uncle B, it sounds pretty good compared to pc speakers..
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Old 26th June 2008, 10:58 PM   #4
bulgin is offline bulgin  South Africa
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It's a mess but it's up and running.

From the Scott's AUX to an Edirol UA-1EX outboard soundcard and with a pair of bookshelf mini monitors things are sounding rather dandy. Only 40W/ch but this is ample for computer sound.

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