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Old 25th December 2008, 09:48 AM   #11
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I think you're overcomplicating this in your mind - the "brain" that you seek has no purpose but volume control and source selection, correct? In that case, all you need is a decent stereo receiver, which should then give you enough inputs (typically labelled as CD, Tape, TV, Aux1, Aux2, but the labels don't matter, they just tell you what to set the Source knob to on the front to listen to that device). All you need to listen to an iPhone through a stereo is a line out adaptor (typically, a "dock") and the appropriate cable (typically a 3.5mm stereo TRS to twin RCA cable) to plug it into the reciever.

As to specific speakers and sub - you're not really in the right forum to ask. Here at diyAudio, people tend to be into DIY as a result of being unsatisfied with what's available commercially. That said, we can give some advice. This is all, however, in my own opinion.

- Don't bother buying a Home Theatre In a Box. You'll probably hate it, since you've expressed some interest in "doing it right".
- Thus, don't bother about matching brands between your different bits of gear.
- You'll need a receiver that has 5 channels of amplification, or 4 channels of amplification and a line out for an active subwoofer. For simplicity, the first option is better.
- Why is the first option better? It means that the crossover for the subwoofer to the mains is integrated into the receiver. Try to find one that allows this "crossover frequency" to be adjusted. The job of this crossover is to relieve the main speakers of reproducing bass content, and to relieve the subwoofer of reproducing treble content. Look for a receiver that offers a "4th Order" or "24dB/octave" crossover slope.
- Since you want to use a sub, you don't need bass extension from your speakers, so you don't want "bass reflex" or "ported" speakers. Sealed speakers are much harder to get wrong, so you're more likely to find a good set within your budget.
- If you're after a compact surround set up, you'll want to look for speakers that use either a single 3" driver or a 3" or 4" with a tweeter.

Go and find out what's available to you locally. Post back here, preferably with links to the relevant manuals / specifications, and people can help you select a combination that will work together.
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