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Negative Design 22nd November 2003 10:27 PM

Dayton 5.1 Home Theatre System
Has any one had any experience with these?
I've been hearing that HT speakers are better than Multimedia speakers, I plan to use these for tv and Pc..any one know if this compares to any Pc speakers?


The Paulinator 23rd November 2003 04:58 PM

I actually own a set of these, mostly because tey are so cheap. I honestly was SO shocked by what they are capable of. I even recommend them to some of my install customers when they have a particular budget to work with. For one of my customers who had a large room and a relatively small budget, I installed a set of these, but inserted the 10" Titanic Sub (the PE kit) in place of the little one they come with. I was once again shocked. These little things sound very full and are capable of as much home-theater-worthy volume as any other 5channel mini-sat system out there. And I was also impressed with what that little sub can do. It's a 6 1/2 in a bandpass, but get's as loud as a healthy 8" sub. Perfect for a small home theater that wants good bass, but doesn't want to shake the walls.

Honestly that has to be one of the best bang-for-the-buck deals of all time. These would be great for PC use, but are so good I would almost consider them overkill.

Negative Design 23rd November 2003 05:09 PM

hey thanks for the reply man :)
alot of ppl have been telling me they sucked..and they dont actually OWN

what amp do you use? Im a bit noobish when it comes to speakers... how would i go about using these on my Pc?
also..theres no such thing as overkill when it comes to pcs :D
I was actually considering buying 300$ speakers"Megaworks 650"
but i want to weigh my options.

If i add 1 more satellite to the daytons would it be TRUE 6.1?
because i have a 6.1 sound card and would liek to take advantage of it.


The Paulinator 24th November 2003 05:54 AM

Yeah, if you get the Dayton set, you can also order a pair of the sattelite's for 30 bucks. You'll have one extra, but you never know when you might need that. I should also mention that the sattelites made a very significant improvement when I broke them in for a couple days, about 40 hours at a normal listening level, not crossed over. Everything seperated out better and the detail really improved, so don't neglect to do that if you want them sounding their best right away. Cause complete break-in could take weeks or more if they are in a PC setup, since volume tends to be low, and sound effects are sparse compared to straight music.

And if you don't yet have a receiver, let me recommend the new Panasonic Pure Digital series. For between 200 and 300 bucks (maybe less) these new technology receivers are about as thin as a standard DVD player, yet push 100 watts to 6 channels, and they are being called the "Krell Killers". Whether they are or not, I know from personal experience that it sounds as good as my 1500$ Sony ES STRDA777. And it will use alot less room on your computer desk. With the money you save in getting the Daytons, another 100 or so dollars can get you that Panasonic from Amazon or Circuit City. The model number might vary by store, but I know it has an "XR45" in it. That should be all you need for a product search on the CC website. There are two models, one is around 300 and one I think is around 500$.

Hope I helped.

Negative Design 24th November 2003 12:21 PM

hey i saw that receiver on eBay for 279$ BIN
do you know about the Harmon Kardon AVR 25s? a friend told me they are one of the best and I should consider them, he also advised me to get the infinity HTS 20 speakers 5.1 with 12" sub.

Do you have any experience with any Pc/Multimedia speakers?
preferably High end ones, I've been told that Pc systems such as Logitech Z680 are no match for custom HT speakers and that is why im going this route...I'd like to show my geek friends that you dont need THX certified speakers to have an earthquake in the room/house :D

Thanks :)

The Paulinator 24th November 2003 01:26 PM

THose Daytons will do anything that a THX certified PC speaker system will do, without you having to pay the extra money to compensate for the company paying Lucasfilm for the certification.:)

You definitely can use a larger sub if you want, but I would definitely recommend you try that Dayton one first, cause another really impressive feature of your PC system could be all the bass you get from such a tiny box.

I have seen the HK. It IS very good, especially because I am pretty sure it has automatic room equalization with a microphone. If you want to spend the extra money, go for it. But in my mind it would be overkill, especially because it isn't nearly as small as the Panasonic. The HK is about as tall as a large VCR, and is VERY deep, which isn't bad, but it depends on how much room you have to spare on your computer desk. Oh, and you can stack stuff on these receivers without a second though because they do not need the kind of ventilation that normal ones need. The Panasonic does not even have any vents on the top.

Negative Design 24th November 2003 01:43 PM

Actually the HKs are cheaper :)
I've seen alot of them go for under 175$ the guy who reccomened to me bought them for 211$ shipped and after taxes.
I dont plan on puting the receiver on my desk, even though theres soem room fo rit on top, theres a wall unit type thingy in my room where i can put it.

hey do you think these can compare to the daytons?


The Paulinator 27th November 2003 04:42 AM

Well, obviously these would be better than the Daytons straight away because of the 12" subwoofer. Now, if you had a sub that big to go along with the Daytons, I'd say the major difference would be that the infinitys would be capable of higher volume levels, because they use a 4" mid instead of a 3" (or 3 1/2", not sure) like the Daytons. Chances are that the Infinity's would sound a bit better, but I couldn't tell you for sure. But if you can get that whole setup for $260 like the winner of that auction did, I would do that, cause that's a great price for the sub alone, let alone the whole set.

Negative Design 27th November 2003 04:50 AM

ooo00o! Thanks for the advice Paul, thats it im getting it! :)
But im still a bit unsure about that receiver my friend reccomended..the AVr 125s.. Im pretty sure the ones you reccomended would beat it...I still dont understand why JJ reccomended them.

well any who, Thanks alot Paul for helping me make a decision.


The Paulinator 30th November 2003 02:32 AM

No problem. So you are getting the Infinity's? Let me know what you get and how it works out.

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