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Old 29th November 2003, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default I have 5 spare channels--What do I do with them?

I just picked up a Pioneer VSX-D498 receiver for $10. The bad news is that it is broken, the Surround sound processing is dead on the unit--however the unit has a 5 channel direct in and it that works just fine. I figure that in all odds I will not be able to sell it for much seeing that it only half works.

So here is the question---I have Five 80 Watt channels and I would like some suggestions on how I can use it in my current HT (Which is 7.1 with a better receiver already driving them). My current idea is to use the five channels to drive five bass shakers, I am just seeking any other suggestions as to what do with this excess power or other fun projects I could use in my HT with these extra channels.

p.s. The unit is rated down to 6Ohm--So I think I should be able to push it to 4ohm if I keep the volume down, right? I really have no experence with pioneer stuff.
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Old 29th November 2003, 10:30 PM   #2
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What a coincidence. Last month I blew up an amp that was using Pioneer chips. The chips died without even turning the thermal paste brown--a pretty poor showing. If you ask me, I say those chips have a glass jaw.

In any case, that's a useful thing to have around, 5 channels of amplification rated to 6 ohms... though I wouldn't buy 80 watts for a second... Consider using it for an intercom system, maybe?
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Old 30th November 2003, 01:27 AM   #3
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Dp you have any need for a new sound system for your computer? I've been trying to plan a system like that for myself (wanting 4 channels for gaming, but of a quality sufficient to listen to music at least in the front pair) and a few channels of inexpensive amplification would come in VERY handy to match a set of compact homemade speakers to replace the usual crap "multimedia speaker system".
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Old 30th November 2003, 02:19 AM   #4
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you could pick up a cheap DVD player with a decoder built in and use some diy satelites and a a small diy sub, then give it as a gift, they would never know that it didnt work as it should.
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Old 1st December 2003, 06:36 PM   #5
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Quote:
My current idea is to use the five channels to drive five bass shakers,
I like your idea.

My BassShakers
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Old 3rd December 2003, 04:30 AM   #6
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Is it possible to get any bass shakers in Australia, they look like fun
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Old 3rd December 2003, 06:09 AM   #7
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jaycar has them in the 2002 catalogue, they cost $24.95 and are rated at 18wrms. They call them a Subsonic Actuator (Aura Shaker Motor Assembly).
Best bet is to ring them and see if they still sell them.
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Old 3rd December 2003, 10:50 PM   #8
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Couldn't find them at jaycar, but importdriver.com.au has them

http://vs55216.server-store.com/stor...m253.inetstore
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Jaycar had the whol backpacks, with shakers, an amp, and a plugpack that gave 11.5volts AC X 2 @ 1.25 amps for $10 a while ago... they are back upto $29 now however.. but its still better to buy the whole thing, rather than just the shaker... they only paid like $3 each for them...
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