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Jim Hillier
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November 18, 2010 - 3:49 pm
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Hey Madala - Do you already have the necessary equipment on hand (amplifier, speakers, etc.)?

I went through this identical situation some months back when an old all-in-one stereo unit I had connected to my PC died. When I went out shopping for possible replacements I was amazed and shocked at how expensive they were. Modest little stereos with just two basic speakers were in excess of $200.00aus.

I noticed that there were some nice inexpensive home theater units around and wondered if one of them might do the job. You get everything needed and so much more; integrated AM/FM tuner, CD/DVD player, very good equalizer plus[i:1xqscs4w][b:1xqscs4w] 4 speakers and passive sub-woofer[/b:1xqscs4w][/i:1xqscs4w].

After due consideration I bought one for $135.00aus. Very easy to setup and connect, just one minor inconvenience during setup: Because it is a home theater it is expected to be connected to a television set, so access to settings and adjustments are all on screen. No problem.....I just temporarily connected a little portable TV, adjusted all settings to suit and once satisfied, disconnected the TV.

I have the four speakers and sub-woofer strategically placed around my computer room and the sound is just great. You definitely get more bang for your bucks going that way.

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Oh, OK Madala. Could have probably saved typing a couple of chapters then....LOL

That's a nice little amplifier you have, I've always been fond of Pioneer equipment. Had a great Pioneer system back in the 60's when music[i:38zdbxz2] was[/i:38zdbxz2] music!!

But I digress. Either of those sets of speakers will do fine and compliment the Pioneer amp very well.

Power output from the amp is 45watts per channel, not sure if that is maximum or RMS (which basically means the average). You should always match that with speakers which will handle more than the maximum output.....far less distortion at maximum/or near maximum volume. Plus better definition at lower volume levels.

KEF IQ30 speakers handle a range between 15w to 120w which is near perfect.
B&W 685 speakers between 30w to 100w which is also very good.

Only other consideration is matching the impedance which is measured in ohms, 8 ohm is the norm. If the amp requires 8 ohm, the speakers[i:38zdbxz2] must[/i:38zdbxz2] be the same. As I said, 8 ohm is the standard so most likely will all match OK.

Is there much of a price difference between the two sets of speakers?

Cheers.....Jim

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November 19, 2010 - 5:14 am
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My vote would be for Paradigm 3seMKIII speakers, but they are my favorite bookshelf and I'm biased!

[quote:24pwzmzi]You should always match that with speakers which will handle more than the maximum output.....far less distortion at maximum/or near maximum volume. Plus better definition at lower volume levels.[/quote:24pwzmzi]
We may have to agree to disagree on this one, Jim, but I'm sure the OP doesn't want to be in the middle of a power vs distortion vs voice coil cooling argument!

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