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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

I recently picked up a set of Klipsch speakers ( http://www.woot.com/offers/klipsch-quintet-5-piece-speaker-system-3 from there) and I didn't realize that they weren't computer speakers.  

 

I am a computer programmer / network administrator with a background in IT, but I have absolutely no experience at all in audio.   I have no idea what kind of cabling I need, or what I need to make these speakers work.    With that said, it's my goal to use these speakers for audio on my laptop (headphone out / hdmi out are my two options) as well as my TV (if possible).

Now I'm hoping that someone here can help me get from not understanding what the hell I'm doing to what I'll need in materials / need to do to get this working.   I would be greatly appreciative. 

 

Thanks a ton guys.

post #2 of 21

Welcome to Head-fi!

 

Those are passive speakers, so you will need something that will provide power to drive them. The best option is probably a vintage receiver, which can be had for around $100 online or locally on Craigslist. Wiring is pretty easy, and just involves connecting the red and black terminal on the receiver to the red and black on the speaker with speaker wire 22 awg or thicker. 


Hope this helps!

post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by sarevok9 View Post

I recently picked up a set of Klipsch speakers ( http://www.woot.com/offers/klipsch-quintet-5-piece-speaker-system-3 from there) and I didn't realize that they weren't computer speakers.  

 

I am a computer programmer / network administrator with a background in IT, but I have absolutely no experience at all in audio.   I have no idea what kind of cabling I need, or what I need to make these speakers work.    With that said, it's my goal to use these speakers for audio on my laptop (headphone out / HDMI out are my two options) as well as my TV (if possible).

Now I'm hoping that someone here can help me get from not understanding what the hell I'm doing to what I'll need in materials / need to do to get this working.   I would be greatly appreciative. 

 

Thanks a ton guys.

What make and model laptop is it?

Would like to find out for sure if it does or does not have S/PDIF Toslink optical output.

Technically HDMI is better then optical.

But can your laptop output video to it's screen while sending PCM audio thru the HDMI to a receiver?

 

Just about any receiver should be able to drive your Klipsch 5.0 speakers.

So check on your local Craigslist for a used A/V receiver.

I like Yamahas right now because they come standard with Silent Cinema, Yamaha's headphone surround sound.

 

Speaker wire wise, 16 to 18 gauge should be fine, Home Depot sells speaker wire.

Banana plugs are optional.

post #4 of 21
So you've snagged a fairly decent set of compact 5.0 speakers; there's no sub, but that apart, they're fairly similar to the ProMedia computer speakers. You need a receiver that can drive 5.1 out (the sub will bring its own amp, if you add a sub; I would, these go over a cliff around 200hz) - something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882115374 (You can probably find cheaper options elsewhere, it's an example).

And then a subwoofer of some sort. Energy has a compact model that's often on sale:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882269026

And then just follow the user's manual to the receiver, hook all that up, and use either HDMI out (if you have multi-channel sources) or get a soundcard that will do that via digital, etc. All up to your needs.

If you don't need 5.1, just get a stereo receiver (much less money) and hook up two of the five speakers, and shelve the others as spares or something. redface.gif
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 

To answer questions:

 

The laptop is a Sager NP 8170 With semi-stock settings in terms of sound.   I am thinking I'd be best off using HDMI out since I already have HDMI out to my TV.  The laptop is able to send video over hdmi with the screen remaining on.  

 

Does anyone else have any suggestions / know of any stuff that's on sale?  I was hoping to get out of this for a little less than it's looking like it may cost me.  Trying to get out of it for another ~400 if at all possible, anyone know of any sales for decent mid-range stuff in that regard?  

 

Also, thanks a lot for the warm welcome guys, a lot of other forums have been a bit more hostile to new members that know little about the topic of conversation.

post #6 of 21

Try to find a Vintage receiver on eBay (preferably Harman Kardon) and add a subwoofer such as this Bic.

post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 

So what kind of wattage do I need for this?   I suppose that's something I should've asked.  Searching just for Harman Kardon brings up everything from 50w up to something much higher.

 

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1311&_nkw=harman+kardon+receiver&_sacat=0

post #8 of 21

You might find a decent receiver for $100- $150 on your local Craigslist.

I think just about any A/V receiver made in the last 4 years will come with HDMI in/out ports.

It appears your laptop comes with surround sound audio, "True Audio Pro" something.

Is this setup for music? gaming? movies?

 

Your laptop does have an optical port, on the right side, it's the third mini-jack port.

post #9 of 21

The insane wattage is all BS unless you are using super inefficient speakers like Magnepans. Any receiver should be work. 

post #10 of 21

Well, you'll need a good 5.1-channel AVR, and some 16-guage wire. A subwoofer would be a good investment too.

post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 

I looked around a little bit on Amazon and came across this:  

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004U403S6/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

 

Opinions?

post #12 of 21

It probably would work. The Amazon reviews are slightly mixed though.

You can get a better deal off Craigslist with vintages, unless you need newer functions such as HDMI.

post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by sarevok9 View Post

I looked around a little bit on Amazon and came across this:  

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004U403S6/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=


Opinions?

It would be suitable. For surround input you need HDMI or S/PDIF; sounds like you have HDMI so it should be good to go.
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Originally Posted by tzjin View Post

It probably would work. The Amazon reviews are slightly mixed though.


You can get a better deal off Craigslist with vintages, unless you need newer functions such as HDMI.

Can we stop using "vintage" to simply mean "old" or "last year" - in the world of hi-fi, "vintage receiver" usually means something from the 1970s or thereabouts. It's quite confusing. In proper context, the only "near vintage" receiver that I'm aware of that will do anything close to surround sound is the Yamaha DSP-A1000 (which is from ~1992), and it doesn't do digital or take multi-channel in. They also can cost upwards of $300 on the used market (due to being somewhat collectible). Most historically significant surround sound devices are relatively expensive used as well. Something from 2006 is not vintage by any standards unless we're talking about food.
Edited by obobskivich - 8/9/12 at 11:16pm
post #14 of 21

Vintage food... eww

 

Sorry I was referring to those in the mid-90's to early 2000's.

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by tzjin View Post

Vintage food... eww

Wine? Whiskey? Cheese? Aged prime rib? Champagne? Gin? Tequila? Jerky? Beer? Raisins?
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Sorry I was referring to those in the mid-90's to early 2000's.

It's all good; I just kept getting confused seeing "vintage" and thinking "man, none of those are surround at all" - I think of this:


Not this:
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