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Dayton B652/Monoprice 2.1 setup

post #1 of 10
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I'm trying to move away from the $30 logitech speakers and looking for some decent sound.

 

 

Do any of you guys know if there is a huge difference between the dayton b652 and the monoprice 6 1/2 bookshelf pair ? If not i'll probably go with the monoprice because they're a little bit cheaper.

 

I'm also looking to get polk audio sw10 (currently $85) vs the pioneer sw-8 (currently $70). will I notice the difference between these two? is the polk sw10 a level above the pioneer sw-8?

 

Once I get the bookshelf speakers and a sub, do I still need a T amp like the lepai $20 one? or can I just connect the speakers to the sub. the whole setup will probably cost around $130. I recently had eagle tech ar508 which sounded better than anything i've owned. i accidentaly broke them and now I can't go back to the tv speakers which sound horrible.

 

 

 

thanks for any help

post #2 of 10

I haven't heard the Monoprice speakers, so I can't comment on that.

 

You didn't provide a link to the specific Pioneer sub, but I don't think that model has speaker level inputs. That could be a problem depending on what you are going to use as a speaker amplifier. The Polk Audio PSW10 does have speaker level inputs.

 

Yes, you are going to need some kind of speaker amplifier. It could be a T-amp like the Lepai or a used receiver or something, but you have to have a speaker amplifier of some kind. You can't just power the speakers off the sub.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882117402   this is the pioneer sub.

 

 

so an amp is a must. i really like the remote control feature of this Lepai LP-A68 . Some people say that the lepai lp-2020A+ sounds better. would it make a huge difference?

 

any other budget bookshelf speakers I can look at?

 

thanks

post #4 of 10

That Pioneer sub doesn't have speaker level inputs. (There's no place to plug in speaker wire from an amp like the Lepai.) With amps like the Lepai, the only output you have is via speaker wire. That Pioneer has speaker level outputs to connect the speakers, but it doesn't have speaker level inputs to connect a budget amp like the Lepai.

 

I haven't tried that particular Lepai, so I don't know how it sounds.

 

I only know of speakers that are more expensive. Pioneer makes some budget bookshelf speakers, but they're still more than the Daytons or the Monoprice ones you mentioned.

post #5 of 10

The Polk Audio PSW10 subwoofer would work, or Dayton makes an inexpensive sub that does have speaker level inputs:

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-627

post #6 of 10
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I guess i'll go with the polk audio psw10. is there anyway of controlling the volume with a remote without having to get and doing it from the sub. Lepai LP-A68 amp would be one option.

post #7 of 10
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if i'm going to be placing the speakers no more than15ft from the amp, what kind of wire would I need?


Edited by lurch0101 - 1/13/13 at 4:56pm
post #8 of 10
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I guess i'll go with the polk audio psw10. is there anyway of controlling the volume with a remote without having to get and doing it from the sub.

Once you set the gain (volume) on the sub to begin with, you shouldn't have to adjust it again. The sub will be getting more or less audio signal as you turn the Lepai up and down.
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if i'm going to be placing the speakers no more than15ft from the amp, what kind of wire would I need?

Get some 18 gauge from Monoprice. It will be more than heavy duty enough for a 15 ft. run.
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Originally Posted by lurch0101 View Post

if i'm going to be placing the speakers no more than15ft from the amp, what kind of wire would I need?

 

Edit:

 

cel4145 already answered....


Edited by StratocasterMan - 1/13/13 at 5:04pm
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