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post #16 of 39
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Originally Posted by blackmarket View Post

I don't really see how someone could say the SP2500 is lacking in bass. Actually any decent 2.1 setup for that matter; I mean, you have a dedicated subwoofer. I have the Klipsch Promedia 2.1, the newer one that I believe has a weaker sub(?), and I have the bass dial turned down to less than 1/4 of it's full travel. When I turn the dial all the way up, there is so much bass that I can feel the back of my eyes vibrating and it gets me feeling a bit nauseous. Of course the subwoofer isn't as powerful as the one with my home theatre speakers; the Klipsch sub won't be shaking any windows or toppling pictures on the shelves. But at that point, you wouldn't even really be able to hear your music, not to mention your neighbours would want to kill you.

It's good that you are satisfied with what you have, because at the end of the day thats all that matters. But I am most likely going to have this audio system for many years to come and for what I was spending, I wanted to have the best I could buy.  

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Originally Posted by TheRH View Post

On your Mac you will be fine using a standard 3.5mm jack, there is no need for a special cable.

 

 

"Headphone out/optical digital audio out port
Connect headphones, external powered speakers, or digital audio equipment.This port is
also a S/PDIF stereo 3.5 mm mini phone jack."
 

Thanks for clearing that up for me.

post #17 of 39
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Alright guys the system has arrived and bee jolly is this sub massive! But, im having some problems setting up. I connected the 3.5mm cable into the back of the lepai and led the cable to the back of the subwoofer to find only two spots to where the cable could go: line in and mono. I tried plugging it into the each of them and it wouldn't fit, now am I missing something or is there another type of cable I need?

 

Now, even if I could find a place to plug the other end of the cable into I wouldn't know what to do from then on because that is all the cable I had, nothing came with the pioneer's so I am guessing I need yet another cable to connect the sub to the speakers and then to the computer itself. I can also take a picture so you guys can get a feel of how far things are away from each other. All things aside, the whole system looks great and I can't wait to hear it!


Edited by Zinkisky - 3/9/13 at 2:01pm
post #18 of 39

what you need is a stereo 3.5mm cable with bare wire on the other end.

 

buying a specific cable that already has bare wire might prove to sound a little better than cutting one yourself.

but perhaps that is what you implied by not being able to wait.

 

i would imagine some of those cables are setup to work specifically with the 3.5mm jack installed since it is all sealed up and 'ready to go'

 

but umm..

if you are really good with electronics, then you would be able to take note of whether or not running a wire to the subwoofer and wires to the speakers seperately is going to place too low of a resistance on the lepai.

 

the resistance is one important factor to keep from killing the lepai.

then the voltage going into the mono rca inputs of the subwoofer needs to be looked at to prevent burning the input.

 

and from there really, one would need to check the isolation between the left channel and the right channel since you would be combining the two physically with the wires, and then any isolation would happen inside the subwoofer amplifier (if any at all) ..where one would want to note whether it is better to put (or improve) isolation inside the amplifier or build something outside before the plugs go into the rca sockets.

 

you certainly dont want to combine the two channels, because then your stereo fading from left to right will be broken.

post #19 of 39
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Originally Posted by anwaypasible View Post

what you need is a stereo 3.5mm cable with bare wire on the other end.

What? Look at the back of the Dayton. It has speaker high level inputs and outputs.

So hook the Lepai up to the computer or whatever source using either the mp3 plug or the RCA inputs--that's your source line in connection--then run speaker wire from the Lepai speaker outputs to the Dayton speaker level inputs, and then speaker wire from the Dayton speaker level outputs to the speakers.
post #20 of 39
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

So hook the Lepai up to the computer or whatever source using either the mp3 plug or the RCA inputs--that's your source line in connection--then run speaker wire from the Lepai speaker outputs to the Dayton speaker level inputs, and then speaker wire from the Dayton speaker level outputs to the speakers.

Ah ok, this makes more sense. So what I need to buy is some speaker wire? http://www.amazon.com/RCA-AH16100SN-16-Gauge-Speaker-Wire/dp/B0029HHIDY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362869547&sr=8-1&keywords=speaker+wire

post #21 of 39
Yep. Just need some speaker wire. The RCA wire is OK, but it's copper clad aluminum. Pure copper is better, and for that matter you can get it cheap by buying lamp cord at Home Depot or Lowes.
post #22 of 39
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Oo but wait, do I need something called banana plugs?


Edited by Zinkisky - 3/9/13 at 4:09pm
post #23 of 39
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Originally Posted by Zinkisky View Post

Oo but wait, do I need something called banana plugs?

No. You don't need them. They make plugging speaker wire up to speakers easier if you are going to plug and unplug them a lot. Save your money smily_headphones1.gif
post #24 of 39
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Originally Posted by anwaypasible View Post

i went with the cord coming out of the lepai as it was said in the above quote.

You gotta look up the OPs equipment. Often people are asking for help because they don't understand how to hook things up smily_headphones1.gif
post #25 of 39
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Alright so im going to pick up some wire tomorrow (does it matter what type of gauge?), and I am still a bit confused on this. There are these black and red switches on the back of my amp with holes of above them, im guessing I just run the wire through the holes and then to the sub which also have the holes, and finally to the speakers then tie a knot out of the wire once im done with it, correct? I feel like im making this harder then it should be.

post #26 of 39
I don't know about tying a knot. I've never done that. smily_headphones1.gif

But yep. Once you've done it, you'll see it's pretty easy. After you cut the speaker wire lengths you need, strip off about half an inch or so off the end. Wire cutters can make it easier to strip, but scissors can work (but it can dull and ruin the scissors). Then twist the end just a little so that the little wires stay bunched together. You don't want the wires touching on the back of the Lepai or that'll be the end of that amp. Push the little clips and you can insert the wires on the back of the Lepai and the subwoofer.

The Pioneers have knobs you unscrew on the back. You don't have to take them all the way off. They'll be little holes in the base of each where you can push the wire in, then screw the knob back down.

Watch this video. This guy has his speaker apart, but still the same: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o8I89LX114.

One thing. Keep your left and right speaker wires running to the sub roughly the same length. And then you can use a different length for running from the sub to the speakers, but the left and right should be about the same again. A little variance doesn't hurt, but you don't want one wire twice or three times as long for the left than the right (or vice versa).
Edited by cel4145 - 3/9/13 at 5:50pm
post #27 of 39
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Maybe I'm overthinking this but from what I can concur I need many different lengths of speaker wire. One wire for the R side of the amp and another one for the L side which then both of them go to the respective speaker inputs in the back of the sub. Then 1 wire going out from the output to a speaker and another wire going out from the sub to the other speaker. Sorry if thats confusing.. 

post #28 of 39
You should keep the left and right wires going from the lepai to the sub the same length, and then the left and right wires going from the sub to the speakers the same length, even if you have more than you need to one side.
post #29 of 39
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Oh ok, I'll give this a try tomorrow..I'm done with questions for the night, have a good one.

post #30 of 39
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Alright so I have my speaker wire. But there is a clear coating around it which im guessing needs to come off, could I just stick a lighter to it? The inside is copper so im thinking it wouldn't hurt it.

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