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Adding an Amplifier to my Razer Mako 2.1

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, 

 

I've got a Razer Mako 2.1 system.

It works ok but I'd like to increase sound quality when watching movies. I was thinking of adding an Amplifier to it.

 

The Subwoofer inputs look like this

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2009/01/razer-mako-2-1-speakers-review/b09.jpg

 

At the moment I'm connecting my PC/TV using Line1 input.

 

Can I gain a better quality using for example a Yamaha RX-V375 amplifier?

Should I then connect the Amp using Line 2 of my subwoofer?

 

Thanks a lot

post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by mickthomp View Post
 

I've got a Razer Mako 2.1 system.

It works ok but I'd like to increase sound quality when watching movies. I was thinking of adding an Amplifier to it.

The Subwoofer inputs look like this

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2009/01/razer-mako-2-1-speakers-review/b09.jpg

At the moment I'm connecting my PC/TV using Line1 input.

Can I gain a better quality using for example a Yamaha RX-V375 amplifier?

Should I then connect the Amp using Line 2 of my sub-woofer?

 

The Razor Mako 2.1 was not designed for daisy chaining another amplifier to it.

Best you might do is to get a good DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) to improve audio quality. ($60-$100).

Something to go between the PC & TV and the Mako

Do you have a separate computer and separate TV you hook to the Mako?

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the answer!
Yes, I've a separate Notebook and Tv that I connect to the mako.
post #4 of 6
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Thanks for the answer!
Yes, I've a separate Notebook and Tv that I connect to the mako.

 

Do you know what digital outputs your notebook and TV have?

 (optical or coaxial or USB)

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

My laptop is a macbook pro, it has

  • Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)

 

My Tv is a Samsung UE39F5370, it says

1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) 
1 x digital audio output (optical) ( TOS Link ) 

 

I usually play music from my laptop and movies from the tv.

 

Would something like Audioquest-DragonFly v1.2 be a good choice for me?

I see also HRT microstreamer with 2 output (1 is for amplifier) maybe the mako fits well with this..

 

I can see I can connect them to the mac. I'm not sure if the TV usb works as well with these DAC.

 

Thanks a lot for your suggestions 


Edited by mickthomp - 5/30/14 at 9:11am
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by mickthomp View Post
 

My laptop is a macbook pro, it has just one output to connect headphones, it says

"combined optical digital output/headphone out"

 

My Tv is a Samsung UE39F5370, it says

1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) 
1 x digital audio output (optical) ( TOS Link ) 

 

I usually play music from my laptop and movies from the tv.

 

I've also a 3rd device (a Raspberri Pi) that I might want to connect to the 2.1 System sometimes, it also has these audio output

3.5 mm jack, HDMI, I²S audio

 

Would something like Audioquest-DragonFly v1.2 be a good choice for me? I think I can connect it to the laptop or TV with the usb and then go with the analog jack cable to the Razor?

 

Can I gain some good quality with this DAC?

 

Thanks a lot for your suggestions 

 

As both TV and Macbook have optical outputs, get a DAC with an optical input, Schiit Modi (optical) is $99 (standard Toslink input)

The TV uses a standard Toslink optical output and the Macbook uses a 3.5mm mini-Toslink output, so you would need to different optical cables.

 

For Macbook.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10229&cs_id=1022902&p_id=1556&seq=1&format=2

 

For TV

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10229&cs_id=1022901&p_id=6272&seq=1&format=2

 

You can get either cable it whatever length you need.

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