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5.1 Speaker Help...on the ultra cheap

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by braindancer, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. braindancer

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    Hi,

    I am building a Home cinema on the ultra cheap, wondering if anyone can help me here.

    I already have a Projector, along with a standard hifi(stereo speakers). My Projector is connected up to my PC,DVD, and TV.

    I have some spare speakers hanging around(4), they are nothing special(just hand me downs from old hifis).

    So, I am guessing I need to get some sort of amp and connect these speakers it to either my PC or DVD player - I know these speakers are not designed for 5.1 but surely I can do something uber cheap with them?

    I was hoping to spend no more than 50 quid...although I maybe wishing too much or prepare to get bad results!

    Thanks :D
     
  2. rozzar

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    ok well if one speaker is going near your telly then you need to make sure its shielded or you'll get weird magnetic strays messing your CRT up :(

    In theory if you got an elcheapo 5.1 amp off the Classifieds or ebay for around £50 it would work. Look for oldish Sony or Yamahas. As long as they do Dolby Digital it'll be fine. Don't find yourself stuck with a dinosaur Prologic only job- you'll never be able to shift it on :( . The PC and DVD would connect with digital leads- either coaxial (preferably) or optical connections. To connect to freeview you'll need either RCA or Scart to RCA leads depending on connections.
    examples such as
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3280&item=5790087427&rd=1
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=14996&item=5790020920&rd=1
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=72406&item=5790312475&rd=1
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3280&item=5790242456&rd=1

    i'd personally go for the models starting STRDB as opposed to STRDE. The 'E' stands for entry level and means a less powerful transformer and really quite insuperior sound.

    or theres Yamaha- i personally prefer these to Sonys and they sound MUCH better with music :)
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=72406&item=5789783306&rd=1
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3280&item=5791142890&rd=1
    hths
     
  3. braindancer

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    Thanks Rozzer,

    I guess this is the kind of thing I`m after!

    With my speakers, they just have wires(although I could solder on a phono jack of somesort). I think these would still work ok(but I`m sure proper 5.1 speakers would be much better).

    My room is full of bloody cables already, not keen on anymore :suicide:

    I`ll read up on these boxes and see what sort I need :D
     
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    What a helpful chap you are rozzar. Well done.
     
  5. rozzar

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    you don't want phono jacks for use with home cinema amps. They all require just bare positive and negative wires :) Try and use thicker, OFC cable for the fronts and centre speakers. Fact- over 50% of action in a film goes through the centre speaker so don't put a really crappy speaker there. It then goes 25% to the fronts, 15% to the sub and something like 10% to the rears. So don't be surprised if the rears hardly do anything! They're just subtle!

    Ideally, the front three speakers want to be of the same type, or at least use the same type of speaker materials i.e. plastic, paper, kevlar etc. Also idealistically, the centre speaker wants to be equidistant between the two front speakers and also try and position them around the same height.

    The objective is to get effects panning seamlessly around the room, you see :D

    Cheers for now :hiya:
     

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