Fix broken sub or upgrade

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  1. robomonkey

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    Hi all

    I've had a Boston Acoustics XS system for 2.5 years, it's been great, but I'm no audiophile. Recently I noticed that my sub wasn't working, and appears to have blown as it has no power to it at all.

    I have two immediate choices:-

    1. I can try and get the sub fixed for £30-£50, failing that I could buy a new sub, but it won't match, I'm guessing £120ish

    2. Or I could upgrade the whole system to a Kef1505, but will I notice a real difference?

    Prior to the sub blowing I was toying with the idea of upgrading to a Kef T series package, mainly for the aesthetic appearance (they look so cool) but £1500 is a lot of money for me to spend on speakers, should I just keep saving and go the whole hog?
     
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    What receiver do you have?
    Have you checked the fuse inside the sub to see if that has blown?
    If looking at a new sub i would spend a bit more to get something decent. As a start i would look at the bk electronics gemimi II or something a little higher up their range. There is no need to match a sub to the other speakers any make of sub will work with any make of speaker.
     
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    Hi

    Thanks, no I checked the fuse in the plug, is there another in the sub itself, that might be the answer.

    I've got an Onkyo 608.

    I think if I was buying a sub, I wouldn't want to spend more than £150.
     
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    Hi all

    Took the back off the sub today, couldn't see a fuse or any burned out bits!?!

    I'm thinking now I might buy a new sub. Any thoughts on these, will they go with an Onkyo 606 and the Boston Acoustic speakers?

    1. Gemini 2
    2. Cambridge Audio S80

    I'm also wondering if the amps will power down when they're not being used.

    Thanks

    Mark
     
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    I would go for one from the BK Electronics range.
     
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    Hi thanks

    Do you know if the Gemini powers down when it's not in use?
     
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    Only if you physically switch it off. No Trigger facility on these
     
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    The auto triggers can give problems and these subs use very little power when not in use. I don't pother switching either of my subs off.

    however some people on here have had some success with these types of device. There are quite a few variants available.

    Belkin Energy Saving 8-Outlet Surge Protector with Remote Switch: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    You can also get infra red controlled switching socket controllers which are cheaper like this.

    JHW-R02(UK) - PRO ELEC - REMOTE SOCKET | CPC

    I've used these to remote control lighting with some success but I've not checked the loading to see if would be okay for a sub.

    Regards

    Mark
     
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    Hi both

    Thanks for the help
     

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