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Windows 7: Need some help with audio/speaker systems

18 Jan 2015   #21
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Not sure just how bad your speaker are either if they shake the window glass and nick knacks I'm sure they're fine
John gave an excellent example fairly cheap
Save a while longer and go for one
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18 Jan 2015   #22
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Could I just buy the receiver I want and hook speakers up to it and do it that way? But I do not have any digital speakers I don't think. Or is there no difference and only the receiver matters?
The receiver will make a difference.
I don't think "Digital Speakers" (if they exist and you can afford them) will make a difference...
I've never had anything but "2 wire analog connected" speakers in my 65 year lifetime.
I do use HDMI, Digital, RCA, USB, ... for connecting devices to an "Audio amplifier" ...

No matter what the input and technology used for these devices, the amplifier output uses a 2 wire analog connection for each speaker (i have 7.1) (and other sound playback devices).

If you are happy with your current speakers, shop for a receiver only.

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Speakers marked as digital

Modern speakers marketed as 'digital' are always analog speakers, in most cases driven by an analog amplifier. The widespread use of the term 'digital' with speakers is a marketing ploy intended to claim better suitability with 'digital' source material (e.g., MP3 recordings), or impute 'higher technology' than some other speaker, and perhaps higher price. If pressed, manufacturers may claim the term means the product is 'ready' for input from digital players; this is true of essentially all speaker systems.
Source: Digital speakers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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18 Jan 2015   #23
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Could I just buy the receiver I want and hook speakers up to it and do it that way? But I do not have any digital speakers I don't think. Or is there no difference and only the receiver matters?
The receiver will make a difference.
I don't think "Digital Speakers" (if they exist and you can afford them) will make a difference...
I've never had anything but "2 wire analog connected" speakers in my 65 year lifetime.
I do use HDMI, Digital, RCA, USB, ... for connecting devices to an "Audio amplifier" ...

No matter what the input and technology used for these devices, the amplifier output uses a 2 wire analog connection for each speaker (i have 7.1) (and other sound playback devices).

If you are happy with your current speakers, shop for a receiver only.

Quote:
Speakers marked as digital

Modern speakers marketed as 'digital' are always analog speakers, in most cases driven by an analog amplifier. The widespread use of the term 'digital' with speakers is a marketing ploy intended to claim better suitability with 'digital' source material (e.g., MP3 recordings), or impute 'higher technology' than some other speaker, and perhaps higher price. If pressed, manufacturers may claim the term means the product is 'ready' for input from digital players; this is true of essentially all speaker systems.
Source: Digital speakers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wait, so I can just use my current speakers and just get a digital newer receiver? Even though my speakers are from the 90's? Please do not laugh ha. So I can just buy a newer reciever with hdmi, hook up my current speakers and all is well? Now here is another question, would I then get surround sound or is that something I would need digital speakers for?

Example, Right now my speakers are just large left and right sounds. For example, my friend has a digital speaker system and in games if someone sneaks up behind you, the sound comes from the speaker behind you. Mine would just do it on the left or the right depending on the closest way I am turned. Does that make sense?

Thank you, all of you!!
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18 Jan 2015   #24
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

If having doubts about your speaker post an image and model,
I have a couple of large Sharp home speakers 18w-36h they will rattle the glass probably from the 90's
Also have a couple of 18w-24h generic's that are better same 90's

Older is sometimes better
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18 Jan 2015   #25
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Wait, so I can just use my current speakers and just get a digital newer receiver? Even though my speakers are from the 90's? Please do not laugh ha. So I can just buy a newer reciever with hdmi, hook up my current speakers and all is well? Now here is another question, would I then get surround sound or is that something I would need digital speakers for?
Yes, you can get a new digital receiver and use your current speakers - all is well.
If you only have have 2 speakers, NO, you won't get true surround sound.
You would need to buy additional speakers for that.
Trying to find and tune adding more/different speakers will be a challenge...

You might get some type of "SRS" simulated surround sound with 2 speakers trying to sound like surround sound.
Personally, i hate "SRS", i prefer true 2 speaker stereo.

I would go with a system such as John posted in post #14.
I have a similar system, but mine is older, discontinued, and cost more

Go to Best Buy or any Audio merchants in your area.
See what they have - listen, look, think, ask ...
Take your time - you'll be living with the choice for years!
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18 Jan 2015   #26
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
If having doubts about your speaker post an image and model,
I have a couple of large Sharp home speakers 18w-36h they will rattle the glass probably from the 90's
Also have a couple of 18w-24h generic's that are better same 90's

Older is sometimes better
They are so old there's no model. 2 of them are fisher, 2 sanyo, and rest are aiwa. I have 8 speakers total.

I really like this receiver:
Product Details for PID 11579

My receiver currently is Sony str-de197
Amazon.com: Sony STRDE197 Stereo Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer): Electronics
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18 Jan 2015   #27
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

A good one to build on,
I'm not crazy about all front surround sound
A better easier to follow spec's sheet,
Yamaha RX-V377 5.1 Channel Home Theater AV Receiver - Newegg.com
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18 Jan 2015   #28
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I'll just say this 477 does have some blueray perks
Yamaha RX-V477 5.1 Channel Home Theater AV Receiver - Newegg.com - Newegg.com
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19 Jan 2015   #29
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Andrew if you already have good sound equipment and want more control you might take a look at audio interface. They come in all kinds of price ranges.

Bunch of videos here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzqTVmEIT1s
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19 Jan 2015   #30
z3r010

 

Only UK shopping sites come up in my searches and the prices of av receivers seem to wildly differ between our countries, so using the US site I know that has a good stock (new egg) the best one I can see that seems to fit your needs and budget is - Onkyo TX-SR333 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver - Newegg.com however it really needs the 3 front, 2 rear and sub to make it worth while, if you have all these speakers on your old system then you should be able to re-use them although I doubt a 90's sub would work on a modern unit.
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