Would I be better off with a AVR ?

scoobert

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OK, so currently I have a set of Klipsch pro media 2.1 and I have a second complete unit as well and was thinking of hooking both up.

Then while cleaning the basement I found some stuff laying down there for years I might use instead .

I have a Denon RCD-N7 ( https://www.crutchfield.com/S-MK4rhQL2XdU/p_033RCDN7B/Denon-RCD-N7-Black.html ) that has optical in that I could come off my mother board and a set of klipsch bookshelf speakers on it . http://assets.klipsch.com/product-specsheets/R-15M-Spec-Sheet.pdf . The plus to this would be the size, its not very big and could sit in the hutch over my computer.

And Also a harmon kardon AVR 144 which has 3 optical inputs. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/prod...don_AVR144_AVR_144_Home_Theater_Receiver.html which I would use the same old klipsch bookshelf speakers. http://assets.klipsch.com/product-specsheets/R-15M-Spec-Sheet.pdf . This thing in comparison to the little denon is huge

Now with both of these I would have to either buy a sub or fashion the 2 klipsch subs to them (both have sub out as well).




Question is, would I notice any kind of dramatic difference between the added work or expense of going this route over the Pro Media's?
 
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ashmelev75

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Question is, would I notice any kind of dramatic difference between the added work or expense of going this route over the Pro Media's?

It all depends on what do you actually want to get out of this.
I used to have Promedia 4.1 set a long time ago, i've reused the speakers when i got an analog av receiver, but eventually I've replaced them with better ones since promedia speakers had weird impedance and wimpy wires. And later I've replaced the analog receiver with HDMI and got rid of the sound card. No more analog noise, no more compressed audio, no more garbled audio mixing and crappy sound card drivers.
 

IdiotInCharge

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I've just gone to straight decent stereo speakers.

However, two sets of Promedia 2.1 systems would be fine, just hook them up. The sub is the amp, so if that's working, just hook them both up; subs aren't directional so placement isn't that big of a deal.

I have a Denon RCD-N7 ( https://www.crutchfield.com/S-MK4rhQL2XdU/p_033RCDN7B/Denon-RCD-N7-Black.html ) that has optical in that I could come off my mother board and a set of klipsch bookshelf speakers on it . http://assets.klipsch.com/product-specsheets/R-15M-Spec-Sheet.pdf . The plus to this would be the size, its not very big and could sit in the hutch over my computer.
I use a similar option for the bedroom setup; it's a laptop that feeds a receiver directly through optical as a stereo amp and then a 1080p TV directly through HDMI. Cheaper pair of Klipsch 5" speakers, works great for music / movies / games.

I'd skip the receiver itself. The small Denon unit is likely more than capable, unless you want to do some surround, which I largely advise against. You can get excellent imaging from decent stereo speakers.
 

marshac

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I would go with the Promedia speakers personally. I had a 2.1 set as well before the connector got bent and shorted out one of the amps - those things were magnificent. Set them up as 2.1, but with a front and rear set to expand the stereo imaging space - I'll bet it'll sound great.
 

scoobert

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I would go with the Promedia speakers personally. I had a 2.1 set as well before the connector got bent and shorted out one of the amps - those things were magnificent. Set them up as 2.1, but with a front and rear set to expand the stereo imaging space - I'll bet it'll sound great.
Sounds like where I will start but this line confuses me.

How do i set to expand stereo space? Since you are saying 2.1 still, so I would get a splitter for the 3.5 jacks?

Thanks
 
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