Thread: home stereo amps
June 12th, 2005, 01:17 PM #1
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home stereo amps
I've rigged up my cheepo surround sound to my very nice stereo speakers. The surround sound puts out 15 watts per speaker however these speakers are 100 watts major waste of power!! lol. I'm looking for an amp to hook these too speakers up to (front left and right, so as they may carry different signals then i'd need a 2 way amp, right?) anyways...I have no clue what i'd need to do that. I'm kinda new to audio electronics. If anyone can recommend an amp or something like that i'd appreciate it thanks!
June 12th, 2005, 01:24 PM #2
What kind of system are you talking about, preamp and amp, or just intagrated amp
June 12th, 2005, 02:45 PM #3
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hey....my surround sound has 5 satellite speaker, the two front speakers i replaced with much better speakers so as far as amp, preamp or whatever...i suppose that's what i'm asking you. the two front, nice speakers are 100 watts, but the surround sound only puts out 15 watts or so to each satellite speaker. I think it'd just be a regular two way amp but i'm not sure..that's why i'm asking here (ps, they don't have a special hook up, the cables just slide in the back slot and clamp it ) thanks for any help!
June 12th, 2005, 02:48 PM #4
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Er. You'll need to buy a whole new surround amplifier if you want surround to work.
June 12th, 2005, 03:52 PM #5
If you have a surround sound system you don't want to upgrade JUST the front speakers and definately don't want significantly more power for just the front speakers. Buy an entirely new surround amplifier.
June 12th, 2005, 05:05 PM #6
hold on first find out if your suround can use out board amp for each channal,
if it can then all you need is a bigger amp, I would get the largest amp you can find and can get, watts on speekers don't matter, you can blow up speekers alot faster with low watts then high,
but the more power the better they will sound,
see if your suround has rca jacks for main out, back, and center channal,
if not you will need a new suround to add more amps,
I have all my amps separate for each channal, 380watts for front 200watts for back, and 100watts for center,
June 12th, 2005, 05:18 PM #7Originally Posted by cmptrgydv
The amp should be matched pretty close to the ratings for the speakers. If your speakers are rated at 100 watts... go a little over that. But it would be ridiculous to have a 500 W amp for 25 W speakers.
June 12th, 2005, 05:27 PM #8
thats extreme, the more power the amp has the faster slew rate it has, and less clipping,
the better your speekers will take power,
volume will always be the same, just becouse amp is bigger don't mean you will listen to it louder, but it will sound better,
beside you must think of what you will do in the future, if you buy small amp and then deside to get better speekers, now you have to replace them both, amp and speekers
June 12th, 2005, 05:32 PM #9
I know that's extreme, I was just giving an example. Getting a more powerful amp will make it easier for a mistake to happen and blow your speakers. No, it probably won't happen, but it has.
Clipping is the reason I tend to buy slightly larger than what I need.
June 12th, 2005, 05:52 PM #10
well I'm just thinking that most people start small and work up,
that sounds like what he is doing,
so if you buy good amp then you can later buy better speekers witch is what most people do, when working on a budget,
I made a big mastake when I started out,
I got a nice set of high end speekers and used them with 80watt kenwood amp,
and blow out brakers on speekers, and they sounded really bad, not like they did in store,
store said the kenwood would be fine, what a joke,
I called polk audeo and they laughed at me, they said you want them speekers to sound good your going to need alot more power, as much as you can get, don't worry about speeker wattage rating to much, so after going through like 3 amps i finaly got to the 380 watt amp
but really if you plan on at all upgrading them speekers get a nice amp it will save you alot of money in the future,
June 12th, 2005, 05:58 PM #11
Check out NAD, they make pretty cheap but EXTREMELY good amps, got everything from surround amps to stereo integrated amps, got a NAD c350 amp, which powers two cerwinvega v-12f speakers, each of 300 watts, while the amp "only" outputs 2 x 65 watts, but go check em out, search for "NAD electronics" in goolge!
hope u find urself something, also cambridgeaudio is worth checking out, even cheaper then NAD but not as good!Asus A6JA Laptop // Centrino Dual Core @ 1.66 GHz | 1024 mb RAM | ATI mobility radeon x1600 256 mb // Mobility above all**
June 12th, 2005, 07:38 PM #12
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my problem is that the front speakers clip. The surround sound is cheep and isn't real surround sound. All 5 speakers are set up in the front of my room, it's just that my nice speakers were clipping (they aren't just mids like the normal speakers they have built in highs that were clipping with the lack of power). I thought amps would make it louder also...idk. I suppose I've got lots to learn....lol. anyways...can anyone recommend what i should be looking for? basically the bare wires go into the back of the surround sound, red and black wires for each set of speakers. Eventually I'll move up but right now I need to start small. ps...if anyone has a link on how this stuff works i'd appreciate it...thanks .
June 12th, 2005, 07:53 PM #13
Well, if u just want stereo sound (2 speakers set up in the front) then i really recomend one of the NAD amps, either the NAD c352 (will EASILY power you speakers) or the NAD C320BEE which should also be able to power ur speakers (Both these are integrated amplifiers, so u can connect all ur othe r equipment, cd-player, dvd player, computer, or tv to it). However these amps are still quite expensive, so its all about how much u wanna spend, u can always go to ur local dealer and get a sony or pioneer or any other brand, usually over priced and can't compete with the more professional brands, such as NAD, Denon, Onkyo etc! I really don know much about surround sound (rather get some serious power through two big floor speakers) but u should be able to get ur answer through someone else!
hope this helps!
Also from what it sounds like, u don really want the surround sound since u havnt bothered seeting ur speakers up correctly, so then i strongly suggest going for a normal stereo setup, and this is much easier!
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June 12th, 2005, 08:02 PM #14
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basically I just have it set up this way cus i figure 5 speakers and a sub are better than just two of those speakers.
June 12th, 2005, 09:04 PM #15
well you need to sit down and think of what you want in the end,
and how you listen to music, do listen while your doing other things, walking around the house, or do you sit down like I do turn on some tunes and listen,
then you look at what you have, and what steps you can take to make it what you want,
first if you want suround with Separate amps for front back and center channels, or just
front channel, if you just need front channel then you can go with reciever, and suround,
if you want all channels separate then you will need suround with RCA outputs for all the channels, but most suround has inboard amps but very small like 25watts and 15 watts,
for back and center channels, you could just get suround reciever, with all the amps built in
they will have a little more power, but then your stuck with one unit, so to upgrade you will
have to dump the reciever,
June 13th, 2005, 10:27 AM #16
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you've lost me....i'm a total rookie with this stuff. like i don't know what you mean by reciever or even how i'd hook this amp up. I just want to be able to turn my system up a little more without my highs clipping on my bigger, more power, and underpowered speakers.
June 13th, 2005, 11:26 AM #17
ok, so just answer this: Do u still want to have surround sound? Or are the two bigger front speakers all you want hoked up?Asus A6JA Laptop // Centrino Dual Core @ 1.66 GHz | 1024 mb RAM | ATI mobility radeon x1600 256 mb // Mobility above all**
June 13th, 2005, 06:59 PM #18
well what I mean is it sounds like your surround does not have output for external amp,
if all it has is speaker hookups in the back, you never said what it had, if it does not have output for amp your out of luck, cannot add amp,
in that case you need to decide what to do,
or which way to go the cheapest way would be to get a receiver with surround built in, that will give you more power, but it also will not be upgradeable,
or you can get surround by itself and outboard amps, then you can change power output at will, but it will cost allot more money, and sound much better,
for me the deciding factor would be the speakers are you going to keep them, or are you going to want to upgrade them some day, if you are going to upgrade speakers, then going with separate amps would be smart, then you can get amps to fit new speakers, but use it with old ones for now, if you are not going to upgrade speakers, then get surround receiver to fit speakers and your done,
A receiver is every thing in one unit surround, amps, tuner, preamp,
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