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I need to set up speakers for my desktop.
I already have 2 Polk Audio RM1300 satellite speakers from my old 5.1 system that I want to use as my speakers.
The manual can be found here (specs on p.15): http://www.manualslib.com/manual/311...page=15#manual

Here are a couple of the specs stated in the manual:
Nominal Impedance - compatible with 8 ohm outputs
Recommended Amplification: 20-125Wrms

I'm looking for an amplifier to go with my 2 speakers. I want the amp to include a headphone jack, volume control, base control, & a power on/off switch. I also require all the cables necessary.
Can u guys give me some suggestions?

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What is your budget? This is the cheapest option I know of: http://www.parts-express.com/topping...utput--310-310

The only cables you will need are speaker wire, and a 3.5mm to RCA cable

However you don't get bass controls, but I wouldn't recommend artificially boosting the bass in a satellite speaker anyway, it probably can't play much below 120Hz, so you will just be creating distortion and limiting headroom. If you want bass, add a sub to the mix.

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Agreed. Topping is a good choice for a small amp. If you want more power and more controls, the Denon 1513 would work quite well

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I need to set up speakers for my desktop.
I already have 2 Polk Audio RM1300 satellite speakers from my old 5.1 system that I want to use as my speakers.
The manual can be found here (specs on p.15): http://www.manualslib.com/manual/311...page=15#manual

Here are a couple of the specs stated in the manual:
Nominal Impedance - compatible with 8 ohm outputs
Recommended Amplification: 20-125Wrms
What do you plan to do for bass - the small sats will be weak in the bass

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What do you plan to do for bass - the small sats will be weak in the bass
I want bass control so I can put the base down to zero, lol.

I have bass on my 5.1 system for watching tv. But it gives me a headache when I'm on the computer.
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What is your budget? This is the cheapest option I know of: http://www.parts-express.com/topping...utput--310-310

The only cables you will need are speaker wire, and a 3.5mm to RCA cable

However you don't get bass controls, but I wouldn't recommend artificially boosting the bass in a satellite speaker anyway, it probably can't play much below 120Hz, so you will just be creating distortion and limiting headroom. If you want bass, add a sub to the mix.
I want bass control so I can turn off the bass
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I want bass control so I can turn off the bass
I don't think you will need to worry about that with a pair of satellite speakers
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Denon 1513 would be your best bet, then. Unless you want to use Equalizer APO to EQ down the bass on your computer. Your computer soundcard software might have a graphical EQ that would let you do something similar (and easier). For example, something like this on some of the Asus Xonar sound cards:

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I want bass control so I can put the base down to zero, lol.

I have bass on my 5.1 system for watching tv. But it gives me a headache when I'm on the computer.
It will be a small miracle, if those sats have any real bass below 140 hz

So, you have a chance of getting a new headache.
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I use one of these for my personal computer audio. It provides 100 watts per channel, has a great built in headphone amp and even an FM tuner. $82.

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