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post #17011 of 35047
Hi guys have a question,

If I got a receiver, 4 bookshelf speakers, center channel and a sub, would I be able to get 5.1 sound when I'm watching a video on youtube? Or will I just get 2.1?


Thanks
post #17012 of 35047
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If I got a receiver, 4 bookshelf speakers, center channel and a sub, would I be able to get 5.1 sound when I'm watching a video on youtube?
Yes. Most, if not all, AVRs have selectable audio programs such as PLIIx or NEO:6 that will "matrix" two-channel audio into multi-channel audio.
Edited by eljaycanuck - 2/14/13 at 12:47pm
post #17013 of 35047
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All my games output 5.1 or 7.1 over HDMI (NVIDIA 680 card). Just plug into receiver, set windows to 7.1, boom. Done.

Now with STEAM Big Picture MOde it is really easy

The easy way to get 5.1 outta a PC nicely is with HDMI so get a fancy gfx card and a receiver that takes HDMI.
post #17014 of 35047
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Originally Posted by ShadowJ20 View Post

Hi guys have a question,

If I got a receiver, 4 bookshelf speakers, center channel and a sub, would I be able to get 5.1 sound when I'm watching a video on youtube? Or will I just get 2.1?


Thanks

specially youtube pumping out 5.1? no all depends on the uploader, but other things on pc yes. like others above me mentioned.
post #17015 of 35047
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

We got the tax refund and my wife says, here ya go, get what you want

Really Geoff!?!?!

That was a golden opportunity you missed right there.....................shame on you!

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post #17016 of 35047
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Originally Posted by bad1550 View Post

My current setup is RTI A9's Front CSI A6 Center and will be adding FXI A6's as side surrounds - Driven by Onkyo TXNR 809
Sub is Klipsch RW-12d
I see the Emotiva XPA-3 is now on sale - Would this make a huge difference or should I stay away. I listen mainly to HT 80% 20% Music
My room size is approx 13x20

The Emo would make your A9's perform much better than running off your AVR. If you can afford it, I'd say go for it.
post #17017 of 35047
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post

I bought a Polk Audio RM6750 5.1 system from newegg over the holidays.
Love the 5 main speakers.

Hate the Sub. I read a ton of info online about the RM6750 5.1 system, and I did not find any one thing which mentions my terrible sub problem. Hard to believe.

After about two weeks of use I threw away the box, only to notice a week later that the Sub creates a loud hum after about ten minutes of use that is very annoying. I called newegg but they said without the box I can not return it, even though the speakers appear defective. They told me to call Polk.

I called Polk. And they mailed me a replacement rear electronic board thing for the sub, said that would fix the problem. I spent about an hour figuring out how to remove the old board and install the new board. It was eight screws on the back and four screws on the front. It took me so long because I thought I could reconnect the wires to the speaker from the back, which I found almost impossible. I broke one of the plastic arms holding the speaker cover in place when trying to remove it from the front of the sub.

Now I have a new electronic subwoofer board that is reconnected the the subwoofer speaker. A three legged speaker cover that fortunately re-connects... and guess what? Even with the new board the subwoofer still has the same loud hum after about ten minutes.

This hum is very annoying. It comes on even when the subwoofer cable is disconnected. I ordered a new high quality subwoofer cable from monocable in any case. Not sure it will do any good. Anyway I am very disappointed with my sub.

EDIT: Does newegg screen (or even remove) their product reviews? I am a verified owner and I wrote a review on newegg similar to this post to reflect my distaste for what happened with my purchase, and it didn't show up on their site so far...


Wow. We couldn't get my RM6750 sub to stop humming.... so the CSR at Polk decided as a courtesy to send me a PSW110. That is some damn good customer Warranty service @ Polk.
post #17018 of 35047
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post

Wow. We couldn't get my RM6750 sub to stop humming.... so the CSR at Polk decided as a courtesy to send me a PSW110. That is some damn good customer Warranty service @ Polk.

Good for you. That will make up for some of the frustration you've gone through. Nice of them to do that.
post #17019 of 35047
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

The Emo would make your A9's perform much better than running off your AVR. If you can afford it, I'd say go for it.

Thanks Roblee
post #17020 of 35047
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

Yes. Most, if not all, AVRs have selectable audio programs such as PLIIx or NEO:6 that will "matrix" two-channel audio into multi-channel audio.

Does this receiver have what you speak of?

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V373-5-1-Channel-AV-Receiver/dp/B007JF8FD8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360893558&sr=8-1&keywords=yamaha+receiver


I don't see PLIIX or NEO:6 on the features section.

Thanks
post #17021 of 35047
According to pg. 39 of the owner's manual (PDF), it has PLII and NEO:6. (See also the Glossary on pg. 73 of the manual.)
post #17022 of 35047
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Originally Posted by ShadowJ20 View Post

Does this receiver have what you speak of?

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V373-5-1-Channel-AV-Receiver/dp/B007JF8FD8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360893558&sr=8-1&keywords=yamaha+receiver


I don't see PLIIX or NEO:6 on the features section.

Thanks

I'm not familiar with the V373, but my Aventage A720 has multiple pre-programmed music settings I can cycle through, including "2 channel stereo" which shuts down everything but the fronts (and the subwoofer, if fronts are set to "small" in speaker configuration menu), and "7 channel stereo", which outputs 2 channel signal through all attached speakers. I imagine the 373 probably has a similar "5 channel stereo" option.

I'm not sure if it does any real processing of that signal in 7 channel stereo mode or simply sends left channel signal to all left speakers, right channel signal to all rights, and combined signal to the front. Results in a full, space-filling sound at the expense of any sort of clarity of stereo imaging. After awhile, it makes my head hurt a little.
post #17023 of 35047
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

According to pg. 39 of the owner's manual (PDF), it has PLII and NEO:6. (See also the Glossary on pg. 73 of the manual.)

Wow, thank you very much!
post #17024 of 35047
And can someone explain how much of a difference there is between a 5.1 computer speaker (like Logitech) too bookshelf speakers like Polk Monitor40? I know the Polk will sound better but how much better? And how different do they sound? I game and watch movies. I have untrained ears.....
Edited by ShadowJ20 - 2/14/13 at 9:33pm
post #17025 of 35047
If you buy better speakers and become accustomed to their sound, your old speakers will later sound awful.
Your ear becomes trained over time.
post #17026 of 35047
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Originally Posted by ShadowJ20 View Post

And can someone explain how much of a difference there is between a 5.1 computer speaker (like Logitech) too bookshelf speakers like Polk Monitor40? I know the Polk will sound better but how much better? And how different do they sound? I game and watch movies. I have untrained ears.....

probably like something that is cased in plastic vs. cased in wood. logitech just isn't great at all compared to any dedicated bookshelf within reason
post #17027 of 35047
If you "really" wanted to use those 5 1/8th inch audio outs on your computer sound card, you _could_ hook it up to an Emotiva XPA-5

computer -> soundcard -> emotiva -> 5 high quality speakers

But like I said before an HDCP capable gfx card with HDMI. Into a receiver. Into speakers. Is the cheapest.

computer -> gfxcard -> AVR -> 2 to 5 high quality speakers

Right now I use 2.1 channel.

computer -> soundcard -> AVR via optical -> 2 speakers and a sub.
post #17028 of 35047
well after talking with Adoniram who stanley told me to contact about the 75t. he took some pictures for me and looks like the feet do come off of the 75ts if anyone else is interested here is the picture





since feet can come off I can definitely fit the 75t it looks like, but still debating 65t and 75t. $70 difference between the two. I do have a Denon 790 that does 90w a channel. I will still be needing to get 45b or 35b for surrounds and still will be getting a sub (i'm thinking bic f12) to replace my existing 10 year old onkyo htib speakers and sub, but before all that I have to decide finally between 65t and 75t confused.gif
post #17029 of 35047
IMO get the 75's and skip the F12. If you buy the BIC and the 65's you'll likely be upgrading in the near future.
post #17030 of 35047
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

IMO get the 75's and skip the F12. If you buy the BIC and the 65's you'll likely be upgrading in the near future.

i'm going to get a sub either way. whether it's the 75t or 65t. This onkyo htib 8" sub while it doesn't suck for htib sub, I want a new one anyways.

here is my htib speakers minus the receiver so yall can at least see sub and what i'm replacing. http://www.onkyousa.com/model.cfm?m=HT-S760&class=Systems&p=f
post #17031 of 35047
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Originally Posted by Threefiddie View Post

i'm going to get a sub either way. whether it's the 75t or 65t.

My point was to skip the F12. There are much better subs for the money. Best thing about the F12 is they are easy to sell after you've actually bought it, heard it, and wondered just where all the rave reviews came from. Klipsch makes some very respectable subs... and there's always the Polk 505.
post #17032 of 35047
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

My point was to skip the F12. There are much better subs for the money. Best thing about the F12 is they are easy to sell after you've actually bought it, heard it, and wondered just where all the rave reviews came from. Klipsch makes some very respectable subs... and there's always the Polk 505.

Speaking of the Polk 505........it is currently on sale at Newegg for $199.99


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290130
post #17033 of 35047
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Speaking of the Polk 505........it is currently on sale at Newegg for $199.99


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882290130

PSW505 is currently the same price at Amazon.com, with better customer service and better return policy.

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0

Although depending upon where you live one site may charge you taxes while the other one may not.
post #17034 of 35047
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post


PSW505 is currently the same price at Amazon.com, with better customer service and better return policy.

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0

Although depending upon where you live one site may charge you taxes while the other one may not.

 

 

I bought my 505's off amazon. When one pooped the bed it was real easy returning it. They stuck the money back on my debit card three days after UPS picked it up. They picked it up the day after I e-mailed amazon.

post #17035 of 35047
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post

PSW505 is currently the same price at Amazon.com, with better customer service and better return policy.

http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0

Although depending upon where you live one site may charge you taxes while the other one may not.

Cool....more options for potential buyers.

I have a Prime account with Amazon and I'm a re-current customer at Newegg. I personally didn't have any issues dealing with Newegg's CS when I had to return a couple of items. So, lucky me..... I guess?

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post #17036 of 35047
Same here - excellent experiences with both Amazon and NewEgg regarding returns.
post #17037 of 35047
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Cool....more options for potential buyers.

I have a Prime account with Amazon and I'm a re-current customer at Newegg. I personally didn't have any issues dealing with Newegg's CS when I had to return a couple of items. So, lucky me..... I guess?

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I bought a Denon AVR receiver off of Amazon (it was from an Amazon reseller). It had an electrical problem that I noticed after three weeks of use. I had already thrown away the packaging, but I had all the equipment. Amazon sent me a free return shipping label, sent me a new Denon AVR with free next day shipping (it arrived on a saturday), and even gave me a credit for the cost of UPS re-packaging the return.

I bought a pair of speakers off of Newegg that came with a bad subwoofer, that I only noticed after two weeks of use. Since I had already thrown away the packaging newegg told me there was no chance that I could return it to them even though it was defective and even though I had all of the equipment. They told me to deal with Polk Warranty service.

(I have had other similarly annoying experiences with Newegg CS that I posted about in the RW-12d thread.)

Fortunately, as I already posted in this thread after several weeks of dealing with attempting to fix my busted subwoofer, Polk appears to have come through and went above and beyond to send me an even better subwoofer.

I am not saying that newegg has bad customer service, but from my experience it is not even close to the same level as Amazon.

On the other hand, because of where I live Amazon charges me tax and newegg charges no tax so...
Edited by ProfD - 2/15/13 at 6:20pm
post #17038 of 35047
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Originally Posted by ProfD View Post

I bought a Denon AVR receiver off of Amazon (it was from an Amazon reseller). It had an electrical problem that I noticed after three weeks of use. I had already thrown away the packaging, but I had all the equipment. Amazon sent me a free return shipping label, sent me a new Denon AVR with free next day shipping (it arrived on a saturday), and even gave me a credit for the cost of UPS re-packaging the return.

I bought a pair of speakers off of Newegg that came with a bad subwoofer, that I only noticed after two weeks of use. Since I had already thrown away the packaging newegg told me there was no chance that I could return it to them even though it was defective and even though I had all of the equipment. They told me to deal with Polk Warranty service.

(I have had other similarly annoying experiences with Newegg CS that I posted about in the RW-12d thread.)

Fortunately, as I already posted in this thread after several weeks of dealing with attempting to fix my busted subwoofer, Polk appears to have come through and went above and beyond to send me an even better subwoofer.

I am not saying that newegg has bad customer service, but from my experience it is not even close to the same level as Amazon.

On the other hand, because of where I live Amazon charges me tax and newegg charges no tax so...

That's funny, my problem was the other way around. I mean, it was my receiver (Yamaha RX-A1010) purchased at Newegg the one that was giving me trouble (HDMI handshake issues), so I had to call Newegg's CS and they processed my return over the phone and at the same time they shipped me a new unit. Yep, I was able to keep the bad unit, until the new one arrived. Pretty nice and helpful lady the one that helped me out with this issue.

Of course, we need to realize that at the end we are dealing with humans and these guys/gals answering our calls are people dealing with their own problems. So, I always try to be nice and polite with them. Doesn't work "all" time, but I'm happy with my current record "working" with them to resolve issues.

Yes, also same positive experience with Amazon. But, personally I think Amazon beats Newegg on selection and distribution centers.

Cheers!
post #17039 of 35047
I've got a quick question, is there any sound difference between the CS2 II and new C25 center channel? I've been waiting for the CS2 II to come back to newegg.com, but it appears this isn't going to happen. Thanks for any input on this!
post #17040 of 35047
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

I've got a quick question, is there any sound difference between the CS2 II and new C25 center channel? I've been waiting for the CS2 II to come back to newegg.com, but it appears this isn't going to happen. Thanks for any input on this!

The CS2 is the closest match to the Series 2. The C25 goes 5Hz lower so I guess there must be some sound difference. How well it will timbre match compared to the Series 2 I really don't know. If your worried about the difference in appearance with the CS2 you could leave the grill cover on so it's not noticeable. That's what I do with my bastard CC.
Edited by XStanleyX - 2/15/13 at 10:05pm
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