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Looking for a receiver for PC and passive speaker?

Hi,
I currently have Polk Monitor 40 series speakers lying around.
I am thinking of using them with my PC.

PC has HDMI out going to one monitor and DVI out going to another monitor in a 2 monitor setup.
The PC also has 7.1 speaker output builtin the motherboard coming from motherboard.

Right now I am just using monitor builtin B&O speakers which are ok.
Looking for a receiver that can connect my passive speakers with the PC but I don't need a ton of features like multiple HDMI outputs or composite or component outlet like we get in a regular speakers.

Something compact will work.

Thanks
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Hi,
I currently have Polk Monitor 40 series speakers lying around.
I am thinking of using them with my PC.

PC has HDMI out going to one monitor and DVI out going to another monitor in a 2 monitor setup.
The PC also has 7.1 speaker output builtin the motherboard coming from motherboard.

Right now I am just using monitor builtin B&O speakers which are ok.
Looking for a receiver that can connect my passive speakers with the PC but I don't need a ton of features like multiple HDMI outputs or composite or component outlet like we get in a regular speakers.

Something compact will work.

Thanks

The Marantz MCR611 might be just what you are looking for.
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Hopefully no offense, but if all you’re looking for is something to power the speakers, a hulking receiver is kind of silly. Assuming you have no use for all the inputs and video capability, all you need is an amplifier. And since the speakers will be near field, an amp with 75 watts per channel will be sufficient.

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The Marantz MCR611 might be just what you are looking for.

At that price point I might be able just buy a really good pair of PC speakers that might be a lot better than Polk Monitor 40 which cost $120/ pair.
What do u think?
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Hopefully no offense, but if all you’re looking for is something to power the speakers, a hulking receiver is kind of silly. Assuming you have no use for all the inputs and video capability, all you need is an amplifier. And since the speakers will be near field, an amp with 75 watts per channel will be sufficient.

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Do u have any recommendation in buying an amp?
I've never used one, even my sound system is wired to the AV receiver without an amp.
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Not sure what you mean by that – the AVR has amplifiers built-in.

A basic stereo amplifier is a simple device – two inputs, and connections for two speakers. Your computer will need an analog audio output for any amplifier or powered speakers.

As far as what to buy, Audiosource is one source for low-cost decent quality amplifiers. Do a search for “75 watt audio amplifier” and I’m sure you can find others. Just avoid Pyle and other no-name brands.

But really, I’m really more in line with your idea to ditch the outboard amplifier and just get powered speakers. There are so many of them on the market to choose from, in all price ranges, it makes no sense to give up precious office space for an amplifier for passive speakers. However, I’d suggest upping your budget – a $120 pair of computer speakers isn’t likely to sound as good as your Polks.

For active speakers, I’d recommend the superb Swans M200. Audioengine is another excellent option.

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... I currently have Polk Monitor 40 series speakers lying around.
I am thinking of using them with my PC. ... The PC also has 7.1 speaker output builtin the motherboard coming from motherboard.
...
Looking for a receiver that can connect my passive speakers with the PC but I don't need a ton of features like multiple HDMI outputs or composite or component outlet like we get in a regular speakers.

Something compact will work. ...
- For two-channel: Audio Source AMP100VS ($133, shipped)
- For multi-channel: Marantz NR1504 ($349, shipped)
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At that price point I might be able just buy a really good pair of PC speakers that might be a lot better than Polk Monitor 40 which cost $120/ pair.
What do u think?
I recently bought a pair of PSB Alpha PS1 powered speakers, and they are very good...$299.

I use them for my desktop PC with a small subwoofer.
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Thanks alot for the feedback guys.
I am looking at all the recommendation.

I had another question.
I see a lot of soundbars with subs being offered on sale during thanksgiving sale at Bestbuy and Costco for under $250.
https://www.bfads.net/stores/best-bu.../page-9#viewer


I've never used soundbars, would u guys recommend using a soundbar with or without sub with PC setup.


Thanks.
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