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I want to know your opinions about my idea for a home theater setup. Just FYI I am a big fan of vintage equipment, and I am trying to get the most bang/buck out of this home theater.


It will be a 7.1 setup, using a HTPC to get 7.1 sound from a blue ray drive and output it via analogue from the computer. From there, the 7 main channels will go to four McIntosh 1900's, which will amplify the signal and be sent to seven JBL L-100's which will be mounted with tweeters at ear height. I am still up in the air about what to do for the .1 sub channel. Thoughts or Ideas?
 

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ok, now I'm confused....I think I know what you want to try, but does your HTPC have separate channel analog pre-outs to drive the gaggle of 1900's through their AUX inputs ????? How are you going to get the Dolby Digital 5.1 or 7.1 output out of the HTPC and into 4 separate stereo receivers ?
 

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Unless I am horribly confused(which might be the case), this card or one very similar to this should do the decoding on the card, and then output 8 analog channels.


ASUS Xonar D2X 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express Interface Sound Card

(Since I am new, I can't post a url, but it is on newegg)


Audio core

Audio Chipset ASUS AV200

Channels 7.1

Sample Rate 192KHz

Digital Audio 24-bit

SNR 118dB

Hardware Decode Dolby Digital, DTS
 

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a quick look at the card's manual, and I believe you are correct ! the card outputs 8 separate line level outputs on 4 pair of L-R RCA cables, even the subwoofer channel is included but you will need a powered subwoofer so it will include its own amplifier for the connection to the sub-out cable. It's a little kinky, four McIntosh receivers stacked on top of each other......but it really is no different that 4 separate stereo amplifiers or 8 monoblocks stacked up.


Cool stuff - go for it.
 

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Originally Posted by aardvarcus /forum/post/16995476


I am still up in the air about what to do for the .1 sub channel. Thoughts or Ideas?

Whats the budget for the .1 sub?


Lots of subs available - and prices vary widely.
 

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I guess you have ample ac to plug everything in? SVSound is highly recommended here as well as by many others. See sept. 2009 issue of Sound and Vision mag. "SVSound PB-12 PLus" for one good choice.
 

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The budget for the 0.1 is about 1200-1500 ish. I am not really sure if I need to divert any frequencies to the subs from the seven channels as the main speakers can get down pretty low. I might just get something to reproduce the LFE channel only. I was actually considering just using another pair of JBL L-100's with the tweeter and midrange removed amplified by another McIntosh 1900, but I'm not sure if a 12" woofer will work for the frequencies in the LFE channel.
 

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A forum member has listed many subs by rank - craigsub has a great list that I've copy -n- pasted below. While all subs aren't on it - the ones that are worth considering are listed. I don't think any of them would disappoint. I just bought one off this list - waiting for eD to finish and deliver. It will be worth the wait.


Take a look:



Elemental Designs A7-900 ($2200 ID/SI): 116 points (63-53)

Epik Conquest ($1599 ID): 112 points (60-52)

SVS PB13-Ultra ($1599 ID): 109 points (57-52)

Epik Castle ($999 ID): 109 points (59-50)

AV123 MFW-15 Duals: 109 points (56-53) (note, duals were tested as duals are offered as a package) **due to amp failure issues, this rating is under advisement. The purchaser may find him/her self needing a replacement amp. This is being done at no charge to the consumer, but it is something which should be noted by potential purchasers**

Creative Sounds Dual SDX-15 driver + Behringer EP-2500 Amp + Behringer DEQ2496 ($1630 ID): 105 points (57-48)

JL Audio Fathom 113 ($3500 BM): 103 points (53-50)

AV123 MFW-15 ($699 ID): 103 points (53-50) **due to amp failure issues, this rating is under advisement. The purchaser may find him/her self needing a replacement amp. This is being done at no charge to the consumer, but it is something which should be noted by potential purchasers**

Def Tech Trinity ($3000 BM): 102 points (54-48)

Velodyne DD-18 ($5000 BM): 100 points (50-50)

ACI Maestro ($2400 ID): 97 points (47-50)

eD A5-350 ($715 ID/SI): 96 points (50-46)

JL Audio Fathom 112 ($2600 BM): 95 points (45-50)

Hsu VTF-3 HO + Turbo ($999 ID): 94 points (47-47)

Hsu VTF-3 HO w/o Turbo ($899 ID): 92 points (45-47)

Hsu VTF-3 Mark III + Turbo ($799 ID): 92 points (45-47)

Epik Valor ($549 ID): 91 points (44-47)

Hsu VTF-3 Mark III w/o Turbo ($699 ID): 91 points (45-46)

SVS PB12-Ultra: 90 points (47-43)

Axiom EP-500 ($1230 ID/SI): 90 points (43-47)

Hsu VTF-2 Mark III + Turbo ($599 ID): 88 points (42-46)

SVS PB12-Plus/2 ($1299 ID): 87 points (47-40)

SVS PB12-NSD ($599 ID): 86 points (43-43)

Hsu VTF-2 Mark III w/o Turbo ($499 ID): 86 points (40-46)

Rocket UFW-12 ($999 ID): 85 points (provisional) (35-50)

Elemental Designs A2-300 ($350 ID/SI): 83 points (44-39)

SVS PB10-NSD ($429 ID): 83 points (43-40)

Dana Audio 600 ($869 ID): 83 points (36-47)

Rocket X-Sub ($199 ID): 78 points (34-44)

BIC H-100 ($229 eBay): 78 points (40-38)
 

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I don't know if you have already bought the Asus sound card - if not you may want to take a look at the HT Omega cards too. I have one and really like it. They also have the 7.1 analog output with optical and coax too. I went through 3 other brands of cards before finding one that had a quiet floor - the HT Omega. The cheapest card - the Striker has a different chip than the others. I own the 7.1 - not the + card.


While the ratings on the Egg are subjective - they are a general guide as to what does and what does not work well. The HT Omega cards are higher rated than the Asus cards - FWIW.
 
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