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Hi everyone, I've been reading this forum for the past couple months. Finally registered to ask a question.


I recently helped a friend move, he had a pair of Polk Audio T90es that he couldn't take with him, so I got them for 20 bucks a piece. I absolutely loved the sound of them at his place, but I have been unable to get them hooked up decently. I have been using them as front speakers on a logitech z-5500 system, but it only outputs about 65 watts a channel, so the speakers sound really weak. I am looking for a good 2 channel amp to power these speakers.


Now, I would like to be able to hook 'em up to my computer. I am using a emu-1212m sound card, which has 2 balanced 1/4" TRS outputs. I would like to hook up the amp via these connections.


I've been searching around for a little over a week, but I still haven't really narrowed it down. I have very poor eyesight, and looking at the bank panels of some of these gets really confusing. I want the simplest amp/receiver possible-- speaker wire outputs, TRS/XLR inputs, analog knob volume controls. An example of the style I like is the behringer headphone miniamp800


My budget is around $150-300, but If needed I am willing to spend a bit more.


Thanks in advance for any advice
 

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I am currently looking at a crown audio XLS 202 amp, but I have a couple questions. First, will this amp be able to drive the speakers sufficiently? They are currently hooked up to the 62watt outs of my Z-5500, the speakers sound good, but can't work up to any decent listening volume. I would like to be able to drive them to at least 2 or 3 times the volume they are now.---

The crown XLS 202 is rated at 8 Ohms (Stereo) 145 Watts

The polk audio T90E is rated at 8 Ohms 200 watts


Secondly, what is the proper way to hook up a bi-amp speaker, should I have a separate amp or what? The speakers have dual positive and negative inputs. I simply connected the negative speaker wire to both negatives, and the positive to both positives.


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I am currently looking at a crown audio XLS 202 amp, but I have a couple questions. First, will this amp be able to drive the speakers sufficiently? They are currently hooked up to the 62watt outs of my Z-5500, the speakers sound good, but can't work up to any decent listening volume. I would like to be able to drive them to at least 2 or 3 times the volume they are now.---

The crown XLS 202 is rated at 8 Ohms (Stereo) 145 Watts

The polk audio T90E is rated at 8 Ohms 200 watts


Secondly, what is the proper way to hook up a bi-amp speaker, should I have a separate amp or what? The speakers have dual positive and negative inputs. I simply connected the negative speaker wire to both negatives, and the positive to both positives.


Thanks again

I Just ordered these speakers from newegg. I should be getting them by the middle of next week. I can't believe you got them of $20 each - lucky man!


The amp crown amp is more than enough to push these speakers.


To do bi-amping, you would need two 2 channel amps. One amp per speaker. Left and right channels for amp 1 goes to the left speaker. Left and right channels for amp 2 goes to the right speaker. Bi-amping should give you slightly better sound quality.


You could use an AV receiver like what I have - Sony str-dg 820. http://www.topchoicedigital.com/view...7832&l=Froogle

I'm currently using the polk audio TSI300 until I get the t90. The receiver is Bi-amping the the tsi 300.
 

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Thanks for the answer. I am going to look around a little bit more, and then probably order the XLS 202 tomorrow. One other thing on the Bi-amp speaker hookup, since I am not doing bi-amp, how should I have the speakers connected? Just one set of the posts or both? Currently I have a speaker wire spliced to connect both of the two negatives and the two positives to their corresponding negative/positive cables.
 
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