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mike_zandvliet
2005-06-21, 10:34
Hello all!

I hope you can help me out with ideas. I have just received my spanky new SB2, and need to equip my living room with speakers & and a receiver to complement it. Do you have any suggestions? Right now I'm just using some Altec Lansing computer speakers, but want to get a 5.1 setup for movies.

Here are my (very simple) requirements.
-I am *not* in any way an audiophile
-Can't spend more than C$500
-I only have one input device other than the SB2, which is my DVD player (has coax digital and RCA outputs).
-If I can get away without a receiver or amp (i.e. SB2 connects directly to the speakers), that would be fine.
-I don't want to use the headphone jack on the SB2

Anyone have any advice? (I apologise in advance to those of you who are audiophiles... you must be cringing at my very low requirements!)

Thanks all!

Mike

kdf
2005-06-21, 11:28
some threads to view on this:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=10597&highlight=powered+speakers
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=13782&highlight=powered+speakers

-kdf

Pale Blue Ego
2005-06-21, 21:52
http://tinyurl.com/8hofk

Closeout on eBay with full warranty.

$299 + $30 shipping

hunta
2005-06-22, 05:26
http://tinyurl.com/8hofk

Closeout on eBay with full warranty.

$299 + $30 shipping
Headline from this ad:

ALMOST $300 LESS THAN THE BRITS PAY!!

...Thanks for rubbing it in :-)

robinbowes
2005-06-22, 05:30
http://tinyurl.com/8hofk

Closeout on eBay with full warranty.

$299 + $30 shipping

That link didn't work for me - some mess up between themediaplex adfarm and our proxy.

The ebay link is http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=5783942494

It's for an Acoustic Energy AE AEGO 5P system.

I've got a set of AEGO 2 which are not bad considering they were only 99 delivered from superfi (http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1312)

The AEGO 5P has a digital input for your DVD player, and several analogue ins.

More details here: http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/1314

I think you'd like them.

R.

mike_zandvliet
2005-06-23, 00:01
Thanks for your advice gents, much appreciated.

Today I bought a system that meets my needs pretty well. I've got 7 days to put it through it's paces before I can't return it anymore (based on simply not liking it anyways).

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=2,CONTENTID=9486

Here's what I like about the Logitech z5500 so far:
-1 digital coax connection for my DVD
-1 digital optical connection for my SB2
-Lots of power
-Not too pricey
-Doesn't look too shabby
-Very good feature set considering it's essentially a computer speaker package
-Sounds good (to my completely untrained non-audiophile ears)


Here's what I don't like about it:
-The subwoofer is freakin' enormous. It's a piece of furniture all on it's own.
-Red backlight for power button is on when the power is off. I like to save power, so would be happier if there were no lights at all when it's off.
-The blue backlighting is nice, but looks out of place next to the green screen of the SB2

Marc Sherman
2005-06-23, 07:08
mike_zandvliet wrote:
>
> Here's what I don't like about it:
> -The subwoofer is freakin' enormous. It's a piece of furniture all on
> it's own.

Try putting a tea cozy on it and actually use it as furniture. :)

> -Red backlight for power button is on when the power is off. I like to
> save power, so would be happier if there were no lights at all when
> it's off.

I'm sure it's a low power LED. According to a random web site[0], red
LEDs draw about 80-150mW. Worst case scenario, at 5.8c/kWh (which is
what I'm paying in Toronto for my excess power above 750kWh/mo), that's
7.6c/year to light that power button.

[0] http://www.superbrightleds.com/leds.htm

> -The blue backlighting is nice, but looks out of place next to the
> green screen of the SB2

http://www.noritake-elec.com/colors.htm

- Marc

kevin
2005-06-23, 11:56
mike_zandvliet wrote:
>
> Here's what I don't like about it:
> -The subwoofer is freakin' enormous. It's a piece of furniture all on
> it's own.

Try putting a tea cozy on it and actually use it as furniture. :)

Funny that you should say that... Hsu Research used to recommend purchasing two of their large box subwoofers and using them as end tables for your couch.

You might get a kick out of this too:
http://www.decware.com/whorn.htm
(specifically this picture)
http://www.decware.com/wicked1.jpg