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  1. I have an old JBL PSW-D115 with a busted amp. It blows whatever fuse I put in it. I'm pretty handy with a soldering iron and what-not, and was hoping I could fix it myself. I bought the unit from Ubid for 260$ and I know a new amp or having this one repaired would cost more then that. I was wondering if anyone here has experience with amps/amp repair and if there are any online resources you know of for this. Thanks.
  2. 2 years ago, my college roomates and I decided we wanted a home theater in our dorm room. None of us knew anything about a/v so we went down to circuit city and shelled out 500$ for a 32 inch tv and 500 for a pos jvc 5.1 "ht" system. It included 5 indentical surrounds which were horrible in every way and an 8 inch sub that can't hold a candle to the current promedia sub. Now, klipsch has released an all-in-one system with the excellent sound of the 4.1/2.1 sats and what will undoubtably be, a monster sub for 400$. Sure, it doesn't have decoding, but every current sound card does so that shouldn't matter. Now, just like when klipsch introduced the 4.1's, all of you are whining about an upgrade, or complaining about the price. No one's even heard them yet. Save it for when there are some reviews. Sure, if you live in canada, you can get paradigm cheap. Woohoo. Who cares about canada?
  3. That delta fan is obnoxiously noisy. You might say oh well, it can't be THAT noisy, but it becomes unbearable if you are near the fan for any period of time. Look at the noise control silverado or the PEP66 w/dual fans (non-delta high dba units.
  4. That might be true. The 2.1's are good speakers, but I don't know how much of a market there is for 2.1 systems. Frankly, I was skeptical from the beginning. Still its not like if you buy 2 sets of 2.1's you're getting suckered. You will have an excellent system.
  5. Yes, what you do is go to the klipsch store and buy the 4.1's. Then you give/sell your v.2 400's to someone else or use them as a secondary sound system.
  6. FYI, there are a lot of recordings of the 1812 overture on napster or wherever else you're looking. I have 3 versions, all with different intros and different sound. Anyway, I have an mp3 of Terlacs version and the bass registars to well below 20 hz. Keep looking and you'll find a copy with full dynamics.
  7. That's what the sub volume control is for. Be glad you don't have to stress your sub to get good bass response in your room.
  8. If you want DD, you'll need a 5.1 Sound blaster, the value won't suffice. On a side note, does anyone know which sound cards have the lowest cpu usage?
  9. The crossover between sub and sats is in the sub. Don't worry about it. You'll be fine with quintets, though they will be getting less power (pro sats are 4 ohm nominal, quints are 8 ohm).
  10. By the time you get your 4.1's, pragon, they're gonna have 5.1's on the way and you're gonna have to wait for those. Bite the bullet and buy em already.
  11. Amp power isn't the problem with the promedia sub. The driver size and enclosure volume and tuning are what limit output.
  12. Even with that modest midrange bump, I get static.
  13. I think you're right seb. I've tried everything, adjusting all volume controls, etc but with some mp3's (mostly encoded at 160 kbps or less) I can't use the eq even a little bit without static. Anyway, that plugin distorted my sound too.
  14. Damn it jedi, why can't I do that too? For some reason, my winamp eq makes mp3's sound scratchy when I boost the midrange even a little bit.
  15. Well if you sit in front of your computer, using the sound card volume isn't cumbersome, but for hometheater purposes, it would be. I don't know, this is all theoretical at this point anyway. If you really wanted to though, you could use a receivers preamp outs (which are volume controlled by the receiver) and connect them with rca/miniplug adapters to the pros.
  16. Well right now, the v.2 400's are discontinued but they are still for sale. Go to outpost.com and you can get 3 sets for $750 with no shipping costs. With 12 sats, 1200 watts, and 3 subs, you can literally have a speaker everywhere in your room.
  17. For $750, viv, you might be able to get a good receiver. As to an entire system for $750, I don't know. Qualitatively and quantitatively, I think 2 sets of pro's will beat any COMPLETE $750 5.1 setup. When buying a stereo system, always spend the majority of your budget on speakers. They play the largest role in reproducing sound. So if you spend just $500 or so on speakers, that leaves you with $250 for a receiver, which won't buy much. Also, $500 for speakers ain't much either. I'm guessing you're looking at a JBL setup right? N-24's, N-Center, and PB-12 probably. Anyway, if you're looking at that or something similar, the difference between it and the pro's will be slight. There is the advantage of a surround receiver, but you also lose 4-speaker surround for gaming. And then there's the $150 (previously $250 w/v.2 400's) price difference. It all depends on what your needs are. Oh yeah, when using a y-splitter, there isn't much degradation (I couldn't tell the difference at all).
  18. Lemme guess, you got it from the internet?
  19. If he has the money, tell him to get the pro's with an ads2000 decoder from midiland.
  20. FYI, when you buy Klipsch stuff online, know that you're getting B-stock. I'm sure they have an excellent quality department, but, not every unit off the assembly line is the same. They probably test random units, and production runs with good results go to dealers like hifbuys, and the rest go to other distributers, and the internet. Erik, where'd you buy yours?
  21. What about the auto setting? does it work? Where'd you buy the sub? If you bought it at a dealer, (which I'm guessing you didn't) you should be able to take it back and exchange it for a new one. Otherwise, contact klipsch. They'll probably have you send in your amp panel, and when they get it, they'll send you a new one.
  22. If perfect sound is really REALLY important to you, you should have all matching speakers, but for side surrounds, and surrounds in general, it's not AS important as having matching speakers across the front. What alternative speakers did you have in mind for the sides? Also, wife-said-no, if the RF-3's were both right next to the tv, stereo imaging might be lost/lessoned because they are already pretty close together. I don't know, just a thought.
  23. Where's Amy? It sounds like a preamp problem. Which one do you have?
  24. That thing must be nothing but connections. There's like 20 things you can connect to it. That's funky.
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