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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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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.

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