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Is there any subwoofer that will just work (plug in) to the existing Klipsch RM-15 Bookshelf Speakers that I have? I have the two of them connected to my PC and they sound fantastic, but they could use the addition of a subwoofer. I see a couple of lower priced Klipsch subs that would do the trick if they work. Does anyone have any experience with this? Suggestions are appreciated.
Short version, need recommendations for a subwoofer for use with Klipsch Quintet 5.0 speakers to be used as a PC speaker surround system for games & music. Full story: My beloved Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 PC surround speakers finally bit the dust. It might be repairable, I think it's the transformer (progressively worse humming), but the control pod has been barely functional for years, so time to get something new I think. Except hardly anyone makes high quality PC surround systems anymore. Logitech used to (Z5500 I think) but they discontinued and replaced with something much poorer. So I've been cobbling together a system from parts. I started with Klipsch Quintet 5.0 speakers that were on sale at Newegg for $239 (still are until Monday I think). I searched high and low for a compact AV receiver, but nobody makes one - they are all standard audio/video equipment size - big.. But just by random chance I found a hybrid (tube/SS) barebones 5.1 amp that is small enough to fit on my desk. (Dared DV-6C if anyone's interested.) So now I need a compact reasonably priced sub to accompany the system. I watch no movies on it, it's just video games (hence the surround) and music. So I want something crisp and clean - games do not rely on low frequency effects in the same way that movies do. So looking for a compact, tight sub in the $200 range that complements the Quintets. Doesn't need a ton of power, it will sit right under my desk. Also should have a speaker-level input, as the 5.1 amp does not have any other outputs (I said it was bare-bones. 5.1 channel analog RCA inputs, 2 channel analog auxiliary RCA inputs, 6 speaker terminal pairs and that's it). Looks like I missed all the sale pricing of the Klipsch SW-350 as it has been in the process of being discontinued I think - that might have been perfect. (SW-450 is on sale for $199 at newegg, but it's too big. For reference, the old ProMedia sub was 15"Lx11"Wx12"H) Any recommendations?
Sorry for this being my first post and if this has come up a lot, I couldn't find much info online. I bought my pro media 2.1 speakers in the early 2000's and recently it stopped working. I took the back off and took a look around the board after it stopped working. The speakers would turn on for a second, then turn off. I would hear a click after the speakers would turn off. I traced the problem to the position C118 transistor. At least I think it's a transistor. Anyhow it's blown and blackened. I found one post online saying it may just be a noise filter or something and it could be safe to just remove it and not use it, but I don't want to do so, and further damage the circuit board. If anyone could help me out, i would bee forever grateful. Also, sorry if this post is a wall of text as i am posting this from my phone. Edit: if this post is in the wrong forum, mods please feel free to move this.
I have been very pleased with the results I have heard by using the AudiophileOptimizer! Actually, shocked would be a little more accurate description. I love the improvement I heard from my dedicated audio PC by moving from Microsoft XP to Windows Server 2012 and using the optimizer tool. I was working at the PC after running the optimizer when the sound that I was hearing turned my head quickly, “What was THAT?!” Another layer has been removed from between me and the music… much like I experienced the first time I installed panels and bass traps, Craig’s VRDs, Dean’s crossovers or Dave’s Eliptracs. There is a clarity and life that I haven’t heard from my system before. The breath of the singer, the shimmer of the cymbol, the individual notes… I can hear it all better than before. Now, a little background: I built a CAPS 2.0 audio PC described on the Computer Audiophile website almost 2 years ago. The really nice thing about the CAPS computer designs is that they are completely SILENT. There is not a fan or noise maker of any kind! I used Windows 7 Pro as my operating system at first (as was suggested by the Computer Audiophile site). I was not very happy because I found that I was plagued with latency issues that caused occasional pops and clicks while playing. I confirmed the latency issue using a couple of latency check programs such as DPC Latency Checker from Thesycon System software. I reformatted the hard drive and installed Windows XP which had much lower latency and sounded better especially after tweaking, stripping it down and removing unneeded services . It didn’t sound a LOT better than my standard PC but slightly. I was fine with it because it was a dedicated audio PC and was so quiet! I didn’t really care much about the end of XP support for this audio PC… it wasn’t critical to have on the network but it would become a hassle eventually. It was working fine but I had heard that people were having some good success with MS Windows Server 2012 as an audio server. It is expensive but there is a free trial version available from Microsoft so why not give it a try? I bought another solid state hard drive and loaded Windows Server 2012 R2 along with my DAC driver and the same stand-alone Foobar2000 install from the drive with XP. Hmmm… interesting… I thought it was sounding better but do I really want to mess with dealing with a trial version of Server 2012? I certainly didn’t want to pay $600 to license it when the 180 days ran out! No, this was not a $600 improvement with just Server 2012 by itself! Well, I could format and reinstall the OS twice a year but is it worth that effort? I soon found out that, Yes… yes it is! And it really doesn’t take that long to install since I have everything I need loaded on a 8GB bootable USB flash drive. I don’t hang out on the Computer Audiophile forum much but I recently ran across a couple of threads of discussions about this “optimizer” for Windows Server 2012. It sounded interesting because this guy, AudioPhil, had obviously spent a lot of time doing what I knew I would be doing which is removing services and playing with settings to hear how it affected the sound. It would be nice to skip that process and pay this guy for all the many hours of doing it for me. He resides in Switzerland and with the exchange rate it wound up costing about $140. I’ve certainly paid more than this for smaller degrees of improvement. I’m quite happy with the return on my investment! I can follow up later with more details about how I set up my system. The instructions and information on his site seem to be pretty complete but you will find that you need to read through them completely before deciding or doing anything and then review them multiple times. There are options but I suggest keeping it simple in the beginning. The process also makes it easy to back out of your changes. I can tell you that I don’t like it when I remove the tweaks! Would your results be similar? I don’t know. Without the room treatments and highly resolving equipment I might not notice the difference as much.