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# 165900 24-Feb-2015 05:33
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Last year I upgraded my PC's sound from the onboard to a SB X-Fi Xtreme PCI-E.
My sound system remained unchanged at a scruffy set of 12 year old 5.1 Genius speakers plus a Dell soundbar for the two front speakers. I also wired my Sherwood stereo amp through to the SB input plug so I can listen to radio, play records, cassette tapes or CDs through the PC (and record from those media to MP3).
In a moment of insanity I bought a Pyle PT798SBA 7.1 system off eBay and added a 220v to 110v transformer from Trademe. The Pyle receiver includes a 10" sub. The whole thing including the transformer cost just over $300NZ as shipping for the 21kg parcel was only $22US on top of $167US for the system. At the price it was a reasonable chance to take as the loss would be small if something went wrong.
Something did. The Pyle amp is now distorting badly on two channels and the balance control turns off the left speakers completely as soon as I touch it. Not worth shipping back to the US as the cost via NZPost would be around $400. A bit of Googling has shown that the Pyle system is not worth taking to a tech here as the consistent description is 'a steaming Pyle of s..t'.
Now that I have 7 reasonable quality speakers and nothing to drive them I am trying to sort out what amp and sub to buy locally. A tuner is not needed as my component stereo system has a good Pioneer that feeds to the SB card via the Sherwood amp.
I would appreciate any advice on what would be a suitable locally available amp and sub to enable me to get 7.1 running again off my PC at a decent quality. The 5.1 and soundbar had been moved to my workshop PC and that now has no sound as it's old speakers were relics that I dumped. I really notice the poor sound from the Genius now that it is back on this PC.
Budget is $1000 NZ for amp and sub or preferably a combo unit with built in sub as space is limited on my desk. I considered 5.1 but having experienced 7.1 it would be a poor substitute

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PC Specs (home built)
Gigabyte 970A-D3 mobo, AMD FX8320 CPU, Asus EAH6870 video, 16Gb DDR3/2133, Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme PCI-E souncard, 240Gb Kingston SSD boot drive, 7Tb of other drives, Asus BD writer. Three monitors, 24" Dell, 21.6" HP and 19" Viewsonic.

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  # 1246239 25-Feb-2015 11:19
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within budget there are many options from the main audio manufacturers.

it won't be hard to get better performance.

from what i've seen online the pyle is a very basic analogue amplifier with no digital audio decoding.

some of the best value-for-money buys can be found in the onkyo range; plenty of features (hdmi inputs, onboard audio processing, bluettoth etc.), good performance.

from $299 when bought direct from the importer

http://www.avalon.co.nz/56-two-channel-receivers

http://www.avalon.co.nz/56-two-channel-receivers?p=2

they also sell a decent, low cost sub

http://www.avalon.co.nz/subwoofers/196-onkyo-skw-770.html


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  # 1246252 25-Feb-2015 11:32
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While Onkyo have a considerably, and by considerably, I mean A LOT better reputation for quality when compared to your Pyle kit...
It's not known as the most reliable kit on the market.

When you say that you want a built in unit, do you want an AVR with a subwoofer built in?
Surely it would be better to be buying serperates...?

 
 
 
 




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# 1246268 25-Feb-2015 11:48
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Thanks for that. I was not aware of Avalon, all my searches pointed to Harvey Norman or similar retailers.



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# 1246770 26-Feb-2015 04:30
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I have stepped back and taken a look at what I actually need. I need good 7.1 sound out of my PC and have no requirement for video processing or any other inputs. Nor do I need theatre quality sound as I have the component stereo for that.

 

Have just been to the Ape and ordered a Logitech z906 and a Logitek z623 for a total of $635.89 with shipping. This is a lot less than I would have had to fork out for a receiver and sub and allows me to put the whole Pyle unit on Trademe to get something back. The z906 will give me the front 5.1 and the z623 will be connected as rear spealers with their own sub.

 

 

Thanks for the replies, they helped me to work out what I actually needed. It was the comment on seperates that kicked me in the right direction.

 


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  # 1246793 26-Feb-2015 08:34
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I have corrected the spelling of a company name. From the FUG "When talking about a company use their real name. We follow the principle that respect must go both ways.".




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  # 1249523 2-Mar-2015 14:55
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you missed a 'logitek'...

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  # 1249529 2-Mar-2015 15:04
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Yep, my fingers can't spell.

 

The two Logitech units have just arrived from Mighty Ape so looking forward to setting them up.

 

Further on the Pyle saga, I listed it on Trademe, only to have the listing removed because it is illegal to sell any appliance in NZ that does not use standar plug or current. Will probably use the 7 speakers elsewhere and dump the centre unit.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1249620 2-Mar-2015 16:16
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ilovemusic: you missed a 'logitek'...

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That was obviously accidental on the part of the poster. The company name I fixed was intentionally spelled incorrectly.





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