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Topic # 82775 5-May-2011 13:29
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Hi

I am NOT an audiophile so I need some help on what I should do to get better sound from my shiny new TV...

The sound from this TV is not up to par and I don't want to go as far as a full home theatre at this stage (renting, and can't be bothered with all the surround wires).  I only want to attach a couple of reasonable speakers (able to stand on floor as no shelf space) - can I attach something like Genius SP-HF1800A speakers via the Monitor out AV ports on the TV?? I don't know whether I would need an amp in between or if I can just attach any large PC speakers etc...

Already connected to it are:
MySky HDi (input via AV)
DVD Recorder (Panasonic DMR-EH57) (input via HDMI)
PC (input via HDMI with sound via AV)
Wii (input via AV)

Thanks in advance for any info...

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  Reply # 465722 5-May-2011 13:39
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I think you'll find that will work well.
Those speakers appear to have a built in amp.

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  Reply # 465758 5-May-2011 14:15
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Any external speakers will be better than the ones build into a TV. With 4" drivers those won't even close to measure up to a proper home theater system, but at that price you can't expect them to.




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  Reply # 465772 5-May-2011 14:42
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timmmay: Any external speakers will be better than the ones build into a TV. With 4" drivers those won't even close to measure up to a proper home theater system, but at that price you can't expect them to.


Thanks - Got any other speaker suggestions then for under $150? I wanted Microlab SOLO5 but they seem to be hard to get...

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  Reply # 465775 5-May-2011 14:44
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Most cheaper speakers are small, I don't think I can help with floor standing sorry. I'd wander into J B Hifi and see what they have.




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  Reply # 465782 5-May-2011 15:02
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Perhaps you would be slightly better off going for some computer speakers with a dedicated subwoofer, like a 2.1 setup. Still would be stereo but you'd probably get a better sound than two speakers with just 4" drivers as Timmay says above.

Just an idea, but something like:
http://dicksmith.co.nz/product/XH9905/logitech-z523-speaker-system
or
http://dicksmith.co.nz/product/XH9975/divoom-xforce-2-2-1-computer-speaker

Either way, yes you can just mute the TV and use the audio output to get a stereo line feed to your new speakers.



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  Reply # 465800 5-May-2011 15:30
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Jaxson: Perhaps you would be slightly better off going for some computer speakers with a dedicated subwoofer, like a 2.1 setup. Still would be stereo but you'd probably get a better sound than two speakers with just 4" drivers as Timmay says above.

Just an idea, but something like:
http://dicksmith.co.nz/product/XH9905/logitech-z523-speaker-system
or
http://dicksmith.co.nz/product/XH9975/divoom-xforce-2-2-1-computer-speaker

Either way, yes you can just mute the TV and use the audio output to get a stereo line feed to your new speakers.


Funnily enough I was JUST NOW looking at those Divoom speakers (and the xforce1's).  We have an old set of Creative Cambridge Soundworks 2.1 on the kids bedroom TV (with stuffed speakers) so I think that might the way I'll go... 



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  Reply # 465813 5-May-2011 15:54
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Afterthought.... setting it up this way I'm going to lose use of the TV remote for volume right?? That doesn't work for me - I pride myself on not having to move while watching TV (and I loath those sudden noisy ads...)

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  Reply # 465821 5-May-2011 16:03
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You'd have to check.

There may be some audio outputs that mimick the TV volume but really this wont help I guess.

Yeah, have a look, there may be a setting that can help but otherwise you'd need to invest in either a receiver etc or speakers that come with a IR remote volume adjust function.

Actually a good way to do this is to buy a 2nd hand mini system or re use a stereo from around the house.  Any CD player type thing with an AUX in will work.  That can be the cheapest/easiest way to get a unit that allows for remote volume adjust, with the added benefit of having a CD player etc right there for that purpose as well.

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  Reply # 465826 5-May-2011 16:16
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sorry to spoil the party but with computer speakers you are sitting 50cm from the thing. try sitting 500-1000cm from the thing in a room full babies babbling and the ccomputer speakers start to babble too ... you got a computer speaker so just try that and confirm

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  Reply # 465828 5-May-2011 16:17
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(sound like any other energy has an exponential decay curve in relation to distance)

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  Reply # 465829 5-May-2011 16:20
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you could say crank it right up - well you get distortion, clipping, and at some point those unwanted noise generated with drown usable sounds like speech - might have to turn on the captions and subtitles...

how big is your room? if largish buy a cheap 'mini hifi' ($100-300) system (NOT MICRO hhifi but what some others would call a stereo system) off trademe or at a sale



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  Reply # 465830 5-May-2011 16:22
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joker97: sorry to spoil the party but with computer speakers you are sitting 50cm from the thing. try sitting 500-1000cm from the thing in a room full babies babbling and the ccomputer speakers start to babble too ... you got a computer speaker so just try that and confirm


Makes sense - can't test it though, both my sets of PC speakers are 3.5mm plugs and I have no RCA plug adapter. 



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  Reply # 465832 5-May-2011 16:28
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joker97: you could say crank it right up - well you get distortion, clipping, and at some point those unwanted noise generated with drown usable sounds like speech - might have to turn on the captions and subtitles...

how big is your room? if largish buy a cheap 'mini hifi' ($100-300) system (NOT MICRO hhifi but what some others would call a stereo system) off trademe or at a sale


Heh heh not planning on cranking it way up (yet) - just getting it a bit better than the standard TV speakers.  Only a medium room nothing big, and the systems I've looked at on TM have been too old and I don't want someone else's blown speakers/broken tape decks - and the bulk of a CD player, tuner etc that I don't need.  I run most stuff from my PC (music/movies) so don't need anything more than speakers. We had a big powerful Aiwa system with Dolby surround speakers but TM'ed it for more space - should have kept it huh!

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  Reply # 465996 5-May-2011 23:06
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The best solution...?
Wireless FM headphones running out of the audio out RCA ports.



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  Reply # 466001 5-May-2011 23:50
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Dunnersfella: The best solution...?
Wireless FM headphones running out of the audio out RCA ports.


Worst solution - family of 5... It's not all about me... 

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