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October 4, 2010 7:16:51 AM

Hi guys,

I made a post here about 4 months ago (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/56048-6-speakers-musi...) about buying a 2.1 speaker system for around $1000. Now I am finally here in the US and have actually moved into the small room that I am going to put the speakers in (yay) and will hopefully soon realize my plans. The setup I thought would be good after astrallite's excellent advice was:

2x NHT Classic Two - http://www.amazon.com/NHT-N-2B-Classic-Speaker-Black/dp...

1x Elemental Designs - http://www.edesignaudio.com/product_info.php?cPath=2_13...

1x Yamaha HTR-6240 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001S2RDAY/sr=8-1-spel...

Since then I have upgraded all the music on my computer from mp3s to lossless audio. I still wonder about a couple of things though - does anyone have a recommendation for a sound card with a digital output that can be connected to a laptop? I think that would definitely be necessary to justify the expense for these speakers. I looked at this Creative S1090 USB X-fi (http://tinyurl.com/36lwmg4). Also following actually moving in I realised two things - firstly, I will need some speaker stands. As it looks now, I would move my bed out a bit, put the satellite speakers there. So I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for some inexpensive, solid speaker stands (I can't use wall mounts) that are about 80cm to 1m high.

I also wonder about the subwoofer - my room is in no way optimal for speaker placement. This may change in later years though, so I'm still keen to invest in something worthwhile. But yeah, there is a lot of furniture. The subwoofer should preferably be diagonally opposite the listening point right? Ie as far as possible from where you're sitting, but also near a wall? Because there is one corner near me, and then there is one place in front of my wardrobe (would impede a bit with opening it but I don't really care) that is diagonally opposite. So I guess it would need to be in front of the wardrobe?

Thanks a lot for any helpful replies!

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October 5, 2010 6:56:02 AM

Hey, good to hear you got your system up and working. Does your laptop have hdmi out? You can use that for audio.

As far as stands goes, they are a bit hit and miss, but Sanus is generally well known for cost-effective designs. Tomshardware isn't the best forum for this, I would try Avsforum, Overclock.net, or maybe Hardforum as you may get more replies.

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October 5, 2010 7:01:49 AM

astrallite said:
Hey, good to hear you got your system up and working. Does your laptop have hdmi out? You can use that for audio.

As far as stands goes, they are a bit hit and miss, but Sanus is generally well known for cost-effective designs. Tomshardware isn't the best forum for this, I would try Avsforum, Overclock.net, or maybe Hardforum as you may get more replies.


Yeah, my laptop does have HDMI out - so that will be sufficient?

I'll have a look at Sanus for speaker stands, and also make a post at one of those other forums.

Thanks for your help.
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October 5, 2010 7:53:13 AM

HDMI is identical to digital coaxial, it just happens to carry video as well. You can use the hdmi out to listen to music.

Take care and best of luck.
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October 6, 2010 4:04:21 AM

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