Indoor speaker setup help!?
I have two old technics speakers that are 240 watts each and still sound great even though they are from the 90s, and a Sony sw2500 10 inch sub. I can't use the setup yet though because I don't have a receiver. Is buying one really my only option? I'm never going to watch movies with this setup, just strictly music. I basically just want a decent setup for basement parties. Thanks :p
- Kevin LLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
You do need some sort of amplification for the main Technics speakers, and depending on the source and amount of sources you may need some sort of preamplifier with input switching.
Since music is your only source and not surround sound, your best bet is a integrated amplifier. This is a amplifier and preamplifier combined to allow you to connect multiple sources and then amplify the output to a pair of main speakers. The nice thing about integrated amplifiers too is they generally use better quality parts and are better designed for music playback, than that of receivers. There are many compromises made in receivers that sacrifice sound quality, parts quality and design.
If records is a source you have or considering, make sure you get a integrated amplifier with a phonopramplifer built in, this is required to play records.
NAD makes a nice budget friendly integrated amplifiers but there are many others available. The best place to go is your local independent high end audio video store as they carry the better brands of equipment and the salesmen generally have many years experience to better help you find the right product for your needs. Many of these high end stores will carry some excellent budget gear as well, and even some used gear that might help you save some money.
Depending on the sound your after you have two different ways to hook up your speakers and subwoofer. If you like the way the Technics sound in the bass region then I would not hook them up the way the other gentlemen stated. I would run them full range as normal, and if you really need more low bass then just come off the line level subwoofer output ( make sure the Integrated Amplifier you purchase has a variable line output like a subwoofer or preamp output) and then adjust the low pass to blend with the main speakers.
There are advantages and disadvantages of running the subwoofer in-line with the main speakers as the other person suggested. One your bass information will now be mono and not stereo if you where just using your main speakers. This compromises correct placement of instruments in the soundstage,
The one advantage to hooking your main speakers through the subwoofer is now your main speakers are not having to reproduce the low bass information. This means you will need less power to drive the main speakers, and "may" allow your main speakers to play louder as they are not having to reproduce the bass information.
But personally I prefer running your mains full range, and then just using the subwoofer to supplement the real low bass information. This will give you the greater detail, and much better soundstaging.
40 years high end audio video specialist
- ChrisLv 59 years ago
No, you don't need a home theater receiver. That Sony sub has speaker ins and outs (high level input) as well as the usual coax low level input from an AV receiver. Use the high level inputs like this....
1) take four lengths of speaker cable.
2) connect one length to each of the technics speakers, and then connect the other end to the sub's "speaker out" connections.
3) take the two remaining lengths of speaker cable. Connect them to the sub's "speaker in" connections. Connect the other ends to your hi-fi amp speaker out connections.
Make sure you observe and stick to the + and - wiring all the way through i.e. don't mix them up.
If you have done this right then your connection goes from the hi-fi amp to the sub then to the Technics speakers. All the speakers will now work. The sub acts as a filter. It taps off the bass frequencies for itself and passes the remainder to the Technics speakers. There are two dials on the back of the sub. One controls the cutoff frequency where the sub does its filtering. Try position 3 as a start point. If the sub is cutting in to high or low then adjust as necessary. The other control is the sub volume control. There is also a switch marked Phase. The position setting depends on how the bass sounds because of the room position, so either 0 or 180 could be correct for your combination of room and sub location. Just listen to the quantity of bass. When the phase is correct then the bass should sound loud and full.
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- AVDADDYLv 79 years ago
There is no getting around the fact that you need an amp or receiver to power these speakers.