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Home Theater Receivers

By Vehementi
Dec 25, 2002
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  1. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    When you compare the differences in the recievers, one thing that sticks out is the warranties. Most have a least one year. KLH, 90 days. That says something about quality.

    The main reason for weight difference is usually the power supply, which in a reciever is usually the heaviest part. It's hard to believe that the KLH wieighs 7 pounds more than the Kenwood. Best Buy has been know to make mistakes in these specs. Maybe the KLH is including the packing.
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Yeah, the Kenwood has a 1 year parts/labor warranty. Good to know. I'll get it! :D

    The question remains: KLH or Yamaha center speaker? I know the Yamaha may be of better quality than the KLH...but the KLH is $20 cheaper. Is the Yamaha really worth the extra money? Will I really notice it? I'm all for quality speakers, but I'm a little strapped for cash.
  3. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    If you had the two side by side in your home you might be able to tell a little difference, probably the Yamaha would be a little brighter and cleaner, but in the store you might not notice that much difference. I'd go for the price you can afford.

    The main concern in a surround system is that all speakers match, frequencywise, I don't mean in the bass region, but in midrange and treble. You can't look at specs and get any useful info on matching. Normally you would want to by all the same brand, but in this case you can't do this. Again, I'd go with the price, since you really can't determine how close they match what you have.
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Thank you so much for all your help olefarte! It is greatly appreciated. I'll order the receiver and the center speaker now.

    Heh I still have $70 left too...

    Thank you so much!!!!
  5. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Good luck, Happy Listening.
  6. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    I suppose this is the nature of things. Get very, very excited about having a great speaker system and then have it all taken away from you like a rug pulled from underfoot. A ban has been set in place at my house, under penalty of speaker confiscation, that no music shall be played, ever, with the exception of headphones...

    ...which I'm gonna get! Sennheiser HD500's I belive. Or HD280's. I dunno yet.
  7. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Ah yes and I forgot to mention, I'll be returning the receiver and center speaker next Friday, since they really won't do much good here currently. I'll just take the money and sit on it. not literally, you wankers
  8. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Don't know what the headphones cost that you are buying, but you could still benefit from that reciever (I think I saw some 2 channel stereo recievers at Best Buy that were cheaper than what you looked at). If you get some GOOD headphones they will sound as good as a very expensive speaker system, if you have a good reciver to play them through.
  9. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    You mean better than if I just played them through my sound card?

    The HD500's go for about $100, and are the lowest model in their HD series. The HD's go all the way up to the HD600's, which are like $350.
  10. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    I thought you were talking playing through your boombox. I haven't used headphones in a long time except when playing games on my computer and then only to keep from bothering anybody, and these are only the cheap $10 or $15 variety. $100 headphones are probably pretty good and would probably sound good on your computer, but might not have quite as much flexability, ie, fm tuner or tv if you wanted to listen to them to.

    Subject to arguement, I would think overall a reciever would sound better and have more flexability, but since you're on a tight budget I know you have to consider that to.
  11. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    My TV's in another room, and I don't have anything else to hook a receiver up to except my PC and CD player.

    Since I'm just connecting my sound card to the receiver, then my headphones to the receiver, will it really make the sound sound better? If so, how? :confused:
     
  12. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Just go for the headphones and save your money. A reciever cannot make the sound better than the source. You already have a good sound card. I guess I'm dense, I didn't realize that you were only going to hook the PC to the reciever.
  13. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Heh.

    And now I'm thinking of Sennheiser HD 212 Pro's. Their frequency response and THD are alot better than most speakers.
  14. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    I think you are right. These appear to me to be the better ones. These look like they have the tightly closed ear cups. This will generaly give better bass response, but they are not as comfortable as the so called open air type. If you have the closed ones on for a long time you will perspire under them. Also don't be fooled by that 12 to 19,000 Hz. They will no dought get down low, but just like I said with speakers, unless it says something like "12 to 19,000 Hz +1-3 DB" or something like that, frequency specs are not of much value. Not saying they won't get bass, but the respose will probably drop of a lot at 40 or maybe 30 Hz, which is not really all that bad. I'm really just nitpicking because you will probably be very happy with them, I know I would.
  15. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Do you order off the net. If you can I would recomend going to Best Buy and auditioning what they have and get the ones that sound the best and are the most comfortable. Comfort for long listening periods is a must. Also, the cordless ones are great.
  16. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Yeah, I would order them off the net. I'm going to Best Buy to return this stuff (/me cries) on Friday, so I'll see if I can get a demo for a few pairs of headphones :D I know Best Buy is all about the try it before you buy it thing...so I'll even bring in my CD player and see :D

    Several people who use the HD500's have said they're great for marathon listening periods.
  17. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Sounds good, go for it.
  18. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    I could always go for these...:haha:
  19. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    Now your're talkin', but, I thought you were on a tight budget.

    Wouldn't mind having these myself.
  20. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Heh...I was just kidding...$300 for earbuds is a no-no...
  21. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    After buying the computer we were talking about in the other thread it's to much for me to. I'm done for a while.
  22. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Heh yeah that must have downed you a pretty penny...

    You should've gotten an Alienware or Falcon Northwest or Hypersonic or the like. Much more bragging rights :D

    Anyway, good buy, that baby will last you a few years.
  23. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    I know what you mean. I almost got an Alienware, but where I live I can go look the Gateway dealer in the face if I have a problem. Also, after restoring my computer after DX9 or Cat. 3.0 screwed it up, I had to get online help. They took control of my desktop and had the problem fixed in less than 5 min. You can't beat that. Alienware may be just as good, but Gateway took care of my problem quick.
  24. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    The decision has been made.

    The receiver came today, minus the center speaker, so I promptly...

    ...opened it up and set the dang thing up :D :D :D

    I am keeping it.

    It's alot bigger than I thought it would be :eek:

    Ah and screw headphones, I have a pair of Sony MDR-V150's and they're fine.
  25. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    Ok I have a question. Actually two.

    My sound card is a Sound Blaster Audigy. It has digital output, can I use it?

    And I currently have 4 speakers connected to my receiver, and one line going out from my sound card, which hooks up to the CD/DVD input. It only plays out of two of them, the front speakers. Is there any way I can fake 4 speaker surround sound from my receiver? Can I duplicate the front input to play on the surround speakers? Or do I need to run a 2nd line out from my Audigy? And where would I connect that to?

    Thanks.
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