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How to put together a 2.1 powerful sound system.

Marshmallow

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Hi, New to this and excuse my lack of knowledge. I am learning. Right, I have 2 Max 600w speakers and an SPL 2 way Amp. I would like to add a sub. Will I need a new Amp to produce a 2.1 system? I want a wired sub. Any suggestions for what Amp I will need to power my 2 existing speakers and to add a wired/powered sub? I have a budget of £400. is this enough? It is for home use only. Many thanks In advance.
 

Al ears

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Your best bet is to get an integrated amplifier with a dedicated subwoofer out connection like the Marantz PM6007 however these are £499.
Failing that most Rotel Integrated Amplifiers provide both line-level and speaker-level outputs that can be used to connect a powered subwoofer to your system. To connect a powered subwoofer via line level (RCA), the Left and Right PRE OUT connections can be used from the Rotel unit to the line level input on the subwoofer.
 

MrBee

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Why oh why do people think watts for sound? Truly 55 to 60 watts is all anyone needs for a home sound system. I made a Rapberry HiFi Dac cost about £100 all told that picked up Studio quality transmissions for nothing, through a set of Arcam Two speakers with an Arcam 8 amp and the sound was like a Jazz group was playing right here in my living room with no hiss! Total cost £300 and loud! I had more volume to give it but beings as the group was here in the living room I think that was enough!

Clarity not volume....
 

TheJoker

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Hi, New to this and excuse my lack of knowledge. I am learning. Right, I have 2 Max 600w speakers and an SPL 2 way Amp. I would like to add a sub. Will I need a new Amp to produce a 2.1 system? I want a wired sub. Any suggestions for what Amp I will need to power my 2 existing speakers and to add a wired/powered sub? I have a budget of £400. is this enough? It is for home use only. Many thanks In advance.
You won't need to change amp's, just use a high level subwoofer connection.

 

SpursGator

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Clarity and volume works for the better music Mr Bee, you Raspberry Pi cheapskate.
(It takes one to know one - I use a RPi too 😉).
Haha me too. Although mine is in a case with a loud fan so if I get serious about it, that would have to change. But there are all kinds of cool audio tricks you can pull with a RPi, from streaming to DACs and more. These components you read about in WHF that have little screens - streamers et al - are basically all running a small version of Linux on the inside - just like your RPi. So why not.

I know a group for anoraks like us, meets weekly in a church basement. Very discreet. There's tea there (it's free, you cheapskate).
 
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