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richa561
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Dorm Room Setup

My current system consists of:
Apple iBook G4
klipsch 2.1 promedia sub
2 MK S85 bookshelf speakers

I am just posting to see what the weakest link in the system is. I've considered getting a seperate reciever or subwoofer, but im not sure what/which. The MK's are hooked up to the stock satelite outs on the back of the sub. I am not sure what the cross-over point from the subs/sats is, but the MK's, retailing for $685 at one point are cleary not the weak link and are able to handle whatever the sub gives them. The MK's enclousure is sealed, and i've considered how much of a difference a ported speaker would make but im not sure. I know that the speaker wire is low quality, so im not sure if it makes sense to upgrade the only upgradable wire(the speaker wire). I've also thought about getting some decent stands for the MK's. As of now, theyre sitting on two plastic bins flanking my computer desk. Just wondering if anyone has any recomendations/comments and what not, thanks, LukeDuke

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Re: Dorm Room Setup

How are you amplifying your speakers? Do you power them directly through your notebook or are you using some sort of an external amplifier?

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Re: Dorm Room Setup

I am simply using the headphone out on the laptop directly to the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 subwoofer.

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Re: Dorm Room Setup

are these your speakers?
http://www.avrev.com/equip/m&k/index.html

That klipsch probably isn't designed with your speakers in mind. My guess is that the lack of a proper reciever is the weakest link. Your right about the crossover point that may be a bit of an issue. your 2.1 amp may be underpowered or unable to really provide the juice you need to control your speakers.

I'm sure others have thoughts, I for one tried powering a set of Kefs through a similar sub/speaker computer system, it was absolutely awful.

I don't know what the sensitivity of those speakers is, but assuming its high, you may want to consider the sonic impact T-amp or super T-amp (30 and 100 bucks respectively) for an easy cheap solution. Given that your speakers have a bottom end of 85hz perhaps the regular t-amp would be in order.

you can find a review here on the stereophile site, and plenty others through google for that little amp.

cheers

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