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How can I connect speakers from old home theater to my PC.

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Monitor audio do have pretty good speakers, I had some Monitor audio Bronze-BX awhile back, the silvers are a tier up from that. I would advise an SMSL for under 150$ to drive speakers such as the SMSL SA300

 

SMSL SA300: https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-Infineons-Technology-Amplifier-chip,Bluetooth/dp/B081DJD1G4/ref=sr_1_5?crid=H28SNF8LNJTZ&keywords=smsl&qid=1656904252&sprefix=smsl%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-5

 

It has lots of power, USB and Line Input and a Sub Out and bluetooth. The line input is convenient and the Sub Out can come in handy later if you end up wanting to add a subwoofer. To get audio out of a computer you want either USB or HDMI if you only have onboard audio. If you also want a headphone out or an optical input which can be helpful for getting audio out of many tvs you should get the SMSL AD18

 

SMSL AD18: https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-AD18-Amplifier-Bluetooth-Subwoofer/dp/B071JN7GXN/ref=sr_1_6?crid=H28SNF8LNJTZ&keywords=smsl&qid=1656904252&sprefix=smsl%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-6

Hello I had recently found an old pair of speakers that I want to use for my PC, but I don't even know what cable they use.
Those speakers are silver RS1 from monitor audio: https://www.monitoraudio.com/en/support/past-products/silver-rs/rs1/

I assume they need some kind of DAC but I cant really afford to spend more then 150$, so is there some one that can tell me the name of the cable that those speakers use and recommend me anything to plug them in?

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They're just called "speaker wire". There are two leads, positive and negative. These cables deliver power to the speakers as well as the audio signal.

 

You're looking for a digital amplifier like this one (for example, I just picked the top result from Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Lepy-LP-2020A-Class-D-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B01FZKA28Y/

 

This one uses the 3.5mm jack from your PC. Some might use USB.

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54 minutes ago, CyberneticTitan said:

They're just called "speaker wire". There are two leads, positive and negative. These cables deliver power to the speakers as well as the audio signal.

 

You're looking for a digital amplifier like this one (for example, I just picked the top result from Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Lepy-LP-2020A-Class-D-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B01FZKA28Y/

 

This one uses the 3.5mm jack from your PC. Some might use USB.

Okay thanks, I just want to know if this is a good amplifier because as far as I know the speakers are peaty good so I don't really want to pair them with the bad quality amplifier (or did you just got a random one as an example). Thanks in advance!

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Monitor audio do have pretty good speakers, I had some Monitor audio Bronze-BX awhile back, the silvers are a tier up from that. I would advise an SMSL for under 150$ to drive speakers such as the SMSL SA300

 

SMSL SA300: https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-Infineons-Technology-Amplifier-chip,Bluetooth/dp/B081DJD1G4/ref=sr_1_5?crid=H28SNF8LNJTZ&keywords=smsl&qid=1656904252&sprefix=smsl%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-5

 

It has lots of power, USB and Line Input and a Sub Out and bluetooth. The line input is convenient and the Sub Out can come in handy later if you end up wanting to add a subwoofer. To get audio out of a computer you want either USB or HDMI if you only have onboard audio. If you also want a headphone out or an optical input which can be helpful for getting audio out of many tvs you should get the SMSL AD18

 

SMSL AD18: https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-AD18-Amplifier-Bluetooth-Subwoofer/dp/B071JN7GXN/ref=sr_1_6?crid=H28SNF8LNJTZ&keywords=smsl&qid=1656904252&sprefix=smsl%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-6

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38 minutes ago, Edins said:

Monitor audio do have pretty good speakers, I had some Monitor audio Bronze-BX awhile back, the silvers are a tier up from that. I would advise an SMSL for under 150$ to drive speakers such as the SMSL SA300

 

SMSL SA300: https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-Infineons-Technology-Amplifier-chip,Bluetooth/dp/B081DJD1G4/ref=sr_1_5?crid=H28SNF8LNJTZ&keywords=smsl&qid=1656904252&sprefix=smsl%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-5

 

It has lots of power, USB and Line Input and a Sub Out and bluetooth. The line input is convenient and the Sub Out can come in handy later if you end up wanting to add a subwoofer. To get audio out of a computer you want either USB or HDMI if you only have onboard audio. If you also want a headphone out or an optical input which can be helpful for getting audio out of many tvs you should get the SMSL AD18

 

SMSL AD18: https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-AD18-Amplifier-Bluetooth-Subwoofer/dp/B071JN7GXN/ref=sr_1_6?crid=H28SNF8LNJTZ&keywords=smsl&qid=1656904252&sprefix=smsl%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-6

I dont need a optical input so I will go with SMSL SA300 thanks!

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43 minutes ago, Edins said:

Monitor audio do have pretty good speakers, I had some Monitor audio Bronze-BX awhile back, the silvers are a tier up from that. I would advise an SMSL for under 150$ to drive speakers such as the SMSL SA300

 

SMSL SA300: https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-Infineons-Technology-Amplifier-chip,Bluetooth/dp/B081DJD1G4/ref=sr_1_5?crid=H28SNF8LNJTZ&keywords=smsl&qid=1656904252&sprefix=smsl%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-5

 

It has lots of power, USB and Line Input and a Sub Out and bluetooth. The line input is convenient and the Sub Out can come in handy later if you end up wanting to add a subwoofer. To get audio out of a computer you want either USB or HDMI if you only have onboard audio. If you also want a headphone out or an optical input which can be helpful for getting audio out of many tvs you should get the SMSL AD18

 

SMSL AD18: https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-AD18-Amplifier-Bluetooth-Subwoofer/dp/B071JN7GXN/ref=sr_1_6?crid=H28SNF8LNJTZ&keywords=smsl&qid=1656904252&sprefix=smsl%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-6

Just noticed by the way that the speakers are 6ohms and the SMSL SA300 is 4ohms will that impact a volume or what?

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1 minute ago, LAYTOR said:

Just noticed by the way that the speakers are 6ohms and the SMSL SA300 is 4ohms will that impact a volume or what?

In this case, you don't have to worry about it at all. The only time you might run into a power/volume issue with this amp would be if you were powering tower speakers.

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9 minutes ago, LAYTOR said:

Just noticed by the way that the speakers are 6ohms and the SMSL SA300 is 4ohms will that impact a volume or what?

Low Ohm capability is usually considered "better" on amplifiers.
 

8 Ohm speakers are considered "standard" and are generally the most common.
4 Ohm speakers are generally less common and are harder to drive.

If you're trying to drive 6 Ohm speakers on an amp that can go down to 4 Ohms, you're fine.

SMSL stuff is usually considered pretty decent.

 

As an aside, if you're fine with the DAC built into your computer you can usually get away with JUST an amplifier (think Aiyima A07). The amp would take in a computer signal (from an aux cable) and then amplify it so that your speakers have power.

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