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Spherex Xbox 5.1 system speakers on regular HT receiver?

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Spherex Xbox 5.1 system speakers on regular HT receiver?

As the title says, can I use my Spherex Xbox speakers on a regular HT receiver until I can buy some new speakers?

I'm sure I'd need a new sub...
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Yes you can do that, and yes you would need to buy a new sub. Only thing is you will need to cut the ends off one end of the speaker wire (unless your new AVR takes RCA ins). Doubt it since very few do.
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Apr 28th, 2009 10:19 pm
Yes you can do that, and yes you would need to buy a new sub. Only thing is you will need to cut the ends off one end of the speaker wire (unless your new AVR takes RCA ins). Doubt it since very few do.
Probably can get an RCA->banana clip adapter...
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...but why you want to do that ?
I don't think it will significantly improve the sound experience.
Did they Spherex amp die ?
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...but why you want to do that ?
I don't think it will significantly improve the sound experience.
Did they Spherex amp die ?
Nooo, but it has issues... there's the pop and hiss problems that these sets are known for, also I want to do HDMI switching...

Also no HD audio (I know it's a lolz but still I have the ****ing PS3 and nice TV, might as well get nice sound)...
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I saw @ Best Buy a Sony 7.1 HDMI receiver for $299, looks like low end stuff but the function is there for the PS3 - takes LPCM decoded by the PS3.

I was tempted but I have a S550 outputing 7.1 analog for my HD experience to my Z-5500 LOL. I don't think it will take HD sound from my HD-DVD player anyway so I didn't get it.
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Sorry to bump this old thread up, but my Spherex amp died and I want to keep the speakers if possible... I was thinking of buying a receiver and sub and hooking up the speakers to the new receiver. I'm considering just cutting the RCA plug off one end of each of the wires, but some of the rear wires are a bit short and I wouldn't mind replacing those... I'm not very good at soldering, so I was wondering if it's possible to buy speaker wire with RCA plugs already on one end?

Other option is to buy the Logitech Z5500 when it goes on sale again, or a cheap HTIB (need something with at least 2 optical inputs, or 1 HDMI input and an optical input). What do you guys think?
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spherex is out of business...for a reason

they won't work with other receivers etc
ditch the speakers
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applejuice wrote:
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spherex is out of business...for a reason

they won't work with other receivers etc
ditch the speakers
Not true if the impedance matches up and you know how to rig it up. Even if the impedance is off, could still rig it up to either cut the load in half or double it. If the speakers sound good, no reason to trash em.
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Sorry to revive the thread again but my Spherex amp finally died too.

Anyone else keep the speakers and hook it up to a receiver+sub?

The original speaker wire have RCA connectors. If I cut off one end, would it matter which is positive and negative wires to connect?
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Dec 30th, 2009 3:28 am
Sorry to revive the thread again but my Spherex amp finally died too.

Anyone else keep the speakers and hook it up to a receiver+sub?

The original speaker wire have RCA connectors. If I cut off one end, would it matter which is positive and negative wires to connect?
i believe it would, if you put the wrong polarity, you're speakers would be out of phase, and it'll sound like crap. If thats the case, i think it'll be very obvious. I don't know for sure because i've never tried.
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As long as the receiver isnt harmed. I'm planning on hooking it up to an H/K receiver.
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My amp just died too I think. The sound cuts in and out, and is very, very quiet and muffled.

Fudge.

Old thread, but did anyone end up successfully just hooking the speakers up to a new amp??
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I have been using the speakers with my old 5.1 Yamaha reciever for couple of yrs now. Bought new speaker wires and soldered the rca plugs.
I still have the amp/sub box and thinking of making into a sub. I think it will make a nice sub.
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Cant you just insert the wires into banana plugs?

It's a weird issue. The amp turns on fine...and I can put on say..electronic music and it pounds hard. But you cant hear lyrics.

Same thing if I boot up my ps3. You can hear the menu music fine, albeit a little distorted, but you cant hear people talking...like the plate announcements in MLB 2k9.

I guess it's broken, and it's a shame because I absolutely love this system.
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I have been using the speakers with my old 5.1 Yamaha reciever for couple of yrs now. Bought new speaker wires and soldered the rca plugs.
I still have the amp/sub box and thinking of making into a sub. I think it will make a nice sub.
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