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  • Codplay
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Impedance matching question
Hi all, just have a quick question regarding impedance matching. My desktop computer speakers finally died on me (Altec Lansing 2100), and I'm not in a position to be buying replacement speakers of reasonable quality. I do however have an old pair of Monitor Audio MA-5s, which pair beautifully with the Technics V3 amp (my dad's old sound system - he gave me everything but the Technics turntable! xD)

My question is - can I connect my audio-out from my PC to an input on the V3 using a simple adapter. I can find all kinds of numbers on the impedance of the amp, but quite honestly I'm not sure what much of it means and I don't know how to compare that to my PC. The audio-out is from my motherboard (no dedicated sound card sadly) which is the Asus P8Z77-M Pro.

If somebody could help me out and let me know if the two would play nice together, that would be awesome.

Cheers!

  • saratoga
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Yes it should be fine. Powering an amp is easy compared to what a headphone out usually powers.

  • Codplay
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Hm? Sorry I'm a little confused - powering an amp is easy? Is that because the amp has its own external power supply?
I just want to make sure that plugging the two together isn't going to fry either the motherboard or the guts of the amp.

I know you said it should be fine - I'd just like a little more detail on why

Thanks!

  • saratoga
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Yes the amp is powered and so presents negligible load.

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Hm? Sorry I'm a little confused - powering an amp is easy? Is that because the amp has its own external power supply?
I just want to make sure that plugging the two together isn't going to fry either the motherboard or the guts of the amp.

I know you said it should be fine - I'd just like a little more detail on why

Thanks!


There will be no problems. I've been using multiple Technics receivers on my PCs for over 10 years with never a problem. BTW there is no such thing as 'impedance matching' of line level signals. The output impedance of the PC is low, the receiver input is much higher. We're not interested in maximum power transfer. We just want a clean quiet signal.



  • Nessuno
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@OP,  just a caveat: of course you'll use a line level input on your amp, not a phono input!
... I live by long distance.

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I've been using a Technics SU-V3 with my computer for years. There have been no apparent problems. I advise setting the speaker selection switch to OFF before powering on or off, and also while booting the computer if the input selector switch is set to AUX.

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I've been using a Technics SU-V3 with my computer for years. There have been no apparent problems. I advise setting the speaker selection switch to OFF before powering on or off, and also while booting the computer if the input selector switch is set to AUX.


That certainly a fine thing to do but I pay absolutely no attention to which unit is on first. Since I don't care for Windows start / end sound I just turn them off in 'sounds'. Many times I've had the audio system on before the PC is boots and there isn't even a click. Same for turn off.