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I bought a Artec DR-RE 12A DVD Recorder w/Progressive Scan & Dolby 5.1 and I
hooked up the 5.1 speakers from my old DVD/5.1  player. The speakers aren't
powered and I can barely hear the sounds on the DVD's. Do I need an
amplifier or just some 120 volt powered speakers ? If I record a movie on
the Artec I can hear the sound ok on my PC.

Thanks for any help,

                               Pete




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I'm hardly an expert, so I hope somebody else chimes in if I've got things
wrong.  You don't have an amplifier nor a receiver?  If you don't, then how
have you hooked up the recorder to the speakers?  If you've used the 6
analog audio outs to go directly to each of your speakers and subwoofer (if
you've done this, I'm curious as to how), the player/recorder doesn't have
enough juice to give them an adequate signal.

Keep your speakers.  I think a home theatre receiver is in order.  You can
send the audio from the player/recorder to the receiver using an optical
cable, or better still, a digital coaxial cable.  And from there, speaker
wire to each of your speakers.  The receiver will give the signal far more
power than a DVD player/recorder could.  And then you can actually use the
Dolby Digital 5.1 and the DTS.

Hope I've helped!

cheers,
vij




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Thanks !  you've helped a lot.. And no I don't have a receiver, the speakers
hook directly to the DVD player. It has 6 RCA connectors for the 5/1. The
Artec was kinda cheap ($89) so i'm guessing it couldn't power my
(cheap)(un-powered)  speakers very well either.. :(
I'm heading to electronic express now to look at their receivers.

Pete

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Glad to know I was able to help a bit!  Do some research to determine
exactly what features you need and what you don't need (my receiver has
features I will probably never use), always bearing in mind what your budget
is.  Good luck with the purchase!
vij

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It is likely your old system was a theater in a box, with the power to fire
up those speakers.  Your new receiver is likely not a theater in a box, and
you will need to get a 5.1 amp, an inexpensive one will be fine from the
local electronics store.

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Those outputs are meant to go into the 5.1 analog in to the
receiver/amplifier.


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