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So I got to thinking the other day, while I prefer gaming with headphones there are times, such as those when me and a buddy will be switching off on a game that headphones are not ideal. I really didnt want to spend a whole lot but then I remembered that all three of my monitors have decent speakers on them, definitely not super high end, but they sound good and have decent volume.

With that being said, I wondered if I could hook up the center monitor to the center channel connection, right monitor to the right channel and left monitor to the left. All that would remain then would be right and left rear and a sub. Seems like it could work, but I really dont know a whole lot about sound when it comes to computers so I could be missing a massive piece that makes it less than feasible.

Would welcome any input on how feasible it is, and/or how great/stupid of an idea it is.

Thanks ahead of time, any asistance will be awarded with 15 bonus ninja points redeemable at our only physical location which is in northern Siberia and staffed by a Russian gentleman by the name of "Patty"
Edited by TheLastPriest - 4/30/11 at 1:22pm
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post #2 of 9
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Was thinking of getting something like this and using the two speakers as my right and left rear. Would that work?
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post #3 of 9
Its possible, and would work as a 3.0 system. You'd need to hotwire the jacks though, each single jack on the onboard has a pair of speakers/channels (I'm guessing you have the same ADI codec as me), you'd need the center channel from the center/sub jack on the onboard to both channels on the center monitor, and the left and right channels seperately from the front L/R jack on the onboard to both channels of the left and right monitors respectively (you could just run mono on the monitors which would be easier). Prolly do it with some cables you could buy and some splitters - I'd have to look.

Edit - if you added a 2.1 as the rear you'd just get bass from the rear channels.
Edited by Darren9 - 4/30/11 at 1:18pm
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Sweet, that description was a little beyond my technical knowledge, had to read it a few times and probably read it a few more.
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post #5 of 9
GhettoRigging FTW. It would totally work. I have 1 2.1 Insigia for the front chanels / bass, some random little speakers for the middle channel and in the rear i just used a jack spitter / some old speakers and some random little sub.

Depending on your audio card you can assign each jack to a speaker. Its easiest with the realtek thing..
    
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GhettoRigging FTW. It would totally work. I have 1 2.1 Insigia for the front chanels / bass, some random little speakers for the middle channel and in the rear i just used a jack spitter / some old speakers and some random little sub.

Depending on your audio card you can assign each jack to a speaker. Its easiest with the realtek thing..
You sir are serious about your ghetto rigging
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post #7 of 9
Lol yep. Rather use what i have then go buy something
Sounds pretty good though.
    
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post #8 of 9
Something like this to seperate the channels from each stereo jack, you'd need two, one for the center/sub and one for the front L/R. You get left, right, center and sub mono channels.Then feed the Left, Right and Center to each monitor and ignore the sub.

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Elec...2|prd:17470632
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post #9 of 9
5.1 what left and right sub?
Your center is the most important of all the speakers.
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