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I'm looking into audio again for some summer money saving/spending - the sound card will likely be the Titanium HD as I want more accurate positional audio for the occasional FPS I play and it can easily drive my HA-RX900 headphones.

However I'm looking into the speaker portion of my setup and I'm thinking of getting the AV40s as a nice upgrade to my Harman/Kardon generic 2.0 speakers. I'm wondering if it's actually possible to run the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 + AV40 using the Klipsch primarily for the subwoofer as either the front or rear speakers, and use the AV40 as the other set (basically getting 4.1 audio or mixed 2.1 audio if i just keep the speakers side by side on my desk). Can anyone provide a little more information as to the feasibility of this project? If it's not possible, I'll just look into getting both sets of speakers anyways and upgrading the wifes Logitech 2.0 system.

Thanks for any info!

EDIT: Ignore the Titanium HD soundcard - It only supports Stereo Analog Output, so 4.1 doesn't look like it would be possible..... Looks like I may have to get the Xonar ST(X)
Edited by iamwardicus - 5/7/11 at 12:21pm
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Well first off you can't use surround with Titanium HD. Now for a sound card that can do surround, it's not hard at all. Just plug in 3.5mm jack in to the corresponding output. I wouldn't put them side by side though.

The biggest downside to this would be the lack of a center channel. Since you have to set it as 5.1 to get audio to the rear speakers, you will lose audio positioning. For games it will go to the center speakers if the sounds are directly in front of you. For movies, speech will not be present.

I personally wouldn't do this since it's what you are trying to achieve.
    
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*nod* I didn't think it was possible (sorta forgot about the center channel...), but I wanted to double check :-p Thanks for the info aksthem1!
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4.0 is a supported output type.

Sounds and Audio devices - > Speaker Settings -> Advanced -> Select Quadraphonic

No center needed
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4.0 is a supported output type.

Sounds and Audio devices - > Speaker Settings -> Advanced -> Select Quadraphonic

No center needed
Oh man I totally forgot about that.

It's kinda possible to get "4.1." I say kinda, because the subwoofer is only part of the Klipsch system. So if you put them as rear speakers the subwoofer only kicks in when there is audio on the rear channels. Same applies if they are used as front channels.
    
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How would 4.0 operate for positional audio? I'd assume better than the 2.x obviously but experience is better than assumptions :-p I have a corner L desk, so the rear speakers will really be more on the sides, but if I can get more accurate audio for my LAN events I have with some friends, than I will consider this a nice option. I don't really want to go with a receiver hence me not piecing together an actual surround sound setup. Thanks for the heads up Nugu - I've not played with audio settings in years for any surround sound types!

EDIT: aksthem1 covered the question. It still seems I'll be best served just staying 2.x with one set or the other. If I get the AV40 I may just find a small 8"-10" subwoofer and call it a day.
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I used it for awhile (pre-full blown system). It works really well for directional when placed right, 2 in front (obviously) with 2 speakers opposite the fronts. I don't know how well using them as side would be though. If it's for just directional cues it'd probably be ok as long as you remember side= rear.
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the LAN parties for FPS are only a few times a year. I play WoW far more often. For that I want the better musical score that Blizz puts into their games. If nothing else I can still do this and just pick/choose which set I want to use based upon their sound - and just "borrow" the other set from my wifes computer when the FPS parties happen.
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How would 4.0 operate for positional audio? I'd assume better than the 2.x obviously but experience is better than assumptions :-p I have a corner L desk, so the rear speakers will really be more on the sides, but if I can get more accurate audio for my LAN events I have with some friends, than I will consider this a nice option. I don't really want to go with a receiver hence me not piecing together an actual surround sound setup. Thanks for the heads up Nugu - I've not played with audio settings in years for any surround sound types!

EDIT: aksthem1 covered the question. It still seems I'll be best served just staying 2.x with one set or the other. If I get the AV40 I may just find a small 8"-10" subwoofer and call it a day.
Your onboard sound does 5.1 (and 4.0, you'd just not connect the center/sub channel) so I wouldn't bother with a soundcard. 4.0 won't be that much different from 5.1, its the front L/R and rear L/R that make the difference. I'd rather go without a center channel than rear channels.
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I'm planning on dumping the onboard just because of the quality increase of using a soundcard. If it weren't for that I'd be all for keeping my onboard :-p Overall this is a summer project that's going right behind finishing up my watercooling setup. Starting in June I'll be getting a monthly increase in spending funds, however first thing is first and making sure that my wife & I are provided for After that I'm going to finish up the started H2O project - then upgrade the audio. I play a few more games than my wife does - she plays WoW & listens to far more music than me. I'll get everything balanced somehow

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