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Just ordered this small compact sub to go along with my AudioEngine A2 speakers. I have the Asus D2X Soundcard..just want to know the correct way of setting this up..Is it as simple as just inserting the Line in cable from my Sub to the Sub port on my Asus D2X soundcard? Or do I setup my sub to connect to my A2 speakers instead?


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post #2 of 49
Me thinks you have to connect the sub to the sound card. Basically you need only lower frequencies transmitted to the sub. I am guessing the sound card already has the circuitry to filter out the low frequencies and supply them to the sub via the sub output. I do not know if your speakers got a line out for subs - do not look like they do.
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Originally Posted by Awaz;13609561 
Me thinks you have to connect the sub to the sound card. Basically you need only lower frequencies transmitted to the sub. I am guessing the sound card already has the circuitry to filter out the low frequencies and supply them to the sub via the sub output. I do not know if your speakers got a line out for subs - do not look like they do.

thanks for the info.. Someone told me this about the A2's:
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Most subs have outputs to the speakers from the sub.

If not, a little known "feature" of the A2 is that you can use one of the inputs as an "output". Just plug your unused "input" from the A2 into the input of your sub.

Hope this helps.

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post #4 of 49
If you use the sub output on your sound card, you'll need to hook the speakers up separately. However, if that sub has RCA/3.5mm in/outputs, you could just hook it up with either to the soundcard and then plug the speakers into the sub. I would go with the first route anyway, though.
post #5 of 49
i believe that sub only has RCA inputs, so you need to get a 3.5mm to RCA adapter and run that from the sound card to the sub. just plug your speakers directly into the soundcard too.

be sure to setup the high pass filter to match the sub.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SpunkyXL;13609583 
thanks for the info.. Someone told me this about the A2's:

I've heard only the A5 have that ability and not the A2.

As for hooking up the sub it's rather simple.

Just get a 3.5mm y splitter. Then Get 3.5mm to RCA. After that you need a dual stereo RCA (female) to mono RCA (male). Because just hooking one up will only get bass from one side. For music that sweeps through left and right channels it will be annoying.
    
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Quote:
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thanks for the info.. Someone told me this about the A2's:

hmm....this would mean the sub will get the entire gamut of frequency?? I do not know if I would want to do that honestly...
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Hi there, the speakers themselves dont have an output for a sub and looking at the connections 1 pair phono(a) and a local input(b) it will be completely incompatible with the sub.
essentially you'll be increasing/decreasing 2 volumes, 1 for sub and 1 for the speakers and may even find it sounds worse than just the 2 speakers, when you look for a sub you need to be certain it is compatible with the speakers as this is where frequency crossovers occur, not at the soundcard.

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post #9 of 49
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Originally Posted by aksthem1;13609809 
As for hooking up the sub it's rather simple.

Just get a 3.5mm y splitter. Then Get 3.5mm to RCA. After that you need a dual stereo RCA (female) to mono RCA (male). Because just hooking one up will only get bass from one side. For music that sweeps through left and right channels it will be annoying.

Which cables go where? Sorry, I'm a total n00b to all this audio stuff.
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post #10 of 49
If I were you I would cancel the order for the sub if you still can. While it may be small there is no way to control the crossover frequency. A major drawback for music and movies.

Sure it may give you more boom, but voices will go through the sub as well.

Edit: The Y splitter goes from your soundcard. One of the outputs is for the sub the other for the speakers. The 3.5mm to RCA goes from the Y splitter. Then after the female RCA inputs are connected from the 3.5mm to RCA.
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