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M-Audio 40 + 3rd party sub+ X-fi Fatal1ty sound card setup help.

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I recently purchase

Plugged them right into my on-board audio and have been happy, at the same time I picked up for a steal, it will be coming in the mail in just a few days, I got around to playing with the setup just a bit, and plugged up an old Sub from The sub its self has plugs for both the left and right speakers as a 3.5mm jack, then an out to the computer in a 3.5mm jack. The M-40's hookup via a (red/white) 2xRCA to 3.5mm, so the way I have it plugged now is 2(2xRCA to 3.5mm) using only 1 of the RCA plugs for each speaker linking them to each the left and right speaker/plug on the sub.
It instantly sounds 100x better than before.

Now the question is I am ordering some 1/8in to 3.5mm to use from the speakers instead of the RCA to 3.5mm Will this give me better sound quality?

Should I be plugging already amped speakers into a sub with an amp?

Should I add a splitter to the sound card plug and run the speakers off of 1 of the splits and the amp individually off the other split?

Am I even close to being setup right? if not any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again.
Edited by atticus589 - 5/29/11 at 2:59pm
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If anyone needs more information or if something doesn't sound right please let me know I have like 24 hours left to order the cables if I am going to get free shipping.
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frankly i don't get it (maybe because of my bad English)
but not letting you down friend here is maybe a similar case
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...av40-polk.html
    
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Thanks that answered all of my questions...

Do not plug powered speakers into a powered amp.
Splitter is okay but I will not need it for my xfi fatal1ty

But the one question that remains is, will I notice any difference in quality going from rca to 1/4inch jacks?
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usally tne RCA are better ,why?
Because the normaly have better shileding that prevents signal loss or maybe suffering from EMI
    
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Okay cool just wondering because there are 1/4" jacks on the back of the m-40's...

the rca's that came stock sucked sounded awful I had a pair of generic gold tipped ones so it sounds much much better. Thank you again for your help.
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