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I was hoping someone would be kind enough to help me, I'm a novice when it comes to audio stuff. I was wondering if this setup was possible.

Philips Blu-ray Disc player BDP3020 --> RCA audio out on the blu-ray player --> 3.5mm Line Input on soundcard (I have an X-fi xtreme music as well as onboard sound) --> Logitech Z-640 5.1 speakers (obviously I'd have to have my PC on for this passthrough to happen if it can happen)

I'm assuming theoretically this is possible and would work? I would have the blu-ray player doing the audio decoding (DD 5.1 or DTS or DTS-HD etc.) sending it out through the RCA jacks to the Line In jack on my soundcard and then this would get sent out to my speakers which are connected to my soundcard on the other jacks?

Only reason I'm asking is for a bit more power and bass that the computer speakers would provide vs just the 20w built-in TV speakers.

Thanks a ton if anybody could give me an answer. If this is possible I'll have to buy a 5-6ft RCA male to 3.5mm converter cable.
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It'll work, you'll only get 2.1 out of RCA though, as its not capable of more than 2 channels.
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Ahh that's great news. Thanks a bunch for the quick reply. I think it will still be worthwhile if even just for the bass. I think the RMS output on my logitech's are 7.3w for each channel and 25w for the woofer, which > 20w total for my TV speakers.
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quality of driver and amp is much more important than wattage though - more ain't always better.

Having said that, your TV speakers are probably junk, but the amp may be reasonable depending on what they put in it. A good number of TVs use Tripath chips, which give decent (but low power) output
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quality of driver and amp is much more important than wattage though - more ain't always better.

Having said that, your TV speakers are probably junk, but the amp may be reasonable depending on what they put in it. A good number of TVs use Tripath chips, which give decent (but low power) output
My TV is a 2010 model, Panasonic 42" S2 (TC-P42S2). I am going to give it a shot just to see if the sound is better, I'm confident just the fact that I'm adding bass into the equation it would be worthwhile.

The better solution would be to buy a cheap blu-ray computer drive and just play all my discs through that and retain 5.1 audio, but that would cost me around $50 or more.
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Or you could buy a real speaker setup for your TV instead of using garbage Logicrap.
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I'm on a limited budget or I would. Trying to make the best of what I've got

When I retire these Logitech's, I'll probably get some 2.1 speakers like ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speakers. In the room where I am using this 5.1 system I don't get full use out of the surround, so I've ended up just using them as a 3.1 system (center + 2 front's + sub)
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Remember more muddy crappy bass =\\= better sound either. And louder =\\= better. You can shake the house down with crappy bass, but it doesn't mean it'll sound good.
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Remember more muddy crappy bass =\\= better sound either. And louder =\\= better. You can shake the house down with crappy bass, but it doesn't mean it'll sound good.
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Remember more muddy crappy bass =\\= better sound either. And louder =\\= better. You can shake the house down with crappy bass, but it doesn't mean it'll sound good.
I don't think my speakers are THAT bad. They sound great with cd's, mp3's, dvd's, games etc... I am no audiophile so to another they may sound muddy crappy and terrible.

But seeing how my TV speakers don't even have a subwoofer, I think my computer speakers are still going to sound better than TV speakers.

The better solution would be to at the very least, buy a soundbar + subwoofer (best of course would be good speakers + receiver). But like I said earlier, I'm trying to work with what I've got.
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