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I know this is gonna be a total noob question, but I'd connect the subwoofer directly into my titanium hd soundcard?

No. You would go 3.5mm to RCA from your sound card's output to the mini amp's input. Then your mini amp will have a L/R speaker line output. You would run speaker wire from the mini amp, into the high level inputs on the subwoofer. Then from the subwoofer's high level outputs to your speakers.

You could do it your way as well, but doing it the above way will make it so that once your subwoofer gain and crossovers are set....you can use your mini amp OR Windows to control the volume. If you use the sound card to output seperately, you'd be 110% stuck using Windows to control your volume, and both amps would just be used for gain.

Basically, do it the above way to make adjusting things more simple.
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ok THAT makes a lot of sense thanks for the clarity
 
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ok THAT makes a lot of sense thanks for the clarity


I expect pictures, and a good sound test (up loud) video when its all setup.
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I expect pictures, and a good sound test (up loud) video when its all setup.
you've got it
 
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[UPDATE]

Ok, So I was going to go with the BIC's but I was at best buy and they had the Bowers and Wilkins 686b for $400 open box. I spoke with the manager and got them for $350, which I thought was a good deal since they're regularly $480. I still need to buy the amp and am wondering if I will still need a subwoofer. The BIC sub looks awesome still and was thinking about buying it, but don't know if I need it. I made them test the speakers in store to make sure they were good and they sounded awesome, unfortunately until I get the mini amp I can't use em. Any new recommendations? Should I have not bought the B&W and stayed with the BIC's? I have until Jan. 24th to return them so I am flexible.

P.S. The $400 budget is out the window..Lets make it $600 now.
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[UPDATE]

Ok, So I was going to go with the BIC's but I was at best buy and they had the Bowers and Wilkins 686b for $400 open box. I spoke with the manager and got them for $350, which I thought was a good deal since they're regularly $480. I still need to buy the amp and am wondering if I will still need a subwoofer. The BIC sub looks awesome still and was thinking about buying it, but don't know if I need it. I made them test the speakers in store to make sure they were good and they sounded awesome, unfortunately until I get the mini amp I can't use em. Any new recommendations? Should I have not bought the B&W and stayed with the BIC's? I have until Jan. 24th to return them so I am flexible.

P.S. The $400 budget is out the window..Lets make it $600 now.

Get the mini amp first, and see how they sound to you with that. If you feel you need more low end, grab a sub. Dayton came out with a new line, the SUB1200 looks to be a solid choice on a budget now (its currently $129).
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Get the mini amp first, and see how they sound to you with that. If you feel you need more low end, grab a sub. Dayton came out with a new line, the SUB1200 looks to be a solid choice on a budget now (its currently $129).

will do! I did 3 day shipping from parts express.com for the Dayton Audio DTA-100a. Ill be sure to do a sound test UP LOUD and put it up on the forum for ya (with pics as well!)...once again I can not thank you enough for all of your wisdom and help
 
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Get the mini amp first, and see how they sound to you with that. If you feel you need more low end, grab a sub. Dayton came out with a new line, the SUB1200 looks to be a solid choice on a budget now (its currently $129).

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Just so long as you've got a sound card, that amp will do very well. It does okay on onboard. But when I put in my X-Fi XTreme Audio (fake X-Fi), the amp just sprang to life and has a ton more power now. Don't know how honestly.....

So yeah, it should do very very well for you.
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Just so long as you've got a sound card, that amp will do very well. It does okay on onboard. But when I put in my X-Fi XTreme Audio (fake X-Fi), the amp just sprang to life and has a ton more power now. Don't know how honestly.....
So yeah, it should do very very well for you.

Yes sir, I have the Titanium HD soundcard on my computer. Absolutely love this card. It was a MASSIVE sound improvement in music and games compared to the onboard audio, even with my current junky logitechs. I am assuming the sound card will only get better with the B&W speakers and the DTA-100a amp.
 
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Crucial C300 256GB SSD / WD Caviar Black 1TB / ... Samsung Blu-Ray burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (3x) ASUS VG236HE w/ XFX Tri-Stand & amBX Lights 
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Logitech g510 Corsair AX 1200W Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Deathadder 
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Razer Vespula Titanium HD  Bowers & Wilkins 686 (Pair) 
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AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz   ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 ASUS ENGT430 G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160 
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(4) HITACHI Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM   Crucial M4 64GB  SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  
PowerCase
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 320B  
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