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I buyed a new 2.1 kit and i wanne use it together with my other 2.1 set. What's the best method to do that?

Should i connect 1 of the 2.1 sets to my mobo soundcard and the other one to my x-fi soundcard?

Thanks
Edited by weebeast - 10/29/11 at 5:40am
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Erm.... doesn't really work that way >_>

Are you planning on having 4.2 independent channels here or do you just want more speakers?

Furthermore, why are you doing this? Unless the sets are identical, its going to sound all kinds of weird, and even if they are, there are going to be a few issues.
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I just wanted to have some more speakers and i could get the new kit for a great price(i got them for a price that is 3 times lower then in shops). Both kits aren't the same but they are the same brand
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Buy a surround receiver and run it through it. You could run it as 4.2, and use one for the center, 2 for your fronts, and one for you rear, and run it in matrix through the receiver. If you really want .2 with the subs, as long as the subs are not complete junk, they should have an out that lets you daisy chain subs together, or most decent receivers have the option for 2 subs. That's also hoping the subs are decent enough to have their own amp.

If you don't use a receiver though, it will sound awful. With a receiver that has Matrix it will sound alright if the speakers match or not.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Big-Pete;15497029 
buy this and then plug that into the sound card.

That WILL give the signal to both sets, yes, but there will be issues.

1) Noise will double (in perfect condition, more than likely it will more than double)
2) Each speaker will receive only 1/2 (again, under perfect conditions) power signal (half volume).
3) It will still only be 2 channel output, meaning both "right" speakers will play the right channel and both "left" speakers will play the left channel. For music, fine, just position one set behind you and one in front so both right speakers are to your right and both left speakers are to your left, but for gaming, its going to totally f up your 3d positioning.
4) since they're different speakers, they have different sound signatures and you could get some nasty distortion.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bevo;15497051 
Buy a surround receiver and run it through it. You could run it as 4.2, and use one for the center, 2 for your fronts, and one for you rear, and run it in matrix through the receiver. If you really want .2 with the subs, as long as the subs are not complete junk, they should have an out that lets you daisy chain subs together, or most decent receivers have the option for 2 subs. That's also hoping the subs are decent enough to have their own amp.

If you don't use a receiver though, it will sound awful. With a receiver that has Matrix it will sound alright if the speakers match or not.

Just saying, if he's only doing this because he wants a cheap-man's "surround sound", $10 says he isnt using any kind of quality speakers. They're likely some 2.1 hard wired pc set, logitech style. Never mind that for the cost of a decent reciever, he could likely pick up a high quality 5.1 set and go straight to soundcard
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If you still are using the phillips speakers in your system on here, then never mind on any of my advice, none of it will work with those speaker. I did find a 70$ deal on that system though, that even comes with a sound card. I doubt their worth 70$, but it seemed cheap compared to the retail value.
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post #9 of 22
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Thanks guys for the reply's

I got the following kits:

Philips amBX 2.1 set

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And my new kit:

Philips 5300

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zero4549;15497094 
Just saying, if he's only doing this because he wants a cheap-man's "surround sound", $10 says he isnt using any kind of quality speakers. They're likely some 2.1 hard wired pc set, logitech style. Never mind that for the cost of a decent reciever, he could likely pick up a high quality 5.1 set and go straight to soundcard

You would have to buy a receiver to power any decent 5.1 setup, and then you really don't even need a soundcard, unless your wanting to go over
1080p, or your monitor doesn't supprt HDMI. Just go HDMI to the receiver, and then to the monitor from it. Most video cards made in the last 4 years or so carry sound over HDMI, so you only need one cord.
The sound coming over HDMI, to a decent reciever will be better then what any sound card on the market could provide.


And you were right about his speakers, none of my advice applies to the ones in his sig system.
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