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How about instead of trying to use all of those speakers to get more sound, sell them and take that money and buy 2 nice speakers. The would sound a ton better,a nd have lots more bass even without having a sub. But if you don't want to do that, just use a splitter coming out of your soundcard, and run a wire to each system. It might not be ideal, but it would work.
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I got the new kit for 15 euro brand new and the amBX kit isn't only a speaker set hehe. It has lights on the speakers that color up when gaming etc.

Using a splitter is a option like you said but what about this:

My case also has a front audio plugin that is connected to the mobo soundcard. You can use both at the same time. So i can connect 1 of them using the back connections and 1 on the front audio plugin.
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post #13 of 22
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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.
Umm... no? His X-Fi can power any mainstream 7.1 setup. You only need a receiver if you're using hi-fi monitors for your surround setup, which would be orders of magnitude greater in price than what i imagine he's aiming for here, trying to build a 4.2 out of hard-wired 2.1 Phillips low-end sets
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post #14 of 22
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I got the new kit for 15 euro brand new and the amBX kit isn't only a speaker set hehe. It has lights on the speakers that color up when gaming etc.

Using a splitter is a option like you said but what about this:

My case also has a front audio plugin that is connected to the mobo soundcard. You can use both at the same time. So i can connect 1 of them using the back connections and 1 on the front audio plugin.
Sounds like you got it figured out. Good luck
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post #15 of 22
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I got the new kit for 15 euro brand new and the amBX kit isn't only a speaker set hehe. It has lights on the speakers that color up when gaming etc.

Using a splitter is a option like you said but what about this:

My case also has a front audio plugin that is connected to the mobo soundcard. You can use both at the same time. So i can connect 1 of them using the back connections and 1 on the front audio plugin.
Problem with that is that you cant have the same audio coming out of both the onboard soundcard and your xfi. Each program will be assigned to a SINGLE playback device within windows. Even if you can find some kind of software to remedy this, they'll likely be slightly de-synced. You're better off with the splitter.
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post #16 of 22
if you are set on using the two sets, I don't know what type (or number of plugs the speaker sets have), but you can plug everything into your sound card. Plug the fronts (your choice which) into the green plug (front speakers), and plug the other set into the black (i think this is rear speakers).. ghetto 4 channel surround. go into the sound cards utility, and windows, and set the sound settings to 4/4.1 sound. You may also have enough settings in the creative software to at least get the front and back channels to the same spl levels.

This way, with most stereo sources, all the satelitte speakers will play the same Right/Left channels. with anything that is actually multi channel (DVD as an example) you will get 4/4.1/.2 sound.

What it will sound like with the different speakers is anyones guess.
Edited by xandypx - 10/29/11 at 6:59am
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post #17 of 22
the amps in your sound card and your motherboard will power the two sets to different loudness at the same volume settings. that isnt the best way to go.

i guess you could use a splitter on your soundcard...

the whole idea is just messy and... yuck.
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post #18 of 22
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the amps in your sound card and your motherboard will power the two sets to different loudness at the same volume settings. that isnt the best way to go.

i guess you could use a splitter on your soundcard...

the whole idea is just messy and... yuck.
There are no amps on a sound card. The sound card sends a "line level" signal that needs to be amplified by the speakers set. But I agree ...yuck.
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But what about connecting both speakers to the mobo soundcard using the front case connection and the motherboard connection? In this way i will only use the motherboard soundcard and not the x-fi
Edited by weebeast - 10/29/11 at 7:06am
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post #20 of 22
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Umm... no? His X-Fi can power any mainstream 7.1 setup. You only need a receiver if you're using hi-fi monitors for your surround setup, which would be orders of magnitude greater in price than what i imagine he's aiming for here, trying to build a 4.2 out of hard-wired 2.1 Phillips low-end sets

The OP seems like he is on a quest to get more sound, and doing what he is wanting to do, is going to give more sound, but there is a much, much better way to go about it. But it either takes spending money now, or over time.


Some people seem to not know there are other options then the small PC speaker sets for sale everywhere. If right now is all you can do, and do not have the patience, to build, or desire for great sound, then the small pc speakers are for you. I myslef would rather save some money, and buy quality equipment over time.

I'm just saying that a receiver is always the best way to go, if you are wanting decent sound. Buy a refurb or second hand denon or onkyo, for under 100$ and start there. Soon you can spend a little money on some decent front speakers, that will play under 200hz, all the way down to 60 HZ or so without a sub.

Your right though, sometimes I get carried away. I just hate to see people build this kind of stuff when there are such better options. To me sound is just as important as gameplay or graphics for certain types of games. With BF3, I'll play it more just for the sound then anything else. That game really draws you in with a decent sound setup, and it blows your mind with a quality one.

I do understand though that not everyone is like me, and for them PC speakers are great, and get the job done just fine. It took me time to get my system where it's at now. and some want it now and can't wait.

In all honesty I have never bought PC speakers, and sometimes kind of forget they exist when I comment on some peoples speaker setups in here. I was on the audio forums so long, and no one ever mentions anything about PC speakers there.
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