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The biggest problem for me as far as computers is audio. I never quite seem to grasp the best way to set them up. I currently have a Creative X-Fi 7.1 soundcard. I also have some Logitech Z506's but I'm not fully sure I like them or think they are of good quality.

Now, I have a Sony Receiver lying around and 4 book shelf speakers. The sony receiver has a possibility of connecting 4x 6-16 ohm speakers to it. My question is, how would I go about creating a nice little 5.1 (if possible) surround system for my computer.

Obviously, I will need a subwoofer and another speaker but I'm not entirely sure if this will all be possible and If I will need something else to buy or what?

Oh, and I want to change to this because the Logitech's run on RCA cables and me being slightly OCD with organization, biggrin.gif don't want RCA cables running around my whole room. Speaker wire is much smaller and easier to hide than RCA.

Thanks for any help!
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you need a receiver with multi channel inputs


then u can just use the outputs from the sound card to all your separate speakers and that way you only really use the amp and volume control of the receiver. Some may or may not allow you to sue eq settings on the multi channel inputs as well.

you won't be able to do 5.1 with the sony since it only has 4 outputs obviously

Craigslist is awesome for putting together 5.1 setups...since you don't need hdmi capabilities on the receiver you can pick up some very nice older HT receivers on the cheap and use them in your system. Same for HT subs and bookshelves.
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IMO anything more than 2.1 (or 3.1 for a center) is a waste UNLESS: you do it right (rear speakers, not just 2 on each side and 1 center) or a dedicated HTPC set up (see first part). I'd say just stick with 2.1 or do what trulsrohk said.

What Sony receiver do you have?
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No no I know what you mean with two rear because that's what I want to do. See, the Logitech's use RCA and I would have used them but i want to neatly run the cable along my base boards but they are too short for one and too thick. With speaker cable I would be able to run 2 rear speakers and the speaker cable would run nicely around my room.

And the receiver I have is a SONY STR-DH 100, as basic as it gets.
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How far away will those rears be from your head compared to the fronts and center? You could cut the cables off at the speaker and RCA plug and rewire. For any other set up, with say bookshelf speakers and a sub, i think you'd need a different sound card w/ optical/etc or a receiver that supports the sound cards outputs.

I'd say cut the wires up and try it out. I also recommend soldering the wires and having a back up plan. biggrin.gif
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Yeah I figured with the receiver, I've already been looking into that for a 5.2 with optical. Luckily there is an option for that at a cheap price.

As far as your idea with cutting the cable, I would need to have about 60 ft for one speaker and about 70-75 ft for the other speaker. Your method would probably be way cheaper. Otherwise I would be looking at another $200 for a sub and receiver.

What kind of cable do I need for extending the rca?
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What model is your receiver?
    
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A receiver alone would probably be $200.

The RCA cable should just be 2 wires each under the rubber and maybe shielding, depending on the quality. I'd recommend at very least 18 guage for that length. If you don't really want to cut and deal with that, I'd say pick up some phono/rca plugs + the mono aux or whatever the other end is at radioshack as well and going with that. Is there a way for you to go under your room (basement/crawl space)? Ideally you want the wire as short as possible and that'll save you some money. You never mentioned how far from your head the speakers will be from your head, and iirc, you want them all equidistant (or at least close to being so).
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What model is your receiver?
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Thanks BV -

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It's a two-channel receiver only. You won't be able to do 5.1 audio from it. It'll be sweet for powerful stereo output, but not much else. Of course there are four speaker connections, so it may seem like more than a two-channel system, but your second set (which would be rear stereo) would still be 'stereo'.

The Logitech set you have is 5.1 analog using 3.5mm jacks to connect which is fine for computer audio. May not be great but it will work in 5.1.

Are you thinking of going with a receiver that does 5.1 with higher quality speakers?
    
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Just get a nice pair of bookshelf speakers and a nice sub and rock a 2.1 setup. Sony receiver are not the best though, I find them to sound light and thin but the older ones arnt so bad. Got an old pioneer from the 80's with a pair of 12" Yamaha's in the basement, Just love it for jammin. Just make sure the sub your using as high power inputs as your receiver has no rca sub out. you will have to wire it AMP --->Sub---->Speakers

You can get a Nice pair of Polk speakers for a good price.

Note your amp is 2 channel only. probably has a selector switch for channel A and/or B, this is just for speaker zones. Just allows you to run 4 speakers safely or have speakers in different places.
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