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I think wiring them in series would be detrimental to their sound. Cambridge audio makes some good stuff, so those might be much better than I first thought. A mid range denon should be able to power a couple 4 ohm speakers no problem, so I wouldn't even worry about it.

As far as sound card, Xonar DG or DGX (The PCIe version) would be fine. Looks like you could grab a used Recon3D on ebay for ~40 bucks (or even new for 50). That would give you the bonus of dolby digital live encoding if you wanted it.
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Really, thats good to hear. Not that I mind hooking them up in series but if they work just fine by hooking upto the amp without problems then I will definitely be using them until I can source a nicer set of bookshelf's. I have 5 of these small speakers by the way. any idea what level I should keep the amp volume at, I am trying not to blow them up, in case I ever turner up the volume all the way thinking it was for my headphones. Anyway these amps allow you to switch between headphone and speakers and sources dont they?

Oh, and about the sub, OP said it needs to be a powered sub? this sub obviously is passive, so can it be used by plugging it into the Amp or it wont work that way?

About the sound card, do you have a link where the Recon3D is going for $40 ~$50. I will probably look around OCN and local listings, for a DG or DGX Xonar or try my luck with better creative cards like Recon3D and what not. smile.gif a lot of variety to the Recon3D's btw, there is the Red one and a Blue one..hmmm..need to do some reading..tongue.gif
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The Recon3D isn't actually a good card, but you don't care about its audio quality. I was just looking at random ebay listings. On modern receivers, the sub connection is a pre-out, meaning it's just providing low frequency signal but no power. Most low end subs are powered, so if it has a power cord its powered.

The problem with running the speakers in series is that they don't all have the exact same properties, so the 2nd speaker may have interference carried over from the 1st. I would just keep an eye on the heat being generated if you run them at higher volumes.

Most receivers default to headphone output if you plug them in, which is another reason a headphone amp would be beneficial.
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My only comment here is that if you are going to do optical out from your sound card to the receiver, you do not need an expensive card. I have been running a similar setup with optical out from a Rocketfish 5.1 card ($30 at bestbuy) to my receiver and everything sounds super.
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