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I just got these studio monitors in the mail:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005F3H6Q8/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have a TRS cable hooked directly to the "headphone" jack to get them working.

This is a great setup but I want to add a subwoofer to the equation...what do I need. Is it possible for me to just get an XLR cable and run it from one of the monitors to the subwoofers RCA or is it more complicated than that?
I've never done more than plug speakers into the headphone jack so this is all new to me. Help is appreciated!
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You need to get a sub that does not just have an RCA connector for input with no output.

For instance, look at how the back of a Yamaha HS10W looks:
http://www.ixbt.com/proaudio/yamaha/10w/back.jpg

You would connect your Y cable from your sound card out like you currently do to the inputs on the Yamaha then out to the M-AUDIO monitors. The sub itself would be handling the crossover.
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Okay so is it better to get an external soundcard to handle all this or can i just use my current setup and buy a sub a 2 more cables to run from the output to the speakers? Not sure what's better
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All your sound card does is process digital audio into analog audio for your speakers and sub to amp up to listening level. The more money you spend on a sound card, usually the higher quality chip for that conversion and thus the higher quality sound output. You don't need a new sound card to handle a sub and your sound quality will not change (other than the addition of a more prominent low end with a sub). If you buy a new sound card, your sound quality may improve, but if you are using those M-AUDIO monitors, you may want to start looking at an external DAC instead of using the sound card in your computer.
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All your sound card does is process digital audio into analog audio for your speakers and sub to amp up to listening level. The more money you spend on a sound card, usually the higher quality chip for that conversion and thus the higher quality sound output. You don't need a new sound card to handle a sub and your sound quality will not change (other than the addition of a more prominent low end with a sub). If you buy a new sound card, your sound quality may improve, but if you are using those M-AUDIO monitors, you may want to start looking at an external DAC instead of using the sound card in your computer.

bought an m-audio m-track to take care of my audio interface needs...also bought this for my sub:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-HS10W-8--Powered-Studio-Monitor-Subwoofer-104801469-i1153008.gc


everything is set up now and sounds great! thanks guys.
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