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Is it possible to add a standalone subwoofer to a pair of speakers which I have? I don't have an amp or any of that jazz, just speakers connected to my sound card. I decided I want a subwoofer to go along with them (and I really like these speakers and don't want to buy entire 2.1 setup) so just wondering how difficult it would be to add a sub. Thank you for your help.
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/facepalm
You didn't even tell us which speakers you have. Nor the soundcard. *Points at his signature*

But most likely any subwoofer with pre-outs (and a crossover knob) will work with the speakers.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 1/6/14 at 1:02am
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/facepalm
You didn't even tell us which speakers you have. Nor the soundcard. *Points at his signature*

But most likely any subwoofer with pre-outs (and a crossover knob) will work with the speakers.

Hehe, the speakers are these - Genius SP-HF2.0 1800A. They are a local brand but I suppose you might be able to find the relevant information anyway. The soundcard I currently use is an integrated one, but I have a x-fi titanium (non-hd) lying around so let's consider that for this thread.

I have never owned a sub so I'm not sure what information is relevant and what isn't. Complete noob in this area :-P

Thanks for you time and help.
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First I was like: "Oh, 1k € speakers. Nice, you should have a budget for a great subwoofer!"
Then I was like: "Oh, it's 1k Kč. Which is ~40€..."

What is your budget?
Because the cheapest subwoofer that I know with pre-out is ~175€, which is 4,6k Kč.

Some soundcards have their own crossover function which could make it possible to get a cheaper sub which doesn't have pre-out. But cheap subs like Dayton are not available in Europe rolleyes.gif
Edited by Tiihokatti - 1/6/14 at 8:31am
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OP you're better off getting a completely new system then trying to ghetto rig a sub to some speakers that are just more MEH in real life.

Not sure of the cost but i'm sure you could find a nice pair of bookshelf speakers along with a amp/t-amp and a cheaper subwoofer that has high level input.

Try looking on craigslist for speakers or old subs. Though with you are in EU then I really couldn't help with picking something out.
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My budget is high enough, the speakers are really good for their price. The 175€ is sort off the amount I'm willing to pay, 200€ would be the ceiling... then again, if you think I'd be better off with just a 2.1...
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Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

First I was like: "Oh, 1k € speakers. Nice, you should have a budget for a great subwoofer!"
Then I was like: "Oh, it's 1k Kč. Which is ~40€..."

What is your budget?
Because the cheapest subwoofer that I know with pre-out is ~175€, which is 4,6k Kč.

Some soundcards have their own crossover function which could make it possible to get a cheaper sub which doesn't have pre-out. But cheap subs like Dayton are not available in Europe rolleyes.gif

Prices are directly tied to wages, people in Finland make about 25% more hourly than Americans, so it only makes sense your prices would be higher too. You know minimum wage in the U.S. $7.5/hour, while in Australia its about $17/hour. People wonder why it costs $8 for a 24 pack of soda in America while it costs $20 in Australia...
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Prices are directly tied to wages, people in Finland make about 25% more hourly than Americans, so it only makes sense your prices would be higher too. You know minimum wage in the U.S. $7.5/hour, while in Australia its about $17/hour. People wonder why it costs $8 for a 24 pack of soda in America while it costs $20 in Australia...
You do realize that the subwoofer I linked was from Germany which sells to everywhere in the EU, which means that it should be near the local prices of the OP (expecting that he really lives in Czech Republic... He still hasn't confirmed this).
Citizens of EU can order stuff from any EU country without customs/extra fees (because all the taxes/etc. should be already included).
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