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Hello. We have a large fully blackened closet with a futon mattress on the floor. We listen to classical cds that way smile.gif

The closet currently has 2.1 - Logitech Z623s. We wish to add another pair of speakers so sound comes from all sides. Can we add another pair of speakers (like Logitech Z320) to our sound card somehow?

Sound card: VIA Envy24DT PCI (w/daughter card)

Card manual: http://www.sybausa.com/resource/SD-PEX63034/SD-PEX63034_Manual.pdf

The Z623 is connected to "A." Can I add the Z320 to another connector and get the same stereo simultaneously out of that added pair of speakers? If yes, which one? Thanks!
Edited by NickMDal - 3/5/14 at 9:36pm

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post #2 of 16
you can do it... i wouldn't

most audio cd's / audio is going to be two channel so you are going to have to use virtual surround stuff.... blah in the pdf it shows the connection for rear surround speakers.


imho ...you would be much better off getting a t-amp and a couple bookshelf speakers like the Pioneer SP-BS21-LR

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS21-LR-80-Watts-2-Way-Speakers/dp/B004MEWZE4/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1394085665&sr=1-3&keywords=pionner+bs
post #3 of 16
As Atarione said, you would need some surround DSP to use more speakers with music, though that isn't necessarily a bad thing. FreeSurround+Foobar2000 works quite well if you run Windows.

You could just buy 2 cheap splitters so you have 2 left channel speakers and 2 right channel speakers. Though I'm not sure why you'd want more logitech speakers puke.gifsicksmiley.png

EDIT: corrections
Edited by brucethemoose - 3/5/14 at 10:12pm
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Thanks for the help. Problem with the Logitechs (which I'm pretty much stuck with) is that the Z623 has a pair of internal amps, one for the satellites and one for the sub. Wiring is a combo of d'sub and RCA, so the pair of satellites cannot easily be split (yes I understand this is low end sound smile.gif)

For this reason, I think a splitter is not practical (i.e. the Z623 playing one channel and Z320s playing the other.

Before I give up any and all credibility, we do have our classical collection lossless-ly stored and often listen through two pairs of Grados and a good DAC. Just can't get anything hi-fidelity going for the closet.

Here's my question:

Will the card's rear surround output produce the same output as it's "A" output does for a 2.0 setup? I.e. if I add 2.0 to "rear surround," is it adding a duplicate of what A is outputing, or is it something less?

In the living room we have 5.0 connected to an Onkyo AV receiver ("All Channel Stereo" is chosen) and we get reasonable 2 channel sound over all speakers. I'm looking for the equivalent with the new setup, given that we have Z623s - and I can only add something logitech-ish.
post #5 of 16
What's your budget? They're right a 3.5mm splitter "would" work. However adding more crappy speakers to already crappy speakers.....that's just not really a very good way to go. The T amp and bookshelf option would definitely give you much much better sound quality, especially for classic music. And you can always just add another pair of speakers to a T amp (depending on speakers and amp).
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A splitter would push one channel to the Z623s and the other to Z320s. That would produce an unbalanced sound. Getting 623s to handle "front" and 320s to handle rear would limit the problem to Logitech quality, which is not an issue in the closet.

On the Logitechs, at close (closet) range the Z623s actually sound pretty close to our 5.1 that we spent 600 on.

Will the card's rear surround output produce the same output as it's "A" output does for a 2.0 setup? I.e. if I add 2.0 to "rear surround," is it adding a duplicate of what A is outputing, or is it something less?
post #7 of 16
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Wow everyone hates the idea of Logitech so much that they won't answer my question. That is so typical of online discussions smile.gif Okay I'll just buy locally so I can return if it doesn't work. The comments are very appreciated but this sort of result is frustrating.

For $120, nothing with built in amplification can outperform, look better or take less space than Z623s - and I'm an audio purist! ...who could only burn $120

"You call that pure audio?..." For $120? Very pure!
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A splitter would push one channel to the Z623s and the other to Z320s. That would produce an unbalanced sound. Getting 623s to handle "front" and 320s to handle rear would limit the problem to Logitech quality, which is not an issue in the closet.

On the Logitechs, at close (closet) range the Z623s actually sound pretty close to our 5.1 that we spent 600 on.

Will the card's rear surround output produce the same output as it's "A" output does for a 2.0 setup? I.e. if I add 2.0 to "rear surround," is it adding a duplicate of what A is outputing, or is it something less?


ummm no it wouldn't (if you get a stereo splitter anyways) it will send stereo to both sets..
post #9 of 16
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Well thank you! I was almost out the door. That answers the question about which port to plug into. I'll pick one up. Probably would have had to head out again manana if the rear surround port didn't work. Bet you just saved me a trip smile.gif
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Originally Posted by NickMDal View Post

Wow everyone hates the idea of Logitech so much that they won't answer my question. That is so typical of online discussions smile.gif Okay I'll just buy locally so I can return if it doesn't work. The comments are very appreciated but this sort of result is frustrating.

For $120, nothing with built in amplification can outperform, look better or take less space than Z623s - and I'm an audio purist! ...who could only burn $120

"You call that pure audio?..." For $120? Very pure!


people (namely me) answered you question last night...it is possible using a stereo splitter or virtual surround .. just nobody is thrilled about the idea... sorry .. just trying to be honest..

if you buy it and it sounds good to you then that is perfect for y'all I guess.
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