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Hi guys,

I want to create an all-in-one ultimate sound setup centered around my laptop. I want to:

1) Play games/movies etc. in surround sound (5.1 or 7.1).
2) I want to play my music (in stereo) and have it output through each speaker of my surround setup (i.e., rather than just the front two as a pure stereo system).
3) I also want to play my guitar as 'line in' and have it come out through the same set of speakers (and again through each speaker of my surround setup despite the guitar being a 'stereo' input).

Can such a setup exist and be centered around my laptop?

Thank you
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Hi guys,

I want to create an all-in-one ultimate sound setup centered around my laptop. I want to:

1) Play games/movies etc. in surround sound (5.1 or 7.1).
2) I want to play my music (in stereo) and have it output through each speaker of my surround setup (i.e., rather than just the front two as a pure stereo system).
3) I also want to play my guitar as 'line in' and have it come out through the same set of speakers (and again through each speaker of my surround setup despite the guitar being a 'stereo' input).

Can such a setup exist and be centered around my laptop?

Thank you

Wellllll yes and no.

Realistically it does not exist.

However if you had enough money and could jerry rig some things then yeah it could work.

It would cost like 3-4K for the system to work well.

For 500 bucks you could get something really crappy and it would work......ish.

The biggest hurdle is your guitar amp input. I am assuming it is an electric guitar that would normally have it's own nice amp. You would essentially need some sort of guitar preamp so that you can feed it into a receiver.

I HIGHLY recommend you rethink your setup.

You would be like a billion times better off getting a 2 channel system and a good guitar and speaker amp than you would trying to do all this crap.
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

Wellllll yes and no.

Realistically it does not exist.

However if you had enough money and could jerry rig some things then yeah it could work.

It would cost like 3-4K for the system to work well.

For 500 bucks you could get something really crappy and it would work......ish.

The biggest hurdle is your guitar amp input. I am assuming it is an electric guitar that would normally have it's own nice amp. You would essentially need some sort of guitar preamp so that you can feed it into a receiver.

I HIGHLY recommend you rethink your setup.

You would be like a billion times better off getting a 2 channel system and a good guitar and speaker amp than you would trying to do all this crap.

What about getting a speaker system like this paired with a USB sound card?

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Computer-Speakers-5-Speaker-Silver/dp/B00007AKDP
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What about getting a speaker system like this paired with a USB sound card?

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Computer-Speakers-5-Speaker-Silver/dp/B00007AKDP

That is a horrible idea on all accounts.

Those types of systems have awful sound quality, and the surround sound is a joke.

Trust me. Either save up some cash and get a decent receiver and some decent speakers, or go buy some powered monitor speakers.

Also, do yourself a favor and get a decent guitar amp. Or better yet, go learn how to build one. There are hundreds of free designs that sound pretty good for a legit guitar amp.
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That is a horrible idea on all accounts.

Those types of systems have awful sound quality, and the surround sound is a joke.

Trust me. Either save up some cash and get a decent receiver and some decent speakers, or go buy some powered monitor speakers.

Also, do yourself a favor and get a decent guitar amp. Or better yet, go learn how to build one. There are hundreds of free designs that sound pretty good for a legit guitar amp.

Agreed. The logitech is not proper audio, especially for a guitar.
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You could probably cobble something together from used, junky parts for $100-200, but spending $1000 wouldn't sound much better.
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Definitely what the others are saying, some self powered monitors for your normal audio but you'll want a dedicated guitar amp.
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You could probably cobble something together from used, junky parts for $100-200, but spending $1000 wouldn't sound much better.

Nah. Even with used parts you would probably still be looking at at least 500-750.

Think about it. You need a decent receiver which is about 100 bucks used, and a decent guitar amp that you would need to modify to output to RCA.

THEN you need to get some decent speakers.
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Nah. Even with used parts you would probably still be looking at at least 500-750.

Think about it. You need a decent receiver which is about 100 bucks used, and a decent guitar amp that you would need to modify to output to RCA.

THEN you need to get some decent speakers.

I already have the guitar amp and the speaker setup.

Just need the thing in the middle.
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Receiver that has the inputs you need (used or new)
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Pioneer 5.0 setup
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Dayton Sub or sumthing similar

It would be 10000x times easier to give advice if you said what products you are going to use with our recommendations.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 5/19/15 at 8:22am
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