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Hi all,

So for the longest time I've wanted to replace my computer's speakers. Sadly, as I'm sure many of you can relate with, money was tight and it was never enough of a priority. (Un?)fortunately, my circa 2006 dell speakers are finally beginning to break down, forcing my hand. So my question is this: hoping to stay relatively cheap, would this setup work? I've read a bunch, but I'm still not 100% sure about all of this.

Setup:
A pair of Pioneer SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers
powered by Pioneer SW-8MK2 sub with integrated amp.

Connect from my motherboard to the sub using a 3.5mm Male to RCA male y-splitter such as this one, then connecting the bookshelf speakers to the sub to power them.

Would this work? Am I totally wrong here? I'm trying to setup it so my initial investment is minimal but I could later, if I wanted, add things like a receiver (or simple DAC), further speakers, etc.

Thanks for any and all help.
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Originally Posted by Linyoa View Post

Hi all,

So for the longest time I've wanted to replace my computer's speakers. Sadly, as I'm sure many of you can relate with, money was tight and it was never enough of a priority. (Un?)fortunately, my circa 2006 dell speakers are finally beginning to break down, forcing my hand. So my question is this: hoping to stay relatively cheap, would this setup work? I've read a bunch, but I'm still not 100% sure about all of this.

Setup:
A pair of Pioneer SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers
powered by Pioneer SW-8MK2 sub with integrated amp.

Connect from my motherboard to the sub using a 3.5mm Male to RCA male y-splitter such as this one, then connecting the bookshelf speakers to the sub to power them.

Would this work? Am I totally wrong here? I'm trying to setup it so my initial investment is minimal but I could later, if I wanted, add things like a receiver (or simple DAC), further speakers, etc.

Thanks for any and all help.

That will not work.

The reason people use receivers is because they take a low power input and turn it into a high power output. AKA an amplifier.

The power coming from your motherboard is maybe one half watt max. Those speakers will need at least 7 watts per channel.

In other words, you need 14 times the power that your motherboard can output.

If I were you, I would go to good will and look for a cheap harman kardon or denon receiver. You can also find them at thrift shops for cheap too.
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Ah, I should've known better than to think the sub would work as an amp for the speakers.

I'll likely just get the speakers and, hopefully, a relatively cheap receiver than.

I'm right in assuming that just about any receiver system I find from a respectable brand is likely to be more than enough for my needs, yes?

Thanks for your help!
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Ah, I should've known better than to think the sub would work as an amp for the speakers.

I'll likely just get the speakers and, hopefully, a relatively cheap receiver than.

I'm right in assuming that just about any receiver system I find from a respectable brand is likely to be more than enough for my needs, yes?

Thanks for your help!

It would work in theory, but those integrated amps are the equivalent of an easy bake oven. It just wont work the way you want it to.


Plus if you ask me, getting an old receiver and some celestion 3 speakers off ebay (make darn sure they are in good condition) is better than having a sub anyways.

A sub makes things sound disconnected and not as smooth as having a higher bandwith pair of bookshelf speakers on their own.
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post #5 of 7
If you only have $200-300 start out with a 2.0 system. Add the rest later as you can afford.
Are you open to used?
It make the upgrade path cheaper as you can resell and replace. A new $150 "appliance" amp will only be worth $50 at most when you want to sell. A $150 "vintage" amp will still be worth $150 for years. Personally, I like Yamaha amps, their "Natural Sound amps from the "silver era" 1985-1992 or so.
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I'll try hitting up thrift shops and the like and hopefully I'll find something. Luckily there are a good amount in my area. Thanks to you both!
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post #7 of 7
Make sure that if you buy from a thrift store, and the unit has a remote, that you get the remote too. Many features won't work without the remote.

A couple of months ago, at a Goodwill store, I packed up a near perfect condition (wife liked it!) Kenwood KR-A5080 receiver for $14 (with the remote!). Everything works perfectly.


Edited by billbartuska - 4/19/17 at 10:32pm
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