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Connect Hi-Fi Speakers to computer?


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#1 funnytim

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:19 PM

Hey all,

So I have a pair of Hi-Fi speakers sitting around (those ones with 2 wires, meant for connecting to a stereo system: http://www.hdinterconnects.com/images/speaker-wire-1.gif ) that I would like to connect to my computer.

Is it at all possible to do so, without having to connect through a stereo system (as I don't have an extra one to use)? Maybe some expansion card or adapter...?

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 08:12 AM

The simplest answer is no... :thumbsup:

You do need an amplifier to provide the power necessary to drive the speakers. This doesn't have to be a complete stereo system, but it has to be an amplifier of a suitable kind to run the speakers (enough power, typically from 10 to 50 or more Watts RMS per channel, and suiting the speakers' impedance rating - 4 Ohm, 8 Ohm etc), and accept the line level input from the computer's sound card.

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 07:50 PM

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 09:20 PM

Aw that sucks :thumbsup:

Is there some sort of "cheap" amplifer I can pick up to do what I want, but without having to spend lots of $$ on it?

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Posted 28 January 2009 - 09:29 PM

Any receiver or amp which generates sufficient power to drive the speakers...a decent explanation of principles involved at http://www.howstuffworks.com/amplifier.htm

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 06:20 PM

Just came across this:

http://www.zyra.org.uk/pc-ls2.htm

Does that apply to me, or will it probably not work either way?

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 11:19 AM

Does that apply to me, or will it probably not work either way?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:27 PM

Alright, guess I'll just stick with my Computer speakers.

Thanks everyone ;)

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 06:28 AM

You could get powered speakers to get better sound, a few companies make them. Here are a few examples: http://www.nextag.com/powered-computer-speakers/search-html I have an inexpensive pair but have seen some real nice setups at Best Buy for gamers.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 08:45 AM

The speakers sold to be used with computers have their own built in amplification, this is why you need to us another source of amplification like a receiver or integrated amplifier. The only thing that you need to look for is a auxiliary input. I would suggest that if you plan to put your speakers close to the computer and are using CRT type monitor... don't. The magnets of the speakers will cause the color of the picture to distort. Speakers built for use with computers are shielded.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 01:53 AM

would suggest that if you plan to put your speakers close to the computer and are using CRT type monitor... don't.


But the speakers designed for computers are Ok for that, right?

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 01:57 AM

depends-I have a surround sound system designed for computer use, and I could put all the speakers but the sub by the CRT monitor I used to have no problem, it would cause some minor discoloration. the magnet in it would mess with my hard drive as well if I put it side by side with the tower, but it had to be right next to it, gave it like 6 or more inches no problem whatsoever. both with the tower and the CRT.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:30 AM

The speakers sold to be used with computers have their own built in amplification, this is why you need to us another source of amplification like a receiver or integrated amplifier. The only thing that you need to look for is a auxiliary input. I would suggest that if you plan to put your speakers close to the computer and are using CRT type monitor... don't. The magnets of the speakers will cause the color of the picture to distort. Speakers built for use with computers are shielded.


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Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:37 AM

The speakers sold to be used with computers have their own built in amplification, this is why you need to us another source of amplification like a receiver or integrated amplifier. The only thing that you need to look for is a auxiliary input. I would suggest that if you plan to put your speakers close to the computer and are using CRT type monitor... don't. The magnets of the speakers will cause the color of the picture to distort. Speakers built for use with computers are shielded.


shielded speakers are good, my subwoofer was shielded as well-just not quite well enough. so dont freak out about what I said lol.

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