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Windows 7: 2 sets of speakers

22 Jun 2011   #1
gogreen

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 
2 sets of speakers

I currently have a Logitech Z-2300 speaker system hooked up to my computer. Is it possible to add a pair of Behringer MS16 powered desktop monitors and use both systems at the same time? How would I do that?

Thanks.


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22 Jun 2011   #2
Rxx

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Have you ever herd of a headphone splitter? That's the easy and economic way of doing it. I personally recommend buying a Creative X-Fi card, then you can emulate surround sound if you want.

Edit: I just looked at the card you put in your specs, it should have a plug you can just plug it into, unless you're missing the cord or don't want the surround sound effect.
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22 Jun 2011   #3
gogreen

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 

I'm not sure about the surround sound effect, but I did look at my sound card--it has analog ins 1-2 and analog outs 1-2. So, and I hate to be thick here, all I need to do is plug the new speakers into the other analog in and out, and both sets of speakers would work?

I want to use the Behringers. They get good reviews, but I hear that adding a subwoofer to them is beneficial, and the Logitech Z-2300 system has a floor subwoofer. Thus, I thought about using both sets.

Thanks, Rxx.
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22 Jun 2011   #4
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not if I'm reading the manual for that card,

M-AUDIO - Documentation Downloads

correctly. It is exactly as it says those jacks are, 2 analogue in and 2 analogue. And if I am reading it correctly those ins and outs are left and right (one red, one white) for each, with only stereo output. Short of a different sound card (or using the onboard audio), the only way I can see doing what you want is with a couple of splitters as Rxx suggested.

That card,

M-AUDIO - Audiophile 2496 - 4-In/4-Out Audio Card with MIDI and Digital I/O

while more than capable for general audio use is more for recording purposes.
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22 Jun 2011   #5
gogreen

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 

Yup. That's my card! So when all else fails, read the instructions! Thanks, Stormy13.
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22 Jun 2011   #6
Kinesis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'm using the Z-2300 sub, as the speakers have near to no midrange (as they lack a tweeter).

I am also using a 160w Panasonic midi system (which sounds amazing) as well.

I had several different combos setup witht eh cords and stuff, as you would know, the sub has phase plugs on the back, so I had my stereo plugged into that, but the sound signal which comes from the sub's amp is crap quality.

I just use a $5 headphone splitter and plug my stereo's AUX and the Z-2300 into that, but BEWARE the splitters. I am thinking of investing in a Belkin Rockstar hub, as the splitter is shite.

The splitter is flawed.Anything that's plugged into it has to be in perfect position as the audio jacks have loads of movement in them, and if they are in the wrong pos, the speaers just hum :\
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22 Jun 2011   #7
gogreen

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 

Well, Kinesis, that's interesting. Thanks for this information. I'm still mulling over the whole idea. I'll look into that Belkin product.
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22 Jun 2011   #8
Rxx

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Sadly that is true. It is very easy to buy a splitter that goes bad real fast. I have no idea why; It's only a couple of wires. My old one died so I just barely got the only one they sold at Best Buy. It's all good but the head to the plug is rather fat.

Anyway, with that card you can choose between two RCA splitters or just one RCA to headphone and one headphone splitter. If your speakers have RCA jacks, just get two RCA Y adapters.
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22 Jun 2011   #9
Kinesis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rxx View Post
Sadly that is true. It is very easy to buy a splitter that goes bad real fast. I have no idea why; It's only a couple of wires. My old one died so I just barely got the only one they sold at Best Buy. It's all good but the head to the plug is rather fat.
Too true.

The one I bought was flawed as soon as I plugged it in.

Like you said, I don't know why they can't make a simple splitter which works. A bit of metal and plastic.

Drives me insane sometimes when the jacks stuff up, takes ages to adjust it again.
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