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Making a "custom" surround sound for my PC, need help!

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I'm considering making my own custom surround sound system for my computer if it works out the right way. I am currently running a SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZX or XZ or whatever its called. I know it supports up to 7.1 surround sound and it has the 3 analog/stereo mini-jack outputs. According to the quick-start guide, the first one (4th from the "top" of the card) is used for the Front Left and Front Right speakers. I currently have 2 really nice sounding (in my opinion of course) speakers that I picked up from walmart for around $60 bucks. I REALLY like their sound. They rival my car speakers, except for bass of course. This is part of my concern. I know I could probably use the same speakers for rears, but then am not quite sure how I should connect a subwoofer and center speaker(s). I considered the possibility of getting a decent 2.1 system and connecting it to the 3rd jack, being its the center speaker/subwoofer jack. In theory, this would mean I would have a subwoofer and 2 center speakers, correct? Would this work properly? Anyone have any ideas?

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yep, go back to walmart and get there surround sound system for computers or look for there cheap sound system that has 5.1 but has a sub. Its good if you want to plug other things into it, and the bass is loud enough to bug the upstairs neighbors if you want
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--Edit: I just realized you probably meant a 2.1 system with a sub... but if not, read further. Sorry I just read 5.1 and thought you were confused...--

Not to be rude but I do know of the surround sound systems in a box but I was curious as to whether or not it would work to do it myself with another set of these speakers. I really like the sound of them and trust Philips with a lot of my audio and video products. I don't know the item number but they use the standard 3.5mm jack that goes into the front right/front left plug in my sound card. I was basically asking how I could complete the surround package by using these speakers and maybe a set with a Sub for the center and sub channel. Any ideas? I might just get the whole system and change out for these speakers if i don't like the other ones or something like that but I would like to toy with the idea of making the system myself though, out of 2 or 3 systems, if that makes sense. I figure it could be cheaper too, especially since I wouldn't spend less than $200 on a pc surround system. Basically the question is, would this work:

F R / F L Jack --> Existing Philips PC speakers
R R / R L Jack --> Another set of the same speakers
Sub / Center --> Stereo Speaker set with Subwoofer

Thats basicaly what I want to do... I doubt i'll get much better high and mid quality without going to a high end surround system. If anyones done this or has ideas about it, let me know. Thanks!

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I was going to write a big long reply, but to put it simply, I would just get a regular receiver and some good speakers and hook them up. I dont know how much you want to spend or what exactly your looking for besides surround sound. But I had my JVC 7.1 A/V reciever hooked up for a while to my $700 worth of speakers and warcraft, dungeon seige, and unreal tourny never sounded so good. However the kids , wife, and others didnt like the noise at 2am of people being blown up.
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I'd like to keep it pretty budget-friendly. I should just save up for a nice PC surround system. I hear Klipsch (spelling?) has a really nice system for $300 or so. Also, Creative and Logitech have systems that would work for me too. Thing about buying online is you can't really listen to them beforehand. I will research reviews though. Thanks for the tips, man.

EDIT: Thats the 1-year-old I assume? Cute as a button! I hope my brother and his wife have kids, it would be fun chasing around a little rascal.

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I have the Klipsch 5.1 system for the pc. It is freakin' awesome. And you will never have any issues with connecting it up as it connects via an Optical cable. One cable and all is good to go. I have yet to turn the volume up over half way, half is already so loud and shakes the desk.

It retails for something over $300 but I got it at amazon for $99 plus free shipping.
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I HATE horns, i would n ot recomend Klipsch ever for just that reason, but that was a hell of a steal, i use the 5.1 THX Logitechs, i forgot the model number
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I use the Logitech 5.1 too. I think it is very crisp sounding, and the woofer is pretty nice for only being a 10". I'm pretty sure it's the Z-5500. But I have had all good experiences with these speakers, easy to set up, never had any technical problems from them. I got them for about $230 but this was about a year ago. I'm not to sure about the hooking up part either, but on mine I hook all my speakers (Left's, Right's, and Center) to an amp which is in the subwoofer box, then I run a wire from the subwoofer to the "receiver" and that is where I hook up 3 wires (Front's, Rear's, and Center & Sub)from that to my computer.

I may have not wrote that right or something so here is a link to the manual for hooking it up.

http://logitech-en-amr.custhelp.com/...494083&p_olh=0

I just know I only have to hook 3 wires to the computer, and I can also hook my consoles or dvd player to the "receiver" too, to get surround sound.

I don't know but I think your system would be a "6.1" because 5.1 systems have 2 rears, 2 fronts, 1 center , and 1 subwoofer, and then 7.1 systems have 3 rears, 3 fronts, 1 center, and 1 subwoofer, then from what I read your system will have 2 rears, 2 fronts, 2 centers, and 1 subwoofer? I don't know I think I might be confusing myself. I wonder how your system would sound though, would like to hear your feedback if you get it hooked up, but I understand where your coming from by wanting to customize your system. One of my friend's has 3 subwoofers, and about 9 speakers hooked up to a recevier that is hooked up to his computer, it bangs, but I can tell you it doesn't sound as clean as mine. He just hooks one wire up from his receiver to the computer though, so I think that may have something to do with it too. But if you do get your system working JL please post your results.
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Really good tips, Kush, I do appreciate it. Yes, I saw both the Klipsch 5.1 system and the THX Logitech system on www.newegg.com. I just really love the sound of these speakers I have now, and kinda "trust" them if that makes sense.

For my system, I would have 2 front speakers(existing philips speakers), 2 rear speakers(hopefully the same speaker), 2 centers and a sub(quality 2.1 system). I just recently found a neat little device on amazon that I might use. Apparently its a center speaker combined with a subwoofer for exactly my application. Its a Sony unit and it runs about $120 but I think it might be worth it, and it would fit nicely on my desk. Apparently it gets down to 30hz, which would be plenty deep for gaming and music, I think. I'll spit out a link once I browse a little more. I'll try and find the speakers I have now or take a picture or something. I'd be glad to get speakers/diagrams/whatever of the final setup. I'm going for a sorta Silver/Black Techno age kinda look to my room. The speakers are like fake brushed aluminum with aluminum "cones". There is a 3 inch by 2 inch "BASS" speaker on the bottom, then 2 probably 1.5 inch speakers, then a small 1 inch tweeter on the top. Its kinda styled to go with a flat panel monitor but i've got like a 8 year old beige CRT which is ruining the look, as well as not allowing me to push the desk all the way against the wall, at least in this configuration. I think the bass speaker is a radiator to work in conjunction with the 2 small speaker cones in the middle. The whole speaker shakes with the bass turned up and the radiator moved maybe 1/2 inch in and out when its really thumping lol. I'm being careful not to blow anything but they do get very forceful for their size. The entire unit is basically 3 inches wide, 10-12 inches tall, and 2 inches deep. It sits on a little metal stand with rubber pads and I am almost positive it is designed to "rattle" or "shake" whatever it is set on. Almost acting as a spring or something. I'll get you a link, its hard to explain. Thanks again!

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5.1 = 2 rear 2 front 1 center and hte .1 is the sub

etc... and (officially) for it to be a 2.1/4.1/5.1/7.1 etc, it MUST be a digital interface (not analog inputs) (becuase the x.1 is dolby digital specs) when you use the analog they are just standard surround sound
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