How to Connect 5.1 Speakers to Your PC

Understanding Your Speaker System

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After unpacking your speaker system you should take a good look at it in order to understand it better. As you could see in Figure 1, on our system the subwoofer and volume control were on different units, which is great, because this way we can put the subwoofer under our table and the volume control unit on the table, making it easier to control the system.

First, let’s take a look at the regular speakers from the system (see Figure 2). As you can see there is no mystery here. It has a two-wire cable connected to a RCA male connector.

SpeakerFigure 2: One of the speakers from our system.

Now let’s take a look at the subwoofer, Figure 3. In some systems the cables from the speakers are connected to the subwoofer. On our system, however, all cables should be connected to the volume control unit, as you can see in Figure 4.

On our system, from the subwoofer come three sets of wires: a power cord to connect the system to the AC outlet, a power connector to feed the volume control unit and the subwoofer wires.

SubwooferFigure 3: The subwoofer.

As we mentioned, on our system all cables should be connected to the volume control unit, as we show in Figure 4.

Volume Control UnitFigure 4: Volume control unit.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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