Beginner in a new house

GDstew4

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I moved into a new house 2 weeks ago which has speakers in several rooms on the main floor as well as outside on the deck. In the office room, there is an input terminal on the wall for basic speaker wire. One pos/neg set feeds the indoor speakers and the other feeds the deck; there are volume control knobs higher on the wall. I would like to connect my PC to play music and had an idea for the cheapest way to do that, but don't know if I'd run into any problems...

I have these speakers which connect to the subwoofer via speaker wire and onboard audio. Could I simply run two more sets of speaker wire from that same subwoofer to both the indoor and outdoor terminals?

Thank you!

P.S. If you have a more ideal way to handle this setup (dedicated sound card, stereo receiver, wireless gadgets, etc...) I'm all ears. In the future I'd like to have a more elegant system once I've replenished some of my big-boy toy funds.
 

sharknice

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I moved into a new house 2 weeks ago which has speakers in several rooms on the main floor as well as outside on the deck. In the office room, there is an input terminal on the wall for basic speaker wire. One pos/neg set feeds the indoor speakers and the other feeds the deck; there are volume control knobs higher on the wall. I would like to connect my PC to play music and had an idea for the cheapest way to do that, but don't know if I'd run into any problems...

I have these speakers which connect to the subwoofer via speaker wire and onboard audio. Could I simply run two more sets of speaker wire from that same subwoofer to both the indoor and outdoor terminals?

Thank you!

P.S. If you have a more ideal way to handle this setup (dedicated sound card, stereo receiver, wireless gadgets, etc...) I'm all ears. In the future I'd like to have a more elegant system once I've replenished some of my big-boy toy funds.

Yep, you can connect them to the subwoofer just like you would with the speakers that come with it.
 

HammerSandwich

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Two complications:
  1. The sub almost certainly filters bass out of the satellite feed.
  2. Connecting multiple speakers changes the impedance.
    1. Parallel connections drop the impedance a bunch. The amp (built into sub) may not play nicely, especially with the wrong speakers. Particularly with 3 sets in parallel.
    2. Series connections produce a high impedance, which is easy on the amp, but it may not play loud.
Don't be afraid to test it. But be gentle with the volume.
 

Decibel

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That isn't ideal. I've read too many stories about the amp in the Promedias dying without stacking different, unknown loads on it.

And, as HammerSandwich mentions, there is a crossover you're going to have to deal with. According to this, Klipsch Promedia V2.1 Amplifier Repair it's set at 100hz, so any time you're playing something everything below 100hz will be played through the sub and won't be sent on to whichever speakers you have hooked up.

Years ago I'd picked up a cheap receiver at a garage sale with an A/B button this I used for exactly this purpose. Till one day it died, sending pulsing waves of static through the connected speakers. Sounded a bit like crashing waves...
 
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