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Connecting 4 speakers

My Acer computer came with 2 speakers and has a Realtek audio manager.

I have 2 Koss speakers with a sub-woofer.

I can get 2 of the 4 speakers working always (either the Koss or the Acer speakers) but not the 4.

I don't know how to connect everything properly to have all 4 speakers working.

Can you help me? I've tried on my own for 2 days now but I don't have enough knowledge about jacks and inputs/outputs and configuration, etc.


Thank you.

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Re: Connecting 4 speakers

The microphone jack won't help you at all. It only accepts incoming sound, it doesn't play anything back.

The problem with using the headphone jack is that it puts out more current, since headphones aren't usually self powered. It's generally not good for the speakers to use the headphone jack for them.

And as your speakers did not all come as a single set, it's unlikely either set has output ports designed to plug additional speakers in.

So what you need is the stereo mini jack splitter, as electroguy mentioned. In case you don't know what we mean by that, here are a couple links to sites with two different versions:

However, you probably can save money by buying it locally. For small items like that, shipping kills any savings you have online. I know Radio Shack sells them, but it's likely you can get them at any store that sells stereo equipment.

Once you have the splitter, just plug it in to the back of your computer, where your speakers are currently plugged in, and plug each set of speakers into one of the two ports on the splitter.

Hope that explains everything clearly.


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Re: Connecting 4 speakers

Well check if subwoofer has two jacks 1 input and 1 output.If it does then input jack goes to PC and other goes to satellites .If not then get you a stereo mini jack that splits into two mini jacks.Then simpliy connect the one end to PC and the other two to speaker and subs..

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Re: Connecting 4 speakers

Well some computers dont support 4 speakers.

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