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Any info on Altec Lansing Satellite 31 set up?

Hi,
I am not very technical. I am having trouble setting up my Altec Lansing Satellite 31 PC speakers. I think I have everything I need, just don't know which inputs go where and I can't find the manual.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Molly in Oakland, CA

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  • Mollissima Jul 17, 2008

    Hello,
    Here goes:
    Model: Satellite 31
    I'm not sure what the serial number is, but there are stickers on the back of the speakers and the subwoofer that say N 477328. It also has this info on the subwoofer: E146309 and Listed Audiosystem 2C52.
    Thank you so much,
    Molly


  • delvinna Oct 29, 2008

    Same problem!

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Hi, I have these. Always unplug the Sub before changing the wiring around.
You should have a dual cable. Plug one end into the Sub's Audio In and DC Out (the one that looks like a power plug goes in DC Out, the one that looks like a headphone goes in Audio In). The other end of the dual cable goes to the Satellite that has the volume control. Plug into DC and Sub. Plug a cable with headphone plugs on each end into the SPKR jack on each Satellite. Plug another cable with headphone plugs into either Input 1 or Input 2. The other end goes to your computer's audio out. I don't have the original of these two cables so I can't tell you what they look like. If one is longer or thicker it should be the one to go between the speakers. Set the level control on the Sub about 1/4 up. Plug the Sub in and play some music. You can adjust the Sub level and the Bass and Treble to your liking. I have my Bass & Treble straight up, Sub at 1/4. You can use one of the inputs for your computer and the other input for another device like an iPod without having to unplug things.

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  • JohnGoodin Dec 23, 2010

    Altec Lansing Satellite 31 Multimedia Speakers

    I have this set of speakers and it is running fine for me on my PC.

    Here is how I have mine connected.

    Run the cable from your computer audio output to (INPUT 1), and a cable from Speaker (SPKR) the other speaker. If your set didn't come with power adapter try to find one rated for 12 Volts DC and as close to 2 Amps as possible. The closer to 2 Amps you can get will only make the speakers louder.

    The reason for two Inputs you ask?

    For this set of speakers it can be used for other than just PC usage. You could connect a PC to Input #1, and your Walkman etc to Input #2. That's why it was the two inputs.

    You might even try connecting a PC headset mike to input #2 to see if you can turn your PC into a poor mans karaoke machine.

    Or just connect any sound source to Input #1 and a standard mike to #2 and a sub woofer to (SUB) and let fly.

    Really this set is for general purpose Multimedia use. Usage as a PC speaker is just one way to have many fun hours with it.

  • Good Result Jul 21, 2011

    Altec Lansing Satellite 31 - 2 speakers and one sub. I had the exact same problem. Here is the solution that works. There is a special speaker wire that goes between the satelitte that has the DC plug in and the dummy speaker. That special wire has a slightly thicker 1/8 inch plug and two strands of wire joined together. It also has a yellow sticker wrapped around it which says - "Connect between speakers as indicated in Altec manual".

    Unless you use this special connecting speaker wire the second, dummy speaker is silent. When you use that special wire the sound is very good and both speakers produce equal sond.

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    jean133 Apr 21, 2013

    Five years later, this is still excellent advice! I wanted to revive this vintage speaker set and could not locate an onlne manual ANYWHERE! This saved the day.

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I need serial numbers and exact model numbers and i may be able to get you the manual .....hurry

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