Question about Logitech Audio Players & Recorders
Problem with my Z506-5.1 Speakers I bought these two weeks ago and my 14-day window for returning them to staples has expired. They were a great price and they sound awesome. How often does one get 5.1 speakers for about $63.00? In any event, here's the problem. My old units were Altec Lansing 4.1 speakers. I bought them 14 years ago (2003) when I bought my Dell PC. When my Dell died in 2011, I bought an HP PC. All I had to do was just plug the Altecs into my HP and my sound was the same as it had always been-sound from all 4 speakers and the sub-woofer. The wires from the speakers went to their designated outlets on the back of the sub-woofer. Then there were two wires (green and black) that were not conjoined but came out of the same opening in the back of the sub-woofer. They were correctly inserted into the green and black ports in the back of my HP PC. As I said, all was fine with that set-up. Enter my Logitech Z506 speakers. Set up was fairly easy since I had watched a couple of videos before making my purchase. However, the connection is different from my old Altec Lansing speakers. The Z506 speakers have one green wire and then conjoined black and orange wires. Remember, my old speakers had green and black wires coming out of the same hole. In any event, this is what happens. I connect my green wire between the sub-woofer and the PC (green to green). I get sound from all 6 sources (FL, FR, RL, RR, Center, & Sub). It is crystal clear and as loud as I would ever want it to be. I am set up in my home based office, which is about 300 square feet. When I am working or studying, I have the volume down low but when I go to the front of the house, I crank the volume up and can hear it everywhere. However, the only problem with this arrangement is that I have lost the sound to my Quicken software. Similar to the system sounds in Windows, Quicken gives me beeps and alerts as I move about the program inputting transactions and running reports. I even get the sound of an old-time cash register when I press enter to record a transaction. But, like I said, with this arrangement, I have lost all of my Quicken sounds. So what I did was plug in the conjoined black and orange wires between the sub-woofer and my PC. On the back of the sub-woofer, the inputs for the black and orange wires are labeled as "6 Channel." When I do this, then the reverse happens. I get my Quicken sounds back but I lose speaker sound in the LR, RR, Center, and, I think, in the Sub. I have sound in the LF and RF. However, the sound is not as loud as when I have the other arrangement. I do not mean loud overall. I know it is not as loud overall since I have lost sound coming from 4 speakers. But the sound from the two front speakers is noticeably less as well. This is true whether I turn the volume up from the RF speaker or from the program I am running, like YouTube, Pandora, or any type of video. I have run a check from the Sound feature in my Control Panel and, as the test is performed, it goes through all 6 sources and emits a tone from each. I do this with the green, black, and orange wires all connected. So I know it is possible for sounds to come from the other four sources/speakers as well when everything is connected. So here I sit, with sound coming only from my two front speakers but, as I switch from work related to my job to performing Quicken tasks, I can hear the Quicken sounds. If I want to hear from the other four, I have to get up and disconnect the black and orange wires. What a pain. Would purchasing a black only wire from Best Buy work? Then connect that, along with the green, since you have to have the green plugged in to get any sound. Would that simulate my old set-up where only black and green wires were coming from the sub-woofer to the PC? Or is there a software solution? Is there anything I can change in my Sound Control Panel feature that will fix this problem? I am assuming I have a sound card or I would not be able to connect the black or orange wires. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas or knows the solution, it would be greatly appreciated. The speakers are awesome. I hate not to be able to use them to their full capacity. Thanks in advance for your help. Jim
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