Ok, I freely admit that all of my life I have been ignoring audio quality. Using the audio chip on board my motherboard and a set of old Logitech 5.1 speakers.
I decided to change that this time, and while putting my PC together bought a set of Infinity TSS-800 5.1 surround speakers on sale for $250. thinking I would spend about $90-150 more buying cables and a good sound card, and enjoy good audio quality for years to come.
Then I started looking at what cables I would need and was shocked to learn that the amplifier in the subwoofer only powers the subwoofer, and I need something called a 'receiver' to actually make my speakers work.
Now the Speakers arrive tomorrow according to the tracking information. And I have make the decision then whether to send them back and get my money back, and suffer along without knowing what good sound quality is
Figure out how I am going to fit both a receiver and a soundcard into my somewhat limited budget.
Please, o wise and beneficent audio sages, you are my only hope.
(too over the top? )
What should I do and what do you think I need to buy to make this work as cheaply as possible.
Additional information: My computer is in a 7' x 12' room, and the speakers are going to surround a 6' x 6' area with up to 3 people sitting in it. (I like playing my computer games with friends)
I also have access to soldering irons and electrical engineers I can convince to help me if a Do-It-Yourself solution is somehow possible for building an amp and getting the data from the sound card.