Here's what I'm trying to do, and I've searched and searched and it seems i'm the first person to ever attempt such a feat (HA!)
i have logitech X530 5.1 speakers on my pc, which has a 7.1 soundcard (creative soundblaster i beleive)
i have outdoor speakers on my deck, which are passive, and i want to somehow connect these to my pc. the speakers have the + and - spring holders for speaker wire.
my first attempt: i ran speaker wire to the speakers, and on the PC end i solder RCA jacks....i plugged these into the Rear Left and Rear Right outputs on the back of the subwoofer...i then went into my soundcards settings and enable stereo audio through the rear speakers and mute all other speakers except the rear ones
this gave me limited results. it actually did work, but limited volume, and i still get a little bit of bass out of my subwoofer (even though i turned its volume to 0 in the settings).
what id really prefer is to plug these into the front left and front right on the subwoofer, then just switch my settings to 2.0 and id be done...unfortunately there is no Front Right RCA jack on the subwoofer because that speaker has volume control and headphones so its multi-pin connector
A couple questions: is there a better way? i'd like to avoid having to go through my speaker settings every time i want to use the outdoor speakers and id like to completely mute any indoor speakers while the outdoor ones are in use.
i know that passive speakers require an amplifier, so my next question (after doing more research): why did this work?
i dont really want to add an amplifier then go pc > amp > outdoor speakers because of the expense and im pretty tight on space (have a lot going on with this pc/monitor)
any help or suggestions would be really appreciated!