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Connecting speakers to ASUS motherboard

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I'm trying to connect 4 x 25W (8ohm) wall-mounted to speakers a PC.

 

The PC is going to be running an application playing just 2 channel stereo audio.

The PC has an ASUS motherboard with 4 x 3.5mm jacks marked as follows:

 

FRONT SPEAKER

REAR SPEAKER

SIDE SPEAKER

CTR BASS

 

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68V_PROGEN3/#specifications 

 

The jacks are marked 'speaker'

Does this mean I can connect speakers directly or will I still need an amp?

 

Assuming I do need an amp, I've only got a small space in the cabinet to house it, 300mm x 100mm x 300mm

 

Can anyone recommend an appropriate amp in a small factor?

And can I drive all 4 speakers from 1 amp?

 
Thanks in advance for any help!
 
Cheers
 
Tand
post #2 of 8

Without a ball park budget it's more difficult to say but in your shoes if $$ were tight i'd hit craiglist, etc and hit a cheap but still decent non HDMI (coax/optical) used AVR from say 2002-2007? Hook up mobo to AVR via optical/coax L3000.gif

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi Trog,

 

Thanks for the reply!  

Sorry for the belated response - I got waylaid on this as our PC had to be returned for repairs confused_face_2.gif

 

Our budget for an amp/AVR is £150.

The 4 speakers are rated as 8ohm, 25W each

 

We're not super audiophiles, so we're just looking for an AVR that's compact and well specced enough to drive these.

 

Any suggestions would be great!

 

Thanks again!

 

Cheers,

 

Nick

post #4 of 8

Hmm i think 150 quid could land you a used HDMI AVR even - check out Gumtree UK?

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi Trog,

 

Thanks for the tip.

 

Our main constraint is the space we have available. 

It need to be less than 300mm x 100mm x 300mm

 

Do you know any brands or models that do an AVR or amp this small?

 

Ta

 

Nick

post #6 of 8

Hmm you may want to drop by

http://www.avsforum.com/f/90/receivers-amps-and-processors

for more suggestions on compact 4 channel receivers at least? Alternatively going 2 channel opens up cheaper options like Class T amps like the lepai TA2020, Topping TP-22, etc

post #7 of 8

I think this is about as small as your going to find for this application.

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=310-306

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for these suggestions! - the T-class hardware looks perfect.

 

Given we have a stereo source for the 4 speakers are there any issues with wiring 2 of the speakers we have in parallel to each channel?

 

 

The 4 speakers are rated as 8ohm, 25W each

 

I was thinking of trying it with this - Topping TP-60...

 

 

 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170873121747?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_6896wt_1038

 

 

In stock in the UK smile.gif

 
Thanks again!
 
Nick
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