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My weird PC setup using studio monitors and a z906 sub. Explanation and a question.

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Hey. I just wanted to share my weird setup with you guys for my PC and also wanted to ask a quick question!
 

I love my monitors, the sound is amazing but it just lacks the low end and punchy bass that I sometimes feel like, so I thought to my self, why not add a sub? 
I didn't really want to spend much money on a nice sub and figure out how to connect it, it's only for when i'm in that "fun" mood, so I did some tests with dual outputting sound from my sound card. IT WORKED! I'll explain how I did it below:

 

 

Equipment used:
Audioengine D1 DAC.
JBL LSR2328P Studio Monitors.
Logitech Z-906.

Asus Xonar D2X Sound Card.

 

How it's connected:

Monitors > Audioengine D1 (RCA) > Xonar D2X (Optical)
Z906 > Xonar D2X (Analog) > disconnect all satellites. 

 

How I got it to work:
Simply download the UNi Xonar Drivers, select 2CH System Input, select 2 speakers in Analog Output and make sure S/PDIF Output is set to PCM. 

The next step was important, make sure sampling rate is 48khz or below across ALL devices, including D1 and Xonar, otherwise it just doesn't work.

 

That's it! Now I can control the Z906 sub and my monitors independently when I'm in the mood. 

 

My Question:

By not connecting all the satellites to the sub, will that cause damage? I've heard of subs blowing due to not enough power, but other than that I have no idea. Either way, this system I got for free so I'm not too worried about it blowing. 

Thanks for reading. 


Edited by cenumis - 5/17/13 at 8:28pm
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It's not going to hurt to run the sub without the satellites.

However, the crossover for that sub is configured to run with those tiny satellites. Likely way too high for your JBLs. Won't hurt anything, you'll just get double bass (or bass cancellation) where the sub and the speakers are both trying to reproduce some of the same low frequencies.

If you have the whole Z906 set, why not sell them and get a sub with the money?
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Yeah it came across my mind to do that but I don't really require the sub all the time, just when I feel like some rumble. I can see what you mean about the crossover though, At least no damage will come from it. Thanks for the reply!

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