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How do I hook up two active monitors to subwoofer without sound card?

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Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I know this is a noob question, but I have only recently started upgrading to serious audio equipment, one component at a time. I recently purchased a pair of M-Audio BX8 D2 monitors, which are connected directly to my PC with a mini stereo jack to dual XLR cable. I would like to connect my Lava LSP10 subwoofer to my setup, and I do not own a sound card and do not plan to purchase one just yet. Each of the monitors is active, and I am not sure what cable I should purchase to do so.

 

Here is the back of my monitors:

http://www.m-audio.com/images/global/media_hqpics/BX8-back.jpg

 

Best picture I could find of the back of my sub:

http://www.lavasubs.com/images/lava_sub_panel.jpg

 

I would not like to purchase any components besides the cable at the current moment. What should I purchase?

post #2 of 6
Sorry, I don't have an answer for you right now, but I was listening to the BX8 D2's yesterday @ GC and really liked them. I was thinking about getting them for my PC setup as well. Just curious, but what do you think about these active monitors for music listening? I'm trying to weigh in on some options right now.
post #3 of 6

Looks like about the only thing you can do, given your constraints, is to split your 3.5mm output into two, and run a 3.5mm to stereo RCA to the line inputs on the sub (leaving the run you already have on the other side of the split). Looks like you can cut the low end on your monitors to one of three different spots - 37hz, 47hz, 80hz. Experiment and set low pass on sub accordingly. 

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Thread Starter 

I figured out how to connect my sub, with a headphone splitter and RCA to mini stereo jack, thanks guys!

 

@brhfl, I upgraded from Audioengine A2, and the difference is significant. The sound of the M-Audio BX8 D2 isn't as warm as that of the A2s, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, I'm just not used to the new sound yet. There is significantly greater clarity, especially with acoustic instruments. Low quality audio files became increasingly more obvious with the M-Audio. The treble is a little harsh at first, but that has improved and I trust it will continue to improve as the speakers burn in. I am very satisfied with my purchase.

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Originally Posted by hbfs View Post
 

Hello,

 

I know this is a noob question, but I have only recently started upgrading to serious audio equipment, one component at a time. I recently purchased a pair of M-Audio BX8 D2 monitors, which are connected directly to my PC with a mini stereo jack to dual XLR cable. I would like to connect my Lava LSP10 subwoofer to my setup, and I do not own a sound card and do not plan to purchase one just yet. Each of the monitors is active, and I am not sure what cable I should purchase to do so.

 

Here is the back of my monitors:

http://www.m-audio.com/images/global/media_hqpics/BX8-back.jpg

 

Best picture I could find of the back of my sub:

http://www.lavasubs.com/images/lava_sub_panel.jpg

 

I would not like to purchase any components besides the cable at the current moment. What should I purchase?

First of all you should never connect M AUDIO BX8 directly to your pc,sound will be average at best with little soundstage and muddy bass and sub is not going to help things.Since you already invested in a good studio monitor why not spend a little more and buy a Schiit(actual company) amp+dac combo,sound card is for desktop speakers which have colored sound(artificial),for a studio monitor as good as BX8 it's a waste of money if you are directly connecting to PC.Think of it like this way you purchased a Ferrari but you never drive it,that is the same thing here.

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Originally Posted by krishtrinity1 View Post

First of all you should never connect M AUDIO BX8 directly to your pc,sound will be average at best with little soundstage and muddy bass and sub is not going to help things.Since you already invested in a good studio monitor why not spend a little more and buy a Schiit(actual company) amp+dac combo,sound card is for desktop speakers which have colored sound(artificial),for a studio monitor as good as BX8 it's a waste of money if you are directly connecting to PC.Think of it like this way you purchased a Ferrari but you never drive it,that is the same thing here.

This is nonsense. If the op doesnt have any noise problems or need dsp, there is hardly any audible reason to buy another soundcard.

Also, this thread was long dead. Why revive it?

Cheers
Edited by ab initio - 8/19/14 at 7:25am
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