I am not sure if this has been asked before, but I’ll give it a go anyway.
So I have this Yamaha MG10XU mixer, and it is a great little mixing box. I purchased it long ago for a myriad of reasons.
The first one being, I own an acoustic guitar and a friend of mine installed a little microphone inside it, and I couldn’t plug it into my desktop computer directly, because the “mic in” (pink jack) at the end of my CPU was smaller than the plug at the ends of the guitar cable I purchased. I eventually found and purchased an adaptor pin that converts one male fitting to a smaller male fitting that fits into the “mic in” of my desktop computer’s CPU, but then I heard a lot of delay and a little “hiss” noise that was being caused by the CPU’s “mic in” jack, and that was frustrating as all hell.
So after going through tons and tons of forums, remedies and software pages online, I almost gave up. That’s when another one of my friends told me to spend a little more than I am used to, and get this mixer that he owns. I took that risk, and surprisingly, my PC’s sound quality was upped by like a billion times. I even got a cable with it that split my tiny little computer speakers into a left and right channel, which I plug into the mixer, and it sounds great.
The second reason why I purchased that mixer is that my siblings also play music as a hobby, and own some electrical instruments. This mixer has all the inputs required to accommodate all of our instruments during family reunion performances, plus it has 24 effects that are very useful.
I am not a professional musician, so I was really skeptical about getting one of these huge and expensive things just for these reasons, but this mixer really proved me wrong. It isn’t all that expensive, and it sits perfectly on my table, right under my PC’s monitor screen.
So anyway, that’s why I have the mixer. I am sorry for consuming a lot of time of your’s already, but I promise, I’ll try to finish asking my problem in as less number of words as possible.
So, I have just two average multimedia speakers right now, which means it’s a 2.0 sound system. If I wanted a 2.1 system, it would be easy to add a sub-woofer into the equation, connect it to the mixer, and then connect the two smaller speakers to the sub-woofer. However, I don’t want a 2.1 system, I want a 5.1 system.
I play games, and I believe that a 5.1 sound system would really give me a virtual reality kind of feeling, with the game’s environment and open world just creating a 3D sound kinda thing in my room. I know all games aren’t compatible with 5.1 sound systems, but I am really willing to go through this extra trouble of making it work because it would totally be worth the thrill.
Also, as a person who loves and enjoys playing and listening to music, the 5.1 sound system would really light up my room. I can’t emphasize enough how much I love the bass sounds in EDM tracks. I can have parties by myself within my room if I get a proper 5.1 sound system.
Finally, I also love watching movies. The only thing is, I don’t have a TV, or a DVD player, and I don’t wanna watch movies on a TV, with a DVD player. I would prefer watching it on my computer, without any DVD player blinking the movie title in my face, on it’s LED screen.
That being said, I have 3 questions.
1. Which 5.1 sound system should I purchase to meet my requirements?
2. How should I go about connecting the 5 speakers and 1 sub-woofer to my mixer?
3. Where should I place all of these speakers in my room?
To whoever read all of it, thank you for taking the time to read this. I really appreciate it. If you have any doubts, confusions or questions regarding what exactly I have or am trying to achieve, please do ask me for clarification. To those who are gonna make suggestions about the sound system, please don’t be afraid to suggest systems in the relatively expensive range ($100 to $150, approx.), but at the same time, please don’t go overboard (with a system as expensive as $100,000 or something like that). Also, I request the admins to not close this topic till I get the solution arranged and tested in real life.