Solved Connecting PC to audio amp

August 13, 2013 at 20:30:18
Specs: Windows XP, 3.33ghz/2gb
Hello. I am considering connecting my PC's sound card to an audio amp. But will this improve the sound to my Cyber Acoustics CA-3550 2.1 Computer Speaker System? This is by no means an audiophile system but it ain't all that bad either. Or should I just leave well enough alone? Thanks.

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August 13, 2013 at 21:12:13
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The speaker system has its own built in amplifier, I'm not sure how you would hook up an external amp, unless it has inputs that are made to connect to an external amplifier's speaker outputs.

With a self amplified system such as this I would leave well enough alone, your not going to add an external amp to it and get more power. If it does have inputs for running from an amp, it will pad down the external power and use its own internal amplifier.

Now if you we're to use an external amp and real speakers meant to be powered exclusively from an amplifier such as would see from a home audio system, then yes, that would make a huge difference.

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August 14, 2013 at 05:51:09
Thanks THX1138. This is "sound" advice.

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August 14, 2013 at 10:08:40
To hook up the PC sound to an audio amp, you'd need some sort of adapter. Probably an 1/8" stereo plug to red/white RCA cable, like this one:

And if you were to do that, why would you need the Cyber Acoustics CA-3550 setup? Wouldn't you be using the speakers that are connected to the amp?

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August 15, 2013 at 08:02:32
Thanks riider, but THX1138 already answered this for me.

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