Help interfacing speakers to PC w/o receiver

Hello all! This may be posted in the wrong category but no other seemed more appropriate.

Basically, my question is simple. I have 5 home audio speakers that connect with speaker wire that I found for a really good deal the other day. I am interested in using them for my computer but am not sure which interface method is best. I do not have a receiver to accept the speaker wire, nor do I have a subwoofer yet.

Could anyone please recommend what I need to purchase to use them with my PC most efficiently and affordably? I have hdmi available as an input on my pc. I have onboard audio or the audio available with my gtx 580. There is not currently a dedicated audio card.

I would appreciate all suggestions!

As it stands now, I am using headphones..
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  1. You need a 5.1 channel amp like this - http://www.maplin.co.uk/slimline-5.1-av-amplifier-227609

    What country do you live in?
  2. So you have speakers, but no amp/receiver, right?

    Well, you're gonna HAVE to get an amp/receiver. That the only way to do it.

    You CAN'T just "hook up" the speakers into your sound card/integrated sound (even with some kind of an adapter). Even if you could, it wouldn't have enough power to run them. And HDMI is out as well, unless you get a receiver with a HDMI input. There's just no possible way that could work otherwise.
  3. Also what wattage are your speakers rated at?
  4. DJDeCiBeL said:
    So you have speakers, but no amp/receiver, right?

    Well, you're gonna HAVE to get an amp/receiver. That the only way to do it.

    You CAN'T just "hook up" the speakers into your sound card/integrated sound (even with some kind of an adapter). Even if you could, it wouldn't have enough power to run them. And HDMI is out as well, unless you get a receiver with a HDMI input. There's just no possible way that could work otherwise.


    It would work, it would just be very quiet....
  5. jay_nar2012 said:
    It would work, it would just be very quiet....


    Yeah, like nearly silent, especially if the speakers are any good. :lol:
  6. DJDeCiBeL said:
    Yeah, like nearly silent, especially if the speakers are any good. :lol:


    They could be replacement headphones......
  7. I have the samsung PSCS610E set of 5 speakers minus the sub. I am in the US and understand a receiver of some sort is a necessity. I was just curious what the best method would be. More specifically, what would be best without spending hundreds :)

    Feel free to ask anything else that needs to be taken into consideration.
  8. jay_nar2012 said:



    Oh wow, does that go into my PC as an expansion? That would be perfect.
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