Sub with Xonar Essence STX /w 2x Studio Monitors?

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  1. DraZor

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    Forgive the title for its length.

    I have the non-2.0 Xonar Essence STX soundcard in comp with some HD650 headphones and Fluid Audio F5 Monitors for output - question is, is it possible with this configuration to add a subwoofer into the mix? And at that without any additional hardware?

    Audio sounds sexy enough through the 650s already with the STX, but when producing beats a sub could come in handy when using the Fluid F5 Monitors I believe (the Fluids don't have that low end below 49Hz so it sounds somewhat lackluster as opposed to the 650s).

    Thx for any input.
     
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    Do you already have a sub?
     
  3. DraZor

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    No, sorry if it wasn't clear enough, was thinking of buying a sub to add.
     
  4. anxious_f0x

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    You should be able to use the RCA outputs on the soundcard to connect to the subwoofers RCA inputs and adjust the crossover/subwoofer volume using the controls on the back of the subwoofer.

    You'll need a powered subwoofer with a built in amplifier to do this, it'll have to have RCA outputs on the subwoofer as well to connect your main speakers too as well i'd assume.
     
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    Thanks heaps anxious ;).

    I'm looking at getting this bad boy to woof the subs with the studio monitors, this section of info here explains it's supposed I/O versatility;
    The rear:
    ... so what I'm gathering from you're input (haha punny), is that I will have to use RCA outs on the sub, which it does not have, however it does has XLR/TRS outs?
     
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    Yep that’ll work just fine with your monitors.

    It’ll look something like this: Soundcard RCA output to Subwoofer RCA input, then Subwoofer XLR/TRS (your choice here) to Studio monitors XLR/TRS input.

    Hope that helps, enjoy :D
     
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    Oh you absolute legend anxious, that's what the guy at the audio shop said also, cheers.

    As a side-query, there is huge amounts of ground hum coming off the sound card during games through the studio monitors (and a little non-gaming), as mentioned here by me;
    I'm wondering if the sub will eliminate the humming/buzzing without an eliminator? I suppose I'll just fork out the cash to go ahead and grab one in the meantime before I get the sub just to be safe, cause if the sub doesn't eliminate it, there's gonna be some debris...
     
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    No problem at all.

    Sounds like you probably have a ground loop problem, sometimes soundcards can amplify things from the power supply, you could try running the soundcard from a different cable on the power supply, or as suggested in the other thread a ground loop isolator should eliminate it
     
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    Kewl, I will give that a go too I think, thanks again :)
     
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    No problem, hopefully the new setup works well :)
     

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