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  1. #1
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    connect subwoofer to a laptop

    Hi,
    I am new to area of connecting exteranl speakers to a PC.

    I just bought some speakers and a subwoofer for a cheap bargain. These appear basically to be a regular sound system speakers ( book shelf speakers ?) ( and the sub woofer too ).

    Can i connect them to my laptop . What else would be required to use these speakers.

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    Are these PC speakers or just home theater speakers? If they are PC speakers, you can just plug them into the headphones jack and they will work. If they are non-amplified speakers, then you need to purchase a stereo receiver to drive the speakers, since a notebook can't do the job alone. In that case, you hook the notebook to the receiver and then hook the speakers to the receiver and you're good to go.
    Give what you cannot keep to gain what you cannot lose.

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    Thanks for the info . These are not pc speakers .

    Do i have to worry about Wattage /Power on these speakers . Is there any possibility that it might damage the PC . General guidelines would do .

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    Hmm, do you know how many watts the speakers are? Typically, you buy a receiver that can drive the speakers that you have. For example, if I had a pair of 50W speakers, I'd get a 100W+ receiver. Typically, you can get a receiver with a higher output than the speakers, as the receiver's rating is based on its maximum volume output. You could hurt the speakers if you turn the volume up too loud, but otherwise, they would be just fine at reasonable levels.
    Give what you cannot keep to gain what you cannot lose.

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    Decent speakers and amps/receivers should have RMS figures stated.
    And
    Ratings of the amp/receiver should match or exceed those for the speakers.

    As ThreeOnTheTree already pointed out,
    Maximum/Peak power ratings should not be used for general reference.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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