how much power can a computer send out to speakers?

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  1. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    hey there,

    quick question: a neighbour wants to run itunes to 4 speakers, mounted in walls, what would a computer need to do this? a specific video card? I wouldn't need an amp right?

    They wouldn't be using a mac - a pc.

    any ideas? Is it feasible to connect 4 speakers to an aiport express? would that work?

    Cheers,
    Keebler
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Speakers are connected to an amp, not the Airport Express directly. This is how all stereos work unless its a mini-plug computer speakers. No audio card is needed (I think that was a typo right?).
     
  3. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

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    ok..so unless the speakers are powered themselves, they definitely need an amp.

    i thought if you had a great audio card, you could connect them directly to the computer, but as you can see, i'm not a jedi in these matters. :)
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Nope, even the best sound card (or Airport express) is outputting a line level or headphone-level signal, not an amplified speaker-level signal.

    Your friend's best bet might be to recycle a stereo amp or receiver that has been made redundant by a 5.1 home theatre system. Most stereo amps or receivers have 2 pairs of speaker outs. Just jack the computer or AE into the CD input of the amp, and away you go.
     
  5. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

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    thanks CRam.
     

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