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Connecting 2 devices to speakers

Discussion in 'Computer Peripherals & Consumables' started by mr_cool, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. mr_cool

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    I have done some research and think that the best way to connect 2 devices to my speakers is using a cheap/basic mixer.

    Problem is I know nothing about mixers, could somebody point me in the right direction as to what I need. Not looking to spend much. Will there be any loss in quality?
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    If you want independent volume control, yes. And especially if you want mixing of the audio signals, also yes. However if it's purely switching you want, then just a simple audio switch will suffice. And you need level control with switching, there are dedicated monitor switching systems available as well.


    I'm not sure what 'too much' means, but in terms of mixers you can look at devices like the The Soundcraft Compact 4, which would be a decent choice if we're talking truly no-budget. Follow the link for more mixers depending in your projected use.


    In terms of switching with level control, there's the Mackie Big Knob (Possibly worth the price of entry to be able to legitimately say "I do actually have a Big Knob") if you're after something low-cost.
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    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply.

    I will give you more information on what I am looking for.

    My current Yamaha 2.1 speakers have 2 inputs so I have my PC and DAB tuner connected at once. I can listen to the radio and the pc together.

    I am looking to buy the Logitech Z-2300 at £85 which AFAIK have 1 input.
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    OK. In that case it seems pretty simple. Just get yourself an audio switch unless as I said you need to actually mix the two signals together. You should be able to find switches in most hi-fi stores, Maplins, etc
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    Ok, thanks, no I don't need to mix them as such. Just it needs to be both at the same time rather than switching between them.
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    I was looking to use the 2 inputs similtaniously - after looking at switches am I right in saying the inputs can be only switched between - 1 at a time.
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    Use them at the same time implies mixing unless there's something I missed.
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    I am also planning to buy the Z-2300 system.

    But i need to connect 4 devices to it so a simple Y split wont suffice.
    I dont need to control the levels of the devices im just looking for the cheapest solution of
    connecting several devices to a Z-2300 system, which stated earlier only has 1 input.

    Im thinking that it might be easier for me to buy the Z-5500 5.1 system since it allows 6 inputs.
    But i dont need surround, i only need stereo...
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    The Behringer MICROMIX MX400 looks like it will do the job to me?
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    Any further ideas?
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    Anybody know before I buy it?
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    did you get it sorted out mr cool?,if so what did you use in the end ?

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