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Logitech X-540 Speakers for TV sound,
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Since there are lots of comments about the lead lengths, maybe some data would help (why is it not in the official specs?). Here are the approximate lengths that came with mine:
Power input cord: 6ft 6in (to sub)
Wired remote: 5ft 6in (from sub)
Audio input: 6ft 2in (Three 3.5mm male stereo jack plugs on each end; green (front); black (rear); orange (center+sub)
Center speaker: 7ft 2in
Front speakers: 5ft 3in
Rear speakers: 14ft 2in
There is also an 8in adapter with a green stereo socket on one end, red and white female RCAs on the other (for use with a video game console).
If you only have a single stereo output to feed these speakers you will only get sound out of the two fronts and the sub, unless you select matrix. Personally I find the matrix mode artificial sounding and hard to listen to, but it seems a waste to only use two of the five speakers so I piggy-backed two one-to-two stereo adapters to make three outputs and plugged in the green, black and orange input plugs (somebody suggested a Radio Shack Boostaroo, but I think that requires batteries - I get plenty of output with the passive one-to-three split). The rear speakers can then be placed alongside the front speakers and the center speaker puts out the sum of the two stereo channels. This gives a very acceptable sound when plugged into the headphone output of the TV and volume can be set with the TV remote. This sound is very much better than the sound from the TV speakers. After going through the experimentation to arrive at this setup I am very happy with this purchase.
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Initial post: Jan 7, 2010, 5:41:49 PM PST
Jersey Girl says:
I'm trying to follow what you did in order to hook these speakers up to my TV. I have a new Sony Bravia HDTV and don't seem to have a headphone output. I also don't understand what you did with the two one-to-two stereo adapters. Can you provide detailed instructions on this step? I can only use these speakers with my TV on matrix mode and my tv remote isn't working to control the volume. I'm considering sending these back. I even went out and purchased the Boostaroo, but that didn't work either. Please help!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2010, 12:08:53 PM PST
MGB Driver says:
I just saw your request. If the TV doesn't have a headphone output, what I did doesn't apply and I sympathize with your problems because I would have preferred to use the RCA outputs from the TV but couldn't see how to make it work. But if you do find a headphone jack you need two headphone splitters from Radio Shack. You plug one into the other and the other into the TV. Then you have three inputs available on the splitters for the black, yellow and green plugs from the speaker system. Hope this helps.
Posted on Sep 11, 2010, 11:28:58 AM PDT
edna w nelson says:
how big is the subwoofer as in is it a 6" 5" or what
Posted on Feb 6, 2011, 3:47:29 PM PST
David R. says:
The cord it came with where just not long anough
Posted on Mar 3, 2011, 9:17:58 AM PST
Jack Robertson says:
Thanks for including the specs, mate! Very helpful!
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