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Plugging multiple (2-4) sets of speakers into a laptops 3.5mm jack

quartzz1

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Hi, I have

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Black-Stereo-Audio-Splitter-GOLD-3-5mm-JACK-Male-to-2-Dual-Female-Y-Cable-Lead/252722737400?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

or even

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-5mm-Aux-Splitter-Stereo-Jack-Plug-to-4x-Sockets-Lead-150mm/272863119927?epid=2244458856&hash=item3f87e8ca37:g:JwsAAOSwkzhZu5nF

I want to plug at least 2 sets of speakers, possibly 3, maximum of 4 (each speaker is a stereo set, or 2.1 stereo with sub) into my laptops 3.5mm headphone socket

The volume won't be anything massive, the power source isn't a problem, the question if anyone can help, is will I have any problems with the impedance that the 3.5mm jack socket sees with 2, 3 or 4 sets plugged in?

many thanks
 

mdram

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speakers need power
will you use powered speakers?
if not you will need an amp
 

quartzz1

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Hi, power isnt a problem

the low powered speakers (2 pairs maximum) will be through the usb (which I believe can give up to 500mA?)

the 2.1 set have their own mains supply
 

mdram

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so you want 1 usb set and 1 3.5 set?

give it a try

but 500ma is enough for headphones, speakers not so much really
 

quartzz1

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Hi, one of the speakers is

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-Clip-On-Computer-Sound-Bar-Stereo-Laptop-Desktop-PC-Notebook-Mini-Speakers/112987844865?hash=item1a4e99b101:g:VRoAAOSwKT9a9e9y

one will probably be

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENIUS-HF160-WOODEN-USB-STEREO-SPEAKERS-FOR-PC-LAPTOP-DESKTOP-COMPUTER/182270396584?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

and the 2.1 set (own mains power supply) is

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sumvision-N-Cube-Pro-2-1-Speakers-System-With-Subwoofer-For-PC-Laptop-MP3/202373120500?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

It depends what the treble is like from the wooden speakers, I've tried some soundbars which lack in the treble, the 1st (£6) set above have good treble (but not a lot of anything else), so I'm keeping in mind to keep those as well as the other set
 

mdram

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what is the purpose in so many sets?

you may be better served with a 'good' set like the klipsch pro media
 

quartzz1

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could you link to the klipsch? I'm definitely not after room filling sound, I just want some decent, moderate-volume frequency response for tv speech and music

as was saying...I've found sound bars to be lacking in treble, and I want bass that desktop speakers in the price range I'm looking at probably wont provide (I'm slightly limited on space as well). they are from ebay so I've got a few days to return them...lol

the total amount spent on the 3 sets is £35, so if you know some desktop or 2.1 speaker thats will provide good frequency response at moderate volume for say below £45, I'd be interested
 
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