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06-05-2008, 08:08 PM
I was wondering if there is a way to hook my Logitech Z-5300 Speakers up to a receiver. This is the back of my sub

The speakers are 5.1 surround and have three 3.5mm audio cables (green, black, and orange). I want to hook those cables to a receiver so I can get surround sound for my xbox 360, tv, dvds, music, etc. all from my receiver. The problem is that most receivers don't have the 3.5mm audio cable inputs and only have RCA or speaker wire. I haven't purchase a receiver yet but was just going to purchase a standard one with standard hookups.

Would a cable like this let me hook the z-5300's up to a receiver and still get surround sound?

Or is there a better way to connect the three 3.5mm audio cables up to a receiver still getting that surround sound?

I currently use this to hook up the speakers to an iPod or computer etc.


06-06-2008, 03:51 AM
If your receiver will accept six analog (RCA jacks) as a multi-channel input, three adapters cables as shown below will allow you to convert those three stereo mini-plug outputs on your source into the needed six analog inputs to feed your receiver.

Likewise, if your receiver has preamp outputs, you can use these cables in the other direction to convert those six RCA outputs on your receiver into the three stereo mini-plugs needed to mate to your Logitech system.

Remember, the Logitech Z-5300 system is not just speakers. They are amplifiers and speakers merged together into a system that's designed to be used with 'puters and the like. You can't use just the speakers. You'll be using the amps as well as the speakers.

Simply put, you won't be using the power amp section of your receiver.

In both cases, I have no idea which RCA jacks would be which channels. You need to check your manual for this.

If you are just now lookng for a receiver, you might want to buy one that allows the flexibility you want (or may want in thefuture) in both the inputs and outputs.

Hopefully, this answers several questions.