CRYSTAL CHIPSET 4281 PCI SOUND VER. 2.0 STEREO PINE
How do I connect my bose bookshelf speakers to my computer so that I get TRUE stereo sound?
I know I probably have to get a receiver, but after that do I need a new sound card or something? The speakers are Bose 201 series. I only have the integrated sound card right now. Thanks.
The speakers use standard speaker wires to connect.
You will need a stereo amplifier at least. (of course: All AV recievers that are able to work in stereo mode (they all should be able to) would work, too.)
You might want to check wheter your sound card has a optical or coaxial digital output. Most of the more recent onboard soundcards have at least one of both. The analog connectors of onboard soundcards often have a very bad quality. (even to the point where not-all-that-great Bose speakers could use a better source) In that case you should try to go for some amp that has a corresponding digital in connector. If your soundcard doesn’t have a digital out you can still try the stereo jacks (which all soundcards have) and use an adapter cable to hook it up to the analog in of a reciever. (Which will most likely be RCA connectors on the amp … and all amps should have those, too. )