We just purchased an HP Pavilion Elite M9340F Desktop Computer. It has lots of inputs and outputs to do home theatre sorts of things. I also got a set of Polk home theatre speakers the RM6750 with a powered subwoofer, 4 satelites and a center speaker. My first question is can I hook up some of these speakers directly to the computer without a receiver? Right now I have an Altec Lansing subwoofer with 2 connected satelites pluged into the headphone jack on the front of the computer for sound. The front of the computer has right and left audio jacks as well and there are audio input and output jacks on the back as well as 3 sets of pin connector in and outs with speaker icons on the back. I'd like to wait and do more research before getting a receiver and take some time to accumulate more money to get a good one. I may be happy with what I've got for all I know. The computer has a TV tuner and I think an FM tuner as well. We have a small Ranch house and I want to place two of the satelites in the kitchen at the far end. The rest will be in the den with the computer which will be our media center. Can I connect the 4 satelites to the new subwoofer and then attach that directly to the computer? Can I attach the center speaker to one of the input output pin setups on the back of the computer even though it isn't powered?
Also any suggestions for proper connectors or needed cables going to the computer? We will be happy with 2 channels for sound I think.