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G4scott
Jun 11, 2003, 04:53 PM
It's been a while since I've posted, but I have a few questions. My first question is about an item on eBay... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2536921346

I asked the seller a question, and he responded with a knowledgeable answer. I've heard several horror stories about people bidding for things, and the seller asking only for money order or check, and then the buyer gets ripped off. I want to make sure that I don't get ripped off, so does that auction seem suspicious to you? Just asking...


My other question. Does the Sound Blaster Extigy (http://www.soundblaster.com/products/extigy/welcome.asp) work at all with a Mac? I know that I won't get 5.1 surround from DVD player, but does Mac OS X pickup the device, and know that it's a multi-channel sound device? I'm looking at getting one, and I just want to make sure it'll work...

Thanks guys!

jelloshotsrule
Jun 11, 2003, 04:59 PM
he has a decent amount of feedback... seems ok. just realize that he is a pawn broker. only complaint that seems worth mention (in his feedback) is that the item wasn't living up to what they expected.... so, you get what you pay for. that said, that's only one complaint out of 70 or so....

G4scott
Jun 11, 2003, 05:12 PM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
he has a decent amount of feedback... seems ok. just realize that he is a pawn broker. only complaint that seems worth mention (in his feedback) is that the item wasn't living up to what they expected.... so, you get what you pay for. that said, that's only one complaint out of 70 or so....

Yeah, I saw that, and it looked like a stupid buyer. The trumpet seems to be in pristine condition, with no dents, and no major scratches...

zarathustra
Jun 11, 2003, 05:18 PM
You are SOL with the Extigy. Requirements. (http://www.soundblaster.com/products/extigy/system.asp)

G4scott
Jun 11, 2003, 05:36 PM
Originally posted by zarathustra
You are SOL with the Extigy. Requirements. (http://www.soundblaster.com/products/extigy/system.asp)

I realize this, but OS X can sometimes (usually) pick up external sound devices, and use them. I think those requirements were mainly for the software...

vniow
Jun 11, 2003, 08:39 PM
The Extigy is supported (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=18044) in 10.2.3 and up.

G4scott
Jun 11, 2003, 10:19 PM
Well, I broke down and bought the extigy...

My horror story starts like this...

I plug in my S/PDIF Creative Soundworks 2.1 speakers, and hook it up to my Mac. It shows up in the Sound control panel. No noise comes out of speakers... I open up the MIDI device thing, since that has more options... Then, I have a kernel panic...

I restart, and have another kernel panic upon starting up. I unplug the Extigy, and it starts up fine...

I'm going to try to get sound out of the headphones port at least...

G4scott
Jun 11, 2003, 10:42 PM
OK, I've got noise coming through the USB cable, into the extigy, and out the headphone jack. The only problem... I don anything with the computer, and I get static... For an advanced piece of audio hardware, it really sucks...

I'm going to start a petition to get creative to make Mac software... They can kiss Apple's ass by making iPod colored speakers, but if they want to do some good, they can make mac drivers for their *****...

I have a pee-cee brother who might want this POS, because without Mac drivers, it's practically worthless...

My creative speakers (Which I speak very highly of) don't seem to work with the SPDIF port on the extigy. Creative sound device, Creative speakers, you'd think it would work, but no...

And I've had 3 kernel panics. More kernel panics in the last 15 minutes than in my computer's lifetime...

iJon
Jun 11, 2003, 11:42 PM
Originally posted by G4scott
OK, I've got noise coming through the USB cable, into the extigy, and out the headphone jack. The only problem... I don anything with the computer, and I get static... For an advanced piece of audio hardware, it really sucks...

I'm going to start a petition to get creative to make Mac software... They can kiss Apple's ass by making iPod colored speakers, but if they want to do some good, they can make mac drivers for their *****...

I have a pee-cee brother who might want this POS, because without Mac drivers, it's practically worthless...

My creative speakers (Which I speak very highly of) don't seem to work with the SPDIF port on the extigy. Creative sound device, Creative speakers, you'd think it would work, but no...

And I've had 3 kernel panics. More kernel panics in the last 15 minutes than in my computer's lifetime...
who cares, creatives software sucks, i have never had such sucky hardware and software on my computer. i honestly cant tell a difference with the audigy platinum, i do like the front fireport though. i got a grat deal on the set so thats why i bought it.

iJon

G4scott
Jun 12, 2003, 10:24 PM
Well, the extigy is going back... It doesn't even work with my Cambridge Soundworks (which is the same company as creative, or almost) digital 2.1 speakers... Not even when hooked up to a PC...

I've been nagging tech support, and the guy said he'd inform one of his superiors, but if I don't hear any good news by Wednesday, I'm taking it back... This is *************... For windows, they had to write a complete set of drivers, since microsoft didn't give them crap for an OS audio layer... The Mac OS has one of the most advanced built in audio layers ever seen on a comsumer OS, and creative doesn't even bother to make drivers so that the Extigy can communicate with the OS properly... OS X recognized it as a 5.1 and 6.1 AC3 device! It still wouldn't work with my speakers, though. It probably wouldn't take creative a fraction of the time to make a mac driver compared to the time it took for them to prep the windows drivers...

It makes me want to become a software developer just to get this damn thing to work...

iJon
Jun 12, 2003, 10:30 PM
Originally posted by G4scott
Well, the extigy is going back... It doesn't even work with my Cambridge Soundworks (which is the same company as creative, or almost) digital 2.1 speakers... Not even when hooked up to a PC...

I've been nagging tech support, and the guy said he'd inform one of his superiors, but if I don't hear any good news by Wednesday, I'm taking it back... This is *************... For windows, they had to write a complete set of drivers, since microsoft didn't give them crap for an OS audio layer... The Mac OS has one of the most advanced built in audio layers ever seen on a comsumer OS, and creative doesn't even bother to make drivers so that the Extigy can communicate with the OS properly... OS X recognized it as a 5.1 and 6.1 AC3 device! It still wouldn't work with my speakers, though. It probably wouldn't take creative a fraction of the time to make a mac driver compared to the time it took for them to prep the windows drivers...

It makes me want to become a software developer just to get this damn thing to work...
refer to my post above, creative sucks, windows or mac, get a real sound card.

iJon

G4scott
Jun 12, 2003, 10:36 PM
Originally posted by iJon
refer to my post above, creative sucks, windows or mac, get a real sound card.

iJon

For a PowerBook?

Anybody know any alternetives with a 2.1 SPDIF (RCA) and digital optical connectors?

iJon
Jun 12, 2003, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by G4scott
For a PowerBook?

Anybody know any alternetives with a 2.1 SPDIF (RCA) and digital optical connectors?
oh ok, didnt know you were using a powerbook. dont know what you can use. ive just learned that creatives products were trash, their software is so trashy on my pc, ive gotten rid of it all, i jsut install drivers.

iJon

vniow
Jun 12, 2003, 10:46 PM
Originally posted by G4scott
For a PowerBook?

Anybody know any alternetives with a 2.1 SPDIF (RCA) and digital optical connectors?

http://midiman.com/products/consumer/sonica_page1.php

jelloshotsrule
Jun 12, 2003, 10:57 PM
Originally posted by vniow
http://midiman.com/products/consumer/sonica_page1.php

don't want to distract the subject... but just a question i thought of... do you know of these products when you suggest them (usually)? or do you search for em and then provide the links?

just curious. piss off. ;)

G4scott
Jun 12, 2003, 11:23 PM
Originally posted by vniow
http://midiman.com/products/consumer/sonica_page1.php

That won't work with my speakers. They have a digital connector, but it's not an optical connector. It's uses a RCA connector, that sometimes converts to a miniplug...

vniow
Jun 13, 2003, 12:53 AM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
don't want to distract the subject... but just a question i thought of... do you know of these products when you suggest them (usually)? or do you search for em and then provide the links?

just curious. piss off. ;)

I usually know of them when I post them, if not then chances are I've heard of something related or similar and I do a quick search on Macrumors or Google or whatever to see if I can find it.

Piss out.http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?s=&postid=251618

Originally posted by G4scott
That won't work with my speakers. They have a digital connector, but it's not an optical connector. It's uses a RCA connector, that sometimes converts to a miniplug...

Hmm...the Sonica is the best according to just about everyone who's reviewed it...Radio Shack has a Toslink to RCA adaptor I've seen but you may want to have a look at this, (http://www.edirol.com/products/info/ua1d.html) it has both RCA and optical connections.

G4scott
Jun 13, 2003, 01:17 AM
Let this experience not go to waste!

If you go to www.audiomidi.com, they have TONS of stuff...

This looks like it might work: http://www.audiomidi.com/common/cfm/product.cfm?Product_ID=3275

http://www.audiomidi.com/audiostore/images/usbap_lg.jpg

If I had the money, though, I'd get this: http://www.audiomidi.com/common/cfm/product.cfm?Product_ID=1350

I'd prefer a firewire device, since latency wouldn't really be as much as a problem as it is with USB, but firewire devices usually have more stuff than the agerage joe needs, are made for professional audio stuff, and are way too expensive for me...

Oh well... The quest continues...

G4scott
Jun 13, 2003, 01:26 AM
Or maybe not... It appears the M-Audio Sonica Theater might do it too...

http://www.midiman.net/products/consumer/sonicaTheatre_page1.php

G4scott
Jun 13, 2003, 01:53 AM
OK, I've been doing some research, and I think the M-Audio Sonica Theater (http://www.midiman.net/products/consumer/sonicaTheatre_page1.php) is the thing for me...

It offers the digital out, and if I ever need optical connections, they make a RCA-optical digita audio converter for $50...

The only thing is that the reviews on this thing don't seem very promising, but it appears as if they were all written by PC users, and I think M-Audio tends to be more on the Mac side of things...

I'll keep looking, but in the meantime, extigy is going back...