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Rezet
Sep 6, 2003, 03:17 PM
Hey I was just looking for the speakers and was wondering if 5.1 speakers would work with G5's sound card or i have to get 2.1?
I mean if G5's sound card is not designed for 5.1, there isn't much reason to get 5.1, is there? So is G5's sound card work with 5.1 speakers or not? And what's the advantage 5.1 over 2.1? Sometimes i see 5.1 and 2.1 for the same price...

What do you suggest?

vniow
Sep 6, 2003, 07:01 PM
Originally posted by Rezet
I mean if G5's sound card is not designed for 5.1, there isn't much reason to get 5.1, is there? So is G5's sound card work with 5.1 speakers or not?

The G5 doesn't have seperate channels for sound like many PC sound cards, the only audio outputs are optical and stereo, the only 5.1 speakers that will work with the G5 are the ones with an optical input (although coaxial will work, you'll have to get a converter).

5.1 will only make a difference in some games that support surround sound and DVDs and some movie files with 5.1 support so unless you want the fll effect of surround sound then 2.1 should be fine for most needs.

Rezet
Sep 6, 2003, 08:11 PM
Well from 5.1 systems which would be the good ones? the ones that come with digital optical connector.
And where can i get a converter?

Rezet
Sep 6, 2003, 08:27 PM
I kinda like these:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00006B9T5/qid=1062897964/sr=1-25/ref=sr_1_25/104-3930378-8382331?v=glance&s=electronics

what do you think?

Daveman Deluxe
Sep 6, 2003, 08:45 PM
I've always liked Altec Lansing's products (Lansing is actually the "L" in "JBL"), so these would be a pretty good bet. I think I ran these buy a sound engineer friend and he said they'd be pretty good for a consumer 5.1 system.

Rezet
Sep 6, 2003, 08:56 PM
Originally posted by Daveman Deluxe
I've always liked Altec Lansing's products (Lansing is actually the "L" in "JBL"), so these would be a pretty good bet. I think I ran these buy a sound engineer friend and he said they'd be pretty good for a consumer 5.1 system.

But do they come with optical connector thing? And do you know where one can get a converter if they don't....

These also get nice things said about. But they don't come with optical out nor have headphones jack...

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005U244/qid=1062899225/sr=1-22/ref=sr_1_22/104-3930378-8382331?v=glance&s=electronics

vniow
Sep 6, 2003, 08:58 PM
Originally posted by Rezet
And where can i get a converter?

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F003%5F010%5F009%5F000&product%5Fid=15%2D1228

I kinda like these:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00006B9T5/qid=1062897964/sr=1-25/ref=sr_1_25/104-3930378-8382331?v=glance&s=electronics

what do you think?

Won't work unless you get something like this (http://midiman.com/products/consumer/sonicaTheatre_page1.php), those speakers have individual connections for each speaker, not an optical/coaxial connector which is decoded for all the speakers, a good set with an optical in is this Logitech:

http://www.logitech.com/lang/images/0/967.gif (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm?page=products/details&CRID=2&CONTENTID=5048&countryid=19&languageid=1)

A bit pricey though, I'm not sure what cheaper ones have an optical/coaxial in...

MacAztec
Sep 6, 2003, 09:08 PM
Get the Logitech Z-680s. Don't buy them from Apple, get them on eBay. They are half the price!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2751634884&category=44985

Rezet
Sep 6, 2003, 09:15 PM
Kool, got it about 5.1s...
But how about 2.1?
Most people say these are really good and powerful...

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005U244/qid=1062899225/sr=1-22/ref=sr_1_22/104-3930378-8382331?v=glance&s=electronics


Would they work fine? I think I'd rather go for good quality 2.1 than medicore 5.1...


And again, thanx for the input guys...

iJon
Sep 6, 2003, 09:51 PM
i am waiting for these speakers over em all. www.jblencounter.com

edit: ok maybe not, since last time i look hk announced the price for them, 400 dollars. maybe not. creatures are looking better now.

iJon

G5orbust
Sep 6, 2003, 10:53 PM
Klipsch Promedia GMX 5.1

LOgitech Z-680

The two best optical audio systems.

Rezet
Sep 6, 2003, 11:28 PM
I was wondering, does this one work on optical out port or analog?

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00006IRR4/ref=cm_rev_next/104-3930378-8382331?v=glance&s=electronics&n=172282&vi=customer-reviews&show=-submittime&start-at=11

Rezet
Sep 7, 2003, 12:00 AM
Umm, and last question (or so i hope)...
Altec Lansing company... They make 2.1 systems...
But when I go to their website that says: PC MUSIC
would they still work for mac? Cuz i think i want to go for these:

http://www.alteclansing.com/product_details.asp?pID=621&sID=2

iJon
Sep 7, 2003, 12:05 AM
Originally posted by Rezet
Umm, and last question (or so i hope)...
Altec Lansing company... They make 2.1 systems...
But when I go to their website that says: PC MUSIC
would they still work for mac? Cuz i think i want to go for these:

http://www.alteclansing.com/product_details.asp?pID=621&sID=2
yeah, altec doesnt use anything fancy, just your standard 1/8th headphone jack. if you are looking for some good 2.1's go to your local reseller or apple store, most likely they have some jbl creature speakers set up, they sound great and they look awesome.

iJon