4.1 sound off PowerBook

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  1. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a

    titaniumducky

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    I have a set of speakers which support 4.1. However, it takes a front and rear input. For this reason, all I've been able to use is 2.1. I'm wondering if I can use a 2 female to 1 male to fix this. See here:

    http://www.pigselectronics.com/products/CBMS2FM.htm

    The idea is this - I connect the rear and front input 1/8" cables to my speakers. Then I take this two cables and plug them into the female ends. The male end goes into the line-in/headphone jack as normal. Will this work to give me 4.1 sound?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    Will it work, sure. Will it be real 4.1 sound? No. What you'll get is 2.1 sound out of 4 speakers.
     
  3. titaniumducky thread starter macrumors 6502a

    titaniumducky

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    So, both the left-front and left-back will have the same sound and the right-back and right-front?

    In that case, will it sound any better? Is it worth the $10 or so?

    Are there any alternatives?
     
  4. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

    CubeHacker

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    Yep, you got it right. Would it sound any better? Well, it might sound louder, since you're using 2 more speakers. But it wouldn't be true 4.1 audio. The only way to get real 4 point sound would be to buy an external USB soundcard.
     
  5. Counterfit macrumors G3

    Counterfit

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    I'm in a similar situation. Right now, I have one of those splitters, but I'm not using it because my speakers are at school, and I don't feel like setting them up just for the last week of exams. Anyway, I'm looking at getting an M-Audio Sonica Theater, which supports 4.1. Or I might buy the Logitech Z-680 system, hook that up to the Sonica Theater, and possibly attach my Z-540 system to my Beige G3 or my parents' iMac.
     
  6. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

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    to really have 4.1, you're going to need a new sound card to plug into the pcmcia slot, or some sort of firewire audio device.
     

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