5.1 audio on MBP

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by AndyFM84, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. AndyFM84 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm looking at getting a MBP. Not going into the whole "whens the upgrade" thing. Just wanted a few opinions on this...

    Muse Pocket LT - External USB 5.1 Sound Card

    I already have a 5.1 set with my current PC and wanted to use it with my MBP but couldn't find anything that might work.

    Then i found this.

    Any views would be greatly appreciated. :)

    Andy
     
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    The MBP already has optical audio output, if you have a compatible system.

    Otherwise, look for products from M-Audio.
     
  3. AndyFM84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The speakers that i already have are Creative Inspire P580. Unfortunately they don't have an optical in
    (was the first thing i checked once i found out the MBP had the optical out :( )

    Thanks for the quick response :)
     
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    If your speakers have optical input, you can connect them directly to the MBP.
     
  5. AndyFM84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    There's the card from Griffin. The Firewave or something. Mind you, replacing your entry-level speakers for a better-than-entry-level optical equipped 5.1 speaker system is probably not going to be a whole lot different in terms of price. The usual suspects - Logitech, Altec Lansing and Creative all have various flavours of decoder-equipped speaker sets available.
     
  7. sycho macrumors 6502a

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    See this thread [thread]240795[/thread]

    Same thing applies here, if you already have the 5.1 speakers, just get either the Firewave if you only use OS X, or a generic 5.1 channel USB soundcard for use in both OS X and Windows XP
     
  8. purelithium macrumors 6502

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    Generally for what you'd pay for a decently sounding USB/Firewire soundcard, you could sell your speakers you have now, and get some that have an optical input for WAY superior sound.
     
  9. sycho macrumors 6502a

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    But you will only get stereo sound for everything but movies. If gaming is gonna be done, a USB soundcard is a must. Also, as for optical over analog, not really much of a difference, specially if your soundcard can playback 24bit samples, where as SPDIF doesn't play nice with 24bit.
     

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