5.1 or 7.1 soundcard for MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by FongMan, May 16, 2006.

  1. FongMan macrumors regular

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  2. c-Row macrumors 65816

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    I am looking for a good sound card solution as well. I got a pretty good 5.1 speaker setup at home but can't really use it with the PowerBook (and my designated MBP), so a good suggestion would be welcome.
     
  3. FongMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nothing at all? Wow thought a thread like this would be quite helpful to alot of users :eek:
     
  4. iris_failsafe macrumors 6502

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    Doesn't the MBP comes with a digital sound output. If this is so the only thing you need is an adapter to a coaxial 75? cable or to a tosslink optical cable in order to connect it to a reciever... I would think it will only output 5.1.
     
  5. Poeben macrumors 6502

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    That has to be one of the worst product descriptions I have ever seen. My favorite is the Frequency response; 3kHz/7kHz, what does that even mean?!? I would recommend looking into other solutions like those already mentioned.
     
  6. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Exactly. What are you people talking about? Just connect your amplifier/receiver or your active speakers via an optical/mini-optical cable or coaxial/mini-optical and all will work. That's how I use it at home and it works perfectly.
     
  7. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    3kHz/7KHz is, to be honest, truly sh*t. The human aubible range is 20Hz - 20KHz, so this is a very small selection and the full range of a music track will not be heard properly.
     
  8. FongMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh ok, thanks alot, dunno anything about the optical cables but i'll check it out. :)
     
  9. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    Right, except that it'll output whatever it's originally encoded as. Your receiver will take a stereo MP3 and fake the surround modes. It'll take AC3 from a DVD and run that as Dolby 5.1 (or 7.1 if so encoded and your receiver supports it).

    By the time you buy a 5.1 sound card and 5.1 PC speakers, you've wasted money. A standard home theater system is way more useful, future-proof, and cost-effective. Of course, if the goal is to use headphones with separate left and right channel inputs, what you need is an inverse Y-adapter from Radio Shack or an audio store.
     

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