5.1 Sound on a Powerbook?

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  1. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a

    JeDiBoYTJ

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    Any possible way of getting 5.1 sound on a powerbook, like through a USB adapter or something?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I can't use a 5.1 surround system, as I have no place to put the rear speakers. I've gotten 2.1 sound to work on a PowerBook by plugging external speakers into the headphones port; I'd assume you could do the same thing with a 5.1 speaker system.
     
  3. pncc macrumors regular

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    The hardware exists. Try Googling "USB 5.1 sound"

    the Zalman and Trust units come up.

    Trick is whether or not it will work under OS X as there are no OS X drivers available. 5.1 sound is built into OS X panther for the G5 that have it.

    try it and let us know.
     
  4. JeDiBoYTJ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well, I already have 2 external speakers plugged in, and theres no real way to get "true" 5.1 out of stereo headphone jacks.


    Thanks for the info i'll do a google search, but if anyone else has an info, please let me know.
    ...I hope they arn't too expensive...
     
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  6. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    that's what the people at the apple store told me to get for mine because i wan to hook up a pair of logitech's, but discovered it was huge for my room.... so i just ended up with altec lansing speakers FX 6021. They match the pb nice and sound great, only down side is that there tall.
     
  7. DanTekGeek macrumors 6502

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    creative also makes a sorround sound pcmcia card if you have a 15 or 17 inch model.
     
  8. iceTrX macrumors regular

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    I have an M-Audio Transit (smaller, 5.1, cheaper version of the Sonica Theater) for my powerbook, its excellent. I can select the Transit as digital-out passthrough with the Apple DVD player (in panther) and have true 5.1 Dolby and DTS surround sound going to my surround sound receiver via TOSlink optical audio.
     

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