External Sound Card for Powerbook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Nawlins, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Nawlins macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2003
    I am looking for an external sound card for my 12" Powerbook (1st gen.) that will support 5.1 surround sound.

    Any suggestions?
  2. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    stuff by edirol or hi-fi link pro do google searches, i used to have a link but forgot
  3. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    M-Audio has the Sonica Theater. I was looking at it, because it supports 4.1, which is what I have. It also does 5.1, 7.1, and possibly 6.1. It's USB 1.1 though, so I'm not sure if it's quite what you want.
  4. cpjakes macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2003
    Buffalo, NY
    My vote is for the Sonica of Sonica Theatre. I've got the original Sonica, actually bought it at MacWorld NYC a couple years ago right after they came out.

    With Panther, it works like a dream through DVD Player and also through VLC to do multichannel. It does Dolby Digital and DTS and the fact that it's USB 1.1 is not a problem at all. I even use it through a hub.

    There was just a driver update in the past couple days, so I'm going to check that out when I get home and see if it changes at all.

    The Sonica is only about $50 online, maybe around $90 for the Sonica Theatre. The difference is that the Sonica Theatre has analog outputs for up to 7.1 and optical out, the Sonica has stereo analog and optical out only. Both are bus powered and very compact.


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