Soundcard in iBook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by lpshean, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. lpshean macrumors regular

    lpshean

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    Hello again, i have a 12" iBook G4 (2004)... and im currently toying with the idea of getting myself a good either 2.1 or 5.1 Speaker set.

    I did a forum search and didnt get an answer as to whether the iBooks can actually reproduce a 2.1 or 5.1 surround sounds that great if i wanna view DVDs. And nothing on the Tech Specs part on the Apple's site too.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    2.1 only. You only have the 1/8" stereo headphone out. If you get a FireWire/USB external sound card you can get 5.1 support.
     
  3. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah... they were saying that the reproducability of the sound was sorta impaired because of the usage of USB ports... so it all gets kindda confusing.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I've found most USB audio devices to work just fine on Macs and on Windows.
     
  5. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've used Creative on the Windows side. It had optical output and it works just fine. On the Apple side I've used the iMic from Griffin.
     
  7. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Griffin Is releasing a firewire 5.1 channel external sound card called the Firewave but their product page says that its gonna be released in Q4 2005 and they are still taking preorders, so I guess they are behind schedule.
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I've had an M-Audio sonica for a while and it's fine working from the USB port and provides 5.1 digital audio through an optical port and analog through a stereo mini jack.

    The one thing I don't like is that it doesn't offer a coaxial S/PDIF connection while some of the more expensive devices they make have them and of course, my speaker setup does, too.
     
  9. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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    Damn, are they expensive! Heheh... 100bucks. Well... looks like there aint nuthing for a college kid. :rolleyes:
     

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