5.1 or 7.1 soundcard for MBP

c-Row

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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.
 

FongMan

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

iris_failsafe

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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.
 

Poeben

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FongMan said:
I'm looking for the perfect 5.1 or 7.1 channel external soundcard for the MBP, anybody has any suggestions at all? I'm looking at this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1225693&CatId=0

but i want to make certain. I have some very powerful Turtle Beach headphones, but it bugs me that i can't use it properly due to the laptop's single plug -_-"
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.
 

Diatribe

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iris_failsafe said:
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.
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.
 

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Poeben said:
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.
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.
 

FongMan

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

matticus008

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iris_failsafe said:
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.
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.