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Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by JeDiBoYTJ, Nov 30, 2004.
Any possible way of getting 5.1 sound on a powerbook, like through a USB adapter or something?
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.
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.
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...
I found this on a quick search
looks like what im looking for, and it says it mac-compatible, which is great.
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.
creative also makes a sorround sound pcmcia card if you have a 15 or 17 inch model.
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.