Best 5.1 Surround Sound Card for PowerMac PCI Express....

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by JasonGough, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. JasonGough macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    I'm trying to buy a surround sound card, but the M-Audio Revolution i was looking at is PCI-X, so i dont think it'l work which is a shame...

    Any other suggestions of a good PCI Express 5.1 card?

    I have a set of Creative Inspire 6.1 speakers. They are ok, but need somthing to decode the sound for them, hense my need for a surround sound card.

    Might i be better getting a external digital decoder to connect to the optical output?

    Any help or adive would be great! :)

  2. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Isnt there a Dolby Digital 5.1 card built into the Powermac G5?
  3. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    I don't know of any PCI Express sound cards made so far.

    A external solution might be your only option for now.
  4. Orlando Furioso macrumors 6502

    Orlando Furioso

    Apr 12, 2005
    I could be wrong, bud doesn't the audio optical out support 5.1? And as Dubbz suggested, an ext. solution is probably the way go go.
  5. JasonGough thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    thanx for the help guys.

    yeah, looks like some external thing will be needed.

    thing is, i don't fully understand how the Mac itself deals with the sound and uses the optical out...

    if i conect a decoder to the optical out, will the mac already be sending decoded data to it, or will the decoder sort everything out nicely for me?

    Creative do one for £80 that will hook up to any creative surround speakers (which is what i have), anyone seen any other seperate decoder options?
  6. unixkid macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2004
    Don't waist your money on a card, it comes with everything built-in.
  7. vohdoun macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Far away from Earth.

    Was that what you got? It looks pretty good for features.
  8. JasonGough thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    I need somthing that will take the optical output from my powermac and covert it into 6 analogue outputs that my surround sound speaker kit can use.

    i have 2 options it seems...

    1) buy a new set of surround sound speakers with digital in

    2) buy a digital decoder that coverts the signal into useable signal for my current speaker kit.

    I don't think there will be much difference, but a seperate decoder is cheaper.

    also, vohdoun, yeah you found the one i was looking at. lots of features, more than i need tho.
  9. macroberts macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2006
    5.1 logitech

    Hi there i have just bouht a 5.1 logiec system for my power mac g4, and was wondering do i need a 5.1 sound card or is there another way around it, i just took some connectors and plugged eash of the threee male ends into a 3 splice connector..something like that. n e way please help. thanks

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