connecting 5.1 speakers?

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  1. thriii macrumors 6502

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    SEARCH!!!

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    LOL!!!

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    Nice guide, but surely in needs to be appended as some macs have digital optical audio outputs.
     
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    True. However, only certain apps can pass through Dolby Digital through these outputs. And since no Macs have a chip that encodes to Dolby Digital in real time, 99.9% of what gets passed through that optical port is regular old stereo.
     
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    Is it me, or does including an optical digital audio out seem completely pointless if it wont carry 5.1 due to a lack of appropriate hardware in the mac?
     
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    It is useful for some things. For instance, when I'm in my basement, I used a 15' optical cable to connect my MacBook up to my receiver, which will be amune to interference and ground loops. Although it's only stereo, it sounds a hell of a lot better then using the internal digital to analog converter. But for DVD's it allows for the bitstream to be decoded externally, which can be useful in a home theatre environment.
     
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    http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/firewave/ im not sure what this is but i found it in the thread.. is this what ur talkin about? n if not what would be 1 of the best usb soundcards?
     
  12. sycho macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, first, start using capitals and proper english. ;)

    The FireWave would be the best and easiest solution. I didn't realize it was so inexpensive, I am now almost tempted to get it. So yes, get the FireWave and you'll be set, installation should be simple and you won't likely have to use my guide.
     
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    tHx 4 thE heLp
     

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