Decent 5.1 USB card that works

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ploki, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    ...and preferably won't break the bank.

    Anyone has any suggestions? I found that LogiLink 7.1 thingie, but I don't know whether it works with OS X well or not.

    Mind you, I have decent audio interfaces for work, but I need something light and stupid for simple 5.1 playback.
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    If you have a thunderbolt port, the Startech Thunderbolt2 dock has optical outs

    "the TB2DOCK4KDHC offers an SPDIF port so you can take advantage of your MacBook 5.1 digital optical audio capabilities."

    Dunno if $250 breaks your bank.... but in comparison to a $50-$75 USB device I suppose so :)
  3. Dandu macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2009
    If its for pass trough 5.1 (AC3 or DTS), you can use the optical output (if you have a Mac with that) or a Aureon dual usb from terratec.

    For analogic output with 3 jack, it's complicated. I use a cheap (and not very good) USB sound card found on eBay for that.
  4. Ploki thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    Should've clarified I need analog out. :)

    Can you link me which one you used? I don't care about quality, I have my RME for that. I need something thats cheap and small.

    while we're at it, does anyone know any MacBook Optical to 5.1 analog decoders?
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
  6. Dandu macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2009
    I use a think like that :

    Just configure it to 5.1 (6 channels) on audio/midi setup.

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