Decent 5.1 USB card that works

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

  1. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    ...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

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    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

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    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 68000

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    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?
     
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  6. Dandu macrumors regular

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    I use a think like that : http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-6-Chann...Card-Adapter-Laptop-Notebook-PC-/251793898961

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

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