Just Bought Speakers Please Help Me Connect Friends

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  1. the tickler13 macrumors newbie

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    I just bought new logitech 5.1 Dolby surround sound speakers. do i need a toslink cable/splitter or a 5.1 usb sound card to hook them up? if neither of these what would u recommend?
     
  2. the tickler13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    O i forgot...i have an apple macbook core duo2 with all the latest updates and such and leopard
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    It depends whether your Logitechs have an optical input and a Dolby decoder built in or not. Don't know because we don't know what speakers you have.

    IF the speakers have an optical digital input, then get an optical cable with appropriate ends (check first) and let the speakers decode the signal. You will NOT be able to control volume through the Mac software.

    IF the speakers have analog inputs only, you will have to get an external 5.1 USB or Firewire audio output device. Or run them in 2.1 from the standard line outs.
     
  4. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    From Apples website under Macbook:

    Audio
    Built-in stereo speakers
    Built-in omnidirectional microphone
    Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
    Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)

    So - if your 5.1 speakers support TOSLINK fiber optic input - you can use it. You will need either an adapter to go from your "1/4" headphone/optical" jack to a standard toslink cable.

    If you want to enjoy DVDs in 5.1 surround - be sure your Macbook DVD player has dolby output enabled. As mentioned - you will lose volume control via the computer. (for some reason iTunes and VLC can still adjust their volume output though - but system volume is otherwise locked)

    I got my optical cable from Amazon.

    Look for: 3m VELOCITY LT DIGITAL OPTICAL TOSLINK/MINIPLUG CABLE
    Sold by Cables To Go

    Edit: I do know the Logitech Z5500 supports toslink / dolby surround. As that is what I'm using.
     
  5. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Let's start off like this What speakers do you have?
     
  6. the tickler13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    these are the speakers i have:

    Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System
     
  7. RHeidenreich572 macrumors newbie

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  8. the tickler13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hey thanx a lot guys/gals i appreciate all the help
     
  9. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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    What speakers do you have?
     

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