Macbook pro and 5.1 surround sound.

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  1. Forest91 macrumors member

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    Hello everyone. I have just purchased a set of logitech x-530 speakers to go with my 2010 MBP. It was a bit of a rushed buy without much research and as such I have realised that the computer doesn't seem to have the appropriate soundcard to produce 5.1 sound (is this correct). At the moment I can only play 2 channel sound leaving the other 3 speakers hanging about. Do I need to buy a external sound card or is there an adaptor that will sort the problem for me? Any ideas?
     
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  3. Forest91 thread starter macrumors member

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    That means very little to me my friend
     
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    That won't work. Your speakers are just speakers with matching amplifiers.

    You either need a 5.1 decoder, or a sound-card with 6 output channels, and the correct cables to adapt.

    There are cheapo options like this and this.

    I wouldn't bother using better converters/sound-cards with your Logitechs, you won't notice the difference. Those ones above will do fine for you...
     
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    oh, for some reason i thought he had the z5500, i've got an earlier version of it, works like a charm!
     
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    I don't see a picture. I'm guessing you have the Green, Orange and Black cables?
     
  10. Forest91 thread starter macrumors member

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    Correct
     
  11. mulo macrumors 68020

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    you need to have them all plugged in at the same time, so you need an external sound card. unless you can use optical!...
     
  12. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Just for future searches. 5.1 requires a specialized optical Toslink 3.5mm cable. Your Logitech should decode the analog 3.5mm to all 5 speakers, it just won't be true surround sound.
     
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    Specialized? whats there to specialize about optical?
     
  14. Forest91 thread starter macrumors member

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    Seems my Logitech's don't have optical in, which as said earlier guess that means I'm stuck to using some sort of external soundcard or usb convertor
     
  15. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Or get some other speakers that support optical and return your logitech's. I believe logitech has got a few of those around. The z-5500 have optical in.
     
  16. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    It isn't an optical cable like you know. It looks like a headphones adapter with optics on the end.
     

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    OP, i would go w/ the Z-5500 it is much better and supports optical in so less cables and it works w/ your macbook pro out of the box. If it is possible to return this one that is.
     

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