Macintosh Surround Sound (For Dummies)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by EarlofCroydon, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. EarlofCroydon macrumors member

    EarlofCroydon

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    Hey There,

    Recently posted a thread but was thinking could anyone really really simply tell me in numbered steps how to get surround sound for my iMac, and what i'd need to buy. I have a home cinema system with all the speakers which go through RCA connectors (phono) into the system.

    Thanks :):apple:
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    hey :)

    can your system only work with RCA cables?

    if so, "proper" surround sound isnt possible :(
     
  3. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    I explained it before that you can do it with RCA enabled speakers - using an amplifier with optical input. Except apparently I can't dumb it down enough.

    Maybe I'll draw a picture or something if I can be bothered - really tired right now.
     
  4. vixducis macrumors regular

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    First things first: do you have a port like the right one in this image on your home theater system? This will make things a lot easier.
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    how rude, i can tell you're agitated and all - but have some courtesy.

    by RCA, i meant analogue aka 3.5mm->RCA direct from the computer, without an amp. aka no optical cables aka not true surround sound support. :)

    btw: vixducis means the port on the right hand side :)
     
  6. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Apologies if it sounded rude, but the "dumbing down" was in reference to the thread title.
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    no probs fellow aussie. i know the feeling, its been a long day :(
     
  8. SmilesLots macrumors regular

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    I'm curious - what program on the Mac are you using that can output surround sound? On my old dual G$ 1 ghz wind tunnel, I have a pci card from M-Audio called Revolution 7.1 and it outputs 7.1 audio from any source material, like iTunes or whatever. Not sure what may be available now, but check them out - M-Audio.

    http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=products.family&ID=USBinterfaces

    OK I just checked. They do not have the Revolution drivers for OSX 10.6

    You may also want to do a google search for usb surround sound - lots of possibilities there. I looked.
     
  9. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    QuickTime and DVD Player?
     
  10. GregoryO macrumors newbie

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    Mac Surround Sound

    I've been looking for a surround card/usb adaptor with no luck. I have a set of Logitech 5.1 surround speakers that have three 1/8 in. mini inputs.

    For software, I'm using a few things. Most importantly, Adobe Premier Pro, which allows me to edit together a surround sound track. I also have a Zoom H4n recorder that can record in four channels, and convert to 5.1 sound. I would like to be able to hear and tweak the sound from these programs.

    I know I could probably use the optical out and and a receiver capable of decoding, but that would require buying/hooking up the receiver, buying new speakers, bla, bla... I would like to use my existing Logitech speakers.

    The M-Audio Revolution card would be perfect, but it's no longer available, or supported under OS X 10.6. Why are cards like this not around??

    Seems to me that Apple is paying too much attention to it's iPad, iPhone business and forgetting about the professional part of using their equipment.

    I'm using an 8-core Intel MacPro Tower.
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    Try looking into the Griffin Firewave. They aren't made anymore but can be found for little on eBay. They work over Firewire.
     
  12. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    Nope, if it's really pro stuff it's going to be used for, then it's hooked up to a seperate receiver or mixing console or whatever. All you need is the digital out or buy a really really expensive pro card with only an optical out that replaces the on board audio handling of the Mac.

    But let's stay on topic, we are talking about iMacs here, not Mac Pro's or internal 3rd party soundcards. You can get some broadcast USB (external) soundcards, like the Yellowtec Puc:
    http://www.yellowtec.com/PUC.html
    Only thing, you'll need a couple of them because they're stereo or get something from Digigram:
    http://www.digigram.com/products/product_infos.php?prod_key=14200&mode=fonc
    Also only stereo!
     
  13. GregoryO macrumors newbie

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    Mac Surround Sound

    Thanks Intell,
    I've looked for the Firewaves on Ebay with little luck.

    Thanks Dreadnaught,
    I AM talking about a MacPro, so an internal card would be an option. However, most aren't available. The stereo cards from Yellowtec and Digigram don't solve the problem.

    This item from Philips would probably work, but alas, no longer available (like the Revolution Card) http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Aurilium-Channel-Audio-Processor/dp/B0000ULADG

    I'm taking a chance and ordering this, the Sabrent USB-SND8. It SEEMS like it will work...and in the question box 2 people have reported it works with OSX. I'll report back later and let everybody know.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D1PWGM/ref=oss_product

    - Greg
    - MacPro 3 Ghz 8-core
     
  14. Intell macrumors P6

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    Wow, I haven't searched for those in a long time. There was lots of them about 1 1/2 years ago.
     
  15. GregoryO macrumors newbie

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    Solutions

    I believe I've found some solutions here. It involves using the Audio Midi Setup (hidden in your utilities folder) and a Zalman USB card, or an Audigy 2 NX card.

    http://spyder.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/enabling-5-1-surround-sound-in-os-x/

    Zalman card on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-ZM-RSS...2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281526146&sr=8-2

    The Audigy 2 NX seems to have been discontinued (like a bunch of others) by Creative Sound. I found one used on Amazon for $85, and a few on ebay.

    If I had the money I'd buy them all to see which worked best :)

    - Greg
     

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