need help with external sound card

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by hotrod24, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. hotrod24 macrumors newbie

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    hello everyone,

    just purchased my first macbook and its pretty sick. Now i had a desktop before with a 5.1 speaker system and would like to use that system with my mac. I have read several threads on this topic but have not gotten a clear answer. I own the new macbook so I have no firewire; cant use firewave!!!wish i could...so I want to know if there is something in the price range of the firewire that uses usb? my speaker do not support optical! WHAT CAN I DO?
     
  2. hotrod24 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. little nin macrumors newbie

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    you can't do anything from what i know, i pretty much had the same problem.

    i ended up buying a creative soundblaster, which did give me 5.1 but that was only with ac3 things, and then DVD Player app wouldn't know that i had the external soundcard etc. so sound would only come out of the front 2 speakers from normal files. i think m-audio do a few externals but they're not as cheap as the griffin one.
     
  4. leishan macrumors 6502

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    Check the M-Audio site--they have several things that might work.
     
  5. hotrod24 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yea but if i go with m-audio might as well buy real good 2.1 speakers
     
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Have you tried looking/posting in the Digital Audio section, or searched?

    IIRC, there's been a thread or two on this. Some products exist, but they differ greatly. (Quite a few are aimed at professional audio). USB and FW interfaces exist, and I would think you can find something simple enough for sound output.

    Sorry I don't have specifics :eek:, but the comment about M-Audio is a good start.
     
  7. little nin macrumors newbie

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    it's not worth getting 5.1 if you can't get the rear stereo speakers to play the same sound as the front two too
     
  8. hotrod24 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    nanofrog,

    i have searched!...ive looked at the m-audio site but the problem is that if I am going to spend that type of money Id rather just get a 2.1 speaker system. Hopefully griffin comes out with a firewave that works with usb because that would be perfect! and have you found one on or below $50?
     
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I haven't looked in awhile, so I'm not sure. :eek: (I was looking mainly at RME, but they don't make anything near that inexpensive that I recall.) :(
     

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