Recommended sound card for new Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by AdiosVista, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. AdiosVista macrumors 6502

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    The tower speaker just doesn't cut it and I want to hook up my 5.1 Locitech speaker system. I couldn't find any Mac sound cards on newegg and am having trouble finding results anywhere else. What card is recommended by most mac pro users? My professions isn't in audio so it doesn't have to be perfect, just something to play games, music, and movies. Thanks.
     
  2. AdiosVista thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. AdiosVista thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So I just realized tonight that there are ports to hook up sound on the back of the Mac Pro but they're firewire. Is there any way possible to hook up my logitech's by using some kind of adapter? Right now the only cords with speakers are the 5 separate plugs, or whatever you call them. Here is the set: http://reviews.digitaltrends.com/review/829/logitech-z-5300-review
     
  4. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Easiest way...
    IF they have a digital input, then you could use one of the Optical "TOSLINK" ports as they'll beable to output unprocessed audio, with right tools/hardware you can obtain 5.1 sound from them.

    Alternatively you can install utility allowing multi-chancel support:
    http://geekwithfamily.com/2007/07/0...o-output-dolby-digital-from-quicktime-player/

    USB to 5.1 Audio Converter
    http://www.ramelectronics.net/audio...to-5-1-audio-converter-aa1500/prodAA1500.html

     
  5. Kosh66 macrumors 6502

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    Firewire ports aren't specifically used for sound, they're used for expansion devices from HDs, Scanners, Cameras, to external sound cards. There is one external Firewire card I have heard about, which is the Griffin Firewave ( http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/firewave ). Other solutions would be USB solutions, or using the optical digital out (Toslink) port. Here's one solution from creative, that I've seen recommended http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=4&subcategory=136&product=9468

    I just bought the Logitech Z5500's which just hook up to the Toslink. After all, the Mac has a great soundcard, you just need good amplified speakers.
     

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