Surround sound

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by PCMacUser, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. PCMacUser macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking about purchasing a new iMac but have some concerns about audio. I'd want the iMac to be able to have surround sound for gaming in Windows XP using Boot Camp. Can this be done? Usually on a PC I'd just buy a set of Creative 5.1 speakers for $50-$75 and plug 'em in to an Audigy card or similar, and the drivers take care of my surround needs.

    This could be a showstopper for me because surround sound in gaming is a must have!
  2. wchong macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2006
    Miami, Fl
  3. jsarrasinjr macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2005
    western MA
    I was under the impression that the optical digital out (which is the same output jack as the headphone) should be just fine for carrying as many channels of audio as you want.

    Of course, this means you will need to get something that can accept a digital audio signal for surround sound.
  4. PCMacUser thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Thanks for the replies. It looks like the simplest, but not cheapest, way to do it will be with digital surround speakers. They're very expensive compared with analogue but it's better to know about it now rather than later. It looks like it's going to be a tough choice between a PC and Mac this time!
  5. amiga macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006
    I use the optical (mini) out and a Monster audio cable bought from Apple to out to my Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 amp and its amazing for music, movies, games and TV (eyeTV) :D You can even play DTS Audio DVD's through iTunes (buy you can't rip them) for even hire quaiity specially masterd DTS Sound :D yey!!!!


    I think there's room for a 'high end' sort of mini Hi-Fi with optical out. A nice amp and speakers that look cool but stylish and would sit next to any lovely Mac (or PC) wasnted something like this for my girlfriends iBook.

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