USB/Firewire Surround for 10.5.1 and bootcamp

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by xstorm101, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. xstorm101 macrumors newbie

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    Jun 18, 2007
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    Hello,
    I would like to ask you guys what good USB or Firewire sound cards do you recommend that have 5.1 surround and that are :
    1) Compatible with Leopard 10.5.1
    2) (not so importat but still) compatible with Bootcamp (windows)

    So far what I have come up with but I have little compatibility data about are :
    - M-audio Sonica Theatre 7.1 USB
    - Hercules Muse Pocket LT
    - Zalman RSSC
    - Griffin Firewave (apparently doesn't work on windows)

    Many thanks in advance for helping me with this surround dilema !
     
  2. darthmullet macrumors member

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    I almost bought the griffin wirewave a while back but settled on something else: the Miglia Tech HarmonyAudio . It is firewire, supports 8 channels output (via 4 stereo miniplugs), has headphone output with volume control, as well as two mono inputs (or one stereo input). It works perfectly in Mac OS X and they have drivers for Windows XP (not sure about vista) as well. It is bus powered and has 96 kHz/24 bits sound quality.

    Basically it will work with any setup you want up to 8 channels. I use it with my 5.1 speaker system, but it is just as easy to set it up for 7.1.

    I think it is a better piece of equipment than any of those you listed. I picked one up from amazon for $65, they are down to $50 now.

    I know this reads kind of like an advertisement, but this is just my experience.

    (On a side note, I had to contact customer support because the device was causing a strange frequency distortion problem; turns out you just need to change the sample rate in Audio/MIDI settings to match what your audio source is... my point is their customer service is not bad)
     
  3. saltyzoo macrumors 65816

    saltyzoo

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    #3
    Why not just use the mini toslink output already built in?
     
  4. darthmullet macrumors member

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    That is the best solution, considering you have the proper audio hardware.
    I would have loved to but my speaker setup doesn't have digital input.
     

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