Worth it to get an external sound card?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by aaquib, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. aaquib macrumors 65816

    aaquib

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    I purchased the Logitech Z-5500 and am now considering whether or not I'd be able to justify spending about $100 on an external card. Would it give me a significant boost in sound?

    Also, would it be worth it picking up an optical able over the standard cable that comes with it?
     
  2. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    You have a Mac. No. The optical cable might be nice though.
     
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    if you want 5.1 sound out of your mac, you must use optical.
    if you are using digital output, you really won't see (hear) a significant difference between your macbook and an external card.

    for optical cables check out monoprice. Prices there can't be beat. (good prices on any cable you need - DVI, HDMI, etc...)
    link goes to correct page, scroll down to "Toslink to Mini Plug" for the cable you need.
     
  4. aaquib thread starter macrumors 65816

    aaquib

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    Thanks for the link!

    Is this a good one?

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10229&cs_id=1022902&p_id=1558&seq=1&format=2
     
  5. binh514 macrumors newbie

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    i have a noob question here lol I have an imac Aluminium 2.8 and i have logitech z560 4.1. The external sound card would make a difference ? I'm using a 2$ cable right now lol http://www.frontx.com/pro/c215_012.html . So any suggestion for a good external sound card ?? theres so many usb , firewire etc ...
     
  6. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Did you read the thread? You have a Mac. You don't need a sound card.
     
  7. binh514 macrumors newbie

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    My logitech z560 dont have Optical output....
     
  8. Tesselator macrumors 601

    Tesselator

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    Maybe he means Audio Interface?

    I have a few. I like the EDIROL UA-1000 best for right now:
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    The M-Audio oZone is nice too (it has a keyboard as well):
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