5.1 Speakers in new MacBook pro

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  1. Calzon_V_

    Calzon_V_ Notebook Consultant

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    Hi everybody,
    I just received my new macbook pro 15,4", and I was wondering if it's possible to use 5.1 speakers with it... is there a way?
    Thanks!
     
  2. JWest

    JWest Master of Notebookery

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    I believe you would need an adapter of sorts. The MBP has an optical audio output, but you would need speakers that can use it. If you want truly good sound, go with an external sound card like the Creative X-Fi USB soundcard. With built in sound, you'll get noise from the motherboard, which will make your 5.1 setup less awesome :p
     
  3. sulkorp

    sulkorp Notebook Deity

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    Yes their are some logitech speakers that use the optical connection from the mbp.

    also potentially you could use a usb soundcard with some sort of 5.1 hookup.

    someone else will know the specific logitech model, or you can search their ste for the ones that use optical.
     
  4. sulkorp

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    That shouldnt happen if you're using optical afaik.

    though if you use the normal analog connection, yea it will.
     
  5. Seshan

    Seshan Rawrrr!

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    I forgot that the MBP has optical out. Yeah I think the best option is to get a USB sound card.
     
  6. JWest

    JWest Master of Notebookery

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    Ah. I wasn't positive, since I have not used an optical connection myself, but I have experienced noise with analog of course.
     
  7. blurb23

    blurb23 Notebook Consultant

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    I have no clue about anything audio, but I can hook up Logitech 2.1 speakers through my headphone jack ^_^

    I was thinking of getting a 5.1 speaker set (Logitech X540), but I got the 2.1 instead (Logitech X240). I think both can be connected using the headphone jack.
     
  8. Seshan

    Seshan Rawrrr!

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    ^^^ No they can't.
     
  9. Colton

    Colton Also Proudly American

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    I was searching the Logitech site and I think I found something you might like. Didn't really know if this was what you are looking for but I thought I might as well tell you about it.

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/234&cl=us,en

    Speakers + Audio Home + PC Speakers X-540
    Intensify your gaming with a uniform soundfield that surrounds you. Get full, rich audio even from 2-channel sources for a 5.1 surround sound experience.

    Hardware

    Satellites: (2) 2" drivers per satellite
    Subwoofer: 5.25" ported driver
    Speaker dimensions (H x W x D):
    Satellites: 8.4" x 3.2" x 5"
    Center channel: 7.8" x 4.75" x 3.75"
    Subwoofer: 11.25" x 6.5" x 9.75"
    Technical Specifications
    Total RMS power: 70 watts RMS
    Satellites: 45 watts RMS (2 x 7.4W front, 15.4W centre, 2 x 7.4W rear)
    Subwoofer: 25 watts RMS
    Total peak power: 140 watts
    Frequency response: 40 Hz - 20 kHz
    Package Contents
    Speakers: 4 satellites, 1 center channel, 1 subwoofer
    Control center
    Color-coded audio cables
    Game console adapter
    User manual
    2-year limited warranty


    USD 99.99
    PN 970223-0403

    Compatibility: Mac and Windows
     
  10. sulkorp

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    The ones that i think a few people on these forums have are the Z-5500

    They have the optical connection. If you just use the headphones jack from the laptop to connect to 5.1 speakers, you wont get "true" surround sound with independent speakers. You'll get 2 channels spread across all 5.1 speakers, which isnt horrible, itll be surround, but it wont be real surround sound.

    Only way to get it is to get a usb sound card with 5.1 output, or those speakers above. Their might be others with surround sound, and optical but i dont know offhand.
     
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