Ah everybody :P
I was wondering.. does anybody have a great suggestion on a mini 5.1 surround
sound box for the PC or not (externally speaking) ??
Forget the Audigy. That's just plain fake and simulated. I want to be able
to hook up my DVD player to it, and watch eather from my 13" TV or from
my PC LCD screen.. and hear 5.1 surround sound.
I hope I'm not being too clumsy w/ my topic.
Thanks for any suggestions,
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Creative make an external "mixer" but since you have ruled them out, here is a possible cheap alternative
Sorry for not responds sooner, I fell asleep inside my nap hehe..
Monsoon MH-505 6-Piece Surround Sound Speaker System
Thanks for your help. Unfortunately, the item you suggested (see pic above)
is a little too far off in my idea.
I already have such an elaborate SSound system (SSS) but it's just too big
and too much effort to move around, and add to that, that I did not get an
"remote control" for it. What I have is an older model JBL (Dolby Prologic)
system w/ 5.1 speakers.
One of the main reasons why I stopped using this system (besides it being
so lound "bass'wise" ) is its 600 WATT stamp on the back. That scared
the hell out of me when I found that there. I never figured out if that
means it's 600 watts always, or at maximum loudness or just 600 watts at
all times. So, I stopped using it, to be safe becuase my apt is all elect.
Gigaport AG @ $99
Now, this sounds like more of what I am looking for, but leaves a bit
confused in functions. Further reading will have to be made, unless
you understood it better than I. (see pic above)
Note, these items I found on http://www.pcconnection.com below.
MIDIMAN Sonica 24bit/96kHz computer audio adapter @ $59.88
Search for --> # 393638
This item was very close to what I'm after. Very close indeed.
But, it's still expecting and outside or external unit to provide
the 5.1 (see DAC, miniDisk etc) but is expecting external speakers.
I can live w/ that I suppose, having to go and purchase speakers if I
have to. (see above pic)
M-AUDIO Sonica Theater USB 24bit Surround sound module @ $98.88
Search for --> MFR Part # 991104
Now, this one sounds almost ready for my NEXT paycheck hehe.. but I'd
like just a little more info on it.
Do you know any other info on this gajet ?? cause it's missing things
like speaker(s) and such etc.
(see pic above)
Thanks everyone, for your responses,
first up, the 600W issue.
That's probably a P.M.P.O. figure, with a more realistic maximum draw being a quarter of that at 150watts. but even that figure is a little high, as that would mean full spectrum on all channels all the time. a movie soundtrack just isn't like that!
The last couple of units you pictured seem to just be decoders. you would still need amplifiers between the dcoders and speakers, as the outputs on the decoder are not strong enough to drive a speaker on their own.
Thanks for the added info. Was enlighting to know that overlooked issue.
Ok then, what else is next then ??
Given the above note, those last two units sounded close to what I am
looking for, w/out having to resort to a full-bloon SSS setup, which as I've
stated above, I already have as is the case w/ my JBL ESC300.
Mind you, I'm not looking for High wattages. My JBL is 200, and THATS
just too high for my PC needs. I was thinking along the line of 50 watts
give or take whats out their, if there ARE any out their for PCs (externally
speaking) I guess it doesn't have to be PC, it can just be a sort of mini
external SSS, but those last two items looked close to what I was looking
for in a small/compact setup.
One last thing to note here, my goal is to enjoy my store bought DVDs,
but ALSO for my soon to be created (some day etc) Prologic/AC3 and
5.1 encoded s/xVCD and x/DVD format encodes for whatever I have in
sound as source and capable of producing to Prologic, 5.1 or DTS etc.
Thanks for all you guys suggestions (and special notes)
I'm still confused VHELP. Are you trying to find a way like certain wiring to output sound from your sound card? If so, what kind of connections are on the sound card output and your spkr sys. input? Do you have a receiver?
G.. I must have missed my e-mail notification.. anyways..
Basically, I have the SB 5.1 LOL card, but that card gave me nothing
but troubles when I was capturing video. I gave it up a few years ago.
I never really did trust the so called 5.1 sound, though I only had 4.1 speakers
connected to it.
It was such a CPU, PCI and Resource hungry hogging piece of gizmo, that
it didn't pay to continue keeping it connected. And, again, the 5.1 I never
really appreciated. And, from what I understood, it was not a "decoder"
even though it still posts 5.1 surround sound.
So, basically, what I want is an "mini" external sound card like, device that
will give me TRUE 5.1 and/or Dolby ProLogic surround sound from my
DVD player, not my ROM drive.
Heck, I'd be willing to try a few dollar$ on a PCI card that as long as it was
TRUELY 5.1 surround sound, I'd give it a try, cause now, I don't have a PCI
issue anymores, since I have a ADVC-100. But, I don't want no fake SB
I really want a TRUE 5.1 card, if that's possible
Thanks again.. for you inputs,