5.1 Surround Sound For Macs
July 30, 2002 12:34PM
edited January 2014
Is there a decent, relatively budget friendly (i.e. consumer, not professional)5.1 solution out there for the Mac? Is it a PCI sound card or is there a USB or Firewire box that can do the trick?
Reply 1 of 6
July 30, 2002 2:56PM
I have a feeling that OS9 doesn't support multi channel sound (other than stereo). I'd be interested to know whether this has changed with OSX.
Reply 2 of 6
July 30, 2002 3:22PM
If the 5.1 isn't from a CD or DVD you won't hear what you want anyway. MP3 and even MP4 copies of Dolby 5.1 recordings are corrupted and sound like Krahp.
Reply 3 of 6
July 30, 2002 3:54PM
I was refering to DVD playback mainly, but also there are games coming out now that take advantage of more than 2 channels of sound.
Reply 4 of 6
July 30, 2002 4:09PM
[quote]Originally posted by Eric Reid:
<strong>Is there a decent, relatively budget friendly (i.e. consumer, not professional)5.1 solution out there for the Mac? Is it a PCI sound card or is there a USB or Firewire box that can do the trick?</strong><hr></blockquote>
There are cards available and Mac OS X has Surrond Sound support
Reply 5 of 6
July 30, 2002 9:18PM
I think you're really out of luck, not many surround sound cards and not enough support from the OS... does DVD Player even output dolby digital anyway?
Reply 6 of 6
July 31, 2002 5:13AM
just posted a reply in another thread but the sonica from m-audio claims to do this (not 100% about OS support)
from the <a href="
* Portable 24-bit/96 kHz audio upgrade for laptops and desktops
* Digital Connector for surround sound receiver or MiniDisc
* Analog connector for powered speakers or stereo receiver
* Supports Dolby Digital 5.1 (AC3), Dolby Pro Logic and DTS
For only $90, definately in the consumer price range.
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