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Newbie - Blaster Live platinum 5.1 output

Discussion in 'Soundblaster Live' started by Graham, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Graham

    Graham Guest

    Sorry if this seems very simple to the experts out there. I want to get 5.1
    sound out of the above card. What speakers will I need? DoI need a
    decoder? Which output would I use?
    Graham, Jan 11, 2004
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    Lenny Guest

    I'd say 5.1 speakers, preferably. :) Of at least decent quality, but most
    such systems selling with an included decoder are of decent quality anyway.
    (My personal recommendation: Logitech Z-680. One word: awesome.)
    Yes, for the Live series you do, as these cards can't output 5.1 analog.
    Also, 5.1 output will only work with previously encoded material (read: DVD
    movies), when using the digital output. The only computer sound solution so
    far that can output realtime-encoded 5.1 audio is the Nvidia NForce chipset,
    so games etc will not be in 5.1 audio with a Live soundcard. There you have
    to fall back to the standard 4-channel analog outputs.
    The spdif plug (likely of the coaxial type), though it could be optical
    TOSLink too. You'll find appropriate cables in a hifi store.
    Lenny, Jan 12, 2004
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