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KeMiKaL

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#1 11 years ago

This thread is probably best viewed/answered by current Mac users - I know some of you Windoze users have used Macs in the past...remember they've changed somewhat since you last tried them :nodding:

I know there's some current Mac users hanging around these forums somewhere :lookaround:

My question to you is:

How do I get Logitech X-530 5.1 Surround Sound set working on my brand new Intel iMac? Apparently these are one of the best surround sound kits for Macs...?

I'm open to other suggestions for surround sound kits you've used or know how to use. :p

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Ok here's what I've researched so far:

Why my problem? > Well iMacs only have a headphone output - much like laptops do.

What do I THINK I need to fix my problem? > I think I need an external sound card which supports 5.1 surround - this will have more outputs which are needed for surround sound - I think there's a need for three sockets in total? Correct me if I'm wrong.

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From my understanding I need somewhere to plug "Color-coded audio cables" into - my iMac only has a headphone jack, as I say, like a laptop.

For laptops though, you can buy external sound cards - I'm not sure if you can for Macs? Though, it is possible to get that speaker system (Logitech X-530) working with any modern Macintosh computer.

Any help is greatly appreciated - first topic in tech forums :) be nice :beer:

My very basic computer specs (signature):

20" Intel iMac 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB DDR2 SDRAM

Need anything else let me know.

Thanks in advance, Sonic

EDIT: Just realised, this is one pretty post - check how nicely layed out it is :p




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#2 11 years ago

You should have no problem. IIRC OSX 10.2.3 and upwards supports external USB audio devices such as the Creative Extigy.




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#3 11 years ago
Rookie_42;3545492...OSX 10.2.3 and upwards supports external USB audio devices such as the Creative Extigy.

Thanks, you've made my month :) Anyone just confirm what knowledgeable Rookie has just stated?

+rep to you Rookie :nodding:




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#4 11 years ago

As Rookie said, you need another sound device. Since you can't add an internal card, you have to get an external card. Do you actually need 5.1 sound, though? Unless you're actually going to use it properly (and often) you're better off getting a decent pair of speakers (or a decent 2.1 set). The X-530 is alright, but it's Logitech's low-end gear so they're hardly stunning. Whoever said they're best (for anything) was talking out of their arse, to be blunt.




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#5 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3545580Do you actually need 5.1 sound, though? Unless you're actually going to use it properly (and often) you're better off getting a decent pair of speakers (or a decent 2.1 set). The X-530 is alright, but it's Logitech's low-end gear - it's nothing special.

I'd like 5.1, and yea I see your point about how it's low-end and nothing special but it's not going to be used for something special - I just want surround sound instead of these 2 cheap speakers i've got hooked up right now :p

Thanks for the help you two.




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#6 11 years ago

Sorry for double post - teh editing time has run out by a day or so :rolleyes:

I had a look at the sound card suggested by Rookie, it says on Amazon.co.uk that the system requirements are pretty much any version of Windows. Most products available for Mac are clearly stated on Amazon.co.uk.

Any advice. I've heard that Griffin sound cards are good - they're for Macs and are compatible with 5.1 surround.




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#7 11 years ago

The Extigy will definately work on OSX - providing, as I said, that you have 10.2.3 or later.

See here and here.




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#8 11 years ago

Ok, thanks! I'll see if i can get my hands on one of them then :p

Yeah, i got OS X 10.4.8, and will be getting 10.5.0 a.s.a.p :nodding: