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    Surround sound

    Hi guys poped in here for some advice again anyway moving house and my dad finaly learns how to use the internet lol anyway hes got a nice sound system already b&w 2 fronts and 1 centre and also a huge medrian amp and he would like to link the pc sound card to the amp so the sound would come out of the hi-fi system instead of some cheapo crap lol!

    anyway its a buit in sound card so was wondering if there are any sound cards which support RCA or bannana ports to the hi-fi system hes got this digital procsser which is a medrian 556 and has loads of outputs for you to plug in lol but really he also wants to get a nice set of speaker systems also he was looking in to the 7.1 speakers from creavite they any good? anyway thanks dudes all nah i hate you all! j/k

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    Right he wants to connect his PC to his stereo... Using Analogue or Digital?

    For Analogue you'll want a 3.5mm to Phono adaptor which connects to the output of the soundcard, and a phono lead from that to your amp. For Digital you'll want a standard optical or coax lead from your soundcard to your amp.

    And no, the Creative systems will be completely blown away by your Meridian/B&W setup

    /me is jealous
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    muahahaha you know you want it well the soundcard is a ****ty sound card 2 stero lol and he would like digital to get the really punch i get jealous too lol ah but my logitech can hang in there

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    Does he have an Nforce 2 motherboard with Soundstorm?
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    if he HAS only got stereo outputs, then check out the amp , look for Dolby Pro Logic 1 or 2....

    then make sure the PC is set in Windows to play as Stereo....run the outputs from the mini jack on his PC to phono inputs for his front inputs on the amp (like Howard said, mini jack to phono lead....long as ya need, some go to 3 metres)


    then listen EITHER as standard stereo , OR whack it onto Pro Logic for some surround fill in sounds.

    Pro Logic will also attempt to take the voices out of the sounds and put them in the centre channel.

    ALso look for 3-Stereo....it forgets rear and just splits left, right and centre.

    SOme Pro logic amps do a very good job of that.

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    no he does not have the soundstorm nforce2 one its one of them via motherboards but i have 2 pcs running the soundstorm board mine and my sisters but if its any good the soundstorm board so the hi-fi systemw ill give that board to my dad i will check out the amp and digital processer to find that pro logic thingy

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    hmm got some info on the digital processer for his set up http://www.meridian-audio.com/p_568.htm

    but the main points i think are

    DSP Modes: Direct, Music, Trifield, Ambisonics, Super Stereo, Music Logic, ProLogic, THX, Mono, Discrete, TV Logic, Digital, Digital THX, DTS, DTS THX, DTS Music, MPEG, MPEG THX, MPEG Music, ProLogic II Music, ProLogic II Movie, ProLogic II THX, Cinema.

    Digital Inputs: 4 x cable, 75, IEC958 and data compatible, up to 24 bits. 1 x optical, Toslink (EIAJ), IEC958 and data compatible, up to 24 bits.

    Analogue Inputs: 2 x unbalanced, 20k input impedance. 1 x stereo 24bit Delta-Sigma ADC.


    Optional Input: 1 x MHR Smart Link connection.

    Analogue Outs: 4 x stereo 24-bit Delta-Sigma DAC. 8 x unbalanced outputs for center, sub, rears, mains and sides or subs. 3 x balanced outputs for left, right and center. Outputs variable between 0 and 3.5Vrms, output impedance 47R. Distortion <0.01%. Noise and hum <-95dB CCIR.


    and this is the moster amp http://www.meridian-audio.com/p_558.htm no real info i can make out of it expect its dam heavy lol

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    That amp does just about anything. Analogue, Digital, the lot. Connect it via stereo and see how it sounds
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    lol will try but so many outputs on it ect lol you do mean the digital proccesser or the amp? just to make sure i dont srew anything up lol

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    ah there we go thanks for all your help guys if it dont sound as good as it was made to do sould i try with that other wire you guys was talking about or using the soundstorm or get a soundblaser?

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    omg it sounds amazing even with a crap soundcard lol but its only a 2 stero max sound card do you think i should upgrade it to a soundblaser? a SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS to be more detailed lol or use the nforce board
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    nForce rocks and its already there.

    You want the best?

    Get a M-Audio Revolution 7.1

    but frankly....the Sound storm will rip your ears off anyway

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    but frankly....the Sound storm will rip your ears off anyway
    I can vouch for that

    Had my PC in my room when I was redecorating... Couldn't resist linking it up to my system
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