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    Do you need 2.1 soundcard for 2.1 speakers?

    a mate has a k7s5a with onboard ac97 soundcard, and is wondering if it has 2.1, cause he wants to use 2.1 speakers on it.

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    afaik 2.1 speakers just use the same (2 channel) connection, or at least every set I've seen does.
    er so to answer your question; yes it would work I guess
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    Most 2.1 speakers will just use a low frequency band-pass filter for the subwoofer. There isn't really a subwoofer channel or a 2.1 signal so your regular stereo singal will work fine.

    You'll only get extra information (i.e. channels) when you start getting into Dolby Digital 5.1 and THX audio signals. In other words, the audio source (PC game, DVD, etc.) must be encoded with that extra channel information in order for your expensive home theatre speaker system to actually drive all the channels properly. Some systems fake the extra channels from a normal stereo signal giving you pseudo 5.1 - but it's not the real thing unless your audio source has that extra information.

    If you're listening to music then that is usually only encoded with two channels (for CD music, DVD's may have 5.1 sound).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taz
    Most 2.1 speakers will just use a low frequency band-pass filter for the subwoofer. There isn't really a subwoofer channel or a 2.1 signal so your regular stereo singal will work fine.

    You'll only get extra information (i.e. channels) when you start getting into Dolby Digital 5.1 and THX audio signals. In other words, the audio source (PC game, DVD, etc.) must be encoded with that extra channel information in order for your expensive home theatre speaker system to actually drive all the channels properly. Some systems fake the extra channels from a normal stereo signal giving you pseudo 5.1 - but it's not the real thing unless your audio source has that extra information.

    If you're listening to music then that is usually only encoded with two channels (for CD music, DVD's may have 5.1 sound).
    Show off !! hehe (or a bit of string and two yoghurt pots make 2 good mobile phones )

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    cheers guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nur5ey
    Show off !! hehe (or a bit of string and two yoghurt pots make 2 good mobile phones )
    Hehe Years ago when I never had a mortgage I used to have high-end Hi-Fi system! It was based around a Linn Sondek turntable with a valve-driven pre-amp. The speakers were tri-amped using SonicLink pure silver cable - each cable was sonically matched to the driver unit it was feeding! Oh, those were the days...

    Hence, I am partial to very high quality audio. But I know what you mean about the bit of string and two yoghurt pots...that's all I can afford these days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taz
    The speakers were tri-amped using SonicLink pure silver cable - each cable was sonically matched to the driver unit it was feeding!
    Oh dear, oh dear... Rave! Rave! Where are you when we need you?

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    u can do 5.1 on a 7.1 card right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvening
    u can do 5.1 on a 7.1 card right?
    yup

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