Hawkwing74 wrote:Stupid question, I think I know the answer already. If I have a sound card that doesn't support 5.1 and I have 5.1 speakers, the speakers are just going to sound like regular ones, right. because the sound card can't handle that kind of power?
Yes, you need a 5.1 soundcard to take advantage of 5.1 speakers. It's not an issue of power though; it is an issue of providing the discrete rear and center/sub signals.
Anyway, what is a good sound card that supports 5.1?
Edit: and is an affordable sound card.
IIRC all of the Creative cards from SB Live! onward will do 5.1. Turtle Beach Santa Cruz will as well.
pez-king wrote:Sound Blaster Live is cheap, it's ok. Nothing special.
What sound card do you have now? If it can't support 5.1 then there wouldn't be a place to plug the surround or center speakers in.
Unless I did something wrong, all the speakers plug into the subwoofer which plugs into the sound card.
How many cables go from the sub to the soundcard? Unless it is a digital connection, there should be 3 (front, rear, and center/sub).
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