Intel NUC - how do I get sound to PC speakers?

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  1. TheWander35

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    Hi,

    I've bought myself an Intel NUC (D54250WYK) to replace my aging and noisy desktop. So far so good. However, one snag I've hit is how to get sound out of it.
    My desktop has an 8 channel sound card with separate outputs for centre/sub/rear/front etc which connects into my Creative 7.1 speakers.

    This might sound a dumb question but how can I use these speakers with my NUC which has no such connectors?

    Thanks,
     
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    You've potentially got three options:

    1. Use the headphone output to connect to the speakers, either only using two of them or any built in Pro Logic-like function to fake surround sound. This may be too quiet though depending on whether your speaker set includes an amp.

    2. Convert the 7.1 signal coming out of the HDMI port.

    3. Add an external sound card/DAC.

    #3 is probably the easiest option. What inputs do your speakers have and are there any features in particular you want?
     
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    My speakers have 3x3.5mm inputs: black, green and orange.

    I was just hoping to use them asis.
     
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    Yeah, I just thought they might have a S/PDIF or other digital input.

    A USB 7.1 sound card should do the job, I don't have any experience of the current models so I can't vouch for any particular one but there are a range of choices.
     
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    Ah ok, cool. I'll get myself one of those.

    Thanks for your help :smashin:
     

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